Night Falls on Predicament Avenue had me captivated with its very first line “I CAN HEAR THE DARKNESS.” The author’s ability to create a dark and haunting atmosphere through her poetic writing style is truly remarkable. I found myself turning the pages eagerly, unable to put the book down. This spine-tingling narrative is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a gripping and suspenseful story.

The focus of this dual time novel is the house at 322 Predicament Avenue. In 1910 the abandoned house is rumored to be haunted and is the source of frequent dares by the town’s teens. Effie James and her younger sister have finally worked up enough nerve to visit the house where Effie’s sister witnesses a horrifying possible murder scene that renders her speechless. But where is the victim’s body? A century later, Norah Richman reluctantly operates a bed and breakfast in the house that is still believed to be haunted. The death of a guest raises new speculation and a popular podcaster who is also a guest attempts to help Norah learn the truth about the house.

The past and present collide in this haunting tale that is another fine example of the author’s gift of offering light and hope in the midst of overwhelming darkness. Night Falls on Predicament Avenue is a must read that you do not want to miss.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


As the walls of the house at Predicament Avenue reveal their hidden truths, two women–generations apart–discover that fear and foreboding are no respecters of time.

In 1910, Effie James is committed to doing anything to save her younger sister, who witnessed a shocking murder, leaving her mute and in danger of the killer’s retribution. Effie must prove what her sister saw, but when a British gentleman arrives, he disrupts Effie’s quest with his attempts to locate his wife, Isabelle Addington, who was last seen at the supposed crime scene in the abandoned house at 322 Predicament Avenue. Just as Effie discovers what she seeks, she finds that the blood staining the walls will forever link her to a scandal she couldn’t imagine, and to a woman whose secrets promise to curse any who would expose them.

A century later, Norah Richman grapples with social anxiety and grief as she runs her late great-aunt’s bed-and-breakfast on Predicament Avenue. But Norah has little affection for the house and is committed only to carrying out her murdered sister’s dreams until crime historian and podcaster Sebastian Blaine arrives to investigate the ghostly legacy of the house’s claim to fame–the murder of Isabelle Addington. When a guest is found dead, the incident is linked to Isabelle’s murder, and Norah and Sebastian must work together to uncover the century-old curse that has wrapped 322 Predicament Avenue in its clutches and threatens far more than death.


Jaime Jo Wright ( is the author of ten novels, including Christy Award and Daphne du Maurier Award-winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She’s also a two-time Christy Award finalist, as well as the ECPA bestselling author of The Vanishing at Castle Moreau and two Publishers Weekly bestselling novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her family and felines.