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Sometimes there’s more to a house than bricks and mortar.Hillcrest House is one such place. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque town of Angel Falls, there is more to this Victorian mansion than meets the eye. When referring to the house, the locals use the word haunted on a regular basis. Strange visions appear in the windows, especially the second-floor ones over the siSometimes there’s more to a house than bricks and mortar.Hillcrest House is one such place. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque town of Angel Falls, there is more to this Victorian mansion than meets the eye. When referring to the house, the locals use the word haunted on a regular basis. Strange visions appear in the windows, especially the second-floor ones over the side porch. Even stranger events take place within its four walls.Rumour has it, the original owners, Asher and Maggie Hargrave, never left their beloved home. They claim the couple and their family are responsible for driving people away. Over the years, Hillcrest House has changed hands numerous times. No one stays long. Renovations begin then stop and the house is once more abandoned. The latest in this long line of owners is Jessica Maitland.Will Jessica be the next one to succumb or will she unravel the mystery of the haunting of Hillcrest House?Melanie Robertson-King's latest novel serves up a delightful blend of the supernatural and spicy romance, Lynn L. Clark, author of The Home Child, and Fire Whisperer & Circle of Souls: Two Novellas of the Supernatural, & The AccusersIntrigue, dark buried secrets, hot romance and a neat twist in the tale make this riveting reading, Sheryl Browne, MA Creative Writing, Choc Lit AuthorA fun read that keeps you guessing right up to the surprise ending, Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author of Janelle's Time, Moria's Time, Adelle's Time, & Logan's Time...

Title : The Secret of Hillcrest House
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ISBN : 9780992142360
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 168 Pages
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The Secret of Hillcrest House Reviews

  • Julie
    2019-04-16 14:13

    I really enjoyed this book - part romance and part creepy chiller. The descriptions of the house are so real that I felt as if I was there - perhaps not ideal at 1a.m. when you can't put the book down but know you won't sleep! The main characters are lovely, so well depicted and the minor characters are also very real. This will keep you turning the pages and the ending was also unexpected yet finished the book perfectly. I think I went through the whole gamut of emotions as the book is poignant in parts, scary in others and simply romantic as well. A great read!

  • Melissa Borsey
    2019-04-19 15:08

    I won a copy of this book through Librarything and I was highly disappointed. I was hoping for a very creepy mystery with a little horror/paranormal thrown in and while it did start off good, it quickly became a story about a whiny woman and her police officer boyfriend and where can they have sex while discussing strange things that are occurring in her new house. Had the makings of a very good story.

  • Alison
    2019-03-25 18:32

    I was offered this book to review and I nearly passed on it because I have so many already on my TBR (to be read) pile but the picture on the cover crawled under my skin and I have to say from the first paragraph I was lured in and totally captivated.Jessica spots an ancient Victorian mansion for sale online and buys it unseen, the house spoke to her and she was of the opinion that she could renovate the dilapidated building and return it to it’s former glory.However once she begins it becomes apparent there is way more to do than she ever imagined, this house could descend into a money pit just to get it habitable. Unfortunately for Jessica that isn’t her only problem. Weird events begin to occur, she sees apparitions, the atmosphere chills, unexplainable odours stench the building out and the crows arrive. I have to say the crow was one of the eeriest parts of the story for me and so well orchestrated. Jessica is fortunate to discover the Bell’s, she stayed at their guest house until Hillcrest was in a suitable enough condition that she could move in. Eunice Bell was a motherly figure that gave a nice contrast to the spookier happenings.Alain is a local law enforcer and he came to the rescue and stole Jessica’s heart in the process. I did think they became close incredibly quickly but the steamy/sexy scenes were welcome as a break from the all the other chilling moments.Lesser people would have packed up and left, especially when the neighbours mention the property has a reputation for being haunted and folk don’t usually stay long. But Jessica is a fiery redhead and once she has uncovered a box of old newspaper cuttings and some love letters she is determined to investigate further. What can the pull be – why does she feel so strongly?I really enjoyed this, something slightly different that kept me riveted throughout, with hindsight there were a couple of clues but the ending was superb and a perfect explanation.Thanks so much to Melanie and Brook Cottage Books for the opportunity to read this cracking story.

