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A mind-bending supernatural thriller from the creators of This Present Darkness and Saint.Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker -- two of the most acclaimed writers of supernatural thrillers -- have joined forces for the first time to craft a story unlike any you've ever read. Enter House -- where you'll find yourself thrown into a killer's deadly game in which the only way to winA mind-bending supernatural thriller from the creators of This Present Darkness and Saint.Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker -- two of the most acclaimed writers of supernatural thrillers -- have joined forces for the first time to craft a story unlike any you've ever read. Enter House -- where you'll find yourself thrown into a killer's deadly game in which the only way to win is to lose... and the only way out is in.The stakes of the game become clear when a tin can is tossed into the house with rules scrawled on it. Rules that only a madman—or worse—could have written. Rules that make no sense yet must be followed.One game. Seven players. Three rules. Game ends at dawn....

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house Reviews

  • J. Kent Messum
    2019-03-01 13:33

    I keep practically every book I ever read......I didn't keep this one though. (Update: I was going to leave it at the two lines above since I'm not particularly fond of a giving a book a bad review, but I just can't let this one get away without giving it a damn good spanking. And so...)I've read a lot of bad books in my time. And I've probably read worse that this one. But whenever someone asks me what the most terrible book I ever read was, 'House' inevitably springs to mind. To this day I still can't get over what I steaming pile of shit this novel was, written by TWO acclaimed authors no less. How something like this goes on to sell thousands and thousands of copies is beyond me.... but we do live in the age where '50 Shades Of Grey' is the top-selling book of all time... so maybe I shouldn't be all that surprised.I find it hard to describe this book without vulgarity, probably because it was an utter waste of my fucking time and extraocular muscles. I won't bore you with the details (and trust me, you'd be sleep-drooling on your keyboard in no time), but the plot walks face first into walls, the characters make cardboard look like personality plus, the writing is such drivel that it would embarrass most authors, and the ending of the story is the kind that should surely end a writer's career on the same note.Oh, 'House' is a horror novel all right; I was truly horrified that something like this got published and popularized. When I was done with it I thought about giving the book away to a thrift store, but then felt so bad about passing this waste of wood along and subjecting anyone else to the torment, like it was the videotape in 'The Ring' or something.The only time I ever think it would have been wise to keep this book around is on the odd occasion I unexpectedly run out of toilet paper.

  • Miss_otis
    2019-03-10 09:20

    Dull. Dull, dull, dull, and did I mention, so very dull?*After having car trouble (read: “run over a bunch of nails planted in the road”), an estranged couple find themselves in a B&B type establishment in the middle of nowhere, where they, and a second couple, are promptly creeped out by the backwoods owners and informed of the fact that Scary Killer will be coming after them, cause they’re basically sacrifices. I didn’t find it at all suspenseful, the writing was not notable, it gave a pretty good example of How Not To Do Constantly Shifting POVs, the characters were one-dimensional and I had no sympathy for any of them, and the ending was unbelievably banal. Seriously, I only finished reading this because I was on an airplane and didn’t want to run through the books I’d brought too quickly. Apparently it’s soon to be a movie, and honestly, as I was reading it, I was thinking, “This is way too visual, why are you trying to describe it in prose?!”, so maybe it’ll actually work better as a movie. Except the ending will still suck.edit to change offensive wording

  • Mel
    2019-03-15 10:36

    I thought that a collaboration of two of my favorite authors would produce an excellent work of fiction! I was so wrong. This was just a horror novel with a muddled message. I was so disgusted with the plot that I actually put the book down, lost it for over a month, found it while looking for something else, and finally finished it by sheer willpower.WARNING - SPOILER ALERTThese guys could have really written something worthwhile, a book with a great lesson taught ever-so-subtly. Instead, they concentrated so much on the horror, the burning smoke, the "Saw" type dilemna of will they/won't they kill to live, that it was just boring. It drug on and on and on, with all the main characters stuck in the basement. I didn't even care if they ever got out. I was ready to just shoot them all to be free of their petty bickering!The only bright hope in this entire black hole of story telling was one little girl, and you weren't even certain if she was good or a trick of the mind. A small smidgeon of good to justify the tidal wave of evil? I don't think it works that way. Sure, just one drop of the blood of Jesus washes away a multitude of sins, but it does so magnificently. It doesn't fade away into the woods with the shadow of the devil still lurking in the windows!Peretti and Dekker wrote such great novels that crossed over into the non-christian market before this collaboration. I can't imagine why they felt the need to sell out at this point in their carreers! Now I'm afraid to read anything else by either of them. Please tell me it's safe to go back into the water - someone - anyone. Give me the all clear sign.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-04 16:13

