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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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  • Bob
  • Norcross, GA, United States
  • 05-05-12

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 12-02-09

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!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Wonderful author

One of my father authors of all time and the lady reading it did phenomenal job. Love love loved it!

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I'm hooked. Loved it..

Great story, the mystery drives the adrenaline; very captivating. Ready to download next book. Exciting and desccriptive.

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Decent story.

It was okay. A bit dull at certain points, and it could've had a better ending. I did, however, like the characters

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 09-24-15

Kept me on the edge of my seat.

This book defiantly kept my interest and my day flew by with the anticipation of what horror could be next. I would recommend this book to my friends who do read horror. Admittedly there was some holes in the plot line but I enjoyed the book enough that I overlooked them. Sarah and Nick sure got the bummed deal with foster parents/parents and kids at school. I loathed the foster parents and I so wanted to bring Sarah into my home for a better life. I would have also liked to have known more of the history behind the house and an explanation of why some of the events that happened in the story. Narrator was good, she not my favorite but I like her well enough.

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  • laurel
  • ventura, ca, United States
  • 04-26-14

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

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  • Eugenia
  • Chatsworth, CA, US
  • 02-04-14

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.

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  • andylennon
  • 08-01-15

Good story

This story was quite good. I wouldn't say it's anything fantastic, but it's was enjoyable.
It had its brutal parts which I enjoyed and I also love a good dose of karma so the ending pleased me as well.