Official Review: The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any crime, thriller, mystery or horror books or series.
Forum rules
You must limit each topic thread in this section to only one book or only one series. Make the title of the topic the name of the book, and if possible also include the author's name. If you want to allow spoilers, you must include the word spoilers in the title of the topic, otherwise spoilers are prohibited.
User avatar
klbradley
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 1875
Joined: 10 Oct 2015, 21:45
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 5
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Favorite Book: Bridges of Madison County
Currently Reading: Opposites Attract
Bookshelf Size: 298
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-klbradley.html
Latest Review: "Everything Solid Has a Shadow" by Michael Antman
Reading Device: 1400697484
Location: Kentucky

Official Review: The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash

Post by klbradley » 11 Mar 2017, 23:40

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Flip" by Michael Phillip Cash.]
Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


The Flip is an enthralling thriller/horror novel which takes place in modern-day Long Island. The story is written in third person, with sections alternating between the current day characters and others dating back to the days of slavery. Author Michael Phillip Cash is no rookie to the supernatural genre, and his expertise is something I look for when choosing a ghost story.

Julie and Brad are married house flippers, determined to start their business opportunity out with slow but steady income opportunities. They find low-budget homes in desperate need of gutting and remodel to sell them for enough profit to move to the next project. The mansion on Bedlam Street seems too good to be true, but the pair sees it as an excellent opportunity to build their profits. Although the work seems manageable enough, Julie and Brad have no idea what they are getting themselves into with the beautiful Victorian’s haunting past. With the lingering presence of ghostly characters, this one is a page-turner through and through!

In all my reading experience, I have found that nothing compares to a good ghost story. The suspense for The Flip does not disappoint. The thrill and desperation showed by Julie and Brad is enough to question if the profit is even worth the terror- even though they find pieces in the home worth thousands of dollars! The personalities of the two main characters were portrayed as realistic, allowing the reader to know enough of a backstory to immediately like them. Julie seemed to be the most relatable to me, someone I felt I would actually enjoy being around. She’s passionate and bossy, but in a way that shows she works hard to achieve what she wants. Brad is loyal, and as hardworking as he is protective. The supernatural characters involved were also given an in-depth backstory, providing a clear insight as to why they still linger in the mansion, long after their time has passed.

The pacing of the story was sorted in a way that kept the suspense building, but excluding any unnecessary additives to slow the plot. Unlike some of Cash’s previous novels I have read, this one had more of a “clean” ending than I am used to with his work, which caught me off guard. It was a bit hard for me to accept the ending, as I am usually more fond of something twisted and dark. Because the suspense was built so high, I expected a totally different ending than what came along.

In comparison to the other novels I have read by this author, I can’t say this one has been my favorite. The story was well developed, but the ending almost seemed rushed, not living up to the rest of the suspense. I rate The Flip 3 out of 4 stars. Despite my complaints, I would still recommend this book to other readers who enjoy ghost stories. It still has the eerie feeling I always enjoy, but not as in-depth as others I have enjoyed more. It was also a fairly quick read, around 200 pages, which gives readers an opportunity to experience the story in one sitting.

******
The Flip
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like klbradley's review? Post a comment saying so!
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. :techie-studyingbrown:
–Vera Nazarian

User avatar
greenstripedgiraffe
Posts: 641
Joined: 22 Oct 2015, 10:47
Currently Reading: Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Bookshelf Size: 243
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-greenstripedgiraffe.html
Latest Review: "The Hunt for Winter" by KC Cowan & Sara Cole

Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 15 Mar 2017, 07:53

Sounds like a solid ghost story. The premise is ingenious, flipping houses and finding a terribly old, [haunted] mansion. What a find! Thanks for the review! :tiphat:
"no one down here" --- Up the Down Staircase

User avatar
klbradley
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 1875
Joined: 10 Oct 2015, 21:45
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 5
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Favorite Book: Bridges of Madison County
Currently Reading: Opposites Attract
Bookshelf Size: 298
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-klbradley.html
Latest Review: "Everything Solid Has a Shadow" by Michael Antman
Reading Device: 1400697484
Location: Kentucky

Post by klbradley » 15 Mar 2017, 07:56

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:Sounds like a solid ghost story. The premise is ingenious, flipping houses and finding a terribly old, [haunted] mansion. What a find! Thanks for the review! :tiphat:

Thank you! It was great!
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. :techie-studyingbrown:
–Vera Nazarian

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 3526
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 6
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: End of the Last Great Kingdom
Bookshelf Size: 136
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: "The Grace Emancipation" by Charlotte Hawkins

Post by kandscreeley » 15 Mar 2017, 08:32

I haven't heard of a plot quite like this based around a couple flipping houses. Sounds entertaining. thanks for the review.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
klbradley
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 1875
Joined: 10 Oct 2015, 21:45
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 5
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Favorite Book: Bridges of Madison County
Currently Reading: Opposites Attract
Bookshelf Size: 298
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-klbradley.html
Latest Review: "Everything Solid Has a Shadow" by Michael Antman
Reading Device: 1400697484
Location: Kentucky

Post by klbradley » 15 Mar 2017, 08:47

kandscreeley wrote:I haven't heard of a plot quite like this based around a couple flipping houses. Sounds entertaining. thanks for the review.