    I have never done a review on GoodReads before, but I believe this book merits it...This is the worst book I have ever read. I'm not just saying that because I disagree with the themes that this story was based on; it was written badly. It was 3rd grade-level bad. It reminded me that any book in the Goosebumps series would be a welcoming divergence, and I'm not exaggerating. Whenever a story has magic or supernatural forces, it needs to have rules so that there is clarity in what is happening throughout it. This book kept changing rules on the reader so frequently and in a less-than-surprising way, that any inconsistencies in supernatural thematic elements couldn't be overlooked because so much came at the reader from out of the blue. Further negative points: This 'Tin Man' killer's 3 rules that this book is supposedly based on is really 1 and 1/2 rules. The first rule is "God came to my house and I killed him." That isn't a rule, but a statement that is never brought up later at any point. Also the 3rd rule is merely an amendment to a certain condition of the second rule. The 'heroes' of this book are told to kill each other by this Tin Man, so what do they do? Discuss killing or not killing each other, rather than discussing the idea of killing this Tin Man. It was like these 4 people tended to do as they were told from the beginning of the book.Does anyone remember when Stephanie, Jack, Leslie and Randy are talking about Betty, Stewart and Pete existing as inbreeds? I do. I remember a couple offhand remarks during their discussions of their uneasiness with that family. I also remember that it wasn't actually known if they did inbreed, but the author seemed to take his characters' word for it. Like the author fooled himself into believing gossip that he wrote. That REALLY drove me crazy, like I was listening to a drunk friend lie to me.Gypsies or Roma don't draw pentagrams all over the walls.The Gypsy mirror was a useless prop. It didn't do anything, other than to exist to be weird. That was really superficial, and it irritated me that everyone seemed to know that mirrors like this are trick mirrors from Gypsy circuses like it is common knowledge. Peretti (or Decker I guess?) really drug Gypsies (Roma) through the mud. I call racism.This is a short list of tiny tidbits of things I have learned by reading this book:1. Good people have good manners, and bad people have bad manners.2. Women hate each other.3. Women can't do anything on their own. They always need men. Men tend not to need help from women.4. I don't care what happens to the main characters.5. Women have feelings. Men know how to get things done.This book was like watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 without the commentary, so you have to make up your own. It is worth reading for a laugh only when you're in a good mood. I would give more of a plot summary, but the again: what plot? Okay, here goes--> Four people are stuck in a house that belongs to a family of three stereotypes that the author attempts to superficially convince the reader are bad people. And they are Gypsies. Alert the authorities. A killer named 'Tin Man' traps everyone in this house and we are told that this point in the book is a psychological game of wits, good versus evil, and women making mistakes. People run around, argue, fight, rules get changed back and forth for seemingly no reason other than to keep the story running until page 372, and also there is a vague girl named Susan who is decidedly good and saves the day by saying something along the lines of "listen to your heart, and be good." The two people that we are supposed to like come out alive, so it is a happy ending. We are also supposed to like this Susan character, but she sacrifices herself so that the plot doesn't completely conform to a Lifetime movie storyboard. That's it. Don't read it. I would give it minus eight stars if I could, but the lowest is one.

  • Tanya
    2019-03-02 12:33

    Ugh! When I read the back of this book, it had such potential. I thought it was going to be super creepy. Unbeknown to me though, I had never read either of these authors, and honestly it was a big long religious package... mixed with horrible writing. It's a collaboration between two authors and it's like when you were in school and a teacher would have you start a story and pass it on to someone next to you. You didn't know the characters, or anything, you just had to move on the plot; and they NEVER turned out well... yeah that's pretty much what this was. The scenes didn't fit together. The characters changed dramatically. Oh, and you really didn't care if any (or all) of them winded up victims of Tin Man. Ugh... I wish I could give no stars.

  • Philip
    2019-03-18 09:40

    I picked this book up from the library, thumbed through a few pages, and decided to preview it by reading the first chapter. I had other books I thought I should get through first, before I could start another. So I previewed it.Fifteen chapters later, I had to put the book down because it was getting late.House is an amazing thriller about survival through not just this world, but the next. It's really one of the few books that actually had my mind running.An excellent book by far. I recommend it to the reader who enjoys and anticipates the fear of what might be around the corner, what might be happening, and who you can trust.

  • Neil (or bleed)
    2019-03-02 17:35

    It's my first time to read a book from Dekker and/or Peretti so I don't have any expectations whatsoever to what will I read. I've just started reading the book and hope for the best.You can guess my hope didn't amount to what I've got in the end. I'm disappointed with this novel. It started with a generic setup and ends with a deus ex machina. The in-between is kind of good and bad at the same time.I've been entertained with some parts. I've got scared, even thrilled and emphatized with the characters even they are one-dimensional. It also comes to the point that I understand the characters and their actions, their thoughts and feelings. That the game they are playing with the killer/s is testing them and pushing them to their limits and capacities. Physically, mentally, emotionally, even spiritually.But, there are parts that it feels like the authors are trying so hard just to make the story scary, shocking and compelling for readers. There are plot devices that are plain unbelievable and eye-roll worthy. I just can't accept them. Oh well, I never read a Christian fiction before so that was probably the reason it was hard for me to accept them.To sum it up, House is a generic suspense-thriller with a weak, perplexing plot and ridiculous resolution/climax.

