RBD: Book Review – ‘The Secret of Hillcrest House’

The Secret of Hillcrest House
Melanie Robertson-King
King Park Press
April 16, 2016
Print and Kindle
147 Pages

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The Secret of
Hillcrest House

Melanie Robertson-King

Sometimes there’s more
to a house than bricks
and mortar
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Hillcrest House is one such place. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque town of Angel Falls, there is more to this Victorian mansion than meets the eye. When referring to the house, the locals use the word haunted on a regular basis. Strange visions appear in the windows, especially the second-floor ones over the side porch. Even stranger events take place within its four walls.

Rumour has it, the original owners, Asher and Maggie Hargrave, never left their beloved home. They claim the couple and their family are responsible for driving people away. Over the years, Hillcrest House has changed hands numerous times. No one stays long. Renovations begin then stop and the house is once more abandoned. The latest in this long line of owners is Jessica Maitland.

Will Jessica be the next one to succumb or will she unravel the mystery of the haunting of Hillcrest House?

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Melanie Robertson-King’s latest novel serves up a delightful
blend of the supernatural and spicy romance,
Lynn L. Clark, author of The Home Child, and
Fire Whisperer & Circle of Souls: Two Novellas of the Supernatural,
& The Accusers

Intrigue, dark buried secrets, hot romance and a neat
twist in the tale make this riveting reading,
Sheryl Browne, MA Creative Writing, Choc Lit Author

A fun read that keeps you guessing right up to the surprise ending.
Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author of Janelle’s Time – 2nd Edition,
Moria’s Time, Adelle’s Time, & Logan’s Time

Review – “The Secret of Hillcrest House”
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written by Melanie Robertson-King

Jessica Maitland, looking to reboot her life after the death of her baby, and the end of her marriage, bought the old Hillcrest House in Angel Falls via the internet, discovering when she arrived to take possession that it wasn’t quite what the real estate website indicated. 

As she set about making her new home livable, strange, and sometimes frightening things happened. 

When the house was livable and presentable, more unusual and alarming happenings interrupted a housewarming party.

She started piecing the history of the house together, hoping to find some answers.  She learned the Hargrave family had lived in the house in the 1880s. Many locals believed the Hargraves never left the house, and it was they who chased away numerous new owners over the years. 

Undeterred, Jessica, who had fallen in love with the house, including those who resided there with her – and a local constable – stayed.  Then, one day, she discovered the true Secret of Hillcrest House.

 This book is really a fun read.  It keeps you guessing about the big secret, right up to the last minute.  I would definitely read this book again, and I’d recommend it to friends, and anyone else who enjoys a nice mystery/romance story.  I give this book 5-stars.

 By Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author

Get your copy of ‘The Secrets of Hillcrest House’ HERE

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Author Bio

A native of eastern Ontario, during her pre-school years, Melanie lived in a winterized cottage on the shore of the St Lawrence River. Prior to her starting school, her family moved to Brockville where she received her education, including a post–secondary degree in Computer Programming.

Growing up as an only child, Melanie was an avid reader and remains so to this day. It was through this love of the written word that she knew that one day she would become a writer. When she wasn’t talking about her dream of becoming an author, she wrote stories and began honing her skills at an early age.

Melanie’s father was a Scottish national, who came to Canada as a ‘Home Child’ through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland. She promised herself that one day she would travel to her father’s homeland to see where he was born and raised. That first trip was in 1993 and she’s not looked back since, having returned to the “auld country” a further eight times and is looking forward to trip number nine. On one of her many trips to Scotland, Melanie had the honour of meeting Princess Anne (The Princess Royal).

Melanie began her professional writing career in non-fiction. Eight of her articles have been published, with one being an international feature cover article. At the same time, she continued to develop her writing voice: short stories (both fiction and non–fiction) as well as novel-length work.

Melanie’s debut novel, ‘A Shadow in the Past’, was published by 4RV Publishing in the summer of 2012. Melanie even made the trip to the Kansas Book Festival in September to celebrate the launch of her novel and met her publisher and editor face–to–face for the first time, along with two other authors from the publishing house.

Other works by Melanie include a compilation of short stories, ‘The Consequences Collection’; a children’s chapter book geared to ages 7–11, ‘Tim’s Magic Christmas’; and a short novel set in a fictitious Eastern Canadian haunted house, ‘The Secret of Hillcrest House’. Her short story, ‘Cole’s Notes’, was included in EFD1: Starship Goodwords – a cross-genre anthology (Carrick Publishing, 2012).

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Excerpt

“Keys. I’ll need them unless you want me to break in.”

Transfixed by the image, Jessica couldn’t look away. She extended her arm and dropped her ring holding her house and car keys into his hand.

“You stay here,” he ordered before sprinting to the front of the house.

The face appeared to be that of a young child. After a few minutes, the image faded. She blinked thinking it vanished because she’d stared at it for so long, but even that didn’t help.

Frightened by the disappearance, she dashed after the officer.

When she stepped through the door, the pungent smells of damp and stale assailed her nostrils. Out of habit, Jessica reached for the light switch. She discovered an old-fashioned push button one indicative of knob and tube wiring. That was another expense she wasn’t prepared for.

At one time, the dark wainscoting in the foyer shone. Now it was dull, dingy and covered with dust. The paint above it and on the ceiling had peeled and curled. Flakes littered the floor and stairs. She grabbed a loose piece of paint from the wall and gave it a tug. It pulled away with little resistance.

Two large rooms stood on either side of the main hall. Jessica entered the one to her left. Pocket doors, off their tracks, cut off part of the large doorway. Yellowed wall and ceiling paper hung from crazy angles. The plaster it once covered now exposed. Sheets covered the furniture. At one time, they had been white but now, layered with dust. Jessica thumped her hand down on the back of a sofa forcing a cloud of the grubby powder into the air. Choking, she scurried out and into the room across the corridor.

It, too, was in the same state but in here, boards didn’t cover the windows. Sun shone through grimy panes of glass, and dust particles floated in the air trapped by the beams of light.

The sound of footfalls on the stairs echoed through the house. Jessica turned. She gasped and clapped her hand over her mouth. On the back of a sheet-covered sofa, lay a pristine, long-stemmed red rose.

The officer stepped into the room, securing his truncheon to his belt. “I thought I told you to stay outside.”

She didn’t reply. Stood shaking and pointing at the flower. Tried to speak but no sound came out. The room started swimming in front of her eyes. Her mouth went dry. She felt cold and clammy.

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Would you like to read and review Logan’s Time?
Email me at Dayna@DaynaLCheser.com
I’ll provide a free copy for an honest review.

Read a Free Chapter HERE

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BOOKS by Dayna Leigh Cheser
‘Janelle’s Time’, ‘Moria’s Time’
‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

Janelle’s Time’ (2nd Edition) – 2017

 

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RBD: Book Review – ‘The Secret of Hillcrest House’ — 2 Comments

    • Hi Melanie, and welcome back!
      The book was a delight and following it since ‘birth’ has been an experience.
      Keep up the great work!
      Have a great day!
      Julie/Dayna

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