When Ritchie Naughton, amateur photographer, stumbles upon a house in the woods, strange things start happening. His camera captures images that should not exist, things that cannot be explained. Soon, he'll realize that the people of Red River, New Jersey, are in terrible danger. A darkness grows within the house, threatening them all.
The House of Mirrors is open, and once you see yourself in, there's no way out...
In the House of Mirrors is a supernatural thriller recommended for fans of Peter Straub and Robert McCammon.
©2013 Tim Meyer (P)2014 Tim Meyer/The Soliloquy Man
"The story is suspenseful, fast-paced and gets more and more interesting as you go. Plus, it's got satanic cults, demonic forces, sadistic murderers, dark magic, and even a few laughs. What more could you ask for?" (Jack Campisi, co-host of the Monster Men Podcast)
"Holy crap, this book has everything!" (Hunter Shea, author of Sinister Entity and Swamp Monster Massacre)
"Tim Meyer has woven a fine tale of horror. Equipped with a dose of devil worship and cultic practices with just a small taste of humor, the novel catches the reader's attention with ease." (Vitina Molgaard, HorrorNovelReviews.com)
Throw in a bit of the movie Sinister, add teaspoon of the film Funhouse (80's) and a dash of a creepier Reverend Henry Kane (main antagonist of the Poltergeist series). The finished result would be *In the House of Mirrors".
Richie my Bitchie -
As the old man with the long claws come closer and closer...
Tim Meyer is one of my favorite authors. He's book Demon Blood: Enlightenment is one of my favorite books of all time. This was the 1st time one of his books was made into a audiobook and it did not disappoint.
I would listen to the House of Mirrors again because the plot has many twists and turns, and the narrator is extremely gifted.
The best part of the story is when Richie enters the mirror, the gateway, to another world. The description that ensues is mind-boggling and horrifying.
The Soliloquy Man is exceptionally talented and makes the story his. Each character he portrays is unique and believable. This piece is no exception.
I would have liked to, but if you know my living situation you'd know it's nearly impossible to accomplish.
Listen to it! I promise you won't be disappointed!
I'm an hour and a half into this book, and have yet to encounter any trace of the supernatural. You don't have to hit the reader with a ghost in the first 5 minutes, but you'll lose him in 30. Struggling to stay with this. Hoping for a payoff. I'll update my review at that point.
"His words tugged on my empathy like an angry puppeteer." (Favorite metaphor!)
No. I am sure the narrator does a fine job, but this book he literally drove me nuts!
The narrator fluctuated his voice to the point that the was speaking so low you had to turn up the volume only to blown out of your chair with blood running out of your ears! Not really that extreme but you get the idea. The story behind this book is good, but the narration pulls away from it.
No, after having to have my heart defliberated a couple of times due to really really really low narration AND THEN THE EXTREMELY LOUD NARRATION IN THE SAME BREATH...sheesh
No, other than the narration really made this book a hard one for me to finish. I think if the fluctuating had not been there, I would have really liked this book. As a side note, on the parts he was not either talking really low or SCREAMING, he did a fabulous job. I did not mind him at all.
In the House of Mirrors is a thrill from start to finish. It's a horror novel with a supernatural mystery and a character study into one of the most unluckiest people in the world, Ritchie Naughton. Ritchie was a happy young man with a beautiful girlfriend and a job he loved until he had the misfortune of leaving his wallet at home one day. This singular event had life altering consequences. Upon returning home, he discovered his long-term girlfriend in bed with another man. The shock is too much for Ritchie and he ends up in the hospital with a heart problem.
Facing the end of his relationship and looking for a change of pace in his life, Ritchie returns to his home state of New Jersey. He takes up residence in the fictional town of Red River with his sister and her husband until he's ready to get on his feet again. In an effort to better himself, he takes a job with a local newspaper as a photographer and is given a camera which captures more than meets the eye. With camera in hand and the universe seemingly setting unavoidable events into action, Ritchie is drawn into a world of darkness, magic, and terror.
In the House of Mirrors features a wide cast of characters which the narrator, The Soliloquy Man, brought to life brilliantly. Although, some times the parts where he yells or shouts get too loud. He does an excellent job bringing different voices to each character and making them feel authentic.
Unfortunately, the majority of the characters except for Ritchie are one dimensional. The helpless love interest, check. The bumbling sidekick, check. The nonredeemable villains, check. It was very difficult to empathize with the villains. Their motivations were stated but I never really felt as if I could relate to them since they were so cartoonish in their evil. Ritchie's sister's family is also central to the beginning of the story and are never mentioned again for the rest of the story until the end. Considering he was living with them, it would have been nice for them to have had a little more interaction.
Despite the characters, the plot is fascinating. If I'd been reading a book, it would have been a real page turner. The pacing was just right for this book. It slowed down long enough for the reader to catch their breath. It picked up the pace when it started to seem as if it would languish. There were moments of humor as well which relived some of the tension, Ritchie-my-Bitchie! Gar Gar instead of Wawa. Red River is a play on Red Bank and Toms River. Small details like this made the story more enjoyable.
For the scale of the forces at play in this universe, the ending was as satisfying as could be. That's a rare thing to find these days.
Overall, In the House of Mirrors is a fun novel. It doesn't take itself too seriously and in doing so allows the reader to enjoy the experience. I'd definitely read more from the author's future releases. Great job!
Since this was the audio book version I heard, I should mention the narration by The Soliloquy Man. As I said above, he did an amazing job bringing these characters to life and acting out the parts in different voices. It made it easier to follow the conversations and figure out which character was speaking without getting lost. His voice range is great. He can do from doing a feminine voice one moment to a deep gravely voice the next. My only gripe with the audio book are some of the extra long pauses. They feel awkward considering I don't think they should be there. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable listen and kept me entertained during my commute to work and washing dishes in the kitchen.
Somewhere in the middle. It was interesting, but not the best I've listened to. Could have been shorter with less unimportant details.
I can't really think of any at this time.
When they entered the house of mirrors, ready to do battle.
I really like the idea in this book but at times it seems a bit wordy. All in all I would recommend it if you are into any type of supernatural stories. There is not a lot of adult themes in this book but it does get a little gory which is to be expected given the subject matter. I found myself wanting to keep listening to this book. The performance was good, a bit over-the-top in parts and in others it seemed like the narrator was bored and saying the words. I will look for more books by this author. I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Not a bad story, just felt like the casual language the author used was more awkward than natural. Like hearing a 12 year old using cuss words in the wrong context.
The performance also was a little over the top.
All the negative out of the way, I will give credit to some genuinely creepy moments, and a fun fresh story. I think the author has potential.
This was one of the very few audible books I could not finish. The reading performance was very awkwardly done with so much emphasis on so many words. It was difficult to listen to. The story line was not easily believed because there were no rhyme or reason to the paranormal happenings. The plot did not progress in a way that made you want to continue to read.
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