Warning: This review contains spoilers for the book “Dream House” by Marzia Bisognin. Do not read this review if you have not read the book “Dream House” by Marzia Bisognin. If you already have read the book, or you do not mind spoilers, then feel free to read this.
I have returned with another book review! This time, I’m reviewing the book “Dream House” by Marzia Bisognin. It’s been a while since I’ve read something that feels closer to a horror/mystery genre, so it was nice to get back to that. Here’s the summary so we know what it’s about:
“When Amethyst stumbles upon the house of her dreams, she can’t help but be enchanted by it, even if there’s something a little…off about the place.
It’s everything she’s ever wanted in a home, so when the Blooms invite her to stay the night to avoid an impending storm, she instantly accepts.
Yet when she awakes the next morning, alone and unable to bring herself to leave, Amethyst comes face-to-face with unexpected twists and turns—like Alfred, the creepy gardener; Avery, the handsome but secretive neighbor, and a little girl who keeps appearing and vanishing within the house.
As Amethyst searches for the Blooms and tries to unravel the truth, her connection to the house only grows stronger. Will she be able to break free of the house’s allure, or will its secrets keep her trapped forever?”
First off, the one thing that got me hooked into reading the whole book was the writing style. The book is in first-person in Amethyst’s point of view, and the way the descriptions of all the characters and the settings of the house and so on are enough to get a good picture as of what they all look like, but they are not too heavy to the point that the book is full of overwhelming, many-page-long description, either. This makes this book easy to read, and follow the main story. Elements of the supernatural take place in this book, such as ghosts for example, and it really adds to the overall plot and is, actually very vital to some points in the story.
I like the character of Amethyst, and how she was willing to take some risks to sate her curiosity, but also the fact that she knew when to be careful. When things were out of place for her, she wouldn’t try to run away from that confusion. She would, instead, try to work things out and understand what was going on before making a decision regarding what she should do. This is something I find that a lot of protagonists fail to do and usually run head-first into most situations without thinking of the consequences, which annoys me, but Amethyst thankfully does the opposite and I think it really works for her character.
Usually when I read romance in a novel, it’s usually the part that doesn’t seem to make much sense at all to put in a novel unless it’s supposed to be the central part of a novel. However, I thought the romance between Avery and Amethyst worked very well in this book, and it made a lot of sense starting from the beginning up to the end of the book.
There was a definite plot twist in the book that caught me off-guard in a good way, and helped to make complete sense of the book. They also helped make sense of certain elements of the book such as the romance between Avery and Amethyst, for example.
Overall, I’m going to give this book 5 out of 5 stars. This is a very clear read, but it still keeps its sense of mystery throughout the book. However, a warning before you plan on reading the book: The book contains two scenes where characters attempt to hang themselves, and there is a recurring theme of death in this book. If you are sensitive to this type of material, you may want to avoid reading the book. Otherwise, feel free to try reading the book!