Saturday, September 1, 2012

Review: Spirits in the Trees by Morgan Hannah MacDonald

An abandoned house, a psychotic killer, and a victim reaching out from the grave. A woman must unearth deadly family secrets before she becomes a ghost herself.

Madeline Anderson goes to Isabelle Island, Washington, to sell a family home abandoned over forty years before. Bizarre things occur the moment she steps on the property. Inside the dilapidated old house, items move about of their own accord. Strange noises come from empty rooms. She has a vivid, recurring dream of a woman running for her life. The wind rustling through the trees sounds like urgent, murmuring voices. When the cacophony dies down, one single word emerges:

At first, Doug Lindstrom, the hot fireman helping Maddy restore the old home, doesn't believe anything is going on. He’s certain Maddy is jumping at shadows because she heard the local kids call the house haunted. That is, until he witnesses horrific violence himself that he can't explain away. After Maddy’s life is threatened not once, but twice, Doug vows there will not be a third time.


While searching for answers, Maddy uncovers astonishing secrets about her aunt's past. Finding more questions then answers, she digs deeper until she stumbles across evidence of a cold case involving a serial killer nicknamed The Seaside Strangler. Together, Doug and Maddy must unmask a killer. The lives they save just might be their own.

WARNING: This book contains mild language, explicit sex and graphic violence.

Review:  Spirits in the Trees was creepy.  More than creepy - it scared me!  Don't read this if you are home alone.  Morgan Hannah MacDonald knows how to write a horror story!  This story is intense.  The ghost scenes are so well done, it's hard to not stop reading and look around the room to make sure you're alone.  Even though  I was scared, I had to keep turning the pages until the end.

Our scary ghost scenes are tempered by romance between our main character Maddy, and the hunky fireman, Doug, who is helping her repair the house she inherited.  The chemistry between Maddy and Doug is very well done. 

The story is pretty well paced, except the final scene which seems just a bit rushed.  The characters are well developed and very likable.  There are few grammatical errors or typos - not enough to detract from the story.  I would definately read more by this author.

***There are a few graphic rape scenes in this book, so I would say 18+ on this one.

About the Author

Morgan Hannah MacDonald writes Romantic Thrillers that are NOT for the faint of heart. She has always been interested in writing and serial killers, but it wasn’t until she found she had dated one herself that a true writer was born. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, the San Diego Chapter, as well as the Kiss of Death Chapter. She resides in San Diego, California where she is busy working on her next novel.

She can be found at and!/MorganHannahMacDonald.Author

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