August 2022 Indie Next List
“Just Like Home grabs you and doesn’t let go. Vera returns to the home where her father committed a series of gruesome crimes. With her dying mother in a hostile small town, Vera grapples with her past — and something moving under her bed.”
— Jo Swenson, Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, NH
Gailey has written another winner with the genre subverting haunted house novel JUST LIKE HOME. Vera has returned home after a many year absence to prepare her childhood home for her mother's impending death. Told alternatingly in flashback, and modern day, JUST LIKE HOME slowly reveals Vera's father's arrest for serial killing, and eventual death in prison, and how those events soured her already fragile relationship with her cold and distant mother. The novel is at turns both heartwarming and disgusting, and disproves the old adage that you can never go home again.
Gailey never fails to write with a creeping sense of dread that slowly wraps its way around you and pins you to the page.
After ten years of being sent away by her cold mother from the house her father built, Vera Crowder is called back to help her dying mother clean out the house.
But dark secrets lurk in the shadows and floorboards of Crowder House, and Vera might not be able to leave until she confronts them all on their own.
This gothic horror had me checking under the bed before I drifted to sleep. It's sure to haunt you in the best possible way. -Jessi
— From Haunted House Books for Spooky Season