Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Night Falls on Predicament Avenue by Jaime Jo Wright

Posted April 8, 2024 by meezcarrie in 5 stars, Book Review, Christian, clean, contemporary, giveaway, historical, Jaime Jo Wright, mystery/suspense, romance / 49 Comments


Night Falls on Predicament Avenue book review

Night Falls on Predicament Avenue by Jaime Jo WrightNIGHT FALLS ON PREDICAMENT AVENUE by Jaime Jo Wright
GENRE: Dual Timeline Mystery/Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: April 9, 2024
PAGES: 399

As the walls of the house at Predicament Avenue reveal their hidden truths, two women–generations apart–discover that fear and foreboding are no respecters of time.

In 1910, Effie James is committed to doing anything to save her younger sister, who witnessed a shocking murder, leaving her mute and in danger of the killer’s retribution. Effie must prove what her sister saw, but when a British gentleman arrives, he disrupts Effie’s quest with his attempts to locate his wife, Isabelle Addington, who was last seen at the supposed crime scene in the abandoned house at 322 Predicament Avenue. Just as Effie discovers what she seeks, she finds that the blood staining the walls will forever link her to a scandal she couldn’t imagine, and to a woman whose secrets promise to curse any who would expose them.

A century later, Norah Richman grapples with social anxiety and grief as she runs her late great-aunt’s bed-and-breakfast on Predicament Avenue. But Norah has little affection for the house and is committed only to carrying out her murdered sister’s dreams until crime historian and podcaster Sebastian Blaine arrives to investigate the ghostly legacy of the house’s claim to fame–the murder of Isabelle Addington. When a guest is found dead, the incident is linked to Isabelle’s murder, and Norah and Sebastian must work together to uncover the century-old curse that has wrapped 322 Predicament Avenue in its clutches and threatens far more than death.


“Death had been a guest here at Predicament Avenue for decades, and it was clear that Death wasn’t ready to check out quite yet.”

I have said it before and I will undoubtedly say it again (in fact, I’m getting ready to right now) – Jaime Jo Wright is a master at writing delicious creepy, twisty plots that always end up surprising me. No matter that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she will stay true to Scripture and Scooby Doo (iykyk), I can rarely figure out the ‘reasonable explanation’ ahead of time.

Night Falls on Predicament Avenue takes readers to 1901 and present day Iowa, as a true crime podcaster researches a century-old cold case mystery. The fact that he’s staying in the supposedly-haunted farmhouse owned by the sister of the small town’s only other murder victim amps up the suspenseful tension quite nicely. And the fact that he’s got a very swoony British accent amps up the romantic tension because yes I am that shallow. I really enjoyed – and appreciated – the way Sebastian (the swoony British podcaster i was just talking about) understands Norah’s anxiety and really seems to ‘get’ her. I thought Wright wrote Norah’s anxiety with empathetic insight and accuracy, and I am very glad that this is getting more of a spotlight in fiction lately. Especially in fiction that spreads hope. The 1901 timeline has its own swoony Brit – Anderson – and another stronger-than-she-realizes heroine in Effie James. I so admired how she rose to the occasion and exhibited more bravery than she would admit to having.

The house at 322 Predicament Avenue held secrets, and they were screaming out to be revealed.

I loved both timelines equally in this book (usually I gravitate toward one or the other), and I was completely engrossed in the mystery of who killed Isabelle (if she was, in fact, killed), how it might connect to the more recent murder of Naomi Richman (if it does),  and WHO is haunting the house on Predicament Avenue (if such a thing is possible). I was not expecting any of the twists that Wright so cleverly wove into this story – even when I was blatantly looking for them – and I thought the way the timelines end up being connected was brilliantly done. There’s absolutely no way I could have put this book down before I finished it, not even for a total solar eclipse (which I found appropriate considering the title). I was hanging on every word and fully immersed in rural Iowa and that secret-filled farmhouse and loving all the delicious tension.

Bottom Line: Night Falls on Predicament Avenue is another fabulously engrossing read from the master of dual timeline creepy stories, Jaime Jo Wright. The four main characters came effortlessly to life, holding me captive to their puzzling mysteries and complex layers – Sebastian and Norah in the present day and Effie and Anderson in the 1901 timeline. The questions and suspicions swirling around that old house on Predicament Avenue kept me on the edge of my seat, as did the occasional vignettes from someone we only know as “Her” for the majority of the story. Was she Isabelle … or Naomi… or someone altogether different? I HAD NO IDEA lol and so I kept reading, turning the pages as fast as I could but also trying to savor the expert storytelling and delightfully spooky atmosphere. The exploration of fear and grief is also particularly poignant and well-written. If you haven’t yet read a Jaime Jo Wright, this is a great place to start!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 2+ / swoony warm glow of sweetness that may make you forget to breathe

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Jaime Jo Wright

Jaime Jo Wright (JaimeWrightBooks.com) is the author of over ten novels, including Christy Award and Daphne du Maurier Award-winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She’s also a two-time Christy Award finalist, as well as the ECPA bestselling author of The Vanishing at Castle Moreau and two Publishers Weekly bestselling novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her family and felines.

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Night Falls on Predicament Avenue giveaway

Bethany House is offering a print copy of Night Falls on Predicament Avenue by Jaime Jo Wright to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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49 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Night Falls on Predicament Avenue by Jaime Jo Wright

  1. Debra Pruss

    I love mysteries. This book sounds fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

  2. Brandi

    Yes! I don’t normally enjoy creepy, but k owing they are always saturated in the Light as a balancing factor, I’m able to enjoy. Looking forward to this one.

  3. Teri DiVincenzo

    I have a rule about Jaime Jo books…if she wrote it, I want to read it! Her books are always so thoughtful, so socially aware, so steeped in the beauty of God’s handiwork…if you forget about all the spooky stuff, they’re all pretty much a parable!

  4. marti

    Jaime Jo Wright is one of my favorite authors! The Curse of Misty Wayfair was my introduction to Gothic mysteries, and I loved it.

  5. Winnie Thomas

    I love Jaime’s books, and I’m a little embarrassed to say that I’m way behind on reading her books! Thanks for the review and chance to win a copy!

  6. Regina

    I’ve never read any of Jaime Jo’s books. This review makes the book sound wonderful, and I love the beautiful cover.

  7. Reading your review and all these comments makes it sound like an enjoyable, lose-myself-in-the-story book. Yes. I’m thinking I need to read this mystery with dual time lines.

  8. Jeanne Bishop

    Jaime Jo is such a unique and talented author. That and the fact you gave the book 5 stars puts it on my TBR list.

  9. Perrianne Askew

    You’re in for a real treat with this one, especially if you love a dual timeline that is very well done! Get ready for spooky and kooky, but be aware that the author always has a “Scooby Doo” answer for the mystery and will always, always point to the light.

  10. Jeanine Kowalewski

    I want to read Night Falls on Predicament Avenue because I’ve read all of Jaime Jo’s books, so I know this will be a great, well=written story!

  11. Janice Moore

    Just the author’s name is all that it takes for me to want to read this book! The errie spookiness combined with a clever plot, plus a redemptive conclusion, is outstanding!

  12. Nancy

    I would like to read Night Falls on Predicament Avenue by Jaime Jo Wright because it is different from my usual reads.

  13. Janice Moore

    Thank you very much that my name was selected to read this book which was at the top of my list of books that I wanted to read! I appreciate it very much! Much gratefulness to all!

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