The Family Plot (2020)

The Family Plot The author of the enormously successful Boneshaker returns to Tor with her unique take on the classic haunted house bookChuck Dutton built Music City Salvage with patience and expertise stripping his
  • Title: The Family Plot
  • Author: Cherie Priest
  • ISBN: 9780765378248
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The author of the enormously successful Boneshaker returns to Tor with her unique take on the classic haunted house bookChuck 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 propertThe author of the enormously successful Boneshaker returns to Tor with her unique take on the classic haunted house bookChuck 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 questions Then she stops answering the phone.But Dahlia s concerns about the corpse and Augusta s disappearance are overshadowed when she begins to realize 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.The Family Plot is a haunted house story for the ages atmospheric, scary, and strange, with a modern gothic sensibility to keep it fresh and interesting from Cherie Priest, a modern master of supernatural fiction.
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    1. The Family Plot is such a superb book I have a deep love for haunted houses and yes, even though I didn t find this book scary was I intrigued and engrossed with the story Then again, it will take a hell of a lot to scare me Nevertheless, I found myself hooked from the start with the mystery of the Withrow house I could easily imagine the place because Cherie Priest manages to portray it so vividly And, besides the strong story did the story also have great characters Dahlia the main character i [...]

    2. When Augusta Winthrop offers City Music Salvage the rights to her ancestral home, before its destruction, Chuck puts his business on the line and takes her up on her offer Hoping there is enough in period building materials, stain glass windows and other things he sends his daughter Dahlia and a crew of three others to take what they can There they find many things that will than make the initial investment pay off, but there are other things, not so nice, not so easily explained, that were not [...]

    3. Family Plot by Cherie Priest is a 2016 Tor publication This story is written just the way a good horror novel should be, with an ending that gave me the shivers Haunted houses and ghost stories are my favorite horror novel tropes, but I seldom find a contemporary tale that satisfies me So, I am happy I discovered this little gem Anyone who enjoys ghosts, the paranormal, or horror novels will want to give this book a try.This review is the copyrighted property of Night Owl Reviews To read the ful [...]

    4. A salvage team is dismantling an old mansion and encounters than they expected How fun to read a ghost story set in Chattanooga while there for training, and be able to see some of the landscapes mentioned in the book by looking out my hotel window This is absolutely a time when reading the book in the setting aided in the enjoyment But if you like old houses and mysterious cemeteries this is probably the book for you.

    5. Probably 3.5 stars somewhere between liked and really liked If you like ghost stories, this is a good one, with some creepy moments The true star of this book is the house The house s antique details are described well, and various rooms the attic, the pink bathroom, the bedroom with the closed door are so vivid that they almost become characters instead of just places The last 15% or so of this book is really gripping and scary and I especially enjoyed the last page I love ghost stories, and ha [...]

    6. 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2016 10 26 You never know what you re going to get when you pick up a book by Cherie Priest This is the third novel I ve read by the author, after Boneshaker and Maplecroft, but in neither of those cases did I feel strongly enough to continue their respective series The Family Plot, however, was a little different I found myself hooked from the first page, and didn t come up for air until I was finished.Maybe it was because of the book s topic I [...]

    7. I am reading this now and shitting myself with fear, for reals, I had to pee last night I had to hold it until this morning cause no way no how did I want to get up in the DARK, walk across the WINDOW FACING THE FIELD then go to the DARK DARK BATHROOM by myselfholy fuck

    8. A group of salvagers are given the job of a lifetime, strip down an old mansion in four days A make or break job for the family business, failure is not an option Not even when the local ghosts have other plans It s spooky at times, and I admire the determination of the characters But I still consider this a oh hell no book There s a ghost in the shower We can get around this by not putting our face in the water Oh hell no.Let s all just sleep in one room If the ghosts watch us all night, at lea [...]

    9. A haunted house book Hadn t read one in ages so decided to give this one a try Music City Salvage is a salvage company that specialises in buying the rights to stripping old houses of their contents to sell on Owned and run by Chuck Dutton, the company is floundering and in need of some profitable business to help salvage it pun intended In walks Augusta Withrow, the only living member of the Withrow family left and owner of the large and derelict family home The house is to be demolished and sh [...]

