The dark history of Spring House, a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans, has long been forgotten. But something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estate.
After heiress and current owner Caitlin Chaisson is witness to her husband’s stunning betrayal at her birthday party, she tries to take her own life in the mansion’s cherished gazebo. Instead, the blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below. Chaos ensues and by morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad.
Nova, daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper, has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place, and in the aftermath of the birthday party she enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend, Blake, to help her get to the bottom of it. The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.
©2014 Christopher Rice (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Formulaic, predictable and devoid of atmosphere. It was almost like Rice was ticking off plot elements on a shopping list and working them into the story so he could meet his quota. The premise was a bit strained, and due to the lack of character development needed to coax the characters into helping my suspend my disbelief, I never did find this one riveting or scary.
The performance was good, given what the narrator had to work with.
I'm giving the story two stars instead of just one because Rice knew enough to not make this into a 12 hour epic listen. It's a good thing it was short!
Christopher Rice has been one of my favorite authors since high school, but I thought this book was so far from his previous work.. I wasn't crazy about the last book with the monsters, but the character stories were good at least, but super natural vines? Not a fan.
My very first read by Christopher Rice and I was very pleased. I enjoyed the intricate interplay between the characters and each chapter was a mystery waiting to be discovered. I will definitely read more from this fine author!
I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir. I review on Amazon, GR, NG & Audible.
The first 25% of this story was excellent. The last 75% ...not so much. Bummer. My first Rice novel and based on the beginning I would definitely give his work another shot.
Blake was my favorite character.
The book began pretty basic. Reminded me of the old classic horror stories of the 1990's but it grew about midway into the narrative to be far more interesting than the way it started off. The ending held a possible promise of a sequel (or series) but I also don't think it needs one if it's a stand alone book. I far more enjoyed where it arc'd to a standard happily ever after - every time kind of horror story of those classic 90's days. It was fun.
The story is great, the author gives you a good sense of the southern culture, sense of community and character history. Vivid descriptions and passionate characters. The narrator does a fair job of differentiating his characters however, he sounds like the voice over guy from your junior high sex ed. films. His intonation can be off putting.
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