Phobic ★★★★☆

cover58686-mediumFifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says. As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder.

To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door, which hides a staircase that leads to the ceiling. That’s when the flashbacks of the original residents from 1875 start, including a love affair between two young servants. Each vision pulls Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. Piper confides in her best friend, Todd, whom she’s gradually falling for, but even he doesn’t believe her…

Piper realizes her house isn’t haunted—it’s alive. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime, before she becomes part of her house for good.

-Back Copy

I haven’t been this afraid of a house since Rose Red. Cortney Pearson did a great, suspenseful job of keeping me on my toes throughout the novel.

The book opens by immersing us in Piper Crenshaw’s life as a teenage outcast. Her house is weird, she has one friend, the popular girls at school bully her relentlessly–on top of which both of her parents are gone: her father is recently deceased and her mother is in jail for murder. Oh yeah, and her house is haunted and overprotective.

I wasn’t afraid of the house until Piper gave me reasons to be. The flicking lights and TV set are nothing in comparison to an axe in the side, literally.

I could not put this book down! Once I started reading I was absolutely hooked into the story! You can purchase your copy on Amazon.com.

I received my copy free through NetGalley.com in exchange for this review.
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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.