Genre: Gothic Horror, Drama
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
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The Thomas’s were an average, upper-class family – three lovely girls, a little boy who always seemed to be in trouble, a father lost to war, and a mother doing her best to uphold the family name in his absence. Their hilltop home was handed down for generations, and was filled with all the usual knick knacks every family accumulates with each new generation.
Years later, a young woman searching for her own family discovers she is the last remaining descendent of the Thomas’s, and that she has inherited the house with the breathtaking ocean view. When she stumbles upon a box full of her lost family’s belongings – little things only she could appreciate – she is enchanted.
But families collect stories, too, and the tales these little treasures have to tell will reveal a family that began tearing itself apart the night little Stanley Thomas died, with each tale more gruesome than the last.
It’s the horror you inherit that haunts you.
I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
If you were lucky like me to be corrupted by V.C. Andrews ‘Flowers in the Attic’ as a young teenager, then this book will be like coming back to somewhere familiar.
It is a family full of secrets. It starts with Chloe, who has inherited a family home of a relation she didn’t know she had. Considering that she was adopted. As Chloe and her fiance Guy go through the house, Chloe finds a box of trinkets and as she delves into it, the story goes through flashbacks of the family that Chloe never knew.
Tragedy probably struck long before, but it seemed to go downhill when the son of Dahlia Thomas, Stanley, is killed. His death remains a mystery until much later in the novel. His death seems to send his family into a spiral of mysterious deaths and more secrets.
Some books, I read. Other books, I inhale and don’t look up until I’ve absorbed every last drop of the story. This was one of those books where I absorbed it. I didn’t want to put it down as I watched the family crash and burn around the only sane family member, Stella.
The ending though. That was a little weird, for my tastes, anyhow. But it seemed to be that the legacy of the Thomas family would carry on in the Thomas house.
I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for something a little horrific, filled with twists, so many lies and secrets that destroy everything around. This was a really good book.
I’m an Aussie writer who has been writing short stories and novels since I was a kid, but I’ve been self-publishing since 2013. I’ve released two horror anthologies, Trails and Anomaly, and a neo-noir novella, The Rental. Little Treasures is my first published novel, but two more novels and another anthology are on the way toward the end of the year. I love all things horror/thriller, particularly the sorts of stick-with-you thrills that can only be generated from stories of the psychological variety.