Book Review: The Move by Laura Drake

I’ve read horror, fantasy, sci-fi, paranomral, romance, and more, but rarely have I read paranormal romantic suspense. So when I got the chance to read Laura Drake’s The Move, I was intrigued.

1. Thoughts on the plot

This book follows Selena as she moves from California to Oregon with her dad. Only, the house where she lives has a mysterious and ominous past and not everything is quite right within its walls. With the help of her neighbour, she has to solve the mystery of the house before things go from bad to much, much worse.

The book was sort of a standard haunted house story, only with a touch of romance thrown in. I really enjoyed the plot, the way the characters investigated, and the ultimate cause for the hauntings. I think all the elements worked well together, which really made the story for me.

2. Thoughts on the characters

For a novella, these characters are quite deep. I really appreciate the way that the little details fleshed out Selena’s personality in a way that made the most of the shorter word count. It’s a difficult thing to do in a novella and I really enjoyed it. I think I would liked to have known more about her dad, but that may be a topic for the next book.

3. Favourite part

Okay, okay, I know that this is a ghost story with a touch of romance, but honestly? I liked the depictions of food. Sue me.

4. Critique

I don’t really have a critique for this book. It followed the genre perfectly, had characters to root for and left you wondering what would happen next. I will say that I think the police officer is an idiot, but that’s not a critique of the book, just a reader razzing a character.

Overall, I would say that The Move is a charming paranormal romantic suspense novel. It takes all the elements of a ghost story that we love, added a dash of romance, and really made it work. An excellent novella.