    10. Review from Tenacious Reader tenaciousreader 2016 1I loved the entire premise of this book The story focuses on members of a scavenging team that go in to old properties to pull out pieces that can be restored and resold Chuck Dutton, the owner of Music City Salvage, decided to seize a financial opportunity that will either make or break the struggling company Sight unseen his signs the papers to purchase an old estate that looks promising He pretty much paid money than he could afford for it, [...]

    11. I m not a huge reader of ghost stories and seldom read horror Still, this felt like Cherie Priest skipped through the fall harvest in an apple orchard taking swipes at apples Sure she hit most, missed some, but it s still all low hanging fruit Whether it was dramatic weather or cheap situational symbolism or the autistic boy who sees knows all or the inevitable accident delaying them leaving in time to avoid catastrophe, she used them all in the most obvious way possible Which is sad because I l [...]

    12. The Family Plot is a by the numbers haunted house story but I loved every minute of it I also felt this book is a bit of a return to form for Cherie Priest It will likely appeal most to fans of her Eden Moore series.Dahlia works for the family business, her dad s architectural salvage company Times have been tough, but then, what seems like a potential gold mine falls into their lap Mrs Withrow, a lady of a certain age, wants her family estate torn down ASAP But first, she s selling the rights t [...]

    13. ACTUAL RATING 2.5 STARS I am very disappointed.Two reasons 1 I love ghost stories and haunted houses and this one was missing something, and 2 This is the first book I ve read by Cherie Priest, and she features a lot on my TBR, and this doesn t fill me with confidence for future books.My favourite part of the whole story was actually the poem at the end.So if you are a young manWith a bonny maid to woo,Be careful with the vows you makeAnd who you make them to.For wicked girls will weave a web.Be [...]

    14. I think the blurb killed this one for me Honestly, the whole book is handed to you right there, on the spot For example, it says that a storm hits the old house and shuts the salvage crew inside the property well, that only happens about 80% into the book.Overall, I think I would ve enjoyed this so much if it had any surprises left or any plot untouched Other than that, even though Cherie Priest created some nice enough characters, I didn t really care for their plight or for the house s story [...]

    15. This was a truly a creepy and scary read This was my first read from Priest, but she writes beautifully and really can set an amazing backdrop for a southern gothic tale I will write about this once I can sit with it a little longer, but overall, I really liked The Family Plot Thanks to all the great GR reviews that pushed me towards this one

    16. Reading The Family Plot felt like watching a home renovation show on HGTV It gave me the same sense of vicarious satisfaction to imagine the old house that is the focus of the story being dismantled piece by piece, with Dahlia Dutton and her crew deciding what can be salvaged and what isn t worth saving from the wrecking ball It made me wish I could show up to work in cruddy jeans and boots and root around in a century old carriage house I wouldn t mind switching places with Dahlia for a little [...]

    17. I really wish I had a chance to read this book on a dark and stormy day, because basically, that was all I found missing I have always enjoyed Priest s writing since I started her Eden Moore series years ago which I still need to finish BTW and when she released Maplecroft, my adoration soared Therefore, I had extremely high expectations for The Family Plot and in my opinion the book really delivered and met them.The book starts as Music City Salvage takes a job salvaging the historical Withrow [...]

    18. Inspired by an episode of Salvage Dawgs a reality series about people who make their living salvaging fixtures from old buildings Cherie Priest s latest standalone horror novel, The Family Plot, is a unique take on the traditional haunted house story.In the book s opening chapter, Dahlia Dutton and her father, Chuck, buy the exclusive rights to pick over the remains of the Withrow estate, a decaying Tennesse mansion slated for demolition in a few weeks time Even they know the offer is too good t [...]

    19. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty A horror movie fan must read Opening Sentence Yeah, send her on back She has an appointment Excerpt YesThe Review I love it when a title can mean two different things The Family Plot by Cherie Priest is my first foray into Priest s writing I ve had her Steampunk series on my TBR pile for years but unfortunately I haven t been able to get to them yet and I really can t wait to read them The Family Plot is a standalone horror novel that is eerie and [...]

    20. I love a good haunted house story and this one is just perfect Hot tip save this for October and thank me later Reminiscent of The Haunting of Hill House and Insidious, this novel features a tough, slightly damaged heroine who didn t make me eyeball roll once serious place as character and creepiness in spades.The plot is pretty simple Dahlia, whose family runs a salvage business, is tasked with tearing apart an old estate in a matter of days, a job which requires her and her small crew cousin B [...]

