The Inn On Hanging Hill by Christy Barritt is a fast-paced romantic thriller set in the Chesapeake Bay area of the northeast United States. This is the second book in the Beach House Mysteries.
I haven’t read the first book, The Cottage On Ghost Lane, but after reading The Inn On Hanging Hill, I definitely want to. This book was spooky but not scary. Full of tension and suspense but nothing horrific. There is deception and forgiveness and, when the truth is revealed, I could feel the relief of the characters, especially Lindsey (the main character).
This is a romance and there is one kiss. I appreciated how Ms. Barritt wrote how two people can be attracted to each other all while honoring God. I feel like a lot of Christian romance sidesteps attraction but it is part of who we are and to ignore it is to ignore part of God’s creation. Even better, though, is how it’s handled. Yes, they’re attracted to each other, but the attraction is built on respect (even if there is some deception going on) and a genuine interest in the other person.
Taken together, the romance and the suspense create a great story that kept me guessing. Even when I thought I had it figured out, I didn’t. I enjoy books like this and highly recommend this one. This is a good book for older teens through adults who enjoy romance, hanging-on-the-edge of your seat suspense, and plot twists galore.
Goodreads rating: ★★★★☆ I really liked it and recommend it.
About the Book
Book: The Inn on Hanging Hill
Author: Christy Barritt
Genre: Romantic Mystery
Release date: October 2021
Each house has a history. Each person has a secret. Each turn of events leads to danger.
Lindsey Waters never wanted to return to the seaside inn where she grew up. Too many traumatic memories haunt the place, both from her childhood and from days gone by. But with guilt relentlessly chasing her after a tragic choice, she’s desperate for a fresh start.
Mysterious incidents begin plaguing the inn—dangerous incidents—that make it clear someone wants to scare Lindsey away. But why? Does it have anything to do with the two weeks missing from her memory when she was abducted at age twelve?
Childhood friend Benjamin Newsom seems like an answer to prayer when he shows up to work as a handyman. But something is different about him, something Lindsey can’t put her finger on. She’s certain Benjamin harbors secrets.
As peril continues to close in, Lindsey must decide if she wants to face her past or run. She doesn’t know whom she can trust, and whatever choices she makes will determine if she lives or if she becomes part of the inn’s tragic legacy.
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About the Author
USA Today has called Christy Barritt‘s books “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky.”
A USA Today and Publishers Weekly best-seller, Christy writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have sold more than three million copies, one has been made into a TV movie, and another is being developed for a TV series.
Christy’s books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.
She’s married to her prince charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.
Christy currently splits her time between the Virginia suburbs and Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She loves spending time with her husband, her two sons, and her four dogs.
For more information, visit her website: www.christybarritt.com.
More From Christy
I’ve always loved old houses—ones you can look at and see that they were once full of life and love. But, through the years something happened, and these places now stand in neglect. Based off that idea, I developed the Beach House Mystery Series. Each book is a standalone—the series is connected only by theme—and features a different beach house on a different beach.
The Inn on Hanging Hill was inspired by my time on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The area was once thriving and one of the wealthiest in the country. But the railroad changed, and that left the area isolated and without enough work to support the population. It also left it with tons of history—and stories that go along with that history.
I hope you enjoy Lindsey’s story!
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