Warning you now do not read this book in the dark or before you go to bed. I was shitting myself if I’m honest Not many things put me on edge but this book managed to do it. Now this isn’t my normal genre of books that I read (I need to read more like this recommendations are welcome)
So we start off with a family moving into there new home. In a creepy old derelict place. The dad had the bright idea of fixing it up and selling it on for a huge profit.
Obviously alarm bells are ringing for me straight that this sounds dodgy 😂
Anyway. They move in. They move in and father have these bright ideas on how to fix it all up to hopefully sell on for a profit. He does keep mentioning it that he got it for a steal. Which peaks the interest of the little girl in the book called Alice. Who is way smarter than she should be for a girl her age.
She ponders for abit thinking that something must’ve happened here for them to get the house cheaply.
So they move in and obviously your first night in a new house is always abit creepy. So your imagination is going to be running wild. Thinking what could be making all these strange noises amd sounds around the house (or is it just me?)
Before going the bed Alice notices what seemingly looks like a freshly drawed picture on a wall (picture is the cover of the book)
Alice wonders how it got there and what it means. It looks like it’s her family and her cat. Already creeping me out at this point (this is why I don’t read books like this 😂)
Alice goes to bed and can feel something in her room staring at her but is too scared to look. Curiosity got the better of her and there’s something in the room with her and shit hits the fan. She begins to scream her family come in to make sure everything is ok.
Now this is where things get even more weird. The cat dissapears (did I mention the cat?) Alice notices there is a cross on the picture of the cat on the wall with fresh paint. Now everyone gets suspicious of who do it and where the cat has gone off to.
Strange things begin to happen within the house and the family that are living in it. It’s upto little Alice to figure out what’s going on and how to save her family from immediate danger. Can she do it? Or will this little girl struggle with the situation she has been put in?
Now the whole book gets turned upside down and you haven’t got a clue what’s going to happen next. You need to read this book. Even if you don’t like this genre you need to read it and I’m telling you that you need to read it.
The way it’s written is in first person. So you kind of think you’re actually there in the same situations the family get themselves in. I’m not going to lie this book put the shitters up is a little bit. (I refused to read it at a night time incase they came to get me 😂😂)
That never happend I’m only joking 😅🤔
I will give this book a 4.8/5 really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down.
ONE BY ONE
D.W. Gillespie Publication date: Sep 2019 Publication date: Sep 2019
The Easton family has just moved into an old house and Alice, the youngest, is excited to explore the new place. Her excitement turns to dread as she discovers a child’s drawing of a family just like hers under the wallpaper. When family members begin to disappear, it is up to her to unlock the mystery before she becomes the next victim.
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A fan of all things dark and horrific, D.W. Gillespie D.W. Gillespie has been writing horror, sci-fi, and fantasy for longer than he would like to admit. After years of daydreaming, he started taking it seriously in college after a creative writing class helped spark his motivation. After winning a local writing award, he realized that his path forward was clear.
In the years since, he’s been featured in many publications, both online and in print. He’s the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Toy Thief, Still Dark, and Handmade Monsters.
For One by One, Gillespie was influenced by his experience of moving houses often when growing up. One particular house was supposedly haunted (according to previous tenants) and became specially inspirational, and he knew he wanted it to feature in one of his books as a character in the story.
A lifelong native of Middle Tennessee, he still lives there today with his wife and two children.
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