|Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says.As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder.To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door, which hides a staircase that leads to the ceiling. That’s when the flashbacks of the original residents from 1875 start, including a love affair between two young servants. Each vision pulls Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. Piper confides in her best friend,Todd, whom she’s gradually falling for, but even he doesn’t believe her. At least, not until her house gets axed during a prank, and the act injures Piper instead, cutting a gash the size of Texas into her stomach.Piper realizes her house isn’t haunted—it’s alive. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime, before she becomes part of her house for good.|
Phobic welcomes readers to the world of Piper Crenshaw, a girl who has horrible acne, has to deal with bullies on a constant basis, who lives in a huge pristine Victorian house under strict guidelines to never open certain doors. While Piper always has her music to turn to, that doesn’t disconnect her from the house that never needs repairs. Watch as Piper navigates life without her parents, yet still facing the ghostly remnants left behind in her home.
Author bio: Cortney is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. She lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.