  • Mary
    2019-02-21 12:12

    Huh. That was rather different.How does one describe House? Weird? Creepy? Intriguing? Mind-bending? Unnerving?It's all those things, really. I don't think there's any way to define a Dekker book. (Because yes, this read MUCH more like a Dekker book than a Peretti one, in my opinion.)Annnnd that's probably why my thoughts are as jumbled as trail mix right now. Okay, so the creepy factor? VERY HIGH. Don't do what I did and read this while pulling an all-nighter, folks. It will freak you out to see your clock correspond with the time in the book, trust me. It's obvious that both authors have a lot of experience writing thrillers because wowwwww. This was a wild ride! And a (possibly) little-known fact about me: I like getting scared by books. IT'S ACTUALLY FUN?? So I was pleased by how terrified this book made me. ;)Now. The characters. They're rather interesting because the deal is that they have to kill someone in order to live. That's one of the House rules. So throughout the course of the night, they...um...go crazy basically? The House messes with their minds, and they start to turn on each other and everything. SO YEAH. They aren't likable characters for the most part. Buuuut this book does present a really clear picture of human nature which was, for lack of a better word, unnerving. This was well-done, fascinating, but also kind of disturbing. After all, watching people succumb to the evil in their hearts and think about murdering each other is not exactly easy to read. :P I have very mixed feelings about the characters. The development was great, and I really do think that the authors are masterful storytellers, but it was really disturbing to see the things they thought/did.And of course, there's the allegory. Ah yes. Dekker-style allegory. XD I'm...not really a fan of it? Again, mixed feelings here. On the one hand: WOW THIS IS BRILLIANT. I would have never thought of spinning an allegory like this. But on the other hand: I AM REALLY DISTURBED. Which basically sums up my entire relationship with Dekker books currently. CONTENT:Tons of violence. Characters shoot/stab/punch/kick/etc. Lots of murderous rage/thoughts by the characters. Disturbing scenes involving one character who has a *cough* thing for the female characters. There isn't any cursing, but the h-word is used a lot to describe the place. I wouldn't recommend anybody sensitive to violence or darkness in books to read this. Definitely at least 16+.Overall? I'd say this book held me spellbound in disturbed fascination. It was creepy, it gave me chills, and it did make me think. And that's more than I can say about some thrillers. I just don't think Dekker's books and I mix very well so far.3 stars

  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    2019-02-25 09:36

    For all of my reviews, visit https://theblondelikesbooks.wordpress...House is a supernatural thriller about seven people who end up in a house together. Shortly after arriving, odd things start happening and getting progressively worse. It culminates when a tin can is thrown into the house with three rules for the game. 1. God came to my house and I killed him 2. I will kill anyone who does to my house and I killed God3. Give me one dead body, and I might let rule two slideNow everyone in the house has to decide who to kill if anyone, and who is behind the tin can. I'm sorry that my last few reviews have been negative ones, but this is another one I didn't love. I really wanted to read a good supernatural horror - I LOVE scary movies, especially when they have to do with demons/hauntings/possession, etc. Based on the description of this book, I thought I'd found a winner. I did not. I've heard great things about Ted Dekker, and this was my first book by him, and it was a let down. After I finished reading the book and composing my thoughts, I read a few reviews and it sounds like this was not his normal caliber of work, so I'm still open to giving him another chance. To me, the book felt really convoluted. There were so many perspective jumps that it was hard to keep track of who was in which room of the house, and where each room led. You'd think that those things wouldn't matter, but so much of the book was spent talking about those things, that it kind of did. Also, on a more pedantic note, it bothered me that of the three "rules" only one could even sort of be interpreted as a rule. The other two were just statements! For a book that is supposed to be a supernatural horror, I didn't feel scared, tense, or on edge at all. The characters fell flat to me and had little to no personality, and the personality they did have was crappy, so I wasn't really rooting for them to get out alive anyway. I was shocked at how many parts of the book felt boring. Lastly, this book evolved into a completely different story than how it started. It was a blatant good vs. evil, god vs. the devil sort of story, with angels and the repenting your sins...the whole nine yards. I wasn't aware going in that the authors were writers of Christian books, and I want to be VERY clear that I have nothing at all against that, and that I only bring it up because had I known that going in, I could have guessed the ending and would have skipped this book all together. It never got preachy, which I appreciate, but the moral of the story was very clear. Overall, this one just didn't do it for me. I don't read horror very often but after reading the first Mara Dyer book and expecting a book about a girl who was possessed (which it is not!) I've been in the mood for one. If you have a good scary horror book that you can recommend, let me know down in the comments!

