Saturday, June 1, 2024

Review - Bitter House

Bitter House
Author Kiersten Modglin 
Genre: Psychological Thriller 
Format: Kindle ARC
Date of Publication: June 1, 2024
No. of Pages: 187
My Rating: 5 Stars 


Vera Bitter is dead, but her secrets have yet to be buried.

After the tragic death of Bridget’s parents, her grandmother took her in. Vera Bitter raised her from behind a closed door—cold and uncaring from the moment she arrived at Bitter House. After Bridget’s high school graduation, Vera kicked her out without so much as a goodbye, and Bridget never heard from her again. Which is why, when she receives word of Vera’s passing and discovers she’s inherited the family manor, she’s immediately filled with dread.

Those worries are amplified when she arrives at Bitter House after years away to find an enigmatic piece of her past waiting for her. Growing up, there was only one person Bridget distrusted more than her grandmother, and that was Cole Warner—the son of Vera’s house manager and the bane of her childhood existence. Now, he’s her new housemate.

Owning the house she was once forced to leave with a man she’s always despised forces Bridget to confront feelings and questions she’s been running from since the day she was driven away from Bitter House.

Then the first letter arrives.

And with it, a world of secrets, darkness, and deception is unlocked. Years ago, Bridget tried and failed to find sanctuary inside the shadowy halls of Bitter House, and as she struggles to imagine a future there now, she discovers a terrifying behind the iron gate and stone walls of the old estate, nothing is quite what it seems. Bitter House has secrets and, if she can’t decide whom to trust, danger lies in wait.

From million-copy bestselling author Kiersten Modglin comes a bone-chilling, compulsively page-turning, and achingly addictive thriller set within the walls of a mysterious old manor with a sinister secret.


When Vera Bitter died, her house, called Bitter House, did not go to her surviving children. Instead, it went to her granddaughter Bridget. Bridget had been taken in by her grandmother after the death of her parents, but it wasn’t a warm and nurturing environment. This really makes Bridget query as to why she was left the house, especially since there are some who believe that she should not have it.

There is another complication for Bridget, and this is needless to say that she doesn’t even want the huge house. The house was also left to the son of Vera’s household manager, Cole Warner. Although Bridget and Cole grew up together, they had a very dysfunctional relationship. Now they are temporarily residing together until they can decide what to do with the house.

As rocky as things are between Bridget and Cole, with resentment ruling as king, Bridget has yet another problem. She has found a letter on her doorstop. And then another. When she reads the content of these disturbing letters, she finds herself really shaken, and knows that she must at least find common ground with Cole for the present.

It doesn’t take Bridget and Cole long to realize that secrets of the past have a powerful effect on their present, but also their future. Meanwhile, their contentious relationship begins to take a new turn, and this is despite both personal struggles that Bridget is dealing with as well as the pressure she is receiving from her grandmother’s children. Bridget cannot help but to wonder if one of them are responsible for the terror she is recently experiencing.

Kiersten Modglin has done it again! A super twisty novel that doesn’t miss a beat! I loved the story within a story as this book developed. I will be here front and center for her next release. 

Many thanks to Kiersten Modglin for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Kiersten Modglin is an Amazon top-30 bestselling author of award-winning psychological thrillers and a member of International Thriller Writers. Kiersten lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and their two Boston Terriers: Cedric and Georgie. She is best known for her unpredictable suspense and her readers have dubbed her 'The Queen of Twists.' A Netflix addict, Shonda Rhimes super-fan, psychology fanatic, and indoor enthusiast, Kiersten enjoys rainy days spent with her nose in a book.


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