The AfterHouse by Michael Phillip Cash is a wonderful novel. It has
romance, mystery, and ghosts which are all the elements of a great book (at
least, I think so!). The book starts out
in the mid-1800’s with Captain Eli on his whaling ship (it is horrible how the
whaling trade decimated whales, but it was very necessary at that time). Eli owned a house in Cold Creek Harbor, Long
Island with his wife, Sarah and their children, Charlotte and Thomas. During their trip home, the ship came across
the biggest whale they had ever seen and they attempted to capture it. Things go horribly awry for the captain and
Remy Galway and her daughter, Olivia, are starting over and
they happen to rent the Captain’s 300 year old house. Remy is just getting out of a horrible marriage. Scott, ex-husband, cheated on her with
another woman, stole money from her and her parents, and then hit her in a fit
Remy and Olivia feel something in the house. They feel like someone is watching them. As they come to find out, it is Captain
Eli. Captain Eli has not been able to
move on. Captain Eli is not happy with
the new occupants of the house. He was
very happy with the last gentleman, Pat, who was quiet and had no television,
no phone, and no internet. Captain Eli
decides to do something about his unwanted renters who play loud music, have
painted the walls pink, and they keep wanting to change things in his
house. He attempts to scare them by
destroying a picture that Olivia received from her grandmother (it has kittens
on it). Captain Eli’s temper got the
better of him and he ended up making a bigger mess. He feels bad about what he did when he sees
how much it upsets Remy. What Remy does
not know it that Olivia can see Captain Eli (and boy does she get even with him
for upsetting her mother).
Someone then starts attacking Remy. A bomb (Molotov cocktail) thrown into her
yoga studio, running her car off the road, she gets poisoned (she writes it off
to the flu), and then attacked in her home.
Remy also meets Hugh, who is the mayor and runs a local museum. Remy, Hugh, and Olivia find out who is
attacking Remy and help Captain Eli cross over to be with his family. This is a delightful book. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to more
books by this author. Please note that I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you have a lovely evening!