The After House

The After House

by Michael Phillip Cash


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Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500600365
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Series: A Haunting on Long Island Series , #3
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Award winning author Michael Phillip Cash adds The After House to his growing list of titles. Within two years, this prolific writer has published eight novels and four screenplays. When not writing, he loves being with his wife and two children exploring the small villages along the North Shore of Long Island.

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The After House 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
JennieR More than 1 year ago
This was a clever tale that pulled me into a non-scary world of ghosts. With some great historical fiction and a little romance on the side - it had all you need for a good book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite “A rough day at sea is better than any day in the office.” – Sailor’s Code # 75. The After House is a young adult paranormal story by Michael Phillip Cash. After a painful divorce, Remy Galway and her daughter, Olivia, move into a 300-year-old cottage in Cold Spring Harbor. The house has an eerie feeling and Remy believes she’s being watched. Captain Eli Gaspar’s ghost wanders the house, brooding over a woman he cares for, but he can’t recollect some things from his past. He dislikes the new tenants who disturb him, so he goads them to leave with a few of his antics. Remy is disheartened when the house is ransacked, but refuses to let anyone, including a ghost, chase her away. However, the Captain has been around for ages and doesn’t intend to leave either. “The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.” Captain Eli is one such man who has experienced shipwreck in this very beguiling novel, The After House. Michael Phillip Cash's writing style is unforced, absorbing, and stirring. There are books that remain memorable because of their poignancy. The After House happens to be one of them that I’ll always remember. Even the book’s cover artwork has a haunting effect. The prologue was suspenseful and I had to know what transpired next. Historical information on whaling, which provided numerous products, as well as Cold Spring Harbor, was interesting. I highly recommend Michael Phillip Cash’s novel for a delightful read.
Holly More than 1 year ago
The After House is the story of how a haunted house brings together a man and woman decades apart! Remy and her daughter, Olivia had just moved into a new house after a failed marriage. Unbeknownst to them, the house has a secret call Eli. Eli was a whaler with a young family who didn't want him to go out whaling anymore but he didn't listen until a fateful day that he realized they were right. As we go back and forth between Eli's past and present, we discover how connected he is to Remy. With Remy learning that a ghost is in her house that may have played a major part in the town's history, she wants to know why he stayed behind. Everything will explode one fateful night when everything will come crashing down for Remy and Eli in the most unexpected ways that will let them see the light at the end of the tunnel! I'm finding it hard to write this review due to the simple fact that I don't want to give away much about this book. It truly is a great thriller / mystery read that will leave you up way past your bedtime just to find out what happened to Eli in his past and how this book will tie everything up! I truly believe in ghosts and this story is a perfect example of why some people stay behind, they have unfinished business and will not cross over until they have the answers they need like Eli. This would make for the perfect story to read during a storm just to get all the feels that this book brings out!! Thank You to Michael Phillip Cash aka Michael Okon for this really good book that is perfect for reading during a storm! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Author!
IReadWhatYouWrite More than 1 year ago
Remy Galway plans to buy the old long island home as a sign of her Independence after a long recovery from her bitter divorce. With her parents support she has slowly rebuilt her life and opened her own business. Now she is ready for her and her daughter to stand on their own. What she doesn’t know is that her home is haunted by a crusty whaling captain who is not amused by two females moving into his house, changing things. It doesn’t help that Olivia seems to be able to see him and isn’t at all frightened. His childish attempts to get them to leave is lost in the mystery of bad luck seemingly following Remy. Her home and business are vandalized and her car is run off the road. She doesn’t see any connection, however she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her and when she begins to receive phone calls that don’t show up on her cell phone history she begins to doubt herself. Luckily Hugh, a friend of her mother’s, is there to help see her through the trouble. This is the second book written by Mr. Cash that I have read and I continue to appreciate his writing style. His characters are larger than life and his story is exceptional. The historical aspect of the tale fit together beautifully with the modern day story. While this story focuses on Remy and her new found life, it is really about Captain Eli. I loved how Hugh, in his role as curator of the local maritime museum, holds the key that may give the Captain a chance to finish his tale. I would appreciate longer books from this author, but I can honestly say this book was exactly as long as it needed to be and there were no loose ends or rushed storylines. 5 stars I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest written review.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
