Narrator: Rick Gregory
Series: The 3 H's #2
Published by Brian Barr on 17 May 2017
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Horror
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"Her name is Alexis. She's a punk girl with shabby green-dyed hair. She wears a pink collar around her neck.
Alexis talks about growing up in Lexington, SC. She belongs to some strange cult, in which her family members are the only devotees: her mother, her father, and her brother.
She hates them all.
Whenever she brings up the house they share, I see her contempt. She wants to get away from it.
I want to help her, whether I'm retired or not. I've helped others escape from cults in the past. Why can't I do the same now?
The house. I can't get it out of my mind. The horrors she told me about it. So many details, and yet, so much mystery.
I must see the house for myself. That is the only way that I can save her."
- Daniel Paine, Cult Specialist and Deprogrammer
The House is the sequel to The Head from Brian Barr, and the second book of the 3 H's trilogy.
Retired cult buster Daniel Paine often chats with his long dead wife, a woman who he couldn’t save from a cult. Now the ghost of Alexis Bailey haunts him, begging for his help so that she can truly be free of the cult her family built. Daniel may be retired but he’s not useless!
It took me a little bit to connect The House with The Head but I was probably a bit slow due to allergy medication. Yep. I’ll go with that. So Bill, the detached head from The Head, is Alexis’s brother. The house at the ending of Book 1, The Head, is the same house referred to in this book, being the Bailey Cult family home.
What I loved about this book was that I often wasn’t sure what was Daniel’s reality and what was his hallucinations or products of his schizophrenia. It gave a very supernatural aura to the tale. Also, this story is quite a bit more serious than Book 1. There’s not much humor and no real love story unless you count Daniel talking to his dead wife off and on throughout the story.
There’s little glints of the true messy horror that is contained in the Bailey cult house for much of the book, adding to the suspense. Of course, as we near the end of the tale, those glints turn into solid imagery complete with body parts and blood.
The Bailey cult was interesting in that they do ancestor worship but in a very unhealthy way. I loved that Daniel used to be an excellent cult buster, world renowned. I think this would be a very rewarding, if tiring, job. I think a whole series could be written about Daniel’s career. (Looks hopefully off to the author).
In the end, things don’t go as Daniel thought they would. The House seems to have a spirit all it’s own and that is a malevolent one. I enjoyed Book 1 quite a bit but I enjoy Book 2 a little more. The serious tone coupled with Daniel’s character really reeled me into this tale.
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: Rick Gregory is doing this series justice! I really enjoyed his narration. His female voice for Alexis was well done. Daniel has quite the ups and downs emotionally in this story and Gregory did a good job capturing those.
This review first appeared on Dab of Darkness.
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