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Return to the Dark House

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Return to the Dark House

It is rare for sequels to go above and beyond the first. However, RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE kicks it up a notch with new scenery, new scares and a bigger climax than the first.

After Ivy escapes the Dark House, she can’t shake what happened there. The broken promise of returning to rescue Parker and leaving him behind haunts her still. The police have no new leads and Ivy decides to take the case into her own hands. The killer always vowed she would return for the sequel and he was right.

“RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE is incredibly entertaining, filled with twists and turns which will keep you guessing until the very end.”

The biggest change between the two books is the lack of perspective changes with each chapter. In WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE, it follows a new character’s perspective each chapter --- getting inside the heads of at least six characters. This makes for a difficult read as readers are constantly confused as to which character is which. In RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE, readers will have no such problem. Yes, there is a bit of perspective change but not to the same degree as the first book.

Laurie Faria Stolarz continues Ivy’s story in this sequel which tops the first. The writing is fantastic; it definitely keeps readers on the edges of their seats. Whereas in WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE Stolarz recycled classic horror clichés, the sequel is fresh. Stolarz creates an elaborately layered plot, leaving readers to fall deeper into the story.

Reading the first book in the Dark House trilogy, I didn’t feel as connected to Ivy. Her story was a bit unrelatable. Having a cast of seven main characters (in the first book), it was difficult to focus on one or the other. In the sequel, however, Ivy quickly becomes everyone’s favorite protagonist. In her desire to rescue Parker and the others, readers will easily be drawn to her bravery and loyalty.

RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE is incredibly entertaining, filled with twists and turns which will keep you guessing until the very end. Laurie Faria Stolarz created an amazing sequel which will definitely keep you up at night. Just remember to keep the lights on.

Reviewed by Jeanna Michel on July 20, 2016

Return to the Dark House
(Dark House #2)
by Laurie Faria Stolarz

  • Publication Date: July 19, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction, Horror
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • ISBN-10: 142319473X
  • ISBN-13: 9781423194736