  • Seoda
    2019-03-16 17:37

    Why, why did I waste time reading this book when I could have been...Oh, I don't know, scrubbing the bathroom floor with a toothbrush? It's one of those crappy horror "thrillers" that make you feel kind of dirty when you're done. I do admit to finishing the book-- a fast read despite its gargantuan hardcover size-- but only because it held my interest JUST ENOUGH to wonder if it would improve. Like when they introduced Susan's character, I was muttering to myself, "Well, maybe this will liven things up," but no. By the midpoint I was hoping every one of them would die.I don't need a horror novel to be literary revelation, but I do want to have some sympathy for the characters and have my flesh crawl a little, neither of which I experienced with this story. At least it came from the library.

  • Abigail
    2019-02-23 12:41

    So, I made the mistake of only bringing this book on a week-long camping trip. It was a really big mistake.This book was dull, badly written, and forced. And that's the good stuff I have to say about it. The characters were so badly handled that I had trouble reading it. They had no depth and could have been left out of the story with no major impact. It deals horribly with abuse victims and is an insult to published works. I wish I could have rated this 0/5 but unfortunately that isn't a choice.Save yourself the time and don't read this book. Don't even pick it up. It's not worth it.

  • Dora
    2019-03-19 16:27

    "House" follows a group of people who get stranded overnight in a house full of maniacs, beset by a crazy guy in a metal mask. Only, it's not about that, really. What it's REALLY about is demonising anyone who doesn't conform to authors Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti's set of beliefs and inflicting ridiculous punishments and judgement on people for being simple, flawed human beings. The story primarily follows Jack and Stephanie, a young couple whose marriage is on the rocks after a tragedy they both blame each other for. In them, Dekker and Peretti might actually have been able to craft a meaningful tale about forgiveness, blame, and love. Instead, it quickly becomes clear that the only one we're meant to sympathise with is Jack, because everything is made out to be Stephanie's fault... even though, in the confines of the story, her only real crime is being weak, human, and unlucky.It gets worse as one of the female characters who is a staunch atheist is physically and mentally degraded by one of the psychotic family members, and we're just supposed to believe she had it coming. Certainly nobody mourns her passing. Of course, it's hard to feel sorry for her, but that's only because the entire cast of characters, including the so-called heroes, have all the charisma and draw of a brick covered in deadly black mold. It's almost a relief when the hilariously overblown crazy family that lives within the walls "our heroes" take refuge in start knocking them off. At least then we're subjected to less awkward flashbacks and tortured monologues.It might all be more offensive if the writing here wasn't painfully amateurish, with dialogue and narrative about as natural and riveting as a third-grade school play about the food pyramid, and pacing with all the subtlety of a jackhammer. The only things meant to be scary here are the non-believer antagonists who get killed off in the most ridiculous ways possible. The main "villain" is supposed to be the house itself and the thinly veiled metaphor-that-walks-like-a-man who loiters around outside trying to be cryptic menacing.I have read Christian fiction before. I have read Christian horror. There have been books in both genres I have actually enjoyed. This is not a book. This is a thinly veiled hate letter aimed at anyone who does not feel the way the author does. But perhaps most disappointing, it's an extremely narrow and cynical look at what makes a person human. Or at least, what the authors believe should make someone human. Now that's a scary thought.

  • Cies
    2019-03-15 12:40

    Embarking on a new book regime is a little like jumping into the deep end of the pool; you’re never quite sure if you’re gonna sink or swim. I guess that’s how I feel about Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker’s religious fiction novel House is a definitely the unworn path that I do not usual take. I liked the horror of this novel. It involved an ominous evil force within a house in the middle of nowhere. There are main elements of this book that I didn’t like, but the one thing that I really associated with was the house itself. I enjoy books where a place is another character. The house is part of the evil of Peretti and Dekker’s book. It changes constantly in form and design. It is never the same as it was the scene before. It confuses the characters as well as the reader. The house is the setting for a game; a creepy and horrible game that traps people in order to test their strength. Jack and Stephanie are suffering from a dying marriage and taking one last trip together as husband and wife but are caught out in the middle of the woods stranded with another couple, Leslie and Randy. The owners of the house are archaic and seemingly inbred and fanatical. Betty, Stewart and Pete are the family that owns the house and they are little less than accommodating. The two couples are forced into a game of cat and mouse against the evil Mr. White. White has challenged the people in the house with three rules. The first says that he has killed god, the second says that he will kill everyone in the house, and the third is that if the players can produce a dead body he will let the second rule slide. The game is an elaborate maze and in true horror fashion Peretti and Dekker create an elaborate setting for suspense and human triumph. Even though there is a religious theme to Peretti and Dekker books there is a classic horror genre at work here that is genius. This book is a heart gripping book that will challenge the ideals of good and evil and the pain we can inflict on ourselves as well as everyone around us. So whether or not you are a religious person or not this book is action and horror and a wonderful read.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-20 11:21

