The House on Foster Hill

The House on Foster Hill

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. A...

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Title:The House on Foster Hill
Author:Jaime Jo Wright
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The House on Foster Hill Reviews

  • Natalie Walters

    In her debut novel, Jaime Jo Wright invites readers on a chilling journey buried in secrets, murder, and a mystery shrouded in a century old house.

    I could not wait to get my hands on this story. Not since Agatha Christie have I read a haunting mystery that's left me rattled enough to keep turning pages in spite of the fear of what was coming next. I had to know. If only so I could sleep at night (fitfully and with a nightlight).

    Ms. Wright mirrors two stories of two women entwined in a shared his

    In her debut novel, Jaime Jo Wright invites readers on a chilling journey buried in secrets, murder, and a mystery shrouded in a century old house.

    I could not wait to get my hands on this story. Not since Agatha Christie have I read a haunting mystery that's left me rattled enough to keep turning pages in spite of the fear of what was coming next. I had to know. If only so I could sleep at night (fitfully and with a nightlight).

    Ms. Wright mirrors two stories of two women entwined in a shared history that spans a century and promises death. Split time novels often fall short of their goal to encourage readers to fully embrace their characters because just as soon as you develop a relationship with one character the reader is pulled out of their history to join another and in my opinion, the reader is left wanting. Not so for The House on Foster Hill. Ms Wright delivers a compelling puzzle that pieces together seamlessly with each character's point-of-view.

    The story is rich in detail and I found myself easily drawn into the enigmatic town of Oakwood, Wisconsin. Whether I was traveling back to the 1900's with Ivy Thorpe, or suspended in the present day fear stalking Kaine Prescott, Ms. Wright took hold of my imagination and refused to surrender it until the very last page.

    It's not often that I find myself unable to figure out the WHO in a mystery but again, Ms. Wright masterfully concealed her secrets in a plot full of suspenseful twists until... checkmate. Well, played, Ms. Wright, well played.

    Not to be forgotten are the characters of THOFH. I loved Ivy Thorpe. She's unique, smart, and unashamedly driven with a spirit that will not step aside just because she's a girl. Her doggedness to discover the answers to Gabriella's murder lead her into some witty-yet-tension-filled scenes with Joel Cunningham. Ms. Wright nails this relationship creating a palpable yearning between Ivy and Joel that had me chewing my lip in anticipation for that moment when their love would prove to strong for them to deny any longer. Each character demonstrates a myriad of personality that come to life on the page and prove Ms. Wright's impressive skills at bringing depth and dimension not just to the main characters but to secondary characters as well.

    In its authenticity THOFH appears dark in theme but the redemptive light throughout the mystery shines on the truth that grief can give way to life and new beginnings can emerge from the depravity of humanity. I cannot wait for Ms. Wright's next book!!

    **I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  • Heather Gilbert

    This book kept me riveted! I love mysterious stories that are tied in with old houses, and this one had some amazing plot twists. Also, as an aside, I really loved the character of Grant Jesse. Wright has a really fresh way of writing that enabled me to "see" the setting and characters and I was really rooting for both protagonists (since it's a dual-timeline story). And speaking of dual-timeline, this one was impeccably done and I love how events in one era would kind of segue into the other.

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    This book kept me riveted! I love mysterious stories that are tied in with old houses, and this one had some amazing plot twists. Also, as an aside, I really loved the character of Grant Jesse. Wright has a really fresh way of writing that enabled me to "see" the setting and characters and I was really rooting for both protagonists (since it's a dual-timeline story). And speaking of dual-timeline, this one was impeccably done and I love how events in one era would kind of segue into the other.

    Excellent and UNUSUAL novel from a Christian publisher--I liked that it dealt with some heavier issues, but not in a graphic way. I really hope we see more books like this from Wright!

  • Jocelyn Green

    Riveting! With its dual storyline connected by a single house and the women it touched, Jaime Jo Wright delivers double the suspense, double the romance, and double the reasons to keep turning the pages far into the night. The House on Foster Hill has it all: robust characters, twists I didn’t predict, sky-high stakes, and a strong thread of hope hemming it all together. An outstanding novel from an author to watch.

  • Christen E.

    Guys, this book is so amazing (I was so honored to be able to read snippets of it in its baby stage—can't wait to get my fingers on a real, deal hard copy). Romance TONS of suspense and a mystery that will have you up all night until you're finished! This is one that you need to put on your TBR and pre-order lists!!

