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  • Sick House

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (284 ratings)

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Sick House

By: Jeff Strand
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
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Publisher's summary

It's a home invasion from beyond the grave in this novel of unrelenting terror from the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Pressure, Dweller, and Wolf Hunt.

It doesn't seem like the perfect house, but screw it, it's good enough to rent for a year. Unfortunately for Boyd, Adeline, and their two young daughters, it's immediately clear they chose the wrong place.

The nightmare begins with violent coughs and headaches. Food starts to rot almost as soon as they take it inside. A pet tarantula goes missing. Some family members begin to exhibit creepy behavior.

Then the ghosts arrive, and all hell breaks loose....

©2018 Jeff Strand (P)2018 Jeff Strand

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A bumpy, but twisted and fun Haunted House ride

This Haunted House story starts a little slow, but two seemingly disconnected stories eventually collide and the story turns twisted pretty quickly.

Pros:
- Chalking in under 7 hours this is a quick, fun listen.
- Some pretty interesting and grisly scenes of violence - the writer does a good job visualizing this through the writing.
- Interesting "world building" occurs as you learn about the haunting, "other dimensions", witchcraft, etc.
- Despicable villains - you will root against them!.

Cons:
- While I loved the world building, some of the revelations weren't necessarily earned IMO. It was more like a, "oh by the way this can also happen!"
- I'm no writer so take this with a grain of salt, but I felt some of the writing was simple & cheesy. While the action scenes were strong, I felt the character build up was weaker - a few times I cringed at the dialogue.
- While the brevity of the story was a plus, it does result in some lack of buildup and tension. Once the story gets going, it goes from 0-100 without much time for anything else.

Overall a solid listen and I'll be looking into some of Jeff Strand's other works.

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