Erryn reviews The Quiet House (A Black and Blue Novel) by Lily Morton. Published March 26, 2021, 272 pages. The audiobook was released July 23, 2021, is 8 hrs and 8 mins and is narrated by Joel Leslie. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read it: I love Blue and Levi.
Levi Black has mostly recovered from the events of a year ago. The only lingering effects are that he’s much more well-known in York than he’d like to be, and he’s a lot more cautious about walking around his house naked.
However, those events brought him the capricious and fascinating Blue, so he’s not complaining. On the contrary, he’s happy, in love, and looking forward to Blue finally moving in with him. And if sometimes he wonders what Blue sees in a boring cartoonist, he keeps that to himself.
Blue Billings is finally ready to throw off the memories of his past and move in with the person who means the most in the world to him. His psychic abilities have grown in the last year to his mentor Tom’s consternation, but Blue is determined to look on the bright side. He’s also focused on ignoring all the warning signs that he’s received lately.
However, even deeply buried secrets have a way of rising to the surface. And when a surprise from Blue’s past turns up and draws them away to a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors, Levi and Blue must fight for their survival once again.
From best-selling author Lily Morton comes the second book in the Black & Blue series. The books are intended to be listened to in order.
Blue, Blue, Blue. Dearest Blue. You think you’ve got your shit together. You’re moving in with Levi (finally!), your psychic abilities are growing, and you’re doing well with Tom at the bookstore. Life’s pretty fricking amazing, right? Well, until your past shows up at your doorstep with an offer you can’t refuse.
Levi, Levi, Levi. Dearest Levi. That cartoon career is going well, right? And your darling Blue is moving in, the ghost Rosalind is (mostly) behaving, and things are moving forward. Life’s pretty fricking amazing, right? Except you knew it couldn’t last. You didn’t know how, but you knew – deep in your heart – that the other shoe was going to drop. You just didn’t see it being someone from Blue’s past.
The offer? Spend a few nights in a mansion on the Yorkshire moor. There’s money involved, but there’s also prestige. You can say you defeated the ghosts. There’s also redemption. Blue can finally confront his past and move forward once and for all. Sounds simple, right?
Well, sure. If you ignore all the horrible ghosts. Each has a story more depressing. Endured horrific circumstances in life, suffered ignominious deaths, and are tormented in the spirit world. They want revenge, and they’ll do just about anything to get it. Levi and Blue are standing in the way of that vengeance.
There is a lot going on in this book but, as I’ve come to expect from Lily Morton, plenty of humor as well. For instance, I wouldn’t have had sex in that mansion for all the money in the world. Seems our two heroes didn’t feel that way. I mean, aren’t all those ghosts watching? I guess if you’re a voyeur it’s not so bad. Oh yea, Levi’s already been caught with his trousers down, so to speak.
There is also a lot of violence in this book. Both in current day as well as in the past. I was disturbed by some of the horrors committed in that house. But I have to say, this book entertained from the first word to the final sentence. A great and well-deserved ending.
Finally, there’s Joel Leslie. His talent matches that of Ms. Morton, and they work perfectly together. Also, his voices just work and his delivery is spot-on for this mystery with humor paranormal story. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next.
10/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she got her Kindle.
She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams, and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing because how else would she get to spend her time with hot, funny men?
And finally, she believes that love conquers all. Except the heat index in July. Nothing can conquer that bastard.