Gothic Revival Tour Date: October 18-22

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Michael Mullin

March 14, 2023 BookBaby
242 pages
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Chris, Anne, Fiona, and Lauren were inseparable friends while earning MFAs in Creative Writing. Years later they've grown apart and are surprised to receive an invitation to a reunion from the fifth member of their group, Eric, a successful screenwriter. Eric flies them to a remote lake villa where he reveals his new obsession: their group is a modern version of the famous one from Villa Diodati in 1816, the iconic literary event during which Frankenstein was created. Chris and Anne are their Percy and Mary Shelley. The free-spirited artist Fiona is like Claire Clairmont. Instead of Dr. Polidori, they have Lauren, PhD in Victorian History. That leaves Eric, the Hollywood player, as Lord Byron. Like Byron, Eric proposes they write ghost stories, an homage to their famous predecessors. Laughter, creativity, and reminiscence are soon replaced with deceit, suspicion, and fear. What is the self-proclaimed clairvoyant Fiona seeing and hearing? Why does Eric lie? What does the creepy old housekeeper know about their host? Tensions grow as relationships are tested until a shocking discovery reveals the true intention for the reunion.

My Review
Gothic Revival is an intriguing blend of psychological thriller and ghost story. And it has an ending you might not see coming. 
The story follows a group of friends who get together 10 years or so after they graduate college to write ghost stories at a remote lake villa. But there's more than meets the eye to Eric, and their reunion may not be all that it seems. But what secrets will be revealed? You'll have to read it and find out!
I enjoyed this book. It has a fun premise, and there are a lot of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. 
The story is written in different POVs, so we get a feel for each character, and you find yourself getting attached to and invested in what's going on with all of them. 
It's a spooky read with more than enough intrigue and suspense to keep the reader engaged. Plus, if you were a fan of the movie Glass Onion, you may enjoy Gothic Revival. 
4 stars! 

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Michael is the author of Simon, a modern-day retelling of Hamlet, and the cult-hit trilogy of twisted fairytales titled TaleSpins. He's a former college professor and preschool teacher who also spent years writing for Disney and other major studios. Michael lives in Pasadena, CA with his wonderful wife Dani and their cool dog Finn. Their twins, Sophie and Max, will soon be college graduates. In addition to writing, Michael is in the vintage collectibles & memorabilia business.

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