In an alternate reality where ghosts are as commonplace as the weather, the most terrifying thing imaginable is a house not being haunted.
Donna Fitzpatrick runs a surrogacy agency, where ghosts can briefly possess volunteers in order to enjoy carnal pleasures. She’s also working herself into an early grave. But that’s no big deal because death is no worse than puberty. That’s particularly evident in Donna’s twin, Kyle, a self-absorbed roustabout who spends most of his time high on sage. Kyle’s been in arrested development since his motorcycle accident fifteen years ago.
When Donna has a panic attack, Kyle insists she take a vacation at an abandoned mansion. There’s just one small problem: there isn’t a single ghost in Jackson Manor. And while an unhaunted house seems no worse than an oddity at first, soon ghosts go missing, natural disasters consume entire cities, and every afterlife on earth is threatened by the terrible secret behind... The Perfectly Fine House.
The Sexy Nerd's Review...
I’m a little confused as to how I'm supposed to feel about this book? It wasn’t written poorly and the fantasy story line was executed well, so I’m not sure what really rubs me the wrong way? Perhaps my problem with this story is that it didn’t feel like a horror book. I absolutely love horror novels and I was so hoping this was going to do it for me, but this was more so like a satirical spin on what a horror novel would be, which sort of puts me on the fence a bit.
Imagine ghosts living alongside breathing humans. Hmmm, I don’t find that too farfetched because I believe in an alternate world outside of our own. How cool would it be to know that death isn’t so final? Donna Fitzpatrick runs a surrogacy agency wherein she assists ghosts with human possession so they can feel what being alive is like once again. Not so sure how the human hosts feel about that, but it does wonders for the ghosts. Donna’s twin brother, Kyle, is among the ghosts she deals with. He died fifteen years prior.
While Kyle is visiting with his sister, he realizes that his sister is overworking herself and begs her…not only begs, but insists that she take a vacation. Against Donna’s better judgment, she decides to do just that. While she’s taking a much-needed rest, she eerily discovers something extremely wrong with the mansion in which she’s staying. There isn’t one ghost inhabiting the space. How can this be? Donna has no idea what would cause this? As the reader moves along, you’ll soon discover that ghosts have vanished and all types of havoc is being done to the town and cities alike.
As much as I would have liked a lot more excitement than what I got, this wasn’t a total bad read. It had some very funny elements to it and was more like a cozy horror story if there is such a thing. Oh…wait, there is, The Perfectly Fine House. This wasn’t my type of read, but I enjoyed the story for what it was.
Overall, the Sexy Nerd gives The Perfectly Fine House three ghostly nods. Like I mentioned, this isn’t the type of horror book I’d normally read, but if you’re looking for something light and funny at times, you will enjoy this novel. Until next time, Nerds, open a book and get mind blown!