Welcome to another week of musings, hosted by Should Be Reading.  My musing today is from this topic:

Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.


I am currently reading Starter House, by Sonja Condit, an ARC from Amazon Vine.




I selected it because of this portion of the blurb:

From the moment Lacey sees the house with the beautiful wood staircase, she knows she’s found her dream home. Growing up rootless with her flighty mother, Ella Dane, a self-proclaimed psychic, Lacey is determined to give her unborn baby the stability she never had.

I love stories about houses.  Love visualizing them, decorating them or watching the characters do that…and yet, there was the next part of the blurb that gave me pause:

But shortly after she and her husband, Eric, move in, the warm and welcoming house becomes cold and dark. There is something malevolent within these walls that wants to hurt her unborn child—a terrifying presence that only she can sense. And there is Drew, a demanding and temperamental little boy who mysteriously appears when Lacey is alone.

To protect her unborn child and save her family, Lacy must discover the truth about her dream house and the troubled Drew—a decades-old mystery involving secrets, violence, and guilt—and confront an evil that has lingered in wait for years.


What I’m not enjoying is how the character, Lacey, seems powerless to do anything but “go along” with the “demanding and temperamental boy.”  And I don’t like her husband, Eric, who is not supportive at all.  He dismisses everything she tells him, so she keeps secrets.

But….the story is suspenseful, and after reading it for awhile last night (I’m almost finished), I dreamed about it.  In my dreams, the story had a variety of endings…I wonder which one will actually happen?


Do you ever do that?  Pick a book you are not sure about, but you’re drawn to it anyway?  And you keep reading, even when you don’t like the characters?


What are you musing about today?


  1. I didn’t like any of the characters in the recent novel “The Dinner”, but I found the plot compelling anyway. In the same way that a book that no one liked can still provoke a great book-club discussion, unlikeable characters can still provide a positive reading experience–it’s all in the skill of the author!


  2. Starter House sounds like a good read. I often confuse myself when I dream about the books I’m reading because I’m not sure what my imagination has conjured up against what I have actually read. I tend to get annoyed with wimpy characters, especially if something truly scary is happening… great post thanks for sharing.


  3. I’ve continued to read and enjoy books even if I don’t “like” one or more of the characters. But if they start to feel too passive, boring or inauthentic I might give up. Sounds like a good read though, I love the premise.


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