Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals. But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house.
Okay so I understand this is a very popular book that many have enjoyed. I found it very predictable and also somewhat monotonous. not my faveorite book at all but tgen again not the worst. A couple looking to get out of the city find a advertisement for a beautiful huge house out by the ocean. Ater they figure out they really can afford to stay in this mansion with resort like property and they move in for the summer strange things start to happen to the family.
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At 10 years old, Hadley Dixon's life changed forever. Since those few tragic weeks, she's tried to keep the past buried, but old bones have a way of rising up. Grown now, Hadley can't hide any longer. Haunted by a boy who never made it home, a woman who sings in moonlight and dances in flames, and the strange, scarred recluse who watches it all from the shadow of the pines, the time has come for Hadley to pay for her sins.
I read and listen to a lot of audiobooks usually finishing a book between every one to three days at most and I can tell this book is one that will stay fresh in my memory for a long time. I do believe a lot people didn't care for this book much saying it is "too dark", unfortunately life can be dark, very dark. This book is about a family and their past with what I believe is to be as happy of a ending as could be unlike real life. Now there are some dark scary topics in this book from rape to abuse but I think it is well written and loved the surprise twist, (I often have most plots figured out well in advance) although I had figured some of it out I definitely didn't guess all of it. I read this through in one day, listening to it on audiobook, I have a bad bug and was laying in bed most of the time so I fully expected to drift off to sleep like I do with so many books no matter the genre. My favorite genres being horror and also mystery. I didn't fall asleep listening to this book and that is great, instead it kept me engaged in the story the whole time. I wasn't going to get this book because of some of the negative reviews but in the end I got it, I hope you will give it a read and decide for yourself if you also liked it. Oh as a added note although there are some bad things that happen I did appreciate the lack of bad language, sex scenes, and also that even though there is rape etc it isn't descriptive for those type of scenes. Yet you still are right there as it is all happening.
Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were some parts that seemed a little "wordy" and I started to feel a little repetition but I definitely would recommend as a worthwhile read. I listen to audio books at night or when not feeling to fall asleep and that was not happening with this book! The audio version is well done.
He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, who is worshiped by millions and hated by one twisted soul. His existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the security systems of his Bel Air estate. The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's compound. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be.
This book is why I fell in love with Koontz. I recently decided to start reading Koontz books from the date published rereading ones already read years ago and enjoying the ones I missed. This is a great book and although I thought I had it figured it out was surprised at times. Can not really add much else others have not or that isn't in description other than I enjoyed this and I am extremely glad I decided to go back to his beginning works.
Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.
I was unsure about this book but it came up as recommended and was free with kindle so I decided to try it and am extremely glad I did. It was worth reading and has good narration as I listened to on audible. It is a mystery that unfolds as one of the rescued retells what happened to the FBI agents interviewing her. I am a avid horror and mystery fan. Give this book a try. probably will appeal more to women then men in my opinion but could definitely be wrong. The story is about girls being kidnapped and being help hostage in a huge indoor garden and all about their lives and what goes on.
Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve's hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below. Two weeks later, as Neve's wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap - a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.
Enjoyed the book and the audible narration. This is the first book I have read by this author and although I did enjoy it very much I was a little dissapointed there was not more to it or the mystery. I did figure out what was to come and who the bad guys were fairly fast and fairly easily so that was dissapointing. It was a easy relaxing read after my usual horror and suspense novels. Did seem a little like a typical woman's book.
Somehow, Luther Kite has found them. Following the events of Desert Places and Locked Doors, Andy Thomas and Violet King are hiding out in the wilds of northern Canada, where Violet has a four-month-old son and a burgeoning romance with Andy. On a cold, rainy night at their cabin in the woods, the promise of an idyllic life that seems just around the corner is shattered when a man from their past, a monster of pure malevolence, returns.
So the tables get turned in this 3rd book of the Luther Kite series. It was much shorter than I expected although it says it is a novella and the price reflects that. This was clearly my fault for not reading the full description. I still highly enjoyed and found it worth reading. I especially liked the ending. Not sure where the bad reviews are coming from especially the ones stating this is not his typical writing for this series or that it us not a thriller because it is. And I even read one that said it was just a love story and that it is not except to describe relationships and where the characters are in life.
Evan Portin is at a sad, scary place in his life. While taking a long walk to compose himself and figure out where to go from here, he encounters a young woman being mugged in a park. When he tries to intervene, he discovers that she doesn't need his help. At all. Her name is Harriett. She is very, very good at defending herself. Everything she owns is in a large backpack. She's never seen a cell phone. She's never been in a car. She's never really ventured into the outside world. And she says she's traveling across the country to slay a Cyclops. She's crazy, right?
Not sure what I expected but I was not expecting a feel good story about a group of misfits who come to gather in a friendly camaraderie to look after each other, while on a road trip, all on the way how to defeat a cyclops. With twists and turns, feel good moments, first discoveries, and action this is an enjoyable story that could be listened to with the family on a road trip. I would definitely say that you could listen to this with kids 11 and up and I think they would get a real kick out of the story. It is seemed to give off the impression of being more of a young adult or teen book in my opinion. I did like that this seems to be a clean book without swearing etc. much.
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Editors Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax put the call out to horror writers and editors of extreme stories, the hardcore stuff that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos, the transgressive tales you can't "unread" (as Chuck Palahniuk says). Some of the stories you'll find here are loaded with very graphic descriptions of violence, sex, and depravities, while others may contain only one shocking moment of brutality. In others, the hardcore aspect may be less graphic and subtler than you might expect.
I love horror and gore. Some of this was not either it was just added as shock value when talk8ng about eating shit etc. For the one or two good stories it just was not worth it all for me.
Devil's Island. An abandoned island in the Caribbean Sea with a dark and bloody past. An island with a terrible secret. Nick Gorman, billionaire movie producer, assembles a team of ghost hunters and scientists to investigate the Thornhill Manor on Devil's Island - the most haunted place in the world that no one's ever heard of. He's there to find proof of ghosts, evidence of an afterlife...but he's also there to uncover the secret that is hidden on the island...to possess it.
The premise if this book is a team that has been assembled for a documentary is taken to a abandoned mansion on a deserted island to prove the existence of ghosts and that the place is haunted. The team has a token skeptic, psychic, camera man, and others. Were they really brought to prove the existence of ghosts? Or are they looking for something else for the rich producer who is dying from cancer. Listened to audible version and enjoyed.