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Author: Garth Stein
October was my pick for book club, and I felt like I had to redeem myself after my last pick that no one was able to finish :). This book had been recommended to me, and I already knew and liked the Author from The Art of Racing in the Rain. Like that book, this one takes place in the Seattle area but with a ghost story twist. Perfect for Spooktober! We decided to combine it with a pumpkin painting party, so if you’re looking for ideas stick around:).
Excerpt from Amazon.com
“Twenty-three years after the fateful summer of 1990, Trevor Riddell recalls the events surrounding his fourteenth birthday, when he gets his first glimpse of the infamous Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have separated, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with Aunt Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, and divide up the profits.
But as young Trevor explores the house’s hidden stairways and forgotten rooms, he discovers secrets that convince him that the family plan may be at odds with the land’s true destiny. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.”
(Taken from LitLovers.com)
What roles did the women in this book play in the lives of the men?
How are the houses used as characters in the novel?
How does the author’s portrayal of ghosts and spirits differ from other ghost stories you’ve read?
What does “faith” mean in the context of this novel? Are faith and belief the same thing? How would you answer the question: “How do we reconcile the differences between what we see and what we know?”
I will say that the pumpkin decorating distracted a little from the discussion (at least for me since I was reading the questions), but we still were able to cover a lot of ground. Much of our talk centered around how dysfunctional several of the relationships were. Then, of course we talked about the ghosties and the mystery that unfolded throughout the book. I don’t want to give it away now!
Due to its suspenseful nature, this book was a super quick read that captured my attention the whole time. It really causes you to think about the supernatural world, or the existence of spirits as well as solving the mystery within the book. Personally, I loved imagining the house and all of its secrets as I was reading.
Angie grants 3.5 out of 5 Halos to this book
Peek inside book club
I didn’t manage to capture any shots of our food because I was so busy with the pumpkins! Some of the creations showed up on Monday’s post, and some new ones or different angles are showing up for the first time.
If you love these pumpkins or are looking for an interesting read, pin these to your Pinterest Boards:)
What is your favorite spooky read, or what’s the last thing you’ve read this month? Have you done anything with pumpkins yet?