    I have read books by Frank Peretti that I really liked. The Visitation is one of my favorite books. There are other books By Mr. Peretti that I don't care for at all and some that fall in between. On the other hand I've never read a book by Mr. Dekker that I liked. I've wanted to, I've tried to but I just didn't care for them.So, here's another I just didn't care for. Personally (and of course the opinions here are my own) I think the book fails as both theological teaching and horror. I appreciate that others will disagree and that's fine. I'll take a moment here to say why I don't care for the book then you can decide for yourself.First in the spirit of complete disclosure the book pushes a couple of my hot buttons. The first is well...I grew up in the Smokey Mountains. I hate to shatter anyone's assumptions but the majority of the people who live or have lived in the eastern mountains are not pictured by the characters in Deliverance. The stereotype of the homicidal, inbred hillbilly is one of the things that's guaranteed to start a book or movie out with a down-check it will have to overcome...at least from me. As I said I grew up in the mountains and I knew lots of poor people who lived in rundown houses without being dangerous, inbred or whatever.Second the theme of the lesson portion of the book. (view spoiler)[ inside your own heart/life theme has been done before and done better.(hide spoiler)]. Theologically I think the entire idea of grace could have been...more present???? Better handled???? well, decide for yourself.So, didn't care for the book...decide what you think. To each their own taste I guess.

  • Hannah Rodriguez
    2019-02-25 16:23

    creepy? yes good message with this twisty and complex allegory that Ted Dekker always gives? yes did Hannah scream when she went to watch the trailer for the film adaption (and had a thought about watching it)? yes is she watching it? NO (not now at least) maybe with a friend. maybe.

  • Cait S
    2019-03-09 16:29

    Wow am I furious at having been so blatantly mislead by the summary of this book. So let me give you the actual run down. If you enjoy books by Stephen King.............don't read this because you will question your life choices until you die and also wonder how some people ever even get their books published. If you HATE books by Stephen King because you wish that he didn't know how to write believable characters or progress plot lines in any way or write stories people actually want to read and you also wish he had a not so secret religious agenda that he was shoving down you're throat while not actually intriguing or scaring you in the slightest........ WELL YOU'RE IN LUCK, MY FRIEND!Because that is exactly what this piece of trash book is all about. This will be my first and last book by either of these authors. What an absolute nightmare, and NOT the kind I signed up for.

  • Bob
    2019-03-12 13:33

    Picked up this book as a result of watching the associated movie one night. The movie had a lot of potential, so I thought the book would be interesting as well. What I found was a poorly written, insipid horror story with a thinly veiled Christian agenda.I tried my best to power through the book, even though I had lost interest in the first couple of chapters, but finally had to just put it down for good about 3/4 of the way through it. The line that finally did me in was "he pulled out one of his revolvers and checked the clip"... C'mon, the editor that let that gem fly by should be shot with said "revolver".

  • Bookworm
    2019-03-16 15:14

    House reminded me of a mix between the movies Saw, The Strangers and Vacancy. This book was a great read, full of scary moments and suspense. I like a good horror story and this one delivered. Word to the wise, don't read this while home alone or at night.

  • Stefani
    2019-03-11 09:14

    I have only one word for this book: BO-RING! Well, okay maybe there are two: BO-RING and CONFUSING!! But let's start with the basics. First and foremost: SPOILER ALERT, please read no further if you don't want to be spoiled.Jack and Stephanie are married. They are driving through the middle of a rural area to go see their marriage counselor. You get the feeling that something really bad happened in their relationship but you don't quite know what. Jack is bitter and resentful toward his wife, who appears to be the queen of disconnecting and denial. They get stopped by Officer Lawdale and told that the road is closed and they will have to take a detour. On the way down this detour they have car trouble. And in this context car trouble means running over a strip of nails left in the middle of the road. They travel to an inn to get a room for the evening and meet Randy and Leslie, who had the same experience with their car. From here, things get bad when the owners of the inn; Stewart, Betty and their disturbed son Pete, inform them that "White" is coming to kill them. So that's the basic premise, sounds promising right? I thought so too. Add in the fact that it is a collaboration of two of the most respected names in the horror genre and I was ready to settle into a terrifying thrill ride. And boy was I disappointed. The following are my main issues with this book:1. All the characters are so stupid and unlikable you almost want them to all die. They are pathetic and mostly run around trying to save their own skin and being scared. Personally, I wanted to see them fail and fall victim to the serial killer.2. You really have no idea why the serial killer chose these people. Sure he seems motivated by sin, but none of these people are really THAT bad. They are pathetic and weak but not evil, but that's what you're expected to believe.3. It reads too much like a movie script. Have the book is written in prose and its very difficult to visualize. As a movie it might work, but as a book it just made my head hurt.4. You never actually get any answers. Maybe the house was possessed. Maybe it was the work of demons. Maybe Susan was an angel, maybe she wasn't. Maybe by accepting their fate Jack and Stephanie escaped the house, but why? They won't tell you. Ultimately I was left unsatisfied and disappointed. Hopefully these two authors do better work on their own, because this collaboration was a failure.

