The Hungry House by Elizabeth Amelia Barrington is in a genre that I wouldn’t normally read. I am so glad I overlooked my normal barriers and sat down to read this fabulous tale. It has taught me a lesson that sometimes it is okay to travel outside your personal box by trying something new.
The primary characters are well developed, and the plot line was intriguing. I did find a few of the plot points to be predictable, but it wasn’t enough to detract from the overall story. The setting was well established by the supporting facts and intricate details related to Portland, which helped to set the scene and create a visual in my head.
The main character, Vicky Howell, was developed in a manner in which I could relate. She faced numerous struggles that began with the prologue, and continuing through to the end of the book. I found myself sympathizing with her situation, and pulling for her in the end. I think the reason I could relate so well was because I have had friends who have faced similar hardships. I have seen similar transformations as they struggle to deal with the losses, and it is painful to witness. I think this was what made her such a realistic character.
My favorite character in the book was the antagonist, Frank. He wasn’t my favorite because I could relate to him, or that I was pulling for him. Rather, he was my favorite because I truly despised him. I think Elizabeth did a wonderful job creating a true villain. The second we are introduced to Frank, and his lascivious nature, I developed a deep hatred for this man and I wanted to see him punished for his crimes.
Overall I enjoyed this book. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Don’t let the 4 fool you. I would recommend this book to anyone. I am interested to see what else Elizabeth will have in store for us in future books