• Sick House

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-11-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Jeff Strand
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's a home invasion from beyond the grave in this novel of unrelenting terror from the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Pressure, Dweller, and Wolf Hunt.  
It doesn't seem like the perfect house, but screw it, it's good enough to rent for a year. Unfortunately for Boyd, Adeline, and their two young daughters, it's immediately clear they chose the wrong place.  
The nightmare begins with violent coughs and headaches. Food starts to rot almost as soon as they take it inside. A pet tarantula goes missing. Some family members begin to exhibit creepy behavior.  
Then the ghosts arrive, and all hell breaks loose....
©2018 Jeff Strand (P)2018 Jeff Strand
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4 out of 5 stars
By Carole Wooten on 07-04-18

You don't want to move into this house...

I had a good time with this book. This was a really nice change of pace which was exactly what I was looking for. I don't read horror all that often but I almost always enjoy it when I do decide to pick one up. This was a really quick read that hooked me right from the start. I am so glad that I decided to pick up something a little different than my usual reading fare.

Boyd and his family are excited to get a fresh start when he gets a promotion. They find what they believe to be a perfect house for their family in their new town and are thrilled to move in. Then some strange things start happening. Food goes bad almost as soon as it comes into the house. There is an incident with the family's pet tarantula. Then things really start to get crazy.

I really liked Boyd and his family right from the start. They really seemed to be excited about the move and they kept a pretty positive attitude about things until events became out of control. I loved the way that Boyd and his wife, Adeline, always put the kids first and did everything in their power to protect them. The kids seemed to handle things better than could be expected and some pretty important scenes in the book revolve around them so they were important players in the story.

I did enjoy the first half of the book a bit more than the second half. I was almost holding my breath trying to figure out what was going on in this house. I knew that something big would happen and I think the anticipation really added to the overall enjoyment for me. After some of the big events started, the excitement level stayed at a very high level until the book came to a conclusion. I did enjoy the action and liked that there were some pretty creepy and gory scenes but the mystery of the story seemed to fade a bit. I did appreciate the epilogue and liked that there were a few surprises saved until the very end of the novel.

This was my first experience listening to Joe Hempel's narration and I kind of feel like I might have been missing out. I thought he did a fantastic job with this book and I am pretty sure that I liked the story even more because I made the decision to listen to the book. He did a great job with all of the voices and was able to add a lot of excitement to the story. I definitely hope to listen to more books by this narrator in the future.

I would recommend this book to horror fans. This was a really interesting take on a haunted house story with plenty of gruesome and scary moments to keep things entertaining. This was my first time reading any of Jeff Strand's work and I look forward to reading more in the future.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the narrator or author via Audiobook Boom.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Spooky Mike on 07-02-18

This House is Sick

Wow, Jeff Strand knows how to creep me out. This story played on two of my phobia’s quite well, kind of wish he pushed it further, kind of glad he didn’t. Have to say this was the first book that I didn’t want to listen to right before I went to bed. Had to watch some TV just to relax from listening. Needless to say once daylight came around I was quick to go back and hear the rest of the story and get some resolution. Have to say I didn’t see the ending coming together the way it did and really was impressed.

I enjoyed the character’s relationships the most. Boyd’s family was your basic family and I liked their interactions with each other. Since Boyd is the main character it is told from his perspective and as a father I appreciated his interaction with his wife and kids as well as his end goal in providing for his family. They seemed like a real family and it made the series of events more traumatic as I fully felt like I was right there with them.

This was quite a different type of haunted house. The “Home invasion from beyond the grave” description is spot on. The blending of the haunted house and history of how the haunting started worked perfectly. Wasn’t sure where things were going initially with some of the back story but when it comes together it really knocks it out of the park. The home invaders are some sick individuals and their piece of this story is really twisted and disturbing. Definitely needed a shower after listening to their tale.

Joe Hempel did a fantastic job with this narration. I blame him for me needing to switch to something lighter before bed. The tension he is able to convey through his narration really kept me on edge. I’m still freaked out about that damn spider.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 07-03-18

Sic

One of the best ghost stories I've listened too.

If you love horror/ghost stories this is definately well worth a listen. It had me hooked from start to finish

Will be looking for more books by this author and narrator

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review

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