  • FrancoSantos
    2019-02-19 10:13

    La luz entró en las tinieblasy la oscuridad no la entendió.Primer libro que leo de Frank Peretti y Ted Dekker. Me gustó mucho. Está muy simplemente escrito, es ameno y fluido. Tiene mucho diálogo y las descripciones son brillantes. La casa empieza de manera intensa, rápida e intrigante. Mientras avanzás en la trama la historia se vuelve cada vez más estremecedora. Sin embargo, tiene algunas pocas partes que son monótonas y repetitivas.Los personajes me hubieran gustado que estén más desarrollados; los tomé como simples peones vacíos y eso impidió que empatizara con ellos. Matar a una persona te convierte en criminal. Matar a un millón de personas te convierte en rey. Matarlas a todas te convierte en Dios.El final no me gustó. Me dejó sabor a nada. Fue muy predecible, ya que a lo largo de la historia los autores te iban dando datos y pistas que te permitían vaticinar cómo culminaría el libro. En fin, buen libro, que te va a tener pendiente de cuáles serán los siguientes pasos de los personajes. Si vieron la primera temporada de American Horror Story, esta historia les va a hacer acordar mucho a esa casa, la Murder House.PD: No se esperen un libro sin tintes sobrenaturales. Es una novela de terror paranormal, con fantasía.

  • Hannah Mullen
    2019-03-05 17:19

    This book deserves five stars because it has a great mixture of suspense and mystery. There is even a little romance! It will keep you on the edge of your seat! If you didn't understand the book then you didn't pay attention while reading it. Ted Dekker is a wonderful author who gives his books Christian themes and backgrounds without making it super religious. Not that anything is wrong with a very religious book. The theme of this book is light defeats darkness. The light being Jesus and the dark being Satan. Just like in real life the light defeats the darkness. But to find out how you will have to read this intense book!

  • Rissa
    2019-03-03 10:42

    There was nothing they could do they had to go in. But once they were in they couldn’t get out. It was low intensity, low action and it was pleasent to read. You know how you dont always want a book with all action, all drama, just a good mystery with nice amount of everything. It was a good book. But if you want a higher mystery, a good chase its not this. But i wanted a calm mystery with some good twists and it was perfect for that.

  • L
    2019-03-17 17:31

    I wish I would have researched this a little before listening to it; I didn't realize crazy people wrote it. I expected a horror story a la "Saw" and lots of moral dilemmas, full of questionable actions and mind games. Instead, I got a plot with a lot of potential that rapidly deteriorated into a harpy-like shrieking that christianity was the only way.Nothing about the plot made any sense - black smoke, demons, pentagrams, the "house" that your own evil creates… hammering home again and again that the ONLY way to survive (this life) is to CHOOSE CHRIST! Yuck. Listening to that drivel for an eternity would make my mind up. I'm hanging with the people with the weapons and the tin masks, thank you very much.Part of the novel centered around one "eating" one's sin to make him/her "stronger." The sin came in the form of a bowl of vanilla/caramel pudding that turned into rancid, mushy dog food. An inbred named Pete was responsible for forcing the women in the novel to eat it because each was "his wife." Make sense? Neither did "sin" as goop.The climax made zero sense. What was all that "son of man" crap about? Where did that come from? The girl-from-nowhere, Susan, keeps telling the group to "listen!" yet she doesn't say anything. It's a big mind game. They're quiet and they "listen" and then one of them asks a question and she counters with "You're not listening!!!" So…we don't question? Ever? Just heed and obey? Even when that's not in a religious context it makes no sense; you can't have a character screaming for everyone to listen and then when they are the character doesn't say anything.The characters acclimated themselves to the killer's game (which wasn't even well-planned) a little too quickly; none thought the very rational thought: "Oh, this guy is insane. Maybe we should focus on stopping him rather than trying to kill each other because HE'S NOT SANE and he can't be trusted."One of the "evil" things Jack had to face was his feelings toward a literary critic who panned his novel? Holy shit. Really? That's enough to send him to hell? Jack didn't kill him, mind you, he was only angry. "god" evidently has a hair-trigger on his anger. Watch out! If it's that easy to piss him off...Despite the fear-mongering and intense effort to make the reader feel guilty about everything he or she has ever done or thought, I did think the book started off well with an interesting premise and was well-paced. I didn't hate it but most of it felt like Pete was forcing me to eat his sin goop.Peretti and Dekker should spend more time fleshing out plots rather than praying one falls together.

