The Family Plot

The Family Plot

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Chuck Dutton built Music City Salvage with patience and expertise, stripping historic properties and reselling their bones. Inventory is running low, so he's thrilled when Augusta Withrow appears in his office offering salvage rights to her entire property. This could be a gold mine, so he assigns his daughter Dahlia to personally oversee the project. The crew finds a handful of surprises right away. Firstly, the place is in unexpectedly good shape. And then there's the cemetery, about thirty fallen and overgrown graves dating to the early 1900s, Augusta insists that the cemetery is just a fake, a Halloween prank, so the city gives the go-ahead, the bulldozer revs up, and it turns up human remains. Augusta says she doesn't know whose body it is or how many others might be present and refuses to answer any more questions. Then she stops answering the phone.But Dahlia's concerns about the corpse and Augusta's disappearance are overshadowed when she begins to realise that she and her crew are not alone, and they're not welcome at the Withrow estate. They have no idea how much danger they're in, but they're starting to get an idea. On the crew's third night in the house, a storm shuts down the only road to the property. The power goes out. Cell signals are iffy. There's nowhere to go and no one Dahlia can call for help, even if anyone would believe that she and her crew are being stalked by a murderous phantom. Something at the Withrow mansion is angry and lost, and this is its last chance to raise hell before the house is gone forever. And it seems to be seeking permanent company.
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765378248
Characteristics: 365 pages


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Feb 21, 2018

"When in trouble, when in doubt- run in circles, scream and shout."

ReadingAdviser_Sally Feb 21, 2018

"He said you couldn't compare a house to a living, breathing person- it wasn't the same thing. In her sentiment, that was the sacrilege, right there."

ReadingAdviser_Sally Feb 21, 2018

"My name is Dahlia Dutton, and I'm sorry about what's coming. I want you to know, it isn't up to me. I'd save you if I could, but I can't- so I'll save what pieces of you I can. In that way, you'll live on somewhere else. That's all I can offer. But I promise, I will take you apart with love... and I'll never forget you."


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May 01, 2018

I typically do not read this type of book. I don't watch horror flicks for sure. Not even sure why I was drawn to check it out! That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters were developed well enough to be engaging and the author was even able to keep me from closing the book and saying "Naw---I don't think so", even though the folks stayed in the house that all of them knew contained ghosts. Maybe it had just the right amount of escapism and scariness. I'd say if you enjoyed the movie Poltergeist, you should give this a try.

SnoIsleLib_AngelaB Jun 01, 2017

Compelling characters, a race against time, and home improvement in a creepy haunted house book that gave me goosebumps. Cherie Priest is known for interesting characters, realistic group dynamics, and fast-paced horror plots, and this book contains all three. If you loved films like “The Amityville Horror” and “The Woman in Black”, or want a good scare, you will enjoy this.

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