Title: A Sound Among The Trees
Author: Susan Meissner
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah
Published: October 1, 2011
When Marielle Bishop marries into a family that lives in a house filled with history and shrouded in secrets. She is soon led to believe that the house she now lives in is haunted by the ghost of Susannah Page and brings misfortune upon every woman that lives there. She now finds that in order to find the truth she has to sift through the rumors and discover what’s really up with this house.
Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. After all that people believe that she’s done, it’s no surprise that people will believe that the house is haunted by Susannah’s ghost, looking for retribution for her sins. But is it all just rumors or is it true and is Marielle put in danger?
I don’t really understand what this book is really supposed to make me feel. It’s about a ghost that may or may not exist and a whole host of characters with backstories that I would have loved to read about, but that doesn’t happen. The whole story revolves around this spirit that supposedly haunts this house, but Marielle’s new grandmother-in-law, Adelaide, thinks that the house itself has a grudge, not Susannah’s ghost.
This author tried really hard to refute all the rumors and ideas about the ghost, but I can’t help but feel that she didn’t fully succeed. Also, this whole book revolves around the idea that a house can control what happens to the people in it, Adelaide thinks that the house is holding a grudge and another character believes that it’s the complete opposite the, house wants to bless and help and heal people. The whole idea is just ridiculous, house do not define our futures.
The story kind of chugs away at a snail’s pace for about half the book and then we finally get to a really good part, Susannah’s part. You finally get to read the elusive letters by Susannah that shows what really happened during the Civil War. It’s somehow supposed to show the connection of the house and show that she’s not haunting the house but the connection is weak and disappointing. I would’ve loved, however, to just edit Susannah’s letters into novel form and added some detail and read that without the whole ghost in house thing.
This book touches way too much on the supernatural, the book includes the clairvoyant and creepy feelings that supposedly mean that there is a ghost in the house. A part of me wonders how this book made it into the Christian market and then I realize that, like every market, the Christian market is changing as well, which most of the time I like, but if it allows books like this and books with werewolves and vampires to come to fruition then I feel like it needs to come to a screeching halt.
This book was a huge disappointment for me. I jus feel like it was a book that shouldn’t have been touched unless the storyline was airtight and solid. This book really wasn’t that, it was jumbled and left me feeling like it was 336 pages of nothing, it was full of words but didn’t really say anything. Maybe someone else liked it. If you did please tell me.
Overall, not a very good book for a traditional Christian, but maybe for a more liberal Christian. I recommend this book for someone who has read books similar to this and liked them. I give this book a two and a half out of five.
I received this complimentary copy of this book specifically for this review. All opinions expressed were my own.