  • Hannah

    Oh, a new author to follow! :) I wasn't sure what I was getting into, with the spooky tones, but I really, really loved the mystery that is strewn through the story, parallel in the two time frames as each character (Ivy and Kaine) probes into the mysterious secrets surrounding the deserted Foster Hill house. A murdered girl was found in a hollow tree a hundred years ago. Ivy, in the early 1900s, is the doctor's daughter and the keeper of the book of deaths, her way of writing obituaries for tow

    Oh, a new author to follow! :) I wasn't sure what I was getting into, with the spooky tones, but I really, really loved the mystery that is strewn through the story, parallel in the two time frames as each character (Ivy and Kaine) probes into the mysterious secrets surrounding the deserted Foster Hill house. A murdered girl was found in a hollow tree a hundred years ago. Ivy, in the early 1900s, is the doctor's daughter and the keeper of the book of deaths, her way of writing obituaries for townspeople.

    Ivy is considered odd after her brother's early death leaves her pensive and quiet. Her quick intuition leads to town rumors of a "second sight" and leaves her even more alone. At the young woman's mysterious death and unknown identity, Joel re-enters her life: her brother's best friend who disappeared years before and left her to face her grief alone. He's just returned as the new sheriff's deputy and is soon in the midst of the attempt to solve the crime.

    Kaine, the modern-day heroine, is also doubted by her community after no real evidence shows up for a stalker she knows she has. The person who caused her husband's fatal car accident, she's sure, must still be after her. Problem is, the death was ruled accidental. Only her sister believes she's telling the truth, and isn't simply overly forgetful or suffering from some form of PTSD. Unable to stand the sinister tricks any longer, she quits her job, buys a historic home in her ancestors' hometown, and heads off to an adventure. Trouble is, the realtor's pictures were overly kind, and she finds herself in a world of hurt trying to make her new home livable. And things begin to happen there...things like what her stalker did, only more aggressive than before.

    There are quite a number of creepy passages, melodies from an abandoned house, "ghosts" in the halls...but it's not sensationalized. The focus remains on the house's mysterious past rather than the creepy phenomenons. I liked having an engaging mystery with a touch of the shiver-y to keep it compelling, and I actually enjoyed both timelines equally.

    Thanks to the publisher for a free ebook for review. A positive review was not required.

  • Staci

    What a mysterious debut!

    This time slip novel told the story of current day Kaine Prescott and early 1900's Ivy Thorpe. The story was set in Oakwood, Wisconsin and primarily at the eerie House on Foster Hill.

    The author does a nice job of connecting the two women's stories and I was equally engaged in the present day and yesteryear stories. Once the mysteries were solved, I found the outcomes to be plausible as well as the ending for both Kaine and Ivy.

    I look forward to what the author will offer

    What a mysterious debut!

    This time slip novel told the story of current day Kaine Prescott and early 1900's Ivy Thorpe. The story was set in Oakwood, Wisconsin and primarily at the eerie House on Foster Hill.

    The author does a nice job of connecting the two women's stories and I was equally engaged in the present day and yesteryear stories. Once the mysteries were solved, I found the outcomes to be plausible as well as the ending for both Kaine and Ivy.

    I look forward to what the author will offer next.

    My gratitude to the publisher for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

    This might actually be more of a ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫, but I decided to go with a solid 4.

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    was a SUPER fast read and I was so engrossed in it that I stayed up until 2 AM of the same day to finish reading it. I literally couldn't go to sleep without knowing how it was going to end.

    I really enjoyed that this book is told from dual perspectives and dual time

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

    This might actually be more of a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫, but I decided to go with a solid 4.

    My reviews and other random thoughts can also be seen at

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    was a SUPER fast read and I was so engrossed in it that I stayed up until 2 AM of the same day to finish reading it. I literally couldn't go to sleep without knowing how it was going to end.

    I really enjoyed that this book is told from dual perspectives and dual time periods. You get Ivy and Kaine, plus the 1900s and present time, respectively.

    Kaine's story had me hooked a lot more than Ivy's did at first even though Ivy's story begins with the dead girl found on the property. For some reason Kaine's viewpoint was more mysterious for me at the beginning, but of course that quickly changed. I don't know if action-packed is exactly the right way to describe this book, but there is plenty going on, and TONS of mystery.

