Following Disasters Book Review

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Following Disasters

Title: Following Disasters

Author: Nancy McCabe

Genre: Gothic, Horror, Ghosts

Publisher: Outpost19

Release Date: October 1, 2016

Pages: 234

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble


On her twenty-first birthday, Maggie Owen receives an unusual birthday gift: a house. That same day, the house’s owner, her aunt, dies. For three years, Maggie has been fleeing her childhood demons: the deaths of her parents, estrangement from her terminally-ill aunt, and a betrayal by her best friend. But now her career on the road, following natural disasters in temporary insurance claims offices, ends abruptly as Maggie returns home to face her past. But why does the house hold a mysterious spell over her? Why does she have the persistent feeling that her aunt is haunting her? Why did her aunt lie to her about the circumstances of her parents’ deaths? Who is the ghost child that may be hanging around the house? And what’s with the guy next door who seems so hostile toward her? FOLLOWING DISASTERS is tightly woven ghost story that raises questions about legacies and their influence on our choices.

My Thoughts:

This book for me was kind of hard to get into for awhile. The book alternates between Maggie present day, and entries in her deceased Aunt’s diary she had growing up.

One thing that stands out to me is Maggie’s depression she suffers just like her mother had. Depression is devastating and can be hereditary. My family suffers from it with myself included.

Maggie just sort of exists but doesn’t really live.

She inherits her Aunt’s home on her 21st birthday. Is her Aunt’s home haunted? Do family secrets have a way of resurfacing? Can a family member stop another from the same demons she suffered?

This book has so many different layers to it. It’s a good book to curl up with your favorite blanket and beverage and read the winter day away.

I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.

About the Author:

Following Disasters is Nancy McCabe’s first novel. She has also published four books of creative nonfiction, including Meeting Sophie: A Memoir or Adoption; Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter’s Birthplace in China; and From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood. She is a regular blogger for Ploughshares and has published work in Newsweek, Writers’ Digest, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Fourth Genre, and other magazines and anthologies. Her work has received a Pushcart and six times made notable lists in Houghton Mifflin Best American anthologies.

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  1. Tribute Books Blog Tours says:

    Gina, thanks for the review.

  2. I know about depression! I myself am on an antidepressant.
    And it seems that a lot of families are estranged with a family member.
    This is really SAD!! That could also cause or deepen ones depression!!
    The book really did sound interesting until I read the word ghost. I don’t believe in them and I don’t like the

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