Charlotte was three years old when she witnessed her mother's death. She was left alone with her body. That's when she first heard the voice of a person living in the walls of the house. The voice comforted her. The voice guided her to call 9-1-1.
Charlotte has returned to her old house with her own family to reconnect with the voice that helped her twenty-five years ago. Charlotte is mourning the loss of her son. She doesn't notice that her daughter can hear the voice, too.
THESE WALLS DON'T TALK, THEY SCREAM is a bloodcurdling story that leaves you breathless. After reading the synopsis, I didn't know how the author was going to pull off this tale, giving the premise. The author does a great job of setting the mood in the first couple of pages. The opening grips you by the collar and shakes you, making you want to read more.
As for the story, it's smooth and jaw-dropping. I've read the author's other book, so I know what he is capable of. This book is better than the other one. You can tell he has improved since his last outing.
The unease doesn't let up until you turn the last page. The reveal will hit you like a stack of bricks. The characters have depth. The house itself has tons of depth. I didn't see that ending coming, either. The ending kind of fell flat for me. I questioned the resolution.
Kevin Holton is relatively new to the game, but he's here to stay. I look forward to reading him on an annual basis. Kevin has proven he can write on several different types of horror. THE WALLS DON'T TALK, THEY SCREAM is great. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.
Not going to lie. I was torn between a 4-star and 5-star rating. So, I will settle the debate with a 4.5-star rating.