The Haunting on Palm Court
An Isle of Palms Suspense
by Stephanie Edwards
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Pub Date 09 Jan 2020 | Archive Date 10 Oct 2020
After Blake Nelson catches her abusive fiancé, Parker, with another woman, she seeks serenity at her late grandmother’s beach cottage. He follows Blake to the island and attempts to kill her, but instead, he dies in an accident while fleeing the police. His malevolent spirit returns to the cottage to finish what he started.
The haunting intensifies when Blake reconnects with her first love, Clint. Will Blake discover how to banish Parker before it’s too late?
"...a romantic suspense novel so good that you must finish it in one sitting." — Readers' Favorite
"...a romantic suspense novel so good that you must finish it in one sitting." — Readers' Favorite
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Average rating from 52 members
This is suspenseful, interesting and sweet. After finding her fiance Parker cheating on her, Blake flees to her grandmother's seaside cottage. An old family friend, who lives next door, and is the grandmother of her first love, Clint, immediately starts to take care of Blake. After Parker attacks Blake then flees, Clint starts watching over her, and tracking down Parker. Two days after the attack Parker is found dead from a car accident. Very soon after, Parker starts to attack Blake. That's when the neighbor tells Blake part of the story of her grandmother and her experience of getting rid of her violent ghost. It turns out that Blake's grandmother wrote a book on her research and her own dealings with people from the other side and how to get rid if them. Most of the time Clint and Blake are together is spent falling in love again, and talking about finding the book. It's a good story, with lots of action, but it largely ignores finding the actual book.
Good story line. I liked how she developed the characters and made you really care about what happens to each one of them. The plot kept you guessing till the end on whether Parker would leave or not.
This is my first review of a book on this site. The Haunting on Palm Court was a book slightly out of my area. I do enjoy a mystery but this mystery has some twists and turns at every corner. I so enjoyed how the author brought her characters to life with her vivid description of the character Blake and the issues that arise throughout the story. She showed the pain and anguish Blake went through once her life went into a tailspin. I felt that I really got to know Blake and the surrounding characters and what happened to them as I read .
What I loved most about this book is a though I totally enjoyed the plot of death, spirits and the love between the characters. I truly loved how Stephanie Edwards described the Isle of Palm and Charleston. Her descriptions of the island and surrounding areas made me feel like I was part of the book, part of Blake's journey to find an end to a bad situation. I usually do not like paranormal stories but Stephanie added surprise elements that made me want to keep reading and want more.
My only flaw I found with this book was that it was a little long. If it were a few chapters shorter and getting to the crux of Blake's issues quicker ii would be perfect. I did enjoy this book and look forward to Stephanie's next book.
This was really good. I wasn't at all familiar with this author but I certainly wouldn't mind reading more. Really good writing, compelling characters and would make a really good beach read for those that aren't into light and fluffy typical beach reads :D
This was a brilliant book to read I felt like I was in the story with the characters with them so much detail to help you understand how the characters are feeling I would recommend this book to other readers
I loved this book, the story was gripping, the characters believable. I found myself wanting more with each page turned and I was not disappointed! Give this book a go!
i liked the characters, the book got you hooked from the start. i wanted the ending to be a little more powerful.
A paranormal mystery, old family secrets, a cool house on the beach. All things I love! This book did not disappoint And i look forward to more from Stephanie Edwards.
I love to read a good ghost story and this book was very good in that manner. It reminded me of the Fear Street novels by RL Stine, but targeted for adult readers.
Blake is a very interesting character, but I loved the supporting characters even more. Nancy is adorable and just loved how she stays by Blake’s side. Also, Willow and the ‘mysterious’ kids add very well to the story. Moreover, I also loved the appearance that Grandma makes to help Blake during tough times. Clint was nice, but felt clichéd and did not stand out in anyway.
