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New York audiobook narrator Peter Larson and his wife Hannah head to his hometown of Maple City to help Peter's ailing father and to put a recent tragedy behind them. Though the small, Midwestern town seems like the idyllic place to start afresh, Peter and Hannah will soon learn that evil currents flow beneath its surface. 

They move into an old farmhouse on the outskirts of town - a house purchased by Peter's father at auction and kept secret until now - and start to settle into their new life. But as Peter sets up his recording studio in a small basement room, disturbing things begin to occur - mysterious voices haunt audio tracks, malevolent shadows creep about the house. And when an insidious presence emerges from the woodwork, Peter must face old demons in order to save his family and himself.

©2018 Chris Sorensen (P)2018 Tantor

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An excellent and original haunted house story...

The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen follows Peter and Hannah, a couple dealing with the loss of their son and moving to Peter's hometown to be close to his ailing parents. He's an audiobook narrator and is starting to get behind on his contract, so he's eager to get moved into his father's home now that his dad is at the Dimensia Ward nearby. There's a snag though, and the house has to be liquidated. Stranded with a rented truck full of all their belongings, they find his father actually had a second house, one he rented out but the family had known nothing about, and it's vacant.

With the housing situation handled they get moved in and Peter promptly sets up his narration booth. But strange things are going on as he records some samples. Strange spikes in the audio and something that might be...words?

From here the story builds in classic haunted house fashion, but never falls back onto cliches at any point. The mental degeneration we witness in Peter is deliberate and believable, and the fallout all around him with his family and friends rings absolutely true.

Yet, while being a haunted house story, this one is absolutely the most original I've read to date. No standard tropes here, and the author deftly weaves a wicked tale, combining the past and the present into a revelation I'd never have seen coming in a thousand years. The suspense boils throughout, and the climax was incredibly satisfying. You will not see it coming.

I recommend this to anyone in the mood for a good horror story, haunted house story, or just a good suspenseful ride in general. This isn't a blood and guts story, but it still manages to shock you. This is a terrific book. You won't regret checking it out.

Chris Sorensen did his own narration here, and he does a fine job. The characterizations are distinct and believable.

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Go boy!

I loved it. I can't wait for second installment!!! please hurry!! I love the story and there's more to come. You reading it also was fantastic.

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Conflicted

This book is about psychological torment- of a young boy in a bad home, of a family dealing with loss, of another boy with an illness. It was a pretty decent horror story because it taps into the discomfort and fear of sadness and sorrow. At the same time, I hate stories that exploit the experiences of children living a brutal reality. It feels sadistic. I almost stopped listening several times, but I have a pathological need to finish things.

The narration could have been much better. It wasn’t horrible, but the female character never hit the right emotional note. When he read her lines, they lacked love and sympathy. His read of her lacked depth and authenticity. His read of the spirit was also rather cheesy. It was a short listen and entertaining enough, but I won’t listen to it again.

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I swelled on this story for days. Still do.

This story was frightening and unsettling. It went beyond the super natural spooking the hero and reader together. It touches ideas that reach right through the page and made me cringe. I feared for the characters and had to examine my own feelings about my self.

I don’t generally get involved with a series when it’s only book 1 on the shelf but this book spoke to me from the cover art and font, to the author’s reading to the last “audible hopes you have enjoyed this program”. Yes, audible. I enjoyed this program. I am eager for the rest of the follow up books to this series and Chris Sorensen has joined the small circle of writers I look forward to being scared by.

Great work.

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Great Little Book To Find

I just randomly came upon this book but glad I did. Cant wait to see where the books will takes us readers too.