Review: The Flip – Michael Phillip Cash

Review: The Flip – Michael Phillip CashAuthor: Michael Phillip Cash
Title: The Flip
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 392
Release Date: May 4, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants' junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals its past, will the couple's marriage survive The Flip?
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1497345510
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four-stars
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to sexual content.

Welcome to Jen’s review of THE FLIP by Michael Phillip Cash!

My apologies go out to the author and Goddess Fish Promotions for not posting my review sooner. Although I had read the book a couple of weeks ago, I haven’t had Internet or time to go somewhere to post my review.

When I signed up for the tour, I was excited because this was a book I had been wanting to read for a while. I won a copy a while back and hadn’t gotten around to reading it. The tour was the perfect opportunity to get me off my butt to read the book đŸ™‚

I’m glad I finally read The Flip. Although I didn’t get many creepy vibes (I’ll explain why in a minute), the setting was easy to visualize and the plot made sense. In the dislike column, my main complaint is that the ending is non-climatic. In the positive column, my main source of enjoyment was the characters, who were all different and interesting.

More About the Characters

Brad and Julie are married house flippers. She finds the property. He fixes it up. They both profit. At least that’s how it is supposed to work, but Julie has latched onto an old Victorian and wants to keep it for herself. Brad hates the house. Even trying it fix it up gets on his nerves. Their relationship starts to fall apart. Part of the reason for that is Julie thinks there is a problem with their marriage whenever she isn’t getting her way. In other words, she creates a problem and Brad responds negatively.

Tessa and Gerald are the house’s resident ghosts. Gerald has always been in love with Tessa. He refuses to leave her, even though she treats him badly. Tessa is sexually attracted to Brad. She wants Julie out of the way. The Sentinels prevent Tessa from doing too much harm to Julie.

The characters were well-developed. We see events in both the past and present from multiple characters’ point of view. Although this helped me understand the characters, it also became a source of problems. First, the author likes to head hop. Second, Tessa’s commentary and behavior is almost comical at times, which ruined the mood, so to speak. Plus, I knew Tessa and Gerald didn’t want to hurt Brad, which also squashed any suspense that might have been building.

On a positive note, I liked that Michael Phillip Cash made the ghosts sentient beings who hadn’t forgotten their lives, needs, or desires. They were just like living people, motivated for many of the same reasons like lust and love.

One minor complaint I have to mention is that all the Black characters talk like they are from the hood. It seemed stereotypical and kind of out-of-place, considering the book is set in Long Island, not in a big city.

More About the Plot

The entire story made sense. It was well told. For me, though, it felt like everything was too easily resolved. The ending fell flat. I was like, “Really? That’s all there is to it?” No one actually did anything to bring about the resolution. It just all kind of fell into place without any effort on anyone’s part. It was more because of circumstances rather than action.

Conclusion

Honestly, I was surprised how many five star reviews The Flip received on Amazon and Goodreads. Although I did enjoy reading it, I don’t think it’s a five-star book. The praise doesn’t fit for me, either. So many reviews talk about how this book is a scary paranormal thriller. I didn’t feel that way. Don’t get me wrong, there are some eerie moments. There was actually one time when I feared for Julie’s life. As a whole, though, I didn’t feel the book was scary or very suspenseful.

With that said, I do recommend reading The Flip. Just don’t go into it expecting a traditional ghost story. There are some creepy moments, but the story focuses more on the character’s romantic relationships. I don’t really know what genre this book falls in. It’s not a thriller or a romance entirely. I don’t think it can even be called a romance because it isn’t about anyone falling in love; it’s about trying to fix existing relationships. It isn’t a mystery at all.

Most users on Goodreads have put it as horror, but that’s not right either in my opinion, since it doesn’t seem like it was the author’s intent to scare readers. So, I’m not sure what it is. For lack of a better place to put it, I’m categorizing it as romantic suspense on the blog. Even though I think it doesn’t fit neatly into a genre because of the heavy focus on relationships, it doesn’t mean that The Flip isn’t worth reading.

Quick Review

The Flip is a story about a young couple with marital problems who encounter ghosts when flipping an old Victorian house. I give The Flip four stars for fast pacing, interesting characters, and vivid descriptions. The plot was resolved too easily, but I thought the book was well-written overall.

 

 

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