  • J.B (Debbie)
    2019-03-23 17:20

    review to follow

  • Beverly McClure
    2019-03-21 11:10

    Do you like to wander through old, abandoned houses, hoping maybe to spot a ghost? Do you wonder what happened to the family or families that once lived there? Do you enjoy discovering secrets?If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ll want to read THE SECRET OF HILLCREST HOUSE, by Author Melanie Robertson-King. And I forgot to mention there’s a pretty hot romance, with some graphic scenes, as well.From the very first pages of the story, the author gives us a mystery to solve when Jessica Maitland sees someone on the porch of the old house she just bought. It’s supposed to be empty, and has been for a long time, but rumors do say the house is haunted. Has Jessica seen a ghost or is it only her imagination? And that’s just the beginning of weird happenings in Jessica’s life. She’s not interested in romance; neither is Alain Fournier, police constable of the town. When the two of them meet, however, they try hard to not get involved with each other. Sometimes love knows best.Told from both Jessica’s and Alain’s points of view, the reader learns each of their stories and also makes amazing discoveries along with the characters about the old house and its own story. They also learn a lot about themselves. Characters that could be your next door neighbors, a good mystery to solve, and a romance that goes from hand-holding to sizzling. Melanie Robertson-King has covered them all. So enjoy reading THE SECRET OF HILLCREST HOUSE. I did. Recommended.

  • Joanna Lambert
    2019-03-20 11:26

    Although I have to confess to being a romance girl I'm always keen to step out of my comfort zone on occasions and this was one of them. I was drawn into this book from the first page. Jessica Maitland has sunk her savings into Hillcrest House in the small town of Angel Falls. It was too much coincidence that she'd been doodling the exact same house on pads and paper for some time; she had to have it. Having made the purchase without actually looking over the place, she's shocked to find it in a very dilapidated state. As soon as she steps through the doors things begin to happen. Fuses blow, doors that appear locked are suddenly open, there are apparitions and children's laughter. And then there are the crows.I really enjoyed this story; ghostly and sometimes scary happenings which relate back to the family who once lived here. With the aid of policeman Alain Fournier, as Jess begins restore the old house she also gradually pieces together the tragic history of the Hargreaves and eventually makes a surprising discovery. Jess and Alain's romance also provides a perfect balance with the supernatural suspense.A great read guaranteed to keep you turning the pages.I would like to thank Brook Cottage Books for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Shell Baker
    2019-04-18 17:37

    I jumped at the chance to read this, as I love a good ghost story. And this is a Ghost story with a difference, a spice of romance I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.....I loved it.In this story we meet Jessica Maitland new owner of Hillcrest house with strange visions appearing in the window of the second floor stranger things happen inside the walls! Non of the owners stay long but will Jessica be able to unravel the dark secret that lies within the house?!I was hooked from the start with creepy descriptions and a mystery unraveling throughout the story that had me guessing until the end. And of course the romance, who doesn't love a bit of romance throw in.I love the authors style of writing i found this a quick and easy fun read and I will be looking out for more of Melanie Robertson-King in the future.This is one fresh unique story that I highly recommend giving it 4.5 stars

  • Georgina Troy
    2019-04-09 12:26

    I really enjoyed this book with its strong heroine, Jessica and gorgeous law enforcer hero, Andre. When Jessica buys the rundown Victorian House she doesn’t expect to be dealing with anything more than a bit of renovation. Has she got the guts and determination to see this project through to the end, or will she decide that dealing with the secrets encased in this once beautiful home is too much of a challenge for her? The most ominous thing for me was the insidious crow and its determination that Jessica shouldn't be moving into the house. I love a good ghost story and a romance and this book gave me both. I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret of Hillcrest House. Melanie Robertson-King keeps a good balance between the romance - loved Andre, the eeriness and downright creepiness with a wonderfully constructed ending. I look forward to reading her next book!

  • Emily M Fagan
    2019-03-27 15:18

    Choppy plot, no resolution This was a terrible book, the plot was choppy and so full of holes it didn't make sense. The characters had random decisions that made no sense and thoughts were arranged as a strange stream of consciousness. Then there was literally no resolution at the end of the book, not really a cliffhanger just a flat ending

  • Stacey
    2019-04-07 13:10

    SPOILER ALERT, DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE READING OR PLAN TO READ THIS BOOK!I really hate giving bad reviews, especially to one I actually enjoyed reading. Jessica buys an old run down Victorian house via the Internet, having never seen it in person. The first day there, she meets a hunky cop, and immediately has the hots for him. The house is totally run down and needs a complete makeover before it is habitable. In the meantime, she discovers that it is haunted, and apparently one of the ghosts wants to do her harm. She has a hot and heavy affair with the cop, they fall in love too fast, she makes friends with a crow who gives her presents as well as a clue to a hundred year old murder. Jessica, while investigating the history of the house, discovers two dead bodies, almost gets drowned by an unseen person, discovers she is related to the dead person......and that is the end. That is the entire story in a nutshell. I did not like the ending, which was no ending. Who was trying to kill Jessica, and why? Who actually killed the people buried in the floor? Did the hauntings continue, did Jessica stay at the house, did she and the hunk get married? Also, I thought the character of Jessica was quite immature at times. And, although I am not a prude, I did not like the sex scenes. I think the story needed to be fleshed out quite a bit.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-12 16:08

    My full review can be found on my blog at I liked the book. It lacked depth in character development, but had a good story that was interesting, but seemed to end a little abruptly. I recieved a copy in exchange for a review from LibraryThing

  • Theresa Kozak
    2019-04-05 18:09

    YuckThis book is not worth any stars. There isn't a spine-tingling sentence in the entire thing. It quickly devolved into a set for frequent sexual escapades with barely a sentence to hold the romps apart. Amazon would not let me post without a star. If I could have given it no stars, I would have. Save your money. Buy a better book.

