Peggy Adler talks to debut novelist Valerie Laken about the inspiration behind her first book and her process in writing it. Dream House, a. Dream House by Valerie Laken – book cover, description, publication history. In Laken’s debut novel, a young couple tries to salvage their shaky marriage by buying a rundown house in a gentrifying Ann Arbor.

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And I absolutely adore dram cover. From first to final page, hers is a beautifully built novel and an astonishing debut. I was amused by her husband, mired in the good ole’ days of college, not quite ready to For two days now, I’ve been thinking about what to say about this book.

Refresh and try again. It wasn’t what I was expecting. The young man daydreams of reclaiming the family home his pops and moms filled with love and hard work before his father’s untimely hkuse. I actually felt bad for her husband. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Cover states “ghost story”, not really.

Will it be enough to save their shaky marriage? Please provide an email address. Most of all we scrutinized the previous owners.

DREAM HOUSE by Valerie Laken | Kirkus Reviews

Within Walker’s story I found the haunting side of the tale. The details here in terms of home renovation and family dynamics are believable and engaging, as are the characters. Compelling reflections on broad issues such as neighborhood gentrification and the American valeris as well as the personal struggles involved with marriage, family, and the hohse of a home.

It was a little suspenseful in parts, but it wasn’t a full blown thriller. With many books I drift in and out of focus. The story of two very different families whose destinies are intertwined in a small, clapboard house in Ann Arbor, Mich.


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It is a page turner laksn I couldn’t put the book down as the author mingled the three main characters. I thought I was purchasing a ghost story, but it wasn’t much of one. When Kate and Stuart Kinzler buy a run-down, historic house in Ann Arbor, Michigan, they’re looking for a decent remodeling investment and a little space in which to rekindle their troubled marriage.

This is an excerpt from vaperie review published in Bookmarks magazine. This book was wonderfully written, with the plot unfolding at just the right pace. Anyone who likes to read for fun.


You write fantastic reviews. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I don’t have any reasons you shouldn’t read this book.

Suspenseful and skillfully told. I was very happy to have read Dream House and will definitely be on the lookout for any other titles from Valerie Laken. There was a problem adding your email address.

Book review: Valerie Laken’s *Dream House*

He spends 18 years in prison and when he comes out he struggles with his role in his family and how to repair his own life. It’s not the case. Anyway, cream to Valerie, for writing a completely absorbing and creepy and compassionate and wise novel. Published February 3rd by Harper first published January 1st But in the end I wanted more.

It is still there, inside the walls of this wonderful book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sep 02, Cindy rated it liked it Shelves: I had a lot of questions and would have enjoyed it more if I had more history She meets Jay and Walker, who both have a history with the house, as well this is where it sort of gets suspenseful.


Please stop by and visit Valerie Laken at her website. Overall, I enjoyed this book – the story tugged me along nicely, and it definitely describes the imp I am terrible at this. But he seethes while Kate undertakes obsessive renovations and finally walks out shortly after they learn their new home was the scene of a murder. What I admire most about this book is its huge range of people– neurotic people, happy people, artistic people, autistic people, people freshly released from prison, children, and people in love– and the way Valerie Laken makes them all real and important.

Walker Price at 18 kills his widowed mother’s drug dealing boyfriend. When a mysterious man begins lurking around her yard, Kate – now alone – is forced to confront her home’s dangerous past. There were some dry parts. No ordinary ghost story, it offers insight into the troubled human psyche and a deep inquiry into the meaning of home through multiple storylines.

There aren’t that many truly unique plots or characters out there.

The ending was described as an ‘unforgettable climax’. However, by the last half of the book I was invested. While the house remains a powerful allegory for shattered lives, the climax results from an unexpected accident. Lists with This Book.