Joan Hall’s HOUSE OF SORROW #bookreview #mystery

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Ciao, amici! I’ve got another review today. This one is a fast read, but it’s incredibly enjoyable. It’s a prequel short story to a first-in-series, and you’ll be ready for book one the second you reach the end (but you’re going to have a short wait, I’m afraid). Anyway, I’ll let you see for yourself…

My Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Great Introduction to a Series

I love a good mystery, and this story sets us up for what promises to be a great one. In House of Sorrow, Joan Hall introduces us to Ruth, a practical woman who, with her husband, moves into a glorious Victorian home. She becomes dear friends with her neighbor Sam, a man who believes in wild conspiracy theories and crazy superstitions. The two couldn’t be more different, but they say opposites attract. They form an unshakable platonic bond, and it was a joy to watch their friendship form. Plus, Sam was a great foil through which we start to see the curse from Ruth’s perspective.

Hall weaves so many historical events of significance into the story along with   the narrative, which added a weight and a truth to the piece. The sixties were a fascinating time, and it was interesting to see these situations through the characters’ eyes. 

The end of the story establishes Ruth’s change in beliefs and sets up the first book in the series. I’m eagerly looking forward to it. This was an easy five stars from me.


I’d love to talk about it with you. Leave your thoughts below. Grazie!

Published by Staci Troilo

A writer fascinated with interpersonal relationships, the importance of family, and the relevance of heritage. Learn more at https://stacitroilo.com.

53 thoughts on “Joan Hall’s HOUSE OF SORROW #bookreview #mystery

  1. Wonderful review, Staci! It’s on my kindle and I’m looking forward to the read. Congratulations, Joan! I’m so happy for you. ✨🎉✨

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  2. This one is on my Kindle and next on my reading list. I’m very much looking forward to it. Congratulations to Joan on a wonderful review. I know I’m going to love this story, especially with the 60s references.

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