We start this story in 1840. Eli is the captain of a whaling ship. He is on his way home when he comes across a large male whale and plans to capture and process it. But the whale has other ideas and sinks his ship. Flash to present day and Remy Galway. Remy thought she found the love of her life but after she was married to him and became pregnant things turned sour. She is recently divorced and trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Remy moves into the After House and strange things start happening. Eli is part of the house and has mixed feeling about a woman on ship. But he finds that he wants to get rid of her. Remy thinks something is amiss when the house is broke into, Remy’s studio gets fire bombed, and Remy is almost ran off the road. Is Eli trying to run her out or is something else going on? I liked Remy. She is a strong character but when we meet her she is unsure of herself and blames herself for her divorce. Eli means well but he is a traditional man and has a hard time accepting Remy and her daughter. But they remind him of something and keep him off balance. I really liked Marum and Sten. I thought they added a perfect twist to the story. This is a great mystery on several levels with a great happy ending. I love Michael Phillip Cash’s stories and this is another one that is great. Make sure to check out The After House, it’s going to surprise you. I received The After House for free from Michael Phillip Cash in exchange for an honest review.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining haunting. Remy rents a cottage for her and her young daughter, despite the protests of her parents. She needs her independence since her divorce. It’s not long before eerie things start to happen in the house. Her daughter, Olivia, sees a ghost. Remy hears things and sees things out of the corner of her eye. And someone is stalking her. Trying to run her business and raise her daughter, Remy has precious little time for romance. Her parents say that’s nonsense. There’s always time for love. And her mother arranges a meeting with the town mayor. Hugh and Remy hit it off immediately. It’s like they’ve known each other forever. Someone or something doesn’t like this one bit. Her house is ransacked, someone tries to burn down her business, and she sees something in the bushes by her house. And her ex-husband is a pain in the behind. Will she have a happy ever after or will something put an end to her dreams, or her? This was a lot of fun. I liked Remy and her need for independence. Her daughter, Olivia, is a precocious, charming young girl. And Hugh is sexy and smart, yet gentle and nurturing. The ghost is another matter. He’s a mess and ornery as a snake. There’s something keeping him here, and as I read more, I began to cheer him on, hoping he’d find what he forgot. There’s more than one mysterious otherworldly being in this story two. There are two onlookers that have their own agenda. They seem to have been involved with the characters in another book by this author, The Flip. I like that connection. There’s also a fascinating prologue. You learn a lot about the whaling era. And you will understand the meaning behind the title. I enjoy learning some new trivia from stories. Then the story begins in the present and the connections are made later. I enjoyed meeting these characters. Liked the mystery. Enjoyed the multiple character’s stories. And had a good feeling when I finished this book. Not to scary. Just right.
Protozoan More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by the author for an honest review.  I would give this book 3.5 stars. This was a fun and entertaining book. Definitely not what I was expecting at all. I was expecting some sort of suspense story but what I read instead was a quirky romantic comedy. It's filled with drama, the paranormal, romance and some funny antics and thoughts here and there. Overall, I enjoyed all of the characters, they were likable. The main character, Remy irritated me at times being so naive. I personally thought the plot was predictable but the story overall was entertaining. The writing is easy to read, nothing too complicated.  There were a few things that I didn't like about the story. Remy was frustrating at times because she had to make lots of mistakes to learn any lessons and she gave everyone the benefit of the doubt even if they did any type of harm. The timeline of events in the beginning of the book were not concrete. Remy starts her life back up with doing many things but you really don't find out how long it's been until half way through the book. By the time she starts her life up and has a house, there is no mention of how old her daughter is. There isn't even a hint. It just mentions that she's in school but her grammar suggests she's still young. That was confusing to me since I like to know the age range of the characters in the books I read.  Overall, I would recommend this book if you're looking for a paranormal romantic comedy. The story gave me some laughs :-) I would like to thank Mr. Cash for sharing his work with me, it was a pleasure.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
