A fantastic Gothic novel that had me hooked from start to finish!
Reese Everett’s aunt picked a bad time to die. Just weeks after a car accident left Reese’s mother unable to travel, her aunt’s house needs to be emptied and sold, leaving Reese as the only member of the family who can do the job. She typically wouldn’t baulk at the opportunity to sift through her aunt’s collection of antiques, but when she arrives in Devil’s Vale, Georgia, she discovers the family house in a state of disrepair she won’t be able to handle alone.
Colton Waters is back in Devil’s Vale – whether he likes it or not. After he loses his acceptance to medical school with no explanation, he’s left with a single job offer…one that will return him to the home town he’d hoped to escape.
When an errand to help his sister ends in a meeting with Reese neither will easily forget, Colton takes a job as her temporary handyman.
The longer Reese stays in town, the more she realizes the condition of her aunt’s house isn’t the only thing she hadn’t expected when she made the trip to Devil’s Vale. Reese isn’t the only gifted member of the family – her aunt Kate has been practising the family business…the business Reese has been sworn never to discuss.
After a ghostly visitor arrives one night, Reese and Colton learn Kate wasn’t the only one practising the darker arts. They begin to uncover secrets that refuse to stay buried.
This book has everything you could possibly need this autumn. It’s full to the brim with magic, mystery and suspense. This book is one of my favourites of 2015 already. The thing I loved most about it is the tense atmosphere that continues to build the whole way through the book. Like all Gothic novels, it’s filled with mystery and you constantly have questions – not all of them get answered though, and that is one of the many reasons I’m eagerly awaiting book two in this fantastic series.
I love witchy stories, and this is a really great example of one. It’s got plenty of magic and mischief thrown in. I think Reece is a really great protagonist as well, she isn’t some super genius, drop dead perfect heroine, but an ordinary girl that returns to a mysterious little town where the people are just a little too nice. The book is told from her point of view as well as Colton’s, which is interesting because you get to see two different perspectives to what is going on.
There is a romance element to the story, but it nicely interweaves with the rest of the plot and doesn’t take over. The story focuses very much on Reece and what the hell is going on in Devil’s Veil. If you’re looking for something mysterious and spooky this Halloween, Here They Lie might be exactly what you’re looking for. With a beautiful cover, rich plot and mysterious atmosphere, you’ll definitely be up past your bedtime.