From Kirkus reviews -
“McIntire’s latest novel is a fast-paced and multilayered thriller with well-developed characters and colorful settings...Most of the action is set in Virginia, and McIntire does a fine job of capturing the rhythm of its small-town life, from the friendliness of local business to the calm of quiet nights on the water. An engaging tale for aficionados of psychological suspense.”
"...fast-paced and multilayered thriller with well-developed characters..."
- Kirkus Reviews
by Eileen Haavik McIntire
Melanie Fletcher flits from one bad relationship to the next, following an internal selection mechanism that steers her wrong every time. Then she meets the man of her dreams and marries him. It only takes a few months for Melanie to realize he’s an abuser and a criminal.
Melanie escapes on a small trawler she owns, a secret she doesn’t share with anyone, that all-important room of her own. She runs for her life back to where it all began, her home, a small marina in tidewater Virginia. She needs to confront the demon who set her up for bad choices—her abusive, obstinate, drunk of a dad. Now he will set her up for the fight of her life.
A novel of suspense that explores the question of how the way you were treated growing up affects your life-long choices.
Who would dare rob the head of the American Nazi Party in the 1960s? Certainly not the timid Sue Millard. But Sue stumbles into a plot that tests her morals and determination in The House on Hatemonger Hill, a story which will delight mystery and history readers alike.
How do good people fall into dangerous situations? Sue is a junior at the University of Maryland, so she's a new adult just starting to explore the undercurrents of people and politics in the 1960s.
As she becomes a dangerous form of femme fatale, delivering pizzas and drugs under the guise of attracting male interest, Sue and the thieves she's fallen in with plot a Robin Hood-style heist whereby they steal from the rich and donate the cash to civil rights organizations to make a difference.
In reality, Sue stirs up a hornet's nest which holds threats to her family, as well: "If Rockwell’s men couldn’t get at me, would they attack my parents? They were desperate and angry and attached a religious fervor to their mission. We thought we were justified in robbing them. The way they were threatening me made me think hijacking, kidnapping, and probably torture were all on their agenda. Rockwell wanted his money back. I’d been lucky to escape his men so far, but I was angry and scared."
When kidnappings ensue, Sue finds herself not only in a dangerous situation, but questioning who her friends really are.
The House on Hatemonger Hill offers an engrossing tale of suspense, treachery, and bad choices made for good reasons. This tale of ordinary girl's involvement in a heist embraces activism, the American public's ideals and evolving confrontations with conspiracies and justice, and civil rights issues that spark unethical behaviors on all sides. The adaptation of the civil rights bill in 1964 is the focal point of a social and political confrontation that enhances the suspense and real-world dilemmas presented throughout the story.
From the Midwest Book Review