Dream House – Book Review

Dream House by Valerie Laken

Kate’s family is perfect.  Too perfect, in fact.  Her father the real estate maven simply can’t stand the thought of Kate and her husband Stuart throwing away their money on rent for an apartment when they could be building equity in a house, so he decides to give them a check to help them buy.  Stuart, who seems to be trying to hold to college life as tightly as he can, is fairly opposed to the idea of buying a house, but Kate prevails and finds a small house in desperate need of fixing up.  Not until after they purchase the house, though, do Stuart and Kate find out that it was once the scene of a murder.  Although the house itself is not haunted, it and its history begin to haunt their marriage.

Let me just start by saying, Stuart really, really bugged me.  Here he was married and nearly 30, and all he wanted to do was go out and get plastered every night with his same old college drinking buddies, and live in his tiny, student-like apartment.  I really wanted to kick him in the shins and tell him to grow up.  However, this provided a great current of tension in “Dream House,” as Kate was ready to begin growing up with moving in to and renovating their new house.

Although the storyline about the murder was interesting, what I really appreciated was the story about Kate and Stuart’s romance.  I liked that things were messy, that I wasn’t sure exactly where Laken would take them, that I couldn’t predict what the status of their marriage would be at the end of the novel.

I wouldn’t say this was my favorite book of the year, but I did enjoy it and found it worth the read.

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