Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

Published: July 19, 2022

Hardcover, 344 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley & Macmillan-Tor/Forge, I received an eARC)



“Come home.” Vera’s mother called and Vera obeyed. In spite of their long estrangement, in spite of the memories — she’s come back to the home of a serial killer. Back to face the love she had for her father and the bodies he buried there.

Coming home is hard enough for Vera, and to make things worse, she and her mother aren’t alone. A parasitic artist has moved into the guest house out back, and is slowly stripping Vera’s childhood for spare parts. He insists that he isn’t the one leaving notes around the house in her father’s handwriting… but who else could it possibly be?

There are secrets yet undiscovered in the foundations of the notorious Crowder House. Vera must face them, and find out for herself just how deep the rot goes.


I thought this book was very interesting, I wasn’t sure where it was taking me, but I enjoyed the ride. The whole storyline was unrealistic and not relatable. I think that what made me not put it down and reach for something else.

Vera was a good point of view to read from, she was different from any character I’ve ever read. I liked her whole inner monologue and seeing her thought process of the happenings.

Overall, I recommend this one if you like mysterious, unrealistic books. It was definitely categorized correctly as a horror book, that’s for sure. I found it more creepy than horrific, but that’s just my opinion.

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