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Stillwell – Michael Phillip Cash

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★★

The air was still, not a sound to break the velvet darkness of the night. He pointed the flashlight into the well and peered down..he stopped. There was something in the well.

Paul Russo and his family are hurting – he just lost his wife to a brief but terrifying fight against cancer – and he has absolutely has no idea how to pick up the pieces.

Their three children, are not taking the loss of their mother very well. In particular, Stella, his youngest, isn’t quite right.

He heard her whisper, “You can come out now, Mommy. He left.

In addition, Paul’s life savings are depleted and he has jump back into the real estate business as soon as he can. He has to sell a house to keep his family together – and do it fast.

And the house that lands in his lap could solve all his problems…but there’s something wrong with the house. Very wrong.

Sweat dotted his forehead and he shivered involuntarily as gray mist enveloped him…out of the corner of his eye, he sensed a shadow dancing around him.

But he can’t stop now – not without finding a buyer…but as time goes on, even he begins to wonder is all this worth it…?

The curtains were moving gently, swaying as if…He stood frozen. It was Hannah.

Truly an excellent read! 

I had such a fun time reading this book – it was short and sweet and hugely entertaining.

This one definitely had a creepy vibe, and that combined with the grief and the heartbreak of Paul, really cinched the story for me.

I thought that Cash did a fairly good job representing Paul’s loss (though, his children seemed a bit too well-adjusted given the circumstances).

I did appreciate that Paul had a loving support system – something that so often gets pushed to the side as a way for authors to limit the characters and simplify the story – so seeing him interact with his mother and sister really made the book memorable for me.

The mystery was both mysterious and entertaining, there were several really spooky moments, so I loved reading it!

I do think that there was potential to up the “spook factor” a bit more but the author was focusing on the family aspect.

All in all, this was definitely a fun one – I am excited to see what Cash writes next!

With thanks to the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Interested in this one from Michael Phillip Cash? Buy it here:  Amazon

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