Moreover, the author makes the story very interesting with scares and thrills. Parker is truly a psychotic and unpredictable spirit, and you don’t know how he is going to react. As the story progresses, it was interesting to see the levels he goes through to torture Blake. On a side note, I also liked the small details the author put in, like making Brittany use sign language to communicate. Even these small details make such characters memorable in the story.
However, there were a few scenes that felt unnecessary. As Dr. Remington mentions how he sees Blake and Clint repeatedly in the hospital, the situations also felt repetitious. Parker constantly haunts Blake, and Clint keeps vowing revenge. At times, the plot felt like it was going in circles. Also, some of the scenes were a bit confusing. For instance, how did the ghost manage to put his blood stains to scare Blake? It would have been nice these minor things were cleared.
But apart from that, this was very entertaining. Overall, I really liked the theme of the novel and found it to be a good read.
I received an eARC of The Haunting on Palm Court by Stephanie Edwards from BooksGoSocial and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
5 stars for this southern charm! This book is a fun, paranormal romance. With strong characters and an intriguing storyline, it makes for quite the page-turner! I highly recommend this book!
This is an intriguing book from a new author, Stephanie Edwards. If you like romance and the low country, ghosts and fun characters you will enjoy this book. When Blake discovers her wealthy, handsome fiancee' in bed with her boss she heads for the sanctuary of her childhood home in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Her grandmothers cottage provides her with access to Nancy her grandmothers friend and confidante. Blake begins to discover the depths of her power to see and communicate with the dead, renews an old romance and starts a new business in this new book packed with action. The author provides the reader with a variety of characters both living and dead and set in a beautiful retreat on the Isle. Ms. Edwards makes the scenic area come to life and the sights, sounds, and smells are inviting. The characters are a delightful blend of "normal" and "psychic" and one in particular wants to ruin this great new life for Blake. This book made me want to visit Isle of Palms, spend some time on the ocean and sample the restaurants and low country food. I understand this is the first of a trilogy and I look forward to returning to the Isle of Palms for another adventure from this new author. This book is scheduled for publication in September 1, 2020 and is available for preorder.
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3 1/2 stars
Blake has been in an abusive relationship with Parker for a while. He verbally, emotionally, and physically abusive to Blake and is the type of person who hurts her then tries to buy her forgiveness. When Blake catches Parker in a compromising situation with another woman, Blake doesn't think of the repercussions, she just flees Tennessee to her late grandmother's cottage in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. The author does a great job showing the reader what Parker's abuse looks, sounds, and feels like and Blake's reactions to the treatment. I felt her sadness, horror at his actions, and loneliness. Finding Parker cheating was the best thing to happen, it gave her an excuse to leave, to preserve herself, to clear her head.
Parker is able to track Blake to her late grandmother's cottage and tries the unimaginable. He accuses her of being there with someone, then tries to kill her. She's able to get help but Parker disappears. Constantly looking over her shoulder, Blake's worries are over when Parker is killed while eluding police. She mourns for the man Parker could have been and the life they could have had but the relief is also very pronounced. Knowing she can now move on with her life, Blake rekindles her youthful romance with Clint. Parker, however, has other plans.
The location and setting really drew me to the story. I vacationed in Isle of Palms a couple years ago and I love to read books set in either the state I live in or in places I've been fortunate enough to visit. I just wish there were more descriptive passages about the cottage, the town, when there were trips to other cities. The characters, while enjoyable, lacked some depth. There were some inconsistencies and missing dialogue and events between thoughts or scene shifts. The premise of this book is amazing. The Haunting on Palm Court is a wonderful mixture of romance, suspense, thriller, and paranormal genres. The combination of genres pulled me in and kept the story interesting.
I was provided a copy of this book to read.
The premise behind this book was really good, and very different than anything else I’ve read. Kind of a way for a reader to dip their toe into paranormal, without fully committing, which I think is fantastic for others trying to expand their horizons a little.
Overall, the story was fresh, there were a few parts where things seemed to stall. Clint as a character didn’t resonate with me, and instead felt flat. Other characters were incredibly dynamic, and the story moved along at a decent pace.
