The Perfectly Fine House – Stephen Kozeniewski & Wile E. Young
Title: The Perfectly Fine House
Author: Stephen Kozeniewski & Wile E. Young
Publisher: Grindhouse Press
Page Length: 230 pages
Always excited to read anything by Kozeniewski, I picked this up in a flash. And I was rather surprised.
Maybe it’s because this is co–written with Young, or maybe because it was a different kind of genre from the usual—but there was a different voice in this story than what I am used to reading from Kozeniewski. This was neither a bad thing or a good thing, just unexpected.
As far as the storyline goes, I never knew what to expect and the story was never predictable. It was a paranormal mystery with loveable and flawed characters. My only gripe being that sometimes the relationships felt forced and magnified when the storyline wasn’t ready for them. And sometimes, I felt confused by several of the events lacking clarity.
Overall, it was an entertaining read that kept me engaged and curious. Every story Kozeniewski is part of is always original and imaginative. Young is a new author for me, so I have nothing to compare it to, maybe that will change now.
You can find the story on Amazon in Kindle format and paperback.
Synopsis: In an alternate reality where ghosts are as commonplace as the weather, the most terrifying thing imaginable is a house not being haunted.
Donna Fitzpatrick runs a surrogacy agency, where ghosts can briefly possess volunteers in order to enjoy carnal pleasures. She’s also working herself into an early grave. But that’s no big deal because death is no worse than puberty. That’s particularly evident in Donna’s twin, Kyle, a self-absorbed roustabout who spends most of his time high on sage. Kyle’s been in arrested development since his motorcycle accident fifteen years ago.
When Donna has a panic attack, Kyle insists she take a vacation at an abandoned mansion. There’s just one small problem: there isn’t a single ghost in Jackson Manor. And while an unhaunted house seems no worse than an oddity at first, soon ghosts go missing, natural disasters consume entire cities, and every afterlife on earth is threatened by the terrible secret behind…