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The After House

by Michael Phillip Cash

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Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

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The cover of this book of this book is awesome. A churning sea, an empty boat, and an old house with a light glowing from an upper window. Looks like the creepy, scary kind of book that I like.

Remy Galway and her ten-year-old daughter, Olivia, have just moved into a three-hundred-year-old house in Cold Harbor Springs on Long Island. Remy is trying to rebuild her and Olivia’s lives after a failed marriage. She’s making a go of it as a yoga instructor.

The old house is charming, but old houses have their problems. Remy had been told that the house a once belonged to a whaling captain and his family. The reader knows this is true because Cash starts the novel with the Captain and his crew chasing one of the largest whales he was ever seen. The novel alternates between the two stories---Captain Eli Gasper and Remy and Olivia. It’s easy to follow and well delineated.

Olivia feels the presence of Eli’s spirit first. Remy doesn’t want to believe in anything she can’t see. Eli is ticked that two new people have moved into his home and goes about making a mess. The mess looks like vandalism to Remy. The he manages to set the place on fire and break a few windows.

Hugh, the mayor, get involved. Cold Springs Harbor is a small town; he takes an interest in the people who live there. However, Hugh harbors more than a superficial interest in Remy.

As they struggle through the mess, the reader also gets to see what Eli is doing and thinking. He hates that new people now inhabit his home. He liked it better when Pat lived there---no television, no Internet, no comings and goings of other people.

What isn’t clear right away is the presence of two other spirits. It took a while, but I think surmised that they were Eli’s angel guardians and watched over him while he was bound to earth.

This book was labeled as horror, but it doesn’t really fit that genre. It reminded me more of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, without the romance between the Remy and Eli.

Still, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I would have given it five if the two other ghosts were more clearly defined. ( )
  juliecracchiolo | Feb 27, 2018 |
A great story and very well written. I pulled for Remy the entire story. I thought I had the ending figured out, I was wrong and I'm glad about that. 4 of 5 stars ( )
  stevealtier | May 7, 2016 |
DNF @ 38% - just not holing my attention - its not scary, its not romantic, the mystery is not developing...its just not

I did enjoy the action and "promise" for the story to come from the prologue

I received this copy from NetGalley on behalf of Red Feather Publishing -
AuthorBuzz for an honest review
  kerbytejas | Mar 25, 2016 |
This was an entertaining haunting.

Remy rents a cottage for her and her young daughter, despite the protests of her parents. She needs her independence since her divorce.

It’s not long before eerie things start to happen in the house. Her daughter, Olivia, sees a ghost. Remy hears things and sees things out of the corner of her eye. And someone is stalking her.

Trying to run her business and raise her daughter, Remy has precious little time for romance. Her parents say that’s nonsense. There’s always time for love. And her mother arranges a meeting with the town mayor.

Hugh and Remy hit it off immediately. It’s like they’ve known each other forever. Someone or something doesn’t like this one bit.

Her house is ransacked, someone tries to burn down her business, and she sees something in the bushes by her house. And her ex-husband is a pain in the behind.

Will she have a happy ever after or will something put an end to her dreams, or her?

This was a lot of fun. I liked Remy and her need for independence. Her daughter, Olivia, is a precocious, charming young girl. And Hugh is sexy and smart, yet gentle and nurturing.

The ghost is another matter. He’s a mess and ornery as a snake. There’s something keeping him here, and as I read more, I began to cheer him on, hoping he’d find what he forgot.

There’s more than one mysterious otherworldly being in this story two. There are two onlookers that have their own agenda. They seem to have been involved with the characters in another book by this author, The Flip. I like that connection.

There’s also a fascinating prologue. You learn a lot about the whaling era. And you will understand the meaning behind the title. I enjoy learning some new trivia from stories. Then the story begins in the present and the connections are made later.

I enjoyed meeting these characters. Liked the mystery. Enjoyed the multiple character’s stories. And had a good feeling when I finished this book.

Not to scary. Just right. ( )
  laura-thomas | Feb 2, 2016 |
When I started this book, I thought it was about a whaling boat and the captain. As I read I realized it was about a loving family; then a romance was added. It changed again to a ghost story and then to a murder story. What I came to realize is that it's a great book by an author who knows how to keep you interested to the end. I would recommend this book and look forward to reading more by this author.
I received this book for free from NetGalley for an honest review. ( )
  BevAsh | Jan 24, 2016 |
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Remy Galway plans to buy the old long island home as a sign of her Independence after a long recovery from her bitter divorce. With her parents support she has slowly rebuilt her life and opened her own business. Now she is ready for her and her daughter to stand on their own. What she doesn’t know is that her home is haunted by a crusty whaling captain who is not amused by two females moving into his house, changing things. It doesn’t help that Olivia seems to be able to see him and isn’t at all frightened. His childish attempts to get them to leave is lost in the mystery of bad luck seemingly following Remy. Her home and business are vandalized and her car is run off the road. She doesn’t see any connection, however she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her and when she begins to receive phone calls that don’t show up on her cell phone history she begins to doubt herself. Luckily Hugh, a friend of her mother’s, is there to help see her through the trouble.

This is the second book written by Mr. Cash that I have read and I continue to appreciate his writing style. His characters are larger than life and his story is exceptional. The historical aspect of the tale fit together beautifully with the modern day story. While this story focuses on Remy and her new found life, it is really about Captain Eli. I loved how Hugh, in his role as curator of the local maritime museum, holds the key that may give the Captain a chance to finish his tale.

I would appreciate longer books from this author, but I can honestly say this book was exactly as long as it needed to be and there were no loose ends or rushed storylines.

5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest written review.

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