Gothic Revival appears to be a reunion of college pals but instead turns into a story of lies and deceit.


The Description

Publication Date: March 14, 2023

The Psychological Thriller Inspired by the Creation of Frankenstein

Chris, Anne, Fiona, and Lauren were inseparable friends while earning MFAs in Creative Writing. Years later they’ve grown apart and are surprised to receive an invitation to a reunion from the fifth member of their group, Eric, a successful screenwriter. Eric flies them to a remote lake villa where he reveals his new obsession: their group is a modern version of the famous one from Villa Diodati in 1816, the iconic literary event during which Frankenstein was created. Chris and Anne are their Percy and Mary Shelley. The free-spirited artist Fiona is like Claire Clairmont. Instead of Dr. Polidori, they have Lauren, PhD in Victorian History. That leaves Eric, the Hollywood player, as Lord Byron. Like Byron, Eric proposes they write ghost stories, an homage to their famous predecessors. Laughter, creativity, and reminiscence are soon replaced with deceit, suspicion, and fear. What is the self-proclaimed clairvoyant Fiona seeing and hearing? Why does Eric lie? What does the creepy old housekeeper know about their host? Tensions grow as relationships are tested until a shocking discovery reveals the true intention for the reunion.

Fans of Gillian Flynn, Alex Michaelides, Lisa Jewel, and Alice Feeney will love the suspense and intrigue of Gothic Revival.

The Review

Five graduate school friends gather after 17 years for a reunion with a life-altering outcome.cAuthor Michael Mullin delivers a suspenseful story in Gothic Revival, taking readers on a trip to an isolated villa where the group of once aspiring writers are called together by Eric, the only one of them seemingly to find success in writing.

Through conversations and flashbacks, the group’s history comes to light, illustrating the difference between then and now. The couple, Chris and Anne, who are experiencing some friction in their marriage. Fiona, the middle school teacher, with a clairvoyant gift. Lauren, who has found a niche in academia but suspects her husband is cheating. And finally, there’s Eric, the flashy charismatic behind the reunion.

The focus of the reunion is to write ghost stories reminiscent of the infamous literary event when Frankenstein was created. However, there’s much more to the gathering than a simple writing collaboration, and the author skillfully ratchets up the tension.

Gothic Revival appears to be a reunion of college pals but instead turns into a story of lies and deceit.

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About The AuthorMichael is the author of Simon, a modern-day retelling of Hamlet, and the cult-hit trilogy of twisted fairytales titled TaleSpins. He’s a former college professor and preschool teacher who also spent years writing for Disney and other major studios. Michael lives in Pasadena, CA with his wonderful wife Dani and their cool dog Finn. Their twins, Sophie and Max, will soon be college graduates. In addition to writing, Michael is in the vintage collectibles & memorabilia business.


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Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Gothic Revival appears to be a reunion of college pals but instead turns into a story of lies and deceit.5-STAR REVIEW: GOTHIC REVIVAL by Michael Mullin