After her adoptive parents die, Mira Fenn decides to go back to her hometown of Las Vegas, New Mexico, to investigate her biological mother's mysterious disappearance and come to terms with her uneasy inheritance.

Part of her inheritance is Phineas House, a Queen Anne home that is much more than it appears. Obsessed with color her entire life, Mira decides to help the caretaker, Domingo, with the restoration of the house—which seems to be telling them what colors it wants to be. Things only get weirder from there when Mira finally figures out what happened to her mother.

Despite the interesting plot and characters, this book simply doesn't come to life. Strange occurrences are presented as everyday happenings, and nothing really seems to faze Mira or Domingo—there is a strange lack of wonder in them both. (May, 384 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs