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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Do you believe in evil? – a book review of A Hole in the Attic by Mary Ellen Dias

Have you ever been excited to read a book then began and was disappointed? I must say that I felt that way when I began reading A Hole in the Attic by Mary Ellen Dias. The text was tedious and a bit repetitive, and the initial introduction of characters was a bit much to take in. But, as a diehard book lover, I did not let those things stop me from continuing the novel to discover the interesting story hidden within.

Taken from the back cover:

Anyone who loves a good mystery with evil and the unexpected thrown in absolutely must read this book! A Hole in the Attic by Mary Ellen Dias delivers a compelling page-turner about Trish Montgomery, a trusting and risk-taking woman who retires to the mountains and sets about restoring an old house. When Mike the handyman cuts a hole in the attic to do electrical work, evil pours in, the handyman disappears, and Trish is accused of murder. While her new friends rally to her aid, the horrors keep coming and the chances of clearing her name seem increasingly bleak. Can the medium or the psychic discover the source of this evil? Will it take the priests or the stranger from Rome to solve this eerie mystery? Dias has woven a story that is to be savored, enjoyed, and shared!

When Trish begins settling into her new town and home the story moves along slowly and somewhat painfully. But there is a quality to it that keeps your attention. You have to find out if what the town’s gossip spreads is true, if the lady who sells the vegetables and “feels” evil spirits is right, if the handyman is found or not and if Trish is convicted of murder, and, of course, you want to know if Trish and her best friend will take their relationship to a new level.

Then there is the evil that is lurking in Trish’s attic: Will it take over her home, the town or be vanquished by the stranger from Rome? Those are all questions I can’t answer because it would spoil the book for you. What I will say is that although the essence of the story is interesting I, unfortunately, wasn’t that impressed with the writing. Also, if you like “cliffhangers” then you’ll love the ending. Although I was a little disappointed with that, I am intrigued enough to pick up Dias’ next novel – if it’s a continuation of A Hole in the Attic.

Disclosure: I received a copy of A Hole in the Attic to facilitate my review, but that in no way influenced my opinion. The opinions expressed here are my own. No other compensation was received. If you click the picture and make a purchase I will receive a small commission. Here is my complete disclosure policy.

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