    I didn't really connect to any of the characters, but that was OKAY. I still think you found out plenty about everyone and everything tied together nicely. I was also completely shocked by the ending, I definitely did not see THAT coming.

    I think this will be great for those who love a good twisty mystery, and enjoy a fast read. Plus, the cover is 😍

    Final Thought: This is a great book and I highly recommend it. One thing that I would like to note is that I was really surprised that this book had an underlying Christian theme. I don't think you often find very many creepy mystery/thrillers that blend God in so seamlessly.

    *The paperback version of this book is set to be published on 11/21/2017*

  • Irene

    This was an intriguing dual mystery, though I had hoped for a bit more suspense. It's told from two points of view. In the present day we have Kaine, still grieving the loss of her husband and looking for a new start away from old memories and a stalker. Her husband's death had been ruled an accident but in her heart she knows it was a murder. The police ignored her suspicions, and her stalker even though she could have made several enemies while helping to get other women out of abusive situati

    This was an intriguing dual mystery, though I had hoped for a bit more suspense. It's told from two points of view. In the present day we have Kaine, still grieving the loss of her husband and looking for a new start away from old memories and a stalker. Her husband's death had been ruled an accident but in her heart she knows it was a murder. The police ignored her suspicions, and her stalker even though she could have made several enemies while helping to get other women out of abusive situations.

    On the other hand we have Ivy. A century ago Ivy had assisted in the autopsy of a murdered woman whose body was found near what would later become Kaine's home. When it became apparent that the murdered woman had recently given birth, Ivy was willing to risk her own life to find the baby, and the murderer. As the mystery of the past unravels we slowly learn how it pertains to Kaine. I did enjoy the way the stories intertwined these two strong female characters.

    I received an advance copy for review.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: It was long rumored that the Foster Hill oak tree was not only the largest but also the oldest tree in Oakwood. While its top rose to a marvelous height, it was still dead and its branches never blossomed. The trunk was very wide at the base and split open to reveal a hollow inside. Many a child had hidden there during a rambunctious game of hide-and-seek. They wouldn't hide there any more. Not after today.

    The petite body was curled into the position of a babe, inside the tree's womb.

    EXCERPT: It was long rumored that the Foster Hill oak tree was not only the largest but also the oldest tree in Oakwood. While its top rose to a marvelous height, it was still dead and its branches never blossomed. The trunk was very wide at the base and split open to reveal a hollow inside. Many a child had hidden there during a rambunctious game of hide-and-seek. They wouldn't hide there any more. Not after today.

    The petite body was curled into the position of a babe, inside the tree's womb. Blonde hair hung free over her cold, bare shoulders and floated out on the wind. Her torso was covered in a paper-thin dress of grey calico. It was nowhere enough to keep her warm, but it was more than the cold that tinted the young woman’s skin blue. It was death.

    THE BLURB: Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

    A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--including her own--are lost?

    MY THOUGHTS: 3 stars for The House on Foster Hill from me.

    I was excited by the first few chapters of this book. Their tone was insidiously creepy and hinted at great things to come, but for me, they never quite materialised.

    I loved the character of Ivy, author of the book of deaths, where she recorded her thoughts and memories of the people of her town who passed away so that they would not be forgotten. She is a strong willed, unconventional young woman who has not recovered from the tragedy that robbed her of her beloved brother Andrew.

    I found it harder to relate to Kaine, whose story is interspersed with Ivy's, but occurring a century later. I could not warm to her and found her decisions and actions hard to understand.

    Ultimately, I think that the author of The House on Foster Hill tried to make this book too many things, all being given equal billing, and as a result it all becomes slightly muddied. We have in Ivy's story, a historical, Christian, romantic-suspense, people trafficking, murder mystery. With Kaine, we have a contemporary, Christian, romantic-suspense, stalker, murder-mystery. And then there is the family connection between the two women, voila! A genealogical mystery to boot!

    I applaud Jaime Jo Wright's intentions in her debut novel. If I have one piece of advice for her, it is this. Make one aspect of the novel the main thread, the star if you like, and the other aspects become side stories feeding into and supporting the main story, acting as the supporting cast, instead of all battling with one another to reign supreme.

    Thank you to Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

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