House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy
Ben Tierney moves his family from Manhattan to Swannhaven in upstate New York in hopes that starting anew, renovating an old mansion into a destination hotel, will bring his family closer together. His wife throws herself whole-heartedly into the renovation, trying to find purpose after losing her career in high finance and having a bit of a breakdown. Ben is trying to write a new book. And his older son, Charlie, was the victim of intense bullying and the private schools in upstate New York seem like they will be perfect for him. All seems well, the transition is going smoothly, but little things keep happening. Is someone trying to warn them away? Or is something more sinister happening in Swannhaven?
This is a book I wished I read by a roaring fire, sipping hot cocoa with snow gently falling outside. Would have made it so wonderfully creepy. But alas, it was not to be, instead we experienced a heat wave. Still, the book is creepy. Throughout you wonder what is really going on. Are the strange things occurring random events, the work of a human (or humans), or something more fantastic at work? As the story progressed, and I figured out what was really going on, some of my favorite spooky short stories came to mind. Like in another recent review I cannot name the story for fear of giving away the plot. You’ll just have to be freaked out and guessing most of the way through just like I was.