Narrator: Jesse Vilinsky
Published by Tantor Audio on June 30, 2019
Length: 4 hours and 15 minutes
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Nature abhors a straight line. The natural world is a place of curves and softened edges, of gentle mists and welcoming spirals. Nature remembers deviation; nature does not forgive.
For Harlowe Upton-Jones, life has never been a straight line. Shipped off to live with her paternal grandparents after a mysterious cult killed her mother and father, she has grown up chasing the question behind the curve, becoming part of a tight-knit teen detective agency. But “teen” is a limited time offer, and when her friends start looking for adult professions, it’s up to Harlowe to find them one last case so that they can go out in a blaze of glory.
Welcome to Spindrift House.
The stories and legends surrounding the decrepit property are countless and contradictory, but one thing is clear: there are people willing to pay a great deal to determine the legal ownership of the house. When Harlowe and her friends agree to investigate the mystery behind the manor, they do so on the assumption that they’ll be going down in history as the ones who determined who built Spindrift House—and why. The house has secrets. They have the skills. They have a plan. They have everything they need to solve the mystery.
Everything they need except for time. Because Spindrift House keeps its secrets for a reason, and it has no intention of letting them go.
Nature abhors a straight line.
Here’s where the story bends.
In the Shadow of Spindrift House is a coming of age story with a haunted house. It follows four friends (brother and sister twins, and a brother and his foster sister) who’ve been solving mysteries. Harlowe is sorta the main character of this story. She really loves her mysteries and has had a crush on, Addison, the twin girl. She is also an orphan, who tried living with her grandparents, but when that didn’t work, she was taken in by Kevin’s mother.Kevin is Harlowe’s foster brother and lives on the family farm and loves nothing more than his pet chickens. He does love his friends and is willing to go on adventures with them. Addison is the twin girl and she’s a bit ready for the mysteries to be over, but is willing to go on this one last hurrah. Andy is Addison’s twin brother. He’s really quiet and has anxiety. He keeps pot around to help with the anxiety.
So these four friends have been solving mysteries for a bit, but it is time to grow up and get steady jobs to support themselves. Harlowe decides to talk the group into taking on one last mystery that comes with a huge payout if the mystery is solved. They must go into a haunted house and find the paperwork that proves ownership, as the house could belong to one of three different families and the land is worth a lot of money.
Now, I have to say Mira Grant is an autobuy for me. I love her stories. More importantly, I love her characters. I fall in love with all of her characters, which can be a problem when the author writes horror stories. Needless to say, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that not all the characters survive a horror story. But I love the time I get with each and every character, even if that time can be short. If you’ve never tried Mira Grant (or her other pen name Seanan McGuire, who I still need to try), I highly recommend her work.
This was my first listen with Jesse Vilinsky. I have to say that I enjoyed her narration of this story. There isn’t a large cast, as it is mostly just the four friends, but she did a great job with all the voices. I lost myself in the story as she was reading it. I would love to try her with other stories as well.