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Publisher's Summary

“An enthralling debut by a gifted storyteller!” (Wendy Walker, author of Don’t Look for Me)

In this spine-tingling, atmospheric debut for fans of Jennifer McMahon, Simone St. James, and Chris Bohjalian, a woman returns to her hometown after her childhood friend attempts suicide at a local haunted house - the same place where a traumatic incident shattered their lives 20 years ago.

Few in sleepy Sumner’s Mills have stumbled across the Octagon House hidden deep in the woods. Even fewer are brave enough to trespass. A man had killed his wife and two young daughters there, a shocking, gruesome crime that the sleepy Upstate New York town tried to bury. One summer night, an emboldened 14-year-old Clare and her best friend, Abby, ventured into the Octagon House. Clare came out, but a piece of Abby never did.

Twenty years later, an adult Clare receives word that Abby has attempted suicide at the Octagon House and now lies in a coma. With little to lose and still grieving after a personal tragedy, Clare returns to her roots to uncover the darkness responsible for Abby’s accident.

An eerie pause resister, Beneath the Stairs is about the trauma that follows us from childhood to adulthood and returning to the beginning to reach the end.

©2022 Jennifer Fawcett. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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alright book

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Worth the read! Good story!

This story wasn't quite what I expected from the blurb, but the overall book was much better than I'd hoped for. Creepy more than scary, realistic romantic situations, exploration of family/friend relationships, culminating in a satisfying ending. As someone child-free by choice, the "motherhood" thread made me roll my eyes a bit, but I'd definitely recommend this story and would read/listen to this author again.

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With a variety of new thrillers and horror books coming out in the next few months, this was a book I was excited about after reading some reviews and the synopsis. I love thrillers, horror, and ghost stories - and I read a lot of them. It was TERRIBLY SLOW. This is NOT a thriller. This is NOT a ghost story with any merit. I forced myself to listen to 15 chapters, I gave it a real go, but as it was going nowhere, had to return this book. The narrator only intensifies the tedious nature of this book, as her monotone voice drones on and on and nearly puts one to sleep. Narrator aside, I don’t think it would have been any better reading vs listening, because the story just fell flat. Disappointing.

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Don't waste your credit

The narrator makes this impossible to enjoy. Money down the drain on this one.