Living on an island I've heard my fair share of shipwreck stories.  Sad stories of lost loves and lives that make you wonder what the called these men to the hard life on the ocean. "The After House" by Michael Phillip Cash, tells the story of Remy Galway, a recently divorced mother of one.  In search of a new life Remy and her daughter Olivia move into an old house that was once owned by an old Sea Captain, Eli Gaspar. As Remy works on rebuilding her life she discovers that, she and her daughter aren't the only occupants of the house.  Captain Eli also lives there and still thinks of the old house as his.  He isn't pleased with the new living arrangements and works to evict the girls from their new residence. When Remy meets Hugh, romance blooms and when Remy's life is in danger can Hugh step up and save her? Is it the Captain that is out to kill her or is it the work of another being? The author has a way of spinning a tale that will keep your attention from beginning to end. Not very often does a book make me laugh out loud.  When the old Sea Captain and Olivia meet for the first time, her reaction to him will make you laugh. His characters are lovable, and can be seen in other books.  The author describes the whaling trip, with just enough detail to make you feel like you are on board with the Captain, then whisks you back to the present to tell Remy's story.  "The After House" is an unexpected book.  This is a case where you shouldn't "judge a book by it's cover".  I was expecting a story of gore and horror, instead I got a book of the paranormal, sprinkled with a little romance and a whole lot of enjoyment. **Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
He was a greedy one, just one more whale and he could have more oil to take back to sell. But that one whale cost him… everything. He now haunts the house which he used to occupy with his wife and children. Over the years, people have moved in and out and now Eli is watching Remy and her daughter Olivia invade his homestead. Remy is a recent divorcee and is trying to start her life over with her child and with a new business. These new occupants are different as they can feel Eli’s presence. Little six-year old Olivia is not your typical child as she’s not afraid of Eli’s presence in the house. Her first response to Eli had me laughing and had Eli in pain as he was not expecting this child to have quite that effect on him. There are other spirits in the house besides Eli but they take second stage to Eli. Captain Eli in the beginning doesn’t care for these new occupants as they start to change things in his house but later he begins to feel responsible for Remy. A series of incidents at home and work rattle Remy. After confronting Eli, she questions his existence and he tells her about his predicament. He asks her to help him and I was disappointed in the means of this inquiry. Why didn’t he pick something more solid and sensible? It just didn’t seem like something Eli; the adventurous captain would lean towards. Will the answer the Remy provides be what Eli needs? I had to wonder what made Remy and Olivia so special that they could feel Eli. Who is to blame for the incidents that are surrounding Remy? And can this mother and daughter start a new life together with any spirits? I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Red Feather Publishing in exchange for an honest review
bookgirl_2134 More than 1 year ago
Wow!! I'm grilled that I took the chance on a new author! Mr Cash's story did not disappoint- spooky, suspense, cool characters- great book! And now I'm off to buy copies of his other books... NetGalley providd the digital copy for my review, the words are my own.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
There aren't too many modern day writers who are as articulate and thorough as author Michael Phillip Cash.  From the first page of Cash's newest novel, The After House, the reader is transported back into time into the 1800s on a whaling ship .  Written in an authentic style, every piece of vivid detail brings the story to life.  His style is reminiscent of the classics of fiction. Even before the reference to Melville's Moby Dick, while reading the opening scene, that is the first thought that came to mind: a modern- day Moby Dick. Even for those readers with little to no nautical background, the concept of the "After House" is mysterious and alluring and makes for a fascinating concept by which to build a supernatural horror novel. As the whaler sinks with the ship, in the end of the first scene, his last thoughts before he drowns is that he should have sought the safety of the after house. Throughout the novel, the story switches scenes, transporting the reader from the present back to the past.  Not only does the author have a talent for telling a believable piece of fiction, providing authentic historical details based on painstaking research, his complex characters have lives of their own as well.  Remy, the heroine of the After House, is portrayed as a needy, newly divorced, co dependent mother of a young girl. Her parents are dominant and at times overbearing.  The dyfunctional family context adds an authentic element. The incorporation of psychology and accurate cultural details makes this a three dimensional paranormal story. For those readers who want more than the newspaper-esque, elementary narration often seen in contemporary fiction, Cash's supernatural suspense novels  will not disappoint.  Three dimensional characters, and story that digs deep into history, will leave the reader engaged until the end. With Cash's talent for storytelling, it probably only a matter of time before his books will be available side by side the great horror story greats such as King and Straub. As a blogger I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. 
