The Amore family was cursed from the very start. This family history starts in Italy and follows their immigration to America all the way to present time. Eleanore inherited a house she knows nothing about, but it came at the right time. She’s on the brink of divorce and doesn’t know what to do with her life or the strange daughter she is trying to raise. A reporter wants to do a tell all on the tragic history, and what may be multiple murders, of Haven House. Eleanore and her daughter Maj go there a few days before the reporter is expected to arrive to try and unlock the secret of the witch house before the reporter can. When she arrives she finds 14 year old Byrd Whalen. She’s ran away from home and claims the witch house as her birthright. Eleanore may be in the dark of the family history but Byrd knows everything and slowly tells her the stories of the cursed women of the family while they search for the answers they are looking for.
This book had me from the start. I hated to put it down for real live. It got to the point where I was so immersed that I rushed through it just so I could see what happens. My initial thoughts are that it is a lot like Tess of the d’Urbervilles. It is a heartbreaking and seems like that tragedy doesn’t end. But you fall in love with the characters despite their major flaws and seem to root for them even when you want to slap some sense into them as a lot of their tragedy is of their own orchestration.
The author opens this narrative with a letter about trigger warnings. The story is riddled with every kind of abuse you can think of: rape, torture, physical abuse, verbal abuse, incest, abandonment. You name it and this family has probably been plagued by it. While some of it was extremely hard to read I don’t feel like it was painted in a positive light. I liked how it showed that there are lasting effects from abuse and it can spurn generations of the same abuse if not recognized so one can break the cycle.
I really enjoyed reading this book. And I think it would appeal to anyone who is a fan of VC Andrews books. She also delved into generations of familial abuse. But I think one would have to be in a place where they have come to terms with their own abuse in order to be able to get through this with the Amore family. I give this book a solid 5 out of 5.