Review: Harmony House By Nic Sheff


Category: YA Fiction

Published: March 2016

Read: November 2016

Score: 2/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Jen Noonan’s father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror.
After Jen’s alcoholic mother’s death, her father cracked. He dragged Jen to this dilapidated old manor on the shore of New Jersey to “start their new lives”—but Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a chilling past—and the more Jen discovers its secrets, the more the house awakens. Strange visions follow Jen wherever she goes, and her father’s already-fragile sanity disintegrates before her eyes. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn’t know was haunting her—and the mysterious and terrible power she didn’t realize she had.

Review: So this was  a book I had high hopes for as it sounds amazing and had a little bit of horror attached to it I was very excited to read it. Alas I am disappointed overall. It was not a very good story and was not the best written book. I felt that there were things unanswered and just didn’t make sense to the overall flow of the book. supercell_cloud21

Jen moves with her dad to Harmony House and from day one she feels like there is something off about the place. It’s in a small town where everyone knows everyone and there are no secrets. She makes friends easy but will they stay her friends after a sleep over at the house? There is noises and bad smells and weird pictures. Everytime she turns around she is seeing something out of the corner of her eye. Than there is her dad…what can i say about her dad? He’s bat shit crazy! He’s a religious fanatic who forces Jen to pray and condone for her sins. It all builds up to an ending with a big storm that will determine the rest of her life.

750995c97cd3696e0c8e454e4fba1ed7It deals with death, and alcoholism and loosing a parent…and having a crazy one. Moving to a new town, making new friends. All good concepts but just not written out well. It jumps from one thing to the next and you never really feel any closer to anything. The prologue sets it up so that you know it’s a  crazy house but it never really explains how it is associated with the overall story. There is a pregnancy that isn’t explained….how the hell did it happen!?!? And than the boy who may or may not be a ghost. There are so many things unanswered you don’t feel good when the book ends. It’s obviously a stand alone but why so all over the place?

It’s written okay. It’s not very long book and there are not even a lot of paragraphs so it’s fast. It’s not very scary at all either. I can see some people liking this for sure but for me it just wasn’t very good at all. For teens they might like it and good thing is it’s not too scary so even the younger ones won’t find it too bad. The talk of rape throughout the book in different context is a totally different story.

Overall, not a good book. I am not sorry I read it but will not be reading it again.

Horror movie scene with a girl dressed in white in a desolated house; Shutterstock ID 149780201; PO: 1259; Job: ghosts
Horror movie scene with a girl dressed in white in a desolated house; Shutterstock ID 149780201; PO: 1259; Job: ghosts

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