  • Zachary
    2019-03-06 16:35

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I knew it should be good, because both of these authors have established themselves as excellent writes, specifically for Christian audiences. Though I could tell by the development of the storyline and plot that this book was specifically aimed at both Christian and non-Christian audiences, it still had much of the feel of a Christian book.That being said, it is definitely better written than most Christian fiction and would probably be a great book to recommend to non-Christians. The writing bears more of Dekker's style than Peretti's, though the overall setting and story arc bear Peretti's fingerprints admirably.The story itself centers around the estranged marriage of Jack and Stephanie, a starting point that many Americans (at least) are familiar with and can probably relate to rather easily. They get stranded on the road under mysterious circumstances and end up seeking shelter for the night in a Inn they come across. Yep, sounds like the makings of a horror story if I've ever heard 'em!The plot and action move quickly and the characters unfold and develop unobtrusively. There is a lot of tension and panic, common to the horror genre, but it never gets out of control. What it seems that Perretti and Dekker were aiming at was to reveal how easily the facade of character an individual has can crumble and wash away in the presence of true terror, and how a person needs something (or someone) other than themselves to lean on and trust in to help them through situations.In the end I don't think this is either author's best work. Peretti's Oath was just brilliant, and Dekker's Circle Trilogy has a depth and movement to it which many secular works lack. This was a teaming of two incredible talents, but I think in the end the struggle to harness and mesh their particular creative talents (which definitely run in different directions) produced a worthy story, but just one that doesn't quite reach the potential of either.I do recommend this book, though I think your time would be just as well spent reading other works by the authors. Due to the violence and some more mature sexual themes, I would definitely not recommend this to anyone not in High School.

  • Janie Johnson
    2019-03-06 13:12

    I was really looking forward to this book and was excited to read it, but this book was not really what I had expected at all. Well I should say the premise of the book actually was, but it all came together in a way I did not expect. There were a lot of characters involved and I gotta say I did not really like any of them. Hard to decide who was actually an antagonist or protagonist.I loved the air of mystery that surrounded the house, and that was what kept me going on the book. I thought that would the focal point of the story, but eventually found disappointment in the end as it was not what I expected at all. I had high hopes that it would all come together. The story was really up and down for me. I would love one part and really get into it and then some off the wall event came about and threw it all off and then would take a turn in a totally different direction. There were also parts that were unexplained and also that were confusing to me. I felt like it was missing some stuff. I really did not get a feel for Dekker or Peretti in this book, and I really do like both of them and their writing. Again, great premise, but it kind of fell short for me. It was just really out there with unlikable characters and a pretty unrealistic plot, with too many unanswered questions. I thought I would be able to keep it at a 3 for the rating, but after finishing I was pretty let down.

  • Carolyne Coleman
    2019-03-10 12:41

    There should be an option on this site called, "Accidentally Read." You know when you watch a glass vase fall- and in that split second right before it hits the floor, you're like, "Oh no! That's going to be horrible when it shatters." I spent the entire time reading this book with that in mind. Shallow characters battled with one dimensional personal problems while being chased around by swamp people, a redneck in a tin can, and a little girl that happened to be Jesus. The entire book was like watching a cake get made with cement. You just wanted to scream, "STAHP." By the end of the book, the inbred antagonists were almost being celebrated for being god fearing, while the paper doll-like protagonists were being punished for fucking, making money, and being young. The entire story was a pulsating mess of convoluted ideas all ending in some sort of weird "Come to Jesus, or you'll be eaten by a magical basement; also don't get divorced even though you're both selfish ham wallets who could probably do better-" type message. I can respect a book with a christian undertone; but not this one. This was a glorified horror story that didn't know whether it was supposed to "mind freak" you, or take you on a 300 page guilt trip for not being up to par with the god fearing dog food eaters.*crash*

  • Fabiola Fulco Salazar
    2019-03-19 14:39

    No sabía que esperar de este libro, porque terminó en mis manos gracias a una amiga, pero tengo que admitir que no es lo que imaginaba que sería. Me atrapó al inicio, tiene un arranque fuerte que te hace devorar las primeras doscientas páginas sin detenerte un segundo... pero ya a mediados del libro me causaba más risa que espanto. Hay muchos aspectos que me parecen poco desarrollados, como por ejemplo la calidad de los personajes (no hay historia que funcione sin personajes que generen cierto impacto) y ciertas situaciones se me antojaban forzadas.El estilo es muy limpio y sencillo, es una novela que puede leerse en un día. Su punto fuerte son las descripciones, probablemente es lo que más disfruté también. Respecto a la trama, fue como si mis expectativas se fueran quedando atrás mientras avanzaba en la lectura (o tal vez fui quedando excluida de una gran revelación). No diría que es un libro brillante, pero creo que es un libro que te permite contemplar ciertos aspectos de tu vida desde una nueva perspectiva: ¿Cuánta luz y cuánta oscuridad hay en nuestros corazones? Y cuán dispuestos estamos de asumir la responsabilidad que tenemos por lo que hacemos y, sobre todo, por lo que somos.

