All I Want by Darcey Bell

I had heard a lot about Darcey’s previous novel “A Simple Favor”, and I’m ashamed to admit I have not read it yet, but was intrigued to read her newest book seen here.

Thank you Atria books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: When Emma’s husband, Ben, falls in love with a large Victorian mansion for sale in upstate New York, he swears to her the fixer-upper will be worth the risk. With a baby on the way, Emma would like to live in a charming, safe community, after all—and in a space larger than a one-bedroom New York City apartment. On impulse, she agrees to Ben’s plan and they put in an offer on the house. Sure, the mansion has a somewhat creepy backstory and is a bit dilapidated, but Emma and Ben are in this together, aren’t they? When strange things start happening, Emma begins to experience a little buyer’s remorse. What’s the real history of this house? Is its dark history repeating itself? Why does her husband suddenly seem so distant? Is she in danger? Is her baby?

Well, this was a bit of a letdown for me. I really wasn’t impressed with the plot or character development. I liked how the book started off with such eerie vibes, but it completely fell flat. Don’t even get me started about the ending. The twist was definitely not worth the read. Score one point for creating a story that’s unforgettable and another for an absolutely beautiful cover! I will go back and try her previous book as I have heard a lot of hype about that one – in a good way.

2/5 Stars

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