Remy Galway and her young daughter Olivia are putting their lives back to together after her failed marriage. She decides she wants to go her own way and does not live in her parent’s house so she rents a 300 year old house in the small town of Cold Spring Harbour on Long Island, New York.
The house used to belong to the captain of a whaling ship in 1840 and there is a full wall mural of the 19th century Captain Eli Gaspar in the house.
After uprooting her life and moving in, Olivia decides that she doesn’t like the house. She feels that she is being watched but little does she know, her and her daughter are sharing the house with Eli and 2 other mysterious beings (ghosts) that cannot be seen.
Eli doesn’t like the interruptions and changes the Galway’s have brought with them and wants to scare them off but when someone, or something, starts threatening the life of Remy he soon becomes her protector.
Overall, having never read anything from Michael Phillip Cash before I was not sure what to expect from The After House, but I loved it.
It is a ghost story that spans 174 years. It has some great believable characters from the past and present. It is also a love story filled with danger and tragedy.
Each short chapter builds the tension until the final events are revealed, but will Remy survive, will Eli get his way and what is the purpose of the 2 mysterious figures? You will just have to read it to find out.
At 200 pages, The After House is a great short book that I read in one sitting. It was addictive and absorbing with excellent, strong characters. While I wouldn’t say it is very scary, it is a good ghost story that would suit teenagers and adults.
Highly recommended. I will definitely be looking out for other books by Michael Phillip Cash.
RRP: £8.99 (Paperback) / £3.59 (Kindle)