  • Jennifer Girard
    2019-02-23 14:23

    I was so excited to read this book ! I wanted something to put me in the Halloween mood... I have to say I was disappointed with it. First I hated all the characters I didn't care if they died or not. I was reading the book but I wasn't feeling anything! And the end was just annoying for me. I liked the concept but that was pretty much all that I liked about it.

  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    2019-03-18 15:34

    House has been on my shelf for a couple of years, and it was one of the novels I didn’t make it to on last year’s spooky October list. I made it first this year to be sure I actually got to it, and I’m sorry that I bothered. I read and liked Frank Peretti’s Veritas Project novels when I was younger, but they in no way prepared me for this. There’s a lot of bitterness ahead; you may want to bring an umbrella. Spoilers will be clearly marked. Trigger warning: rape.Two couples find themselves trapped in a house in the middle of nowhere while a killer stalks them. Once they’re forced into the basement of the house, the killer preys upon their worst fears and tries to convince them to kill each other before dawn.I reserve one star ratings for that special blend of structural and ethical failure. This book isn’t just a disaster of bad writing; it’s actually offensive. In a year and a half of running a book blog, I’ve never had to give something one star because there’s almost always something redeemable about a novel, even if it isn’t for me. But the more I thought about House, the angrier I got.Let’s start with structural failures, since that’s usually what I focus on in my reviews. I care about how novels are put together, about how they work or don’t work, and this novel doesn’t work. The beginning is a mess of horror cliches, from the car breaking down to the creepy, backwoods family living in the only house for miles. There are rip offs from any number of horror films, and House brings nothing new to the concepts. The middle is a lot of aimless running through rooms in the basement that could never logically exist, with no attempt at explanation, and then it just spirals into absurdity. White wants them to kill each other; in a game based on sin, it doesn’t make sense for any of the characters to think that murder will help them win. For a horror novel, there’s nothing remotely frightening about it except how awful it is.A big part of this failure is in character. I don’t care for novels where every single character is a selfish jerk; they’re not even unlikable in an interesting way. Randy is a cliche of a male villain, and Stephanie is so vapid it’s almost criminal. Along with the outright violence against the female characters, there’s a casual sort of sexism going on as well. The girls are frequently slapped or told to shut up, even though they’re hardly the most offensive characters on the page.As for the thematic failures, I should point out that I’m not the audience for this book. Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker are well-known Christian writers, and I don’t particularly subscribe to that faith. The thing is, I shouldn’t have to. If the book is well-written, it has the potential to appeal to anyone, and I’ve been moved by Christian subtext in the past. (Supernatural? Constantine? Love them. You don’t have to believe in heaven and hell and redemption to love them.) But the mythology is so shallow and so beaten over the head of the reader that it’s nauseating. There’s no attempt at subtlety, or even at bringing a new angle to old ideas. It’s as flat and tasteless as the rest of the novel.What bothers me most about House is the overall message that all the characters are SINNERS and ATHEISTS who should be punished. There’s a long tradition in scary movies that characters who “sin” will die first (no drinking, no drugs, no sex), and it’s not even slasher movies that have taken this up; the entire Saw franchise is based on punishing so-called evildoers. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like any of the characters in House, but that doesn’t mean they deserve what happens to them, and I dislike the very heavy-handed implication that they do.The worst part is, again, the sexist implications this has for the women. There’s an underlying message that Leslie deserves to be violated by Pete because she’s a whore, and I’m about eighty-seven kinds of uncomfortable and pissed off about that. It’s rape apology at its finest hiding behind so-called faith, and I’m so offended I almost threw this book in the garbage. I’m not sure it’s doing anyone a favor to donate it. (Also, I hope that line about White really being black is metaphorical, or we have a whole other set of problems.)SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS. TURN BACK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.The failure to make sense of all the rooms in the basement is poorly explained away by saying it’s a reflection of the characters’ insides. Er, okay? That’s actually worse, since Leslie is the only one for whom this parallel really makes sense, and it’s outright offensive. Then there’s the fact that Lawdale is the villain. There’s a big reveal for it toward the end of the novel, as though we’d never seen a single horror movie. Naturally, he’s in on it; he’s the one who leads them off the trail to begin with. Susan, save us sinners and feminists from this bad writing.I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  • Stacey Cotter
    2019-03-11 12:27

    It pains me to give a novel only two stars as I know how much time, passion and work goes into writing a novel. However, this novel missed the mark for me. I didn’t find it scary, I found it extremely redundant and it lacked those elements that I seek in a good scary story. Maybe you will have a different experience, but that was mine.