Kyle and Nicole are two young New York professionals, happy, in love, and excited for their much-needed vacation to Florida. They’ve rented a picturesque beach house with a stunning view . . . that includes a strange group of people. They wear dark cloaks and never seem to leave the beach. Kyle and Nicole are, by turns, puzzled, amused, and creeped out by their eerie neighbors. Why are they there? Why don’t they leave? And why do they want to talk to the young couple?
Carol brought this book to my attention, and I’m so happy she did! This is a fast-paced, fun, haunting read from an author with family ties to Carroll County.
Kyle and Nicole are likable protagonists whom I really enjoyed getting to know. They felt like real people with real personalities and foibles and a believably adorable relationship. I was also pleasantly surprised by how amusing they were–I knew the book veered more into horror and speculative fiction, so I just didn’t anticipate it being as funny as it was.
Though I figured there was a disturbing explanation for the group on the beach, I never guessed the real reason behind it. In fact, there are a lot of twists and turns in this compact graphic novel, so not only is it easy to read in one sitting, but it also practically compels you to do so.
I also enjoyed the artwork. It’s wonderfully atmospheric and evocative and pairs nicely with the narrative. There was one wordless sequence that I found particularly striking.
If you like contemporary horror and science fiction, compelling graphic novels, or just a good story, I highly recommend Beach House!
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