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In this novel of mounting suspense from award-winning author Herbert Lieberman, a terrifying surprise waits beneath a couple’s New England home. Albert and Alice Graves live a normal, if monotonous, domestic life. They never had children; they spend their days tending to their home and enjoying their time together.
One day, when the oil man, Richard, is refilling their furnace, Alice invites him to dinner, never suspecting that a casual act of charity will lead to a horrifying, morbid discovery in the crawlspace underneath their beloved house.
The Graves take Richard into their lives, becoming attached to his presence as though to the son they never had. Their town, though, is not nearly so welcoming. When the locals lash out against the Graves and their strange houseguest, the contented household is irrevocably drawn into a darkness they could not have imagined.
©1971 Herbert Lieberman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By Darryl on 12-15-13

get past initial premise

if you can get past the initial premise a strange friendship develops and a touch of Straw Dogs and Lord of the Flies. It is an odd story and not a horror story as it is advertised. the Richard Atlee character is a bit of an elemental man of the earth type who doesn't fit in and you can come to sympathize with him. but it is hard to accept the situation and so the story may not work at all for you. odd but interesting, it kind of works and then again it doesn't.

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By RoseJ211 on 10-04-16

Wonderful Story!

My mom and I read this story when it first came out in the 70's. We really enjoyed it and remembered it fondly through the years. I felt like I was the one experiencing what this couple was going through. Joe Barrett did an excellent job, all the characters' voices were believable.

Lastly, it is a pleasure to read a book without having to endure unnecessary obscenities and swearing.

Mom would've loved the audio version.

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