Thank you for checking out my review!
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. :techie-studyingbrown:
–Vera Nazarian

User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6534
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
2017 Reading Goal: 52
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 50
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 266
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: "Jane Austen Lied to Me" by Jeanette Watts

Post by bookowlie » 15 Mar 2017, 09:12

Great review! What a nice bonus that you were able to review a book by an author you've read other books by. I don't like twisted and dark endings so I would probably like this one. :)
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing

User avatar
klbradley
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 1875
Joined: 10 Oct 2015, 21:45
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 5
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Favorite Book: Bridges of Madison County
Currently Reading: Opposites Attract
Bookshelf Size: 298
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-klbradley.html
Latest Review: "Everything Solid Has a Shadow" by Michael Antman
Reading Device: 1400697484
Location: Kentucky

Post by klbradley » 15 Mar 2017, 22:50

bookowlie wrote:Great review! What a nice bonus that you were able to review a book by an author you've read other books by. I don't like twisted and dark endings so I would probably like this one. :)
Yes! This one seemed lighter than the others I've read! I hope you try this one!
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. :techie-studyingbrown:
–Vera Nazarian

User avatar
ashley_claire
Posts: 360
Joined: 03 Mar 2015, 03:13
2018 Reading Goal: 52
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 5
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 128
Favorite Book: The Prince of Tides
Currently Reading: black-eyed susans
Bookshelf Size: 147
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-ashley-claire.html
Latest Review: "The Reel Sisters" by Michelle Cummings

Post by ashley_claire » 17 Mar 2017, 09:13

I really like the cover of this book! Ghost stories aren't normally my thing, but occasionally (around Halloween) I get the itch for a good ghost story. I know a couple named Julie and Brad who live in Charleston, which is supposedly one of the most cities in America. I know I would picture them as the main characters for this book the whole time I was reading, which might be fun. Thanks for the great review!

User avatar
Shein30438
Posts: 22
Joined: 19 Mar 2017, 17:20
Currently Reading: Who Told You That You Were Naked?
Bookshelf Size: 25
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-shein30438.html
Latest Review: "Solaris Seethes (Solaris Saga book 1)" by Janet McNulty
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG

Post by Shein30438 » 25 Mar 2017, 20:36

Sounds as those the title makes sense with the premise of the story line which to me is always a good entry into the story. It sounds as though it would be a good read if you 're interested in getting a quick fix from a ghost story. I would really like to look into more of the other novels he has written to see if there is a novel I can sink my teeth into... a bad ending to story ruins the whole thing for me.

User avatar
kimmyschemy06
Posts: 2024
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 12
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Currently Reading: God is Alive and Well
Bookshelf Size: 415
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kimmyschemy06.html
Latest Review: "Superhighway" by Alex Fayman

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 29 Mar 2017, 09:58

Sounds like an intensely suspenseful read. I'm not much into horror stories, though, I get scared quite easily :). Great job on the review.

User avatar
klbradley
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 1875
Joined: 10 Oct 2015, 21:45
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 5
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Favorite Book: Bridges of Madison County
Currently Reading: Opposites Attract
Bookshelf Size: 298
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-klbradley.html
Latest Review: "Everything Solid Has a Shadow" by Michael Antman
Reading Device: 1400697484
Location: Kentucky

Post by klbradley » 08 Apr 2017, 10:08

Thank you!It's a great story, but if you get scared easily, probably not for you! :)
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. :techie-studyingbrown:
–Vera Nazarian

User avatar
Donnavila Marie01
Posts: 930
Joined: 19 Dec 2016, 02:39
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 42
Currently Reading: the one
Bookshelf Size: 91
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-donnavila-marie01.html
Latest Review: "America, It Was Just An Idea" by Dr. Rayna M. Gangi

Post by Donnavila Marie01 » 08 Apr 2017, 10:22

The review gives a clear guide to the readers. It entices one to grab a copy to read the story and get ready to a rough ride. This is an exciting one.

User avatar
klbradley
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 1875
Joined: 10 Oct 2015, 21:45
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 5
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Favorite Book: Bridges of Madison County
Currently Reading: Opposites Attract
Bookshelf Size: 298
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-klbradley.html
Latest Review: "Everything Solid Has a Shadow" by Michael Antman
Reading Device: 1400697484
Location: Kentucky

Post by klbradley » 08 Apr 2017, 10:37

Thank you! :)
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. :techie-studyingbrown:
–Vera Nazarian

User avatar
rssllue
Posts: 42136
Joined: 02 Oct 2014, 01:52
2018 Reading Goal: 190
2017 Reading Goal: 190
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 29
Favorite Author: Ted Dekker
Favorite Book: The Bible
Currently Reading: Heaven
Bookshelf Size: 360
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-rssllue.html
Latest Review: "The Boronian" by Ross Buzzell
fav_author_id: 2881
Location: Wisconsin

Post by rssllue » 08 Apr 2017, 11:21

DIY and a thriller ghost story! That's sounds like a combination that I would really enjoy reading. Great job on the review!
~ occupare fati suffocavit

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. ~ Psalms 4:8

User avatar
klbradley
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 1875
Joined: 10 Oct 2015, 21:45
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 5
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Favorite Book: Bridges of Madison County
Currently Reading: Opposites Attract
Bookshelf Size: 298
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-klbradley.html
Latest Review: "Everything Solid Has a Shadow" by Michael Antman
Reading Device: 1400697484
Location: Kentucky

Post by klbradley » 08 Apr 2017, 11:27

Thank you! I'm a sucker for DIY anyways! Add in the thriller, I'm sold!
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. :techie-studyingbrown:
–Vera Nazarian

Post Reply

Return to “Crime, Thrillers, Mystery and Horror Books”