Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Book Review: House on Highland Road by Melissa Peters


Title: House on Highland Road
Series: Salvation Hills Haunting #1
Author: Melissa Peters
Genre: Mystery; Paranormal; Supernatural; Young Adult
Publication Date: October 1, 2023

Lanie Gilbert, aka Riley Miller, is living a lie. She is the lie. She’s adrift, run away from home and losing her mind. Or so she thinks. Living out of her car, with winter looming, her time in Salvation Hills is almost up. But then she meets them.

Ghost hunters—Mason, Bethy, and Conrad. They draw her into their strange world where floorboards creak and spirits threaten her life. And then there’s Nat, their psychic friend who sees something in her, besides the truth.

Will a dark night in a haunted house be just what Lanie needs? Or will it be her undoing?

House on Highland Road is a YA cozy horror novel filled with bumps in the night, apparitions, and found family. This series will appeal to all ages, including fans of the paranormal and shows like Ghost Whisperer.


*I received an advanced digital copy for free and I am leaving this honest review voluntarily*

Hello Fellow Readers,

Lately, I've been in a little paranormal kick and House on Highland Road did a great job at temporarily scratching that itch. I really felt for Lanie and I wanted above all else for her to be safe and happy at the end of this book (and this series). Her backstory breaks my heart and you all know I am a sucker for children with a troubled family. Add everything about Riley and Lanie immediately had my loyalty. 

I honestly didn't know what to think about MAson Conrad and Bethy, at first. I eventually warmed up to Conrad and Bethy, even going as far as enjoying their interactions with Lanie. Peters did have me worried that Mason would become Lanie's love interest and I was not going to be a fan of that, however, Peters made the right decision on the romance aspect. Nat was great and it looks like she'll be around and helping Lanie out in the future. I really can't wait to see how that relationship grows. The story was interesting and I liked the small sections that gave us a historical perspective. 

Overall, an interesting start that has caught my attention. 

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