Hill House By Blair Howard *review
Posted by brriske
For more than ten years, she lay beneath the floorboards of Hill House. For more than ten years, she waited. Who was she? Who put her there? Why? Harry Starke vows to find the answers to those questions, but to do so he must embark upon an investigation that will put him and those close to him in deadly danger, take him deep into the underground city, the Dark Web, murder, organized crime, prostitution, and human trafficking. One by one, he peels back the layers, and with each one, he sinks a little deeper into the morass, the seamy underbelly of a world few know of, and even fewer want to be a part of. Hill House has many doors. None of them lead anywhere but into darkness and despair.
Hill House is the third novel on a mystery series that is quickly winning the attention of the readers, the Harry Starke series. Even though this is a series, the book could be read as a standalone. Nevertheless, I truly recommend to start with the first book, it is amazing and would let you meet some great characters that would accompany our dear and unpredictable detective, Harry Starke.
The author was a very unique way to start his novels. Always letting you see a fleeting moment of what seems to be a quiet, normal or boring moment in the life of Starke. He is thinking about other people, what he will do later or work stuff but there is nothing that is consuming his mind. It is very interesting that the author decides to start everything this way because in the course of a few paragraphs, maybe a page, everything in our hero’s life does a 180°. This, in my opinion, has become one of the seal marks of Mr. Howard’s novels and, certainly, the one I love and treasure the most because it lets you see how one’s life can change in a second and that we are the ones that can choose to ignore our call and move on or do what we must, unknowingly craving out path into the world and other’s lives.
There is something very special about Harry Starke. I have followed him through his multiple cases and I feel that with every book I get to find out a little bit more about the true identity of our detective. What I love about him is the multiple facets, personalities if you will, that conform his character and how they complement each other. I have seen our detective joke and prank Loonie, an acquaintance that h wishes was not, but on the next second he is turning into Sherlock Holmes or a man with appreciative thoughts regarding the beautiful policewoman that once was more than an acquaintance/friend/coworker. He is a very complex character but, I believe, that what I like most about him is the fact that even when he has seen a thousand of crime scenes, he still has a sense of humanity that coexist with the logic he needs to find the culprits of the crime and make them pay for it. A lot of people have asked me what I mean by humanity, well, maybe what I mean is more like compassion and solidarity. In a homicide, he doesn’t seen dead bodies or skeletons but the face of someone that was alive, that was robbed of his life. I have heard him call sweetheart a poor child that lost her life due to human trafficking, asking to her and himself what happened to her and getting angry in her place. Honestly, that truly touched my heart.
In this novel, we get to see our beloved smart mouth detective trying to uncover the secrets involved in a cold case, a homicide with possible sexual assault of a teen girl. The poor thing has remained in an abandoned house for what seems to be a couple of decades, waiting for someone to find her under the floor and help her tell her story and catch the culprits. Of course, that person could be no other than Harry Starke, who will stop nothing to uncover the secrets behind that old house and the poor girl. With nothing more than the possible age of the victim, a silver cross and a gold ring, he embarks himself on a journey that will take him to the underground world, where human trafficking and prostitution are common and, might even be the least of your worries.
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock