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Book Review: How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

When Louise receives a call from her brother that their parents had died suddenly in a car crash, she flies home to help him sell their house and plan the funeral. She quickly realizes that her relationship with her brother is too damaged for them to be respectful and the house is too haunted to sell as it is. It is full of her mother’s puppets and dolls who all seem so move on their own, turning on the television and making noises in the attic. As she starts to get the full story about her family’s history, Louis realizes that there are bigger secrets than she could imagine and it all begins and ends with an evil puppet. Popkin.

This book is brilliant. The kind that you can’t put down. The characters are flawed but likable. The mere thought of Popkin sends chills down my spine. It’s about time we had a good story about how creepy puppets are. This could have gone wrong, cheesy and laughable, but Hendrix yet again proves he is a master of horror stories.

While I was reading this, I could feel every injury that Louise and Mark sustained. Every cut. Every bruise. Every limb amputation. A gory, ghoulish trip down memory lane.

I’m hearing rumors that this has been optioned by one of the studios for a film or television show. I cannot wait to see this come to life. My hope is that they use a lot of practical effects to bring the puppets to life. If they bring that together half as well as Grady Hendrix wrote this story, it will be amazing.

If you like horror novels that are impossible to put down, give How to Sell a Haunted House a read. You won’t regret it.

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