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Night Falls on Predicament Avenue by Jaime Jo Wright: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

As the walls of the house at Predicament Avenue reveal their hidden truths, two women--generations apart--discover that fear and foreboding are no respecters of time.

In 1910, Effie James is committed to doing anything to save her younger sister, who witnessed a shocking murder, leaving her mute and in danger of the killer's retribution. Effie must prove what her sister saw, but when a British gentleman arrives, he disrupts Effie's quest with his attempts to locate his wife, Isabelle Addington, who was last seen at the supposed crime scene in the abandoned house at 322 Predicament Avenue. Just as Effie discovers what she seeks, she finds that the blood staining the walls will forever link her to a scandal she couldn't imagine, and to a woman whose secrets promise to curse any who would expose them.

A century later, Norah Richman grapples with social anxiety and grief as she runs her late great-aunt's bed-and-breakfast on Predicament Avenue. But Norah has little affection for the house and is committed only to carrying out her murdered sister's dreams until crime historian and podcaster Sebastian Blaine arrives to investigate the ghostly legacy of the house's claim to fame--the murder of Isabelle Addington. When a guest is found dead, the incident is linked to Isabelle's murder, and Norah and Sebastian must work together to uncover the century-old curse that has wrapped 322 Predicament Avenue in its clutches and threatens far more than death.

Jaime Jo Wright, multi award-winning author--including the Christy and Daphne du Maurier awards--is a coffee-fueled and cat-fancier extraordinaire. She has entwined her life with the legendary Captain Hook, residing serenely in Wisconsin's rural woodlands. Her literary vocation involves penning chilling Gothic tales, a baffling change from that of Austenites, with a strong preference to the master of dark, Edgar Allan Poe. Two mischievous urchins adorn their family, who keep their mother on her toes - providing an exhilarating amount chaos.

Visit her at: http://www.jaimewrightbooks.com and listen to her podcast MadLit Musings on your favorite podcast player or at http://www.madlitmusings.com

Jaime Jo Wright is truly a master at creating stories that are simultaneously suspenseful and spooky, while also filled with hope. Night Falls on Predicament Avenue was absolutely no exception and I absolutely loved it! 

This is a dual timeline story, alternating between 1910 and present day. In the past, Effie and her sister stumble upon a murder scene at 322 Predicament Avenue, but when police investigate, no evidence of such is found. When a stranger shows up believing they heard to the murder of his wife, Effie is thrown into the investigation. In present day, Norah is now running a B&B at the residence, where Sebastian- a true crime podcaster- is staying and researching the historical case, the ghost that seemingly haunts it, and even perhaps that of Norah's very own sister. Both stories were equally captivating and had me at the edge of my seat. There were many twists and turns to keep readers guessing. The stories were heartbreaking, but there was a beautiful message of faith within it as well. 

If this is your first Jaime Jo Wright read, you might be questioning the idea of a ghost story within Christian fiction, but the thing that I love most about her books is that nothing is ever quite what it seems. While it has all those spooky vibes of a ghost story, in the end, everything is perfectly explained.

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