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The Grip of It Audiobook

The Grip of It

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Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move - prompted by James' penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check - is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between lake and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple.

As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture - claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms - becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall - contracting, expanding - and map themselves onto Julie's body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julie and James.

Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, inhabiting the bodies and the relationships we cherish.

©2017 Jac Jemc (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    "Subtle and creepy"

    This is one of the better "horror" novels I've read in quite some time. Subtle yet genuinely creepy.

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    JJ San Francisco, CA 09-14-17
    JJ San Francisco, CA 09-14-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Intimate haunted house story that digs deep"

    Jac Jemc masterfully dives into the twin psyches of a married couple confronted with a haunting that tugs hard on the threads of their unraveling marriage. Imagine the Amityville Horror but playing with the insecurities and anxieties of 21st century life. Jemc takes a deep breath and lays her characters bare, and it's easy to see yourself reflected in them.

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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 08-30-17
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 08-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ultimately disappointing"

    I think the best kind of horror stories build. You get to uncover some mystery in bites and pieces. This novel seemed to stall for a long time in the middle. No new information, just the couple being subjected to the same "haunting," chapter after chapter after chapter.

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    veronica e 08-29-17
    veronica e 08-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Julie's narrator was awful but the book was good"

    The book was creepy and paranormal. Definitely some bone chilling scenes, however Julie's narrator spoke so awkwardly, it made it hard to concentrate on the novel. I kept focusing on how awkward she was speaking and wondering if I was listening to a robot or a human... overall, it's a quick read that gives you the paranormal creep feeling. The ending was sub par. There were no answers to the questions. Maybe that's what makes the book perfectly analytical, because you can create your own ending from the author's story line. However I prefer the book to have the answers to why, rather than have the reader determine that.

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    Jacqueline 08-26-17
    Jacqueline 08-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent narrators . . ."

    Suspenseful and intriguing! The readers did a terrific job of bringing the characters to life…very easy to listen to! Great company on a road trip!

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    Monkey Mind chicago, il 08-21-17
    Monkey Mind chicago, il 08-21-17
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    "Great story perfectly read!"

    I really loved this. I listened to it with 1.25 speed. I listened to the whole thing in a day while cleaning bc I couldn't stop. Would be great for a long road trip!

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