Narrator: Elizabeth Klett
Published by Self Published / Indie on 15 March 2016
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
Genres: Horror, Mystery/Thriller
Source: Author, Submitted
It was meant to be a place of safety. Their home. Her sanctuary.
When Prue Bridgewater first glimpses the abandoned old house, it's love at first sight. Her husband, Ray, is not so sure. The property has been neglected for decades, and Ray can't help wondering why. But with Prue on the brink of a nervous breakdown, he'll do whatever it takes to keep her sane, even if it means he has to live there.
Once ensconced in their new home, Prue begins fixing up the place while Ray is away at work. But after a series of disturbing discoveries, she fears she's losing her mind. She hears things and sees people who couldn't possibly be there, and she can't shake the feeling she's being watched.
As Prue's hold on reality begins to disintegrate, along with her marriage, she struggles to tell truth from delusion. But things go from bad to worse, and soon not just her sanity, but her survival hinges upon the long-buried secrets of the house.
©2016 P.M. Prior (P)2016 P.M. Prior
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This was an excellent horror/ghost story which played heavily on the creepiness of human psychology as well as ghosts.
Prue and her husband Ray move into an old run down house, the first thing that Prue’s been enthusiastic about since the beginning of her troubles at work. While she starts renovating this house, she tries to work through the problems she’s been having at work as a professor.
This is a great example of an unreliable narrator, we know that Prue’s been under a huge amount of stress and everyone around her assumes that she’s losing her grasp on reality – as the story is written from her perspective, how much of her story can we take as the truth? This was my favourite part of the book, playing with the mind of the reader (listener) to decide how much to believe.
The atmosphere of the book was creepy and perfectly suspenseful but I wish that it had been longer, I was so disappointed to hear it come to an end. Initially, I was really disappointed to not know the origins of the haunting in the house and why Prue was drawn to it but an interview with the author on the title’s Amazon page says:
‘As for the open-ended questions, there are loads of clues woven into this story about the history of The House but they are deliberately kept in the background so as not to distract from Prue’s story. In writing this, I was very much thinking about what it would be like to live in a home once owned by a serial killer whose crimes went totally undiscovered and whose victims were completely lost to time…
I was also going for a Sixth Sense kind of reveal that makes you want to go back again and look for clues. They are all there. So, if you have the inclination and time, The House bears revisiting specifically to uncover them’
So obviously, I’m going to have to go back and listen again!
Elizabeth Klett, the narrator, makes this a pleasure to do – she brings the character of Prue to life in every respect. Prue is a wonderful main character, she’s troubled and struggling with every day life but her true character is an intelligent, kind and loving person who just wants to be treated with respect by those who owe it to her. Elizabeth fully embodies her vulnerability and confusion, without betraying her better nature and also keeps us guessing about the direction the story will take right until the bitter end.
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