The House on Foster Hill

Written by Jaime Jo Wright
Review by Hilary Daninhirsch

The House on Foster Hill is an edge-of-your-seat multi-period mystery that brims with suspense, romance, and inspiration.

A century ago, Ivy, the daughter of a mortician, becomes entwined in the baffling circumstances surrounding the death of a nameless young woman, found in a tree on the property of an abandoned house in rural Wisconsin. Ivy is convinced that the woman had a baby, and that baby still could be alive. Against the wishes of her father and an old friend, Joel, who has reappeared in town after a twelve-year absence, Ivy risks her life to find the truth.

Fast-forward to the present day, and the reader meets Kaine Prescott, who, sight unseen, buys the abandoned house on Foster Hill in the town where her grandmother, Ivy, was raised. Kaine flees San Diego for a fresh start, as she is reeling from the heartbreaking, sudden loss of her husband. Kaine is convinced, however, that her husband’s death was no accident, and that she herself is being stalked; the San Diego police never believed her. Although no one but her sister knows her destination, strange happenings convince Kaine that her stalker has followed her to Wisconsin. In the interim, Kaine teams up with a potential new suitor to uncover the secrets of the house on Foster Hill.

The author deftly weaves the two time periods into one cohesive story, with parallels between the two women’s life stories, as they were in search of self, love, and faith. The writing is atmospheric, and the author is so skillful at constructing delightfully hair-raising scenes that at times, I was scared to turn the pages. Twists and turns kept me guessing the entire time. Ultimately, the book was a satisfying read, and it is highly recommended.