We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes…
We return to Byrne house in the Doors of Gold and Rust by A.N. Willis! In the first book Under Glass and Stone we met Evie as she works to understand her strange obsession with the mysterious house across the street and figure out who is behind the disappearances and attacks that have been targeting her friends. After discovering underground tombs and tunnels that run throughout her town she stumbles upon the secrets of the previous owners that are both tragic and horrifying. Though it is the ghosts of past tragedies that has her hypnotized it is the present day evil that she must confront to end the terror being raised around her.
Four months later Evie is trying her best to move past the suffering she experienced at the hands of Byrne house residents both past and present. Her boyfriend Alex is reluctantly estranged as he deals with family issues out of state and in his absence she finds some comfort commiserating with her fellow Byrne House trauma survivor Jake. Their friendship is a co-dependent method of survival that is less than healthy. A mysterious letter and the reappearance of her boyfriend Alex throw her head-first back into the mystery of Byrne House which has more secrets to be revealed.
I was thoroughly impressed with A.N. Willis’ ability to return to the same setting and characters and create a story that was just as enthralling as the first book. I do not think this would be as enjoyable without having read Under Glass and Stone first as it gives you the background to really help you feel the connection to the characters. Despite being centered around a creepy and mysterious mansion filled with shadows of the deadly past the scariest part of this story was the secrets of the people around our leading Lady Evie. It seems that at every turn she is met with a new betrayal and must face the realization that she may be the only person she can count on.
This was a successful sequel in the Byrne House series that continues to take a deep dark look into how the sins of the past can affect present day. It was just creepy enough to keep you on your toes without needing to invest in a new nightlight. If you are looking for a fast paced mystery I highly recommend!