THE GRIP OF IT is a solid novel. The scribble cover adds a nice touch and sets the tone for the reader. This is about an ordinary couple who move into an extraordinary new house.
Strange things start happening. Stains are animated on the wall–contracting, expanding–and map themselves onto Julie's body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. That's when the story starts cooking!
THE GRIP OF IT is a slow-burner. It is filled with dread and you can cut the tension with a knife. You will get an uneasy feeling as you venture through the pages. Jac Jemc does a great job of setting the gloomy atmosphere. I really enjoyed how Jemc broke the book down into short chapters. The short chapters made things feel more imminent, and it kept me turning the page. Also, I like how the chapters rotated or alternated between Julie and James. Being able to read from both of their POVs makes the story stronger. The ending didn't disappoint either.
There is a lot to like about this novel. The writing is superb. The storyline is seamless. The characters feel authentic. Overall, THE GRIP OF IT is a solid novel. I need to read more books by this author.