Book Review: Renovation by Sara Brooke

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Renovation by Sara Brooke
File Size: 
403 KB
Print Length: 113 pages
Publisher: Sinister Grin
Publication Date: September 1, 2016
*** Review copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *** 

Synopsis:

It all started with a leaky roof. Or did it? Something bad is happening in the small picturesque town of Oak Shade, Florida.

The Brennier family has just moved into their new home, and they are excited about the prospect of a new life. A new beginning. But things don’t always go as planned.

Almost immediately, their beautiful home starts to fall into disrepair. And there’s that strange thing happening in the attic…

Their call for help to a local repair company quickly becomes a different cry for help. And their lives begin to crumble as the situation gets stranger and more disruptive. It soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems, and a simple renovation could mean the deconstruction of their lives.

Praise for Sara Brooke:

“Sara Brooke has written a nice Gothic horror story that has twinges of Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives with a twist of Bentley Little, but on a much darker, sordid level.” – HellNotes on Kransen House

“This novel is taut, well-plotted, and well-characterised…” – Mallory Heart Reviews on Still Lake

Renovation by Sara Brooke starts off with a familiar premise: a family has just moved to a new house, but lo and behold it seems the home inspection didn’t catch that the roof is leaky, which the family finds out soon after settling in.

Most home renovations in our ordinary lives can have nightmarish elements for different reasons: astronomical costs, uncovering other problems that previously did not manifest, the timeline of repairs, making sure a person has hired the right crew to do the job–not to mention the fact that one home repair seems to beget more items on the list.

In Renovation by Sara Brooke, things go wrong right from the outset. Mike, the father of the Brennier family, notices a construction crew has conveniently appeared right as he is surveying the damage from his leaky roof. They tell him they’re on their way to another job but that they could take a quick look if he wanted them to and provide him with an estimate of how long it would take to repair the roof as well as the cost. With not much other choice, Mike agrees.

The crew members of the construction team all seem odd from the start and it begins to affect the members of the family differently. Mike’s wife becomes far more sexually deviant and it’s not long before she abandons any inhibitions about sleeping with another man. Their teenage son, Greg, grows more and more suspicious. At one point in the book, all the family members have horrible nightmares that do end up materializing.

Suspense builds as the reader wonders whether Mike and his family will be able to escape the clutches of the “renovation crew” that has descended upon their house and is wreaking havoc. The interpersonal relationships between each family member begin to fray as the renovation crew wreaks havoc on them in different ways, which definitely made for an engaging read. Brooke does a masterful job of chipping away at the sanity of each character and showing the manifestations in unique ways.

If you like your horror with a hefty dose of creature feature mixed in with some highly erotic elements, you will definitely enjoy Renovation.

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Sara Brooke is an international Amazon bestselling author who writes horror and suspense novels. A lifelong avid reader of all things scary, Sara’s childhood dream was to write books that force readers to sleep with their lights on. Her first novel, Still Lake, was released Spring 2012. Among her other novels, she had The Gardens of Babylon published by Sinister Grin Press in December 2015 and The Zyne Project in March 2016. Sara’s influences and favorite authors include Bentley Little and John Saul. She is presently working on her next novel and an upcoming documentary film. You can find Sara online at her website.

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