House of Whispers: Book One Of The Supernatural Properties Series (Supernatural Properties)
by Margaret Lucke
Cover Artist: Timothy Lantz
Review by Beth Slater
Juno Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780809571581
Date: 01 March 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Claire Scanlan is back in California trying to pick herself back up off the ground after a devastating, surprise divorce and an entirely new career change. Starting her real estate career with the opportunity to list a world-renowned architect's ocean-view home seems like a dream come true until a co-worker worms her way into the deal and the seller is forced into a difficult decision –- which agent should represent his brother's home? But the house has a history of its own –- the owner and his family were brutally murdered in it and the past haunts the house –- or maybe a few ghosts.
Claire is late for her first day at Golden Gate Properties, the third real estate agency to try to sell the LeGrande House. Since the listing was supposed to be hers, but had been given to Avery, their boss decided to let Ben Grant choose which agent would be the best representative for his property. Avery Collier is also new to the agency. Both women drive to the mansion on the cliff to meet the man and the house, and soon find out why so few sellers are inclined to buy.
Claire has suffered from nightmares her entire life, but has always written them off as part of a vivid imagination –- something her grandmother had done in Claire's childhood. Until her recent divorce, Claire's nightmares had faded into the background but for some reason they have returned and are becoming increasingly violent. The morning she began work for Golden Gate, she had been late because of the nightmares the night before –- and when she stepped into the LeGrande house, she knew right away there was a connection.
The competition between Claire and Avery seems to heat up rather than dissipate as their connections to Ben, the LeGrande house, and the murders continue, even when Claire begins to question whether her thoughts -- and dreams -- are her own.
I love paranormals, and I originally thought this was a young adult mystery paranormal. However, it doesn't list it as that or seem to be advertised as such. For me, though, I would probably bounce it down to that. The storyline and suspense level is more in that area than for the usual mystery level, and it had trouble holding my attention. The ghosts, well, I had questions. I probably won't follow this series, but I would recommend it for more mature teens who like paranormal.