    21. I don t normally read horror, but I was intrigued by the description of this story, which is a haunted house narrative Old house with a colourful history, doors closing unexpectedly, strangely functioning plumbing, possible ghost sightings Yup, this story has these elements It also has a no nonsense protagonist in Dahlia Dutton, who works for her father, stripping old houses of valuable items and furniture Dahlia is coming off a divorce, and has lost her own old house as part of the settlement.D [...]

    22. I don t know if it s just me but the description as currently given seems a bit off There is indeed a Family operated salvage company given the go ahead to strip a house The owner wants nothing to do with the contents and wants it over with as quickly as possible When they arrive to begin work they discover some personal items and although the owner wants to see a photo album that was discovered she does not even want to step past the porch to view it.The workers are staying in the house during [...]

    23. Sooooooo spoooooooky 4.5 maybe I don t usually read haunted anything stories I think my last may have been read when I was in high school But what a way to return to this genre Yes, it s scary Well written, great flow to the story, and I never knew what would happen next The ending felt like it was wrapped up a tad bit suddenly I feel the epilogue ameliorated this somewhat I don t know if I would have had the guts to read this if I hadn t read most of it during the daylight hours Terrific book f [...]

    24. 4.5 stars Wow, Cherie Priest knows how to write tough female protagonists Dahlia and the Music City Salvage crew travels to a lucrative find a crumbling mansion with lots to be salvaged Almost immediately, things get creepy Dahlia and her three man crew do not scare easily, but soon all of them agree that the Winthrow mansion is NOT your typical property That said, Dahlia s father owns the faltering Salvage company, and everything balances on this salvaging project To save money, the crew even a [...]

    25. The Family Plot opens with a salvage business in dire straights and a business proposition the old Withrow house is on the verge of demolition Chuck Dutton, owner of Music City Salvage, hears the words chestnut and original mouldings upon being visited by the property s owner, Augusta Withrow, and Chuck doesn t ask about her lack of sentiment he only sees the dollar signs attached to the ruin when she shows him the photos of the old place Augusta Withrow only wants to be rid of it burn it to the [...]

    26. A Creepy HGTV CW Crossover Full disclosure I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley In all the years she d been talking to houses, the houses had never talked back We can t salvage ghosts They don t sell for shit Music City Salvage is struggling several of their clients stiffed them on pretty hefty bills, and their warehouse of stale stock just isn t moving So when old money Augusta Withrow approaches them about buying the salvage rights to her family estate, owner Chuck Dut [...]

    27. I received an e ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Macmillan Tor Forge.Take my word for it, this is one scary novel My only reason for not giving it five plus stars is the ending which would seem to indicate that this will become the first novel in a series I sincerely hope there will be books, but going into the book expecting it to be a stand alone and then encountering that ending bumped me down with quite a thump Not so much disappointed as questioning At times I actually wanted to sto [...]

    28. 4.5 5Mon avis en Fran aisMy English reviewI had the chance to read different novels by Cherie Priest, and it s true that I had a great time mostly When I saw the release of this new story, I admit that I was very curious to see what the author would present us again How not to be intrigued when we find a mixture of ghosts and haunted house I love this book The idea of a company paid to retrieve pieces of a home, removing everything slowly for its wood, windows, doors, I find it always very intri [...]

    29. I honestly didn t know how much I wanted a good old fashioned ghost story until I picked this one up Cherie Priest is best known for her steampunk stuff, and the non steampunk stuff I ve read of hers has been mixed for me, but this really worked.The story takes place entirely at an estate on a hill in a small town A family that clears out old estates and resells the contents has been contracted for this house, a house with a bit of a reputation in town of being a little creepy Still, there s a l [...]

    30. Deliciously spooky ghost story I m a total chicken when it comes to horror, but I love Cherie s Clockwork Century books, and it s October, so I thought I d give it a go Loved Dahlia, the main character, and all her crew Loved the peek into what it s like salvaging old houses, something that I knew exactly zero about And absolutely loved the creepiness It reminded me of a Shirley Jackson story, perfect for the season

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