A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
I really tried liking this book, but I just could not get into it. Its voodoo, time travel, deja vu and way too long.
There are things I admire in this book, the characters are strong and the author's style of writing is quite good. But it had some flaws I can't get past. The genre is horror, but the scenes that should be frightening are so drawn out they lose their punch. The author has for some reason chosen to wander off on some rather lengthy tangents that have no relevance to the plot. And the ending is abrupt, ineffective, and for lack of a better word, silly. I will read this author again, but this book comes up short.
Excellent storytelling and superb narration! I've never heard better narration, in fact. I can't believe one woman could produce all those voices and dialects! I'm glad I listened to this one, instead of reading it. I enjoyed this story and don't understand the reviews that said it ended abruptly. It didn't! The story was so good that the length was appropriate. There are inner stories that all weave together...it switches between these but I loved that about this book! I will definitely listen to this one again!
I am having a difficult time caring enough about the characters to continue listening. The plot is sketchy, not easy to follow, and the comparison to Stephen King is superficial at best. She lacks his command of language and falls way short in flashbacks, descriptions and characteriziation. I usually will read anything that crosses my path, and can find something to recommend about it, but this one is an exception.
I enjoyed the story and the writing very much, until the last 5 hours or so. Near the end, I began to plead with my iPod to just get on with the end of the story. The tangential tide had come in, and the expository undertow was sucking me under. I also grew weary of the detailed and protracted descriptions of sexual encounters - all things in moderation.
Still, overall, an enjoyable listen.
This book badly needs a good editor -- with a chainsaw. It would have been a decent pulp thriller if it had been half the length. As another reviewer commented, this book couldn't decide whether it was a horror thriller or a Lifetime movie. I assume that it was intended to be a thriller, which is a genre that depends on pacing for success. The endless, unnecessary, and uninteresting digressions into the pasts of even marginal characters destroyed any possiblity of suspense. The only sense of creeping dread I experienced came from my fear that, at any moment, the author would once again stop the story for a pointless flashback. I'm sure that the author thought that she was fleshing out the characters and making them real people, so that readers would really care about them. It didn't work.
I made it partway into the third Audible installment before I gave up. As it turned out, the dread of another six hours or so of not getting to the point isn't what did me in. It was the reference to a character "flaunting regulations." I'd managed to overlook the numerous grammatical errors (Due seems to have particular difficulty with subject-verb agreement) for about eighteen hours, but without a gripping story to keep me going, I lost my will to overlook any more.
It's possible that "The Good House" has a bang-up scary ending (although I note that another reviewer has characterized the ending as silly). I couldn't say. In the part that I managed to get through, however, the supernatural elements were pretty mild. After you've read most of Stephen King, good and bad (and hasn't pretty much anyone reading this genre already gone through Stephen King?), a bathtub full of mud just isn't going to cause you to lose a lot of sleep. Well, unless it's your own bathtub, I suppose.
(It's possible -- although I doubt it -- that I would have liked this book better if I hadn't listened to it shortly after finishing Dracula. Dracula is long, wordy, leisurely -- and genuinely scary, even though everyone now knows all the vampire tricks that would have been news to nineteenth-century readers. I recommend it. )
The reader of "The Good House" is -- well, fine. Adequate. Unobtrusive, which is often a very good thing. I won't be searching for audiobooks purely on the basis that she reads them, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy another book that she read.
Self-indulgently lonnngggg!! I could go in and out of consciousness and not miss much. Too bad because it is a creepy story but I am still unable to get to volume 3. Would be great candidate for abrigement.
I write very few negative reviews but this book has earned one...I have absolutely no idea what the people who compared this to Stephen King's work were thinking. This book was just bad. Not only was there never a scare but there wasn't even tension - minus one or two brief spots where you thought maybe the book was going to take off. Unfortunately, it's stays grounded, boring, long, and painful to get through. If you are interested in learning about black history, black authors, and some black anger maybe it will appeal to you more.
I love a good supernatural story with good content, especially from authors that don't feel the need to add smut.
I only own the audio version.
I don't have any comparisons. It was just a good old fashioned ghost/haunted house story from the beginning. The sex was kept to a minimum and the story just flowed and kept my interest from the beginning. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
She has a very soothing voice.