Looking for a time shift inspirational gothic suspense novel to keep you up all night? Check out Night Falls on Predicament Ave.! #amreading #bestbookof2024 #suspense #inspy #gothicnovel #ghoststory #truecrimepodcast

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Looking for a time shift inspirational gothic suspense novel to keep you up all night? Check out Night Falls on Predicament Ave.!

Looking for a time shift inspirational gothic suspense novel to keep you up all night? Check out Night Falls on Predicament Ave.! #amreading #bestbookof2024 #suspense #inspy #gothicnovel #ghoststory #truecrimepodcast

Huh? Time Shift Inspirational Gothic Suspense Novel?

I know. It sounds like a bizarre juxtaposition of genres. However, Jaime Jo Wright’s new release, Night Falls on Predicament Avenue, has elements of all these genres. Action shifts between two different centuries. Readers find inspiration in the book’s theme of struggling for meaning in a modern world. The setting acts as a character, one of the critical elements of gothic novels. Ghostly appearances, unsolved murders, and hundred-year-old mysteries keep readers in suspense. So, yes, time-shift inspirational gothic suspense novels do exist!

Night Falls on Predicament Avenue

By Jaime Jo Wright, Bethany House Publishers, April 9, 2024, 368 pages.

In the Past

Effie James will do anything to make her younger sister happy. She’ll even flaunt conventions by dressing up in her brother’s clothing and sneaking onto the porch of the allegedly haunted house at 322 Predicament Ave. Every kid in town wants to kiss the lion-headed door knocker, her sister included. But in 1901, respectable women from prominent small-town families didn’t indulge in hijinks—especially young, unmarried women.

But when Effie’s sister peeks through the window and witnesses a horrific murder, the harmless prank has consequences that reach through generations of Shepherd, Iowa residents. The scene renders Polly speechless, and Effie fears someone in town will do anything to prevent her sister from sharing what she saw.

Present Day

Norah Richman, the dubious proprietor of a bed and breakfast establishment at 322 Predicament Ave, struggles to make it through each day. Stuck in grief, Norah feels like she’s wasting her life fulfilling her murdered sister’s dream. After years of therapy, Norah takes the first steps towards independence, only to get tripped up by a guest’s untimely death and ghostly sightings around the house.

Could the ghost of a woman murdered over a century ago haunt the house on Predicament Ave.? And does the true crime podcaster in one of the upstairs rooms have anything to do with the ghostly sightings?

What I Loved About This Book

Jaime Jo Wright seamlessly wraps a story of haunted houses and unsolved murders around one of the deepest questions haunting contemporary readers: “How can a person stop being afraid when truth has no standard and no foundation, but instead is whatever a person makes up to make themselves feel better?”

Wright doesn’t bury the questions but has her main character state them boldly as she wrestles with the known, the unknown, and faith in contemporary America. Readers who love time-shift novels, history, ghost stories, and unsolved crime podcasts will love this book.

Despite the questions and searching for meaning, I wouldn’t hesitate to share this book with non-Christian friends, especially those who love crime podcasts or ghost stories. Night Falls on Predicament Avenue rates as one of the best books of 2024.

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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