Peter Straub Tananarive Due is a writer with something to say to everyone, and The Good House is her most eloquent, impassioned, thrilling book yet. This is the work of a great storyteller who has come fully into the center of her magnificent talent.
Graham Joyce Author of The Facts of Life A subtle tale of terror. Tananarive Due is a powerful storyteller with a rich social agenda.
Valerie Wilson Wesley Author of the Tamara Hayle mysteries When it comes to suspense, Tananarive Due has no equal. The Good House is as packed with thrills as it is well-written...another winner!
John Ridley Author of A Conversation with the Mann Long one of the reigning icons of suspense, with The Good House Tananarive completes the near impossible: she outdoes even herself. [She] delivers a novel that is as haunting as it is humanistic. Long time fans can look forward to a welcome return. New readers are in for a great beginning.
Nalo Hopkinson Author of Midnight Robber Shiveringly good. Due has an unflinching way with the terrors that can beset the nuclear family, and with the love and honesty, can heal it.
… The Good House will remain on my bookshelf as an unforgettable read. What with characters fashioning hex-breaking crosses out of discarded Kentucky Fried Chicken drumstick bones, the imagery in the novel lingers.
Evelyn C. White
Using elements of the traditional haunted house story, Due (The Living Blood) constructs an ambitious supernatural thriller reinforced by themes of family ties, racial identity and moral responsibility. The Good House in Sacajawea, Wash., has belonged to four generations of the Toussaint family, but current scion Angela Toussaint hopes to sell it. Originally the home of her beloved grandmere Marie, who used vodou to heal the sick, the house has dispensed mostly pain to Angela, including the suicide of her mother when she was a child and the death of her son, Corey, who shot himself in the basement with a gun belonging to his father, Tariq. Angela's planned final visit dovetails with tragic incidents in town suggesting that a malignant force linked to the house is revving up. Then she discovers that Corey stumbled upon Marie's magic tools, and that, in a forgotten incident, Marie abused her healing powers to avenge an act of racism. Meanwhile, Tariq, who has become a demon incarnate under the house's influence, hastens to Washington for a showdown with his estranged wife. Due handles the potentially unwieldy elements of her novel with confidence, cross-cutting smoothly from past to present, introducing revelatory facts that alter the interpretation of earlier scenes and interjecting powerfully orchestrated moments of supernatural horror that sustain the tale's momentum. An ending that seems forced by an excess of sympathy for her characters is the only misstep in this haunting tale from a writer who grows better with each book. (Sept. 1) Forecast: A high-profile African-American female writer, Due (who's married to SF author Steven Barnes) deals with a rare theme in the horror genre-the contemporary black experience in America. Her last novel, The Living Blood (2001), won an American Book Award. With another novel, My Soul to Keep (1997), under film development, plus a six-city author tour for her latest, Due is due for big sales. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Horror author Due (My Soul To Keep; Living Blood) brings voodoo to the fictional town of Sacajawea, WA, in a cleverly plotted tale of possession and magic gone awry. When Angela revisits the Toussaint family mansion with her teenage son, Corey, her heart is fixed on a reunion with her estranged husband. Corey's aversion to the town, his trouble with local racist kids, and his sudden preoccupation with magic go unnoticed by both parents. The increasing power of an ancient evil accidentally released years ago by Angela's deceased mambo grandmother begins to overtake the house, leaving muddy traces and making eerie noises in the plumbing. When Corey and his friend dabble in voodoo rites, a baka possesses Corey, changing his personality and eventually leading to his suicide. Unleashed into the world, the baka attacks others in the community with disastrous results. Only Angela, who has spent three months in a mental hospital following Corey's death, can perform the cleansing rituals that will heal the rift between her family and the gods. But can she fight the demonic powers allied against her? A weak ending somewhat mars this great, old-fashioned, haunted-house story, but libraries should purchase for popular collections.-Jennifer Baker, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Due returns to the supernatural fiction she mines so well in the series begun with My Soul to Keep (1997) and The Living Blood (2001), though her latest falls outside that series. Due keeps richly packed and layered description alive with lines of suspense laid through each marbled paragraph. Since the jacket copy gives away the opening plot turn (a suicide), readers may find the first chapter somewhat overcrowded and slow-going until the background material sucks them in and gives power to a forthcoming death that the novel itself only faintly prefigures (thus the reader seemingly knows more than the author). Angela Toussaint divorced her heavy-handed husband Tariq Hill a few years back and now divides care of their son Corey. She's a Hollywood lawyer who runs her own entertainment agency and has come back to her dismally spare Pacific Northwest home village of Sacajawea, Washington, for a summer vacation with Corey. Tariq shows up and Angela finds herself bedding her ex. They live in the marvelous Good House, built by a pharmacist in 1907, then willed to Angela's Gramma Marie Toussaint, a Creole herbalist regarded by ignorant townsfolk as a supernatural doctor. Gramma Marie's wild daughter Dominique gave birth to Angela but later commits suicide at the kitchen table with an overdose of Sominex, as discovered by Angela. Gramma raises Angela, who inherits Good House. Corey himself has a wild streak, stages a robbery and steals his mother's African voodoo ring, an heirloom, for a girlfriend-or so he says. He doesn't get it back to Angela for four years. Then, during a Fourth of July party she hosts with Tariq, Corey shoots himself in the cellar with Tariq's old gun, and Angela skids into amental hospital for three months. An invisible force brings more murder and suicide to Sacajawea, and, with her old lover, Myles Fisher, at her side, Angela faces her demon as past and future intertwine. Spread the good juju. Due weaves a stronger net than ever. Agent: John Hawkins/John Hawkins Agency