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Publisher's Summary

Something is calling Jacob Maelstrom back to the isolated home of his childhood - to the scene of a living nightmare that almost cost him his life. Ten years ago his sister slaughtered their brother and parents, locked Jacob in a closet...then committed a hideous suicide. Now, as the anniversary of that dark night approaches, Jacob is drawn back to a house where the line between the living and the dead is constantly shifting.
But there's more than awful memories waiting for Jacob at the Maelstrom mansion. There are depraved secrets, evil legacies, and family ghosts that are all too real. There's the long-dead writer, whose mad fantasies continue to shape reality. And in the woods there are nameless creatures who patiently await the return of their creator.
©2000 Michele Scalise (P)2018 David N. Wilson
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 03-04-18

Nwe take on the Haunted House

I had never heard of Tom Piccirilli, but the premise of this book seemed intriguing. I am a fan of J. Scott Bennett, so this was a double plus for me. I have really come to appreciate Bennett's style and ability, and am constantly amazed at how he takes hold of a story and molds it into something of his own. He does some great work here, and amps up Piccirilli's work to 11.

The story has multiple tiers to it. It is not a simple and straightforward haunted house story. There are also dark themes, such as incest, and other dangers children face that really steer the tale into some troubling waters. It is NOT for people with delicate sensibilities. The character are all, in one way or another, facing demons of their own, and a forced to deal with them as well as what is happening in the house. The only head scratcher is the turtle. Is it just a turtle, or is it something more? I never did figure that one out.

Either way, this is a dark story that makes you think long after you finish it. It kind of sticks to your soul like a stew does your stomach. It nourishes, but at the same time can be a little discomforting.

I did recieve a code for this book in exchange for a review.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Spooky Mike on 04-23-18

Like listening to a text book.

I had a really hard time staying focused on this story. It started out decent enough but before long I was lost and confused. I'm sure this didn't help but I had to take frequent breaks and listen to another book because this just became tedious to try to stay focused. I really felt like I was back in school and being forced to read a text book that made no sense to me.
I enjoyed J. Scott Bennett's narration. I don't fault him at all for me not being able to stay focused. I would like to go back and try to go through this book again and see if I can make heads or tails out of it. Not sure if this is Tom's typical style but if it is I am going to need to stay away.

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

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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