After Jen’s alcoholic mother’s death, her father cracked. He dragged Jen to this dilapidated old manor on the shore of New Jersey to “start their new lives”—but Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a chilling past—and the more Jen discovers its secrets, the more the house awakens. Strange visions follow Jen wherever she goes, and her father’s already-fragile sanity disintegrates before her eyes. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn’t know was haunting her—and the mysterious and terrible power she didn’t realize she had.
A perfect October read!
Nic Sheff's Harmony House weaves the past and present into a spine-tingling horror story that reminded me of Stephen King's Carrie.
Jen and her evangelical father move into Harmony House to serve as caretakers to the property. Jen's mom is deceased and her father Anselm is determined to keep the same "demons" from taking his daughter. Jen is self-medicating to get through the pain of the loss of her mother and her father's daily prayer rituals. She has visions of HH when it was a convent and a place for unwed mothers. But the convent isn't a kind place and the Mother Superior is anything but a woman of God. The house seems to be affecting her father as well. Anselm is becoming more like the deadly Monsingor in Jen's visions.
Since Jen was little she has had this fire within her. When she becomes angry or scared things happen. Light bulbs exploding. Pictures flying off walls and hitting people. <--- Hence the nod to Carrie.
Jen must weave through her visions to discover the atrocities harbored in Harmony House before the house consumes her and her father.