Following an alarming incident at his workplace, surgeon Dr. Walker loses his job, leaving his family penniless and homeless in San Francisco. Buying the only habitable home that they can afford, the Walkers move into the intriguing Kristoff House, built by adventure novelist Denver Kristoff. But heir to the estate Dahlia Kristoff, is not happy with her new neighbours who have something that she wants, something she will do anything to get. Within hours of settling into their latest abode the Walkers become entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Dahlia when she uses black magic to separate them, transporting the three Walker children into the fictional lands of Kristoff’s novels. Trapped and afraid, they must navigate their way through worlds unknown, befriending hungry giants, battling sadistic pirates and fighting murderous warriors to find their way back home, all the while dreading Dahlia’s next move.
Co-written by well-known film director Chris Columbus, behind such adventures as The Goonies and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, it’s no surprise that this story is bursting with vivid imagery and action-packed scenes. However, at over five hundred pages the book feels quite long, and the meticulous attention to detail is at times unnecessary. Despite these drawbacks, House of Secrets is an imaginative and fun-filled tale with an original plot which will keep confident readers entertained. Watch out for a possible film adaptation coming soon to a cinema near you!