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House of Reckoning | [John Saul]

House of Reckoning

For more than three decades John Saul has haunted the New York Times best seller list - and listeners imaginations - with his chilling tales of psychological suspense and supernatural horror. His instinct for striking the deepest chords of fear in our hearts and minds is unerring, and his gift for steering a tale from the light of day into the darkest depths of nightmare is at its harrowing best in House of Reckoning.
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Publisher's Summary

For more than three decades, John Saul has haunted the New York Times best seller list - and listeners imaginations - with his chilling tales of psychological suspense and supernatural horror. His instinct for striking the deepest chords of fear in our hearts and minds is unerring, and his gift for steering a tale from the light of day into the darkest depths of nightmare is at its harrowing best in House of Reckoning.

After the untimely death of her mother, 14-year-old Sarah Crane is forced to grow up quickly in order to help tend her family's Vermont farm and look after her grieving father, who's drowning his sorrow in alcohol. But their quiet life together is shattered when her father is jailed for killing another man in a barroom brawl and injuring Sarah in a drunken car crash.

Left in the cold care of a loveless foster family and alienated at school, Sarah finds a kindred spirit in classmate Nick Dunnigan, a former mental patient still plagued by voices and visions. And in eccentric art instructor Bettina Phillips, Sarah finds a mentor eager to nurture her talent for painting.

But within the walls of Bettina's ancestral home, the mansion called Shutters, Sarah finds something altogether different and disturbing. Monstrous images from the house's dark history seem to flow unbidden from Sarah's paintbrush - images echoed by Nick's chilling hallucinations.

Trapped for ages in the shadowy rooms of Shutters, the violence and fury of long-dead generations have finally found a gateway from the grave into the world of the living. And Sarah and Nick have found a power they never had: to take control, and take revenge.

©2009 John Saul; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Scott Omaha, NE, United States 12-02-09
    Scott Omaha, NE, United States 12-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Just Too Real it was spooky"

    The characters were so real and the problems faced by a children in foster care was so accurately depicted, it was spooky. Saul somehow manages to keep all the characters real to life while taking you down a journey to a dream like ending. A must read!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Norcross, GA, United States 05-05-12
    Bob Norcross, GA, United States 05-05-12
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    "Excellent John Saul Book"

    Very exciting, and even though I have read many of John Sauls books, this was the first Audible book of his. The narration was excellent added greatly to the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Moore Springfield, IL 12-26-13
    Anthony Moore Springfield, IL 12-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A good book"
    Where does House of Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not high on the list but a decent story with a really good performance.


    Would you recommend House of Reckoning to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really, the last few chapters seem to be just kind of thrown together.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would again in a heart beat, she make a 'okay' story really good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Guillermo cd juarezMexico 11-01-09
    Guillermo cd juarezMexico 11-01-09
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    "An entertaining read, but that's about all"

    Just like the title says. It is entertaining, but very predictable, especially the ending. Some of Saul's novels that I have read have given me the shivers, but this doesn't even tickle.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    laurel ventura, ca, United States 04-26-14
    laurel ventura, ca, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Started slow then wow!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Did not sound like Ms Dawe, great narrator read. Started slow, I don't usually stay with a book when that happens. However I was on a long journey and had nothing else to listen to. Glad I did. Fun and surprising


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 02-04-14
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 02-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Just Okay"

    Maybe my expectations were much higher, but I felt let down by this author's characters and plot. All the characters were drawn one-dimensionally, either really good or really bad. The whole business with the house seemed sketched and told instead of fully explored and shown.
    There were a number of plot points with holes that you could drive a truck through even if suspension of disbelief is usually needed for paranormal stories. Spoiler Alert: One example would be the fate of all the bad guys. All legalities and investigations of the real world were just swept aside as everyone agrees case closed. There was just a mention that some deputies would return to look around. Oh, okay. A lot of people have just disappeared, but oh well.
    Angela Dawe's narration was fine, if uninspiring.
    This is the first book I've ever listened to by this author so I have nothing to compare it to. I would like to give some other of his books a chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 01-27-14
    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story, but just felt unfinished."
    Where does House of Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was worth the credit, but it didn't really wow me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was interesting, but to me it just felt unfinished. It never really explained what the end game was and why the house was only selectively evil.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was a solid performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 10-23-12
    Brenda 10-23-12
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    "GREAT!"

    Haven't read a John Saul in a while but this one reminds me of why he is one of my favorites! Great Book, many interesting twist and turns!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom D 06-07-12
    Tom D 06-07-12

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    "John Saul fan"
    Where does House of Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the first audio books I listened to and I enjoyed it, I would rate it towards the top of my list. It was not as short as some and not as longs as others so it fit just right for the time I had to listen at that point.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked the ending but I wished there were more twists once the ending started.


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    I liked her performance and her voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    don't know


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Greenfield, IN, United States 03-16-12
    Amazon Customer Greenfield, IN, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy listening to many different types of books. I like to listen while I am in the car and working.

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    "Great book but very depressing at times"
    If you could sum up House of Reckoning in three words, what would they be?

    Very good story, but it hit close to home for me so the beginning was difficult and depressing for me to read but I enjoyed it even though it was painful to read at times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of House of Reckoning?

    The first few chapter are very heartbreaking


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Almost cried for the girl at the beginning but she was very strong and very smart thoughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good read and shows that Karma always comes out in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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