Lovers of “Haunting of Hill House” and “Hell House” should only read this book if they are in for a good laugh, followed by revulsion. At best the writing style is unpracticed and inept. The characters are paper-thin, too many clichés, and the plot is ultimately predictable. Also, every strait character (except for the cop) is a closet rapist. All of them make at least one reference to having their way with, if not forcing themselves, upon a female…with many of them actually making the attempt at least once. As well, the author needlessly decided to add gay bashing into the mix. The main character is a homosexual. The house makes him strait and he ultimately decides he likes it better that way, as if homosexuality was a disability that a person had to overcome in order to function in society.
If I had known about these elements, I would not have purchased this book.
The story is an interesting exploration of what drives a man to be unfaithful. Lots and lots of inner monologue and self exploration. The ghosts activities struck me as a pale rehashing of the haunting shown in Hell House. The events of the haunting manufactured to continue the self exploration of the main character rather than drive the plot. The main character, David, is the only one who is developed and has drives and wishes. Everybody else is there to give him reasons to act. Still an enjoyable story.
The Narrator, Bronson Pinchot, is not very good. inflection misplaced constantly and some of the fight scenes are read very stiffly, as if he wasn't sure they were really shouting at each other at the time.
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