Happy Black History Month.
What an amazing book to kick off a celebration of Black Americans and their achievements.
Tananvarie Due is an author whose works I’ve been been aware of for awhile and I recently read her anthology Ghost Summer that I very much enjoyed. I also featured her on my October series Women in Horror linked here:
Women in Horror
- Favorite Horror Books by Women: Part I
- Favorite Horror Books by Women: Part II
- Favorite Horror Books by Women: Part III
Let’s not mince words. Horror is a field dominated by men. White men. Yes, things are changing and I’m so happy to see it because ever since I was a preteen my goal as a young black girl was to become a horror writer and it is delightful to see works by women my hue and heritage write such outstanding work and be published. What seemed impossible isn’t and through perseverance, hard work, and talent it can happen.
Black history shouldn’t just be celebrated for a month however by the way, it’s our duty to honor black people everyday. This month is special however and I will try my hardest to read and review a book a week written by a black author 🙂
First things first, never trust a horror book with something benign in the title. I mean, The Good House? You are just asking for haunts and horrors galore. And looking at the synopsis it’s much much worse than that.
Angela Toussaint visits her family’s ancestral home with her son every summer. Based in the small town of Sacajawea The Good House is a sprawling home of old Creole magic and summertime opulence. It’s a place for memory for Angela of her Gramma Marie and sanctuary away from the hustle of the city. Nothing bad has happened this summer. This summer when her son Corey unexpectedly killed himself in the wine cellar of the house.
Still broken two years later Angela decides to go back to The Good House to decide what to do with the property. What she finds out is the true evil that has been unleashed on the house and what her son and bloodline has to do with the recent rash of horrific accidents and murders.
This was one of the heaviest, craziest, and best horror novels I’ve ever read. With every page and twist I couldn’t believe my eyes and I stayed up late to read it which probably wasn’t the best idea since it did give me some gnarly nightmares but it was worth it in the end.
Angela as a protagonist was pretty amazing. I couldn’t even imagine her pain and her drive to go on was beyond amazing in every single way. Black women are built up early to be strong and to be the structure of families. When we fall apart who is there for us?
I loved the different Gods and religion in this book as well. I know nothing about Hatian Voudou and it was interesting to read about and learn about and it has made me even more eager to learn about it. aa
There were some faults in the books it’s a tad bit long and wordy. Some of the sexual interactions made me uncomfortable. And I was mixed overall on the ending. While I loved it I’m still not sure how I feel about it.
This is a book to read if you want to be terrified, enchanted, and feel hopelessness like never before.
So you know just a bit of a light reading.