  • Sheryl Browne
    2019-04-05 11:21

    I’m always interested to see how an author handles the haunted house theme. Ghost stories can sometimes be a bit formulaic in my mind and I was looking for something a little bit different. I’m super-pleased to say there’s much more to Hillcrest House than a wailing woman throwing herself from the turret. I have to admit I was hooked at the first ‘blip of a siren’. Give me a hunk in uniform and I’m sold, particularly if he’s all authority, seemingly abrasive on the outside, but with a tantalising soft centre and essential heroic qualities, as demonstrated when our heroine, Jessica, first glimpses a child’s face at one of the windows. The house is uninhabited. A thorough search by our hero cop, Alain, soon establishes there is no one on the inside. Who is the child? Is his appearance when Jessica arrives some kind of warning? A plea for help from the past? As more sightings occur, the child being one of many apparitions, Jessica begins to investigate. The house, she feels, has called to her and she’s not one to give up easily, even if the property is more a dilapidated nightmare than her dream house. The Hargrave family, she discovers, lived in the shadow of death. Somehow, Jessica, who is dealing with tragedy in her own past, needs to unravel their history, which will provide her the key to her mystery and appease her ghostly companions. The secondary characters in the form of Mr and Mrs Bell, Mrs Bell having a natural tendency to motherly, flesh out the story nicely. Intrigue, dark buried secrets, hot romance (did I mention Alain’s of French descent? Hot, definitely!) and a neat twist in the tale make The Secret of Hillcrest House riveting reading. This book will definitely appeal to lovers of mystery and romance.

  • Dayna Cheser
    2019-04-05 11:31

    Review of ‘The Secret of Hillcrest House’ by Melanie Robertson-KingJessica Maitland, looking to reboot her life after the death of her baby, and the end of her marriage, bought the old Hillcrest House in Angel Falls via the internet, discovering when she arrived to take possession that it wasn’t quite what the real estate website indicated. As she set about making her new home livable, strange, and sometimes frightening things happened. When the house was livable and presentable, more unusual and alarming happenings interrupted a housewarming party.She started piecing the history of the house together, hoping to find some answers. She learned the Hargrave family had lived in the house in the 1880s. Many locals believed the Hargraves never left the house, and it was they who chased away numerous new owners over the years. Undeterred, Jessica, who had fallen in love with the house, including those who reside there with her – and a local constable – stayed. Then, one day, she discovered the true Secret of Hillcrest House.This book is really a fun read. It keeps you guessing about the big secret, right up to the last minute. I would definitely read this book again, and I’d recommend it to friends, and anyone else who enjoys a nice mystery/romance story. I give this book 5-stars.By Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author

  • Lynn Clark
    2019-04-16 15:36

    A fresh start ... a blossoming relationship ... a haunted house. Melanie Robertson-King's latest novel has all the earmarks of suspense and steamy romance. It starts with a bang and is filled with supernatural and scary events that create tension in the novel and lead to the final unraveling of the secret of Hillcrest House. This novel will appeal to lovers of supernatural thrillers, mysteries, and romance!

  • Melanie Robertson-King
    2019-04-04 14:29

  • Ellen Hamilton
    2019-04-07 17:22

    Quick and easy read. But, there were somethings that didn't sit with me.Right at the beginning of the story, on pg. 14, it's written: “Mrs. Bell was an angel but man oh man, could she talk.”Hold it right there! That is not how she was portrayed at all. Maybe that's how she was meant to be, but that's not how she turned out on paper. Perhaps more details are needed to fill in the gaps. I know sometimes the character gets stuck in the author's mind one way but doesn't necessarily come out on paper that exact same way.Second of all, isgloamingsome new type of word? My mom thought it could mean ‘in the glow of the evening’ or something, LOL.Now, to be honest, I love ghosts. But I could not understand for the life of me why some ghosts were bothering Jess and why one tried to suffocate her… There are some unexplained things left around in the story.This was a sort of a higgledy-piggledy story with parts thrown together and stuck to each other with weak links. There wasn't a solid piece, a centre-point, around which everything was tied back to.I did like the Victorian touches, but there was some 'not quite clean' content. Overall, though, I liked the book, the characters... Jess bursts into tears almost at everything, which is so like me, and so I can't help but love her.I'll give this book a three-star rating, but I must say, with further editing and rearranging, this book could get five stars.