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Michael Phillip Cash's book The After House is not a must read. It's a HAVE to read. It is that good. Once you sit down to begin reading it  will grab you and not let you go. It's about Remy and her daughter, Olivia. After a failed marriage Remy and Olivia move to being a new  life together. They find a three hundred year old cottage to move into. Little do they know there is already an occupant living there and he  doesn't like to share. There are many twists and turns and those pages will keep turning and turning and will turn some more for you. You will not put it down until the end. It is haunting and suspenseful. Does the occupant find his way home or does he stay to help Remy  begin a new life? I love reading this book. It now has a place on my bookshelf and I am sure it will on yours. I gave it 5 stars but clearly  it deserves more. I highly recommend it to everyone. I look for more from Michael Phillip Cash.
lprather66 More than 1 year ago
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ghost stories are not my usual read, but the premise interested me. I am so glad I gave it a try. The After House is so much more than a ghost story. Michael Phillip Cash was able to combine the paranormal (ghost) with thriller, suspense, contemporary romance and historical fiction into a well blended wonderfully delightful story. Remy Galway is ready to start a new life with her daughter Olivia after a messy divorce. She has found this quaint 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Cold Spring Harbor was a whaling community, and the cottage was originally owned by Captain Eli, who was a captain on one of the whaling ships. Mysterious things start happening in the house and to Remy. Is someone trying to harm Remy? The author has created an interesting cast of characters that blend both the past and the present seamlessly. The historical elements give the reader not only the backstory of the characters, but of the community in which they live. Remy made the wrong choice in husbands, but she is a good mother. She is trying to make a better life for herself and Olivia. Will the past come back to haunt her? This story completely captivated me, and I would definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much that I was really sorry it ended! The characters were well portrayed, explained and described well. Plot was good --- made me smile and even chuckle out loud! I especially enjoyed all the boating, whaling and the Captain! I would recommend this book to any one! Was a joy to read, didn’t want to put it down and was so upset when it ended!
PatriciaReding More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for NetGalley. For those looking for a good ghost story, The After House, by Michael Phillip Cash, delivers. Captain Eli Gaspar, a whaler, left his young wife and family to go on a hunt, believing that the need to provide them with material possessions trumped the importance of simply being with them. On the final leg of his last-planned journey, he takes on a mighty bull whale that lobtails, surprising the crew. The hunt leaves him and a young boy who accompanied him on the journey, the sole survivors. The Captain is surprised when he returns home, to learn of events regarding his wife and children. Ridden with guilt, he inhabits his family home, where he remains for over a hundred years, unable to face what awaits him if he moves on. Enter Remy Galway, fairly recently divorced and the new property tenant, her daughter, Olivia, her parents, and Hugh Matthews, her new love interest. When strange goings on occur at the house, readers will wonder: is it the Captain? Or, is there something less ethereal--and more sinister--going on. The After House offered a refreshing change of pace. Although the ghostly events seemed a bit stretched with respect to the Captain's ability to manipulate physical things, I was willing to believe for the sake of the story.  I liked Remy and Hugh. Their ability to forge a relationship, finally allowing Remy to leave her past behind, encouraged me. Olivia was a gutsy child. Finally,  the dog that Remy's father gave to her helped create a believable family dynamic. If you like your stories to "haunt" you after you have turned the last page, look no further than The After House. 
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
The After House strikes me as a story that doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a romance? A ghost story? A tale of love lost and love found? Of escaping an abusive relationship? Of foul play? Actually, it's all of the above and I think that works to its detriment because, as a relatively short book, we don't have enough time to be really invested and the multiple threads don't help. I also think that some of the behavior of the main character, Remy, becomes questionable because of the time restriction. Why, for instance, is Remy virtually wallowing in self-pity when it's been nearly a year since her divorce and surely longer since the events that ended her marriage? Why does she claim to be gunshy of relationships and then show herself to be otherwise? Why is whoever is out to cause her trouble so very, very incompetent? Then there's Captain Eli. I actually liked him much better than anyone else and had a good deal of sympathy for his inability to move on. Then again, I had to wonder why practically everyone can see him and/or feel his presence and, in some cases, even touch him physically? Oh, I also liked a couple of characters named Sten and Marum but to tell you why would be to spoil things so I'll say no more about them. Anyhoo, I choose to look at this as a simple ghost story with some other elements thrown in to flesh out the tale and, as such, it was a few short hours nicely spent. I don't regret the time ;-)
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story for an honest review** I had a real problem getting through this story. I was confused pretty much from the start. What I thought was supposed to be a ghost story really wasn't. The beginning of the story had the ghost harassing Remy and her daughter, the latest residents in his home. Somewhere in the middle, the ghost decides to help the woman instead and eventually reveals himself. The story goes between flashbacks of when the ghost was still alive in the 1800s, and present day to the life of Remy. I didn't like the way the author crammed so much of a life story of Remy in just a chapter or two. It would've been better off as a prequel novella. I also really didn't like the way she was written or how her story ended. However, with the exception of how the ghost died as a human, I did like the the flashbacks of the ghost's human life and his struggle.