Review: The After House by Michael Phillip Cash

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Publisher: Red Feather

Publishing Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9781500600365 

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1.0/5

Publisher Description: Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

Review: This was tough to rate. I can see why reviewers either rated it high or low. The good: good writing……. Ok, the bad: simpering main character, tons of dialogue and a weak story line.  This story line was taken directly from the old 1947 movie and 1945 novel “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” written by R. A. Dick (Josephine Leslie). The movie starred Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. Here is that movies synopsis. “Defying her conventional in-laws, young widow Lucy Muir leaves London with her young daughter and moves into a secluded seaside cottage. Lucy discovers the ghost of deceased former owner, sea captain Daniel Gregg is haunting the house but has the courage to stand up to him, and woman and ghost become friends.” Now just insert Remy for Lucy, her parents for in-laws and Captain Eli for Captain Gregg. Even the way the Captains behave are in lock step with each other.  Kee-rist, there is even a portrait of the captain that changes expressions as the ghosts emotions change just as in the T.V. series. Fug.

This is an amateur attempt at resurrecting a great novel, only this bride came to the wedding in a tattered black dress and smeared lipstick. Maybe the author should “slip over to the Republican side” to up the prose.

 

 

  

 

 

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