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Damaged Houses
A master craftsman, Don Lark could fix everything except what mattered, his own soul. After tragedy claimed the one thing he loved, he began looking for dilapidated houses to buy, renovate, and resell at a profit, giving these empty shells the second chance at life he denied himself. Damaged Souls
Then in a quiet Southern town, Lark finds his biggest challenge: a squalid yet sturdy mansion that has suffered decades of abuse at the hands of greedy landlords and transient tenants. While two charming old neighbor ladies ply him with delicious cooking, they offer dire warnings about the house's evil past. But there is something about this building that pushes Lark on, even as its enchantments grow increasingly ominous. Will finishing the house offer Lark redemption, or unleash the darkest forces of damnation upon him?
©1998 Orson Scott Card (P)2006 Audible Inc.
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"A powerful tale of healing and redemption that skillfully balances supernatural horrors with spiritual uplift". (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By DMHVetSurveyor on 01-11-07

What a Home Indeed!!

Wow, this was an excellent book. Great descriptions and storyline. Nice surprise ending. Out of 200+ audiobooks I've read this one moves up to the top 20 (at least in the suspense genre). Don't expect Ender's Game or something like that. This is more in the Koontz catagory. Buy and enjoy!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bad Horror Movies on 04-09-09

Refreshingly Good...

I normally read Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Anne Rice. I gave this book a try. It was slow to start but still interesting. Then it a has a wow moment and I couldn't stop listening. If you like Koontz or King, you'll enjoy this one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Andy Parsons on 02-21-07

Card in King country!

This really is very Stephen Kingish, I mean that in a good way!
It takes quite a long time before it becomes apparent that this is anything other than an interesting, if a little dark, romantic comedy with an historical dimension.
When the surprises come they add darkness and light.
Strangely there are many Card themes that fans of the Ender/Shadow books will be familiar with?Knowing what is right when nothing is wholly right, and the moral ambiguity of doing unconscious bad.

The other things that will be familiar are excellent, intriguing plotting and a sense of pace that draws you on through the book.

Less familiar is that it quite a sexy book especially at the beginning but there is an interesting twist to all the relationships the raises the book above run of the mill fiction.

Scot Card is really on great form in the more or less here and now and demonstrates again what a very good writer he is.

More King than Ender but very good for all that.

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