I did enjoy this book and would be interested enough t read others like it.
‘The Haunting on Palm Court‘ is an intriguing Paranormal Romantic Suspense story that begins the ‘Isle of Palms Suspense‘ series. Most of what you’d want to know before picking up this story can be found in the Cover Description… and because it’s a mystery/suspense I’m going to be extremely vague on details that you should discover for yourself as you read this story with so many angles tucked in it.
One thing I can be very clear about – Parker is a slimy, vindictive, abusive jerk – alive or dead. His evil intentions will make your skin crawl.
‘The Haunting on Palm Court‘ is a good story, one that kept my attention focused on figuring out how they could keep everyone safe and get rid of the danger that Parker brings. The secondary characters added to the feeling of the paranormal as well as a strong support system for Blake. Any more details than that I believe the reader needs to experience firsthand. There is another story set in this series to be released in 2021. I’m not certain at this point if I’ll continue the series at that time.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
The Haunting on Palm Court by Stephanie Edwards is a story filled with suspense, paranormal, murder and love. I fell into this story quite early on because the author does a great job at ensuring the characters intermingle perfectly and the story is very fluid. Blake catches her husband having an affair. She decides to move into her grandmothers home to find herself amidst the pain. While there, she gets reacquainted with her first love, Clint’s grandmother. Clint comes back into her life at just the right time. Parker wants to kill Blake. He tried and failed but while running from the police he had a wreck that killed him. Blake was distraught and both Clint and his grandmother came to her aid. However, things started to happen and Blake thinks that Parker has returned from the dead to carry out his deed. The story carry’s you along in such a way that you will want to know what is truly going on. Could Blake be crazy? Maybe not.
Thank you to netgalley as well as the author/publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
The Haunting on Palm Court, was a quick and enjoyable read. It is laced with mystery and suspense and with its intriguing premise, really made for a great read. The characters were really well developed and brought to life beautifully. I will definitely be on the look out for more of Stephanie Edwards books.
Thank you to Stephanie Edwards, BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for allowing me to read a free copy of The Haunting on Palm Court, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
I read this book through a reading group I joined over the summer. I really enjoyed this book, cover to cover. It had a little bit of everything from unexpected twists to romance. If you love the Lowcountry And ghosts, be sure to read it!
i enjoyed going through this book, it had a suspenseful and spooky atmosphere. I really enjoyed the mystery and figuring out what was going on.
This was an unexpected read. Blake goes to her grandmother's home to take a break from her abusive and cheating husband. But something is off. And when Clint, her first love turns up, things become even stranger.
A page-turner and totally unputdownable, this book was a pleasant surprise. I loved the story and the characters. Will look forward to reading more works from Stephanie Edwards.
Thanks to Netgalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC.
this book freaked me the freak out. i loved it. but i'ts terrifying so keep that in mind and if you don't like that, then just know it going in. thanks netgalley. you da bomb.
Wonderful story with excellent character development. When I can engage with a character, I find myself more invested in the story. This one was so well told and kept me guessing until the very end.
I love a good ghost story! This book had it all for me; a little paranormal, some suspense and of course romance.
I'll definitely recommend! The book follows Blake after she flees a cheating fiancé and goes to her Granny's cottage.
It's hard to share with out giving things away, but the author does an amazing job writing these characters and making it so easy to despise some & like others. Had a great ending too.
Having lived in the south, I love books set in the low country of South Carolina. This is my first Stephanie Edwards book and won't be my last. I loved the plot and the characters. They are well developed and believable. I was hooked from the beginning.
The only downside, I feel like parts of the story were repetitive and moved slowly. Despite this, I found myself unable to put this book down because I had to know how it ended. I look forward to reading book 2!
This first Isle of Palms book had a lot going on! From some mystery, suspense, romance, and some paranormal elements, there's something for everyone.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters (some likeable, some downright despicable), and the setting definitely got my attention.
I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
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