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Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move - prompted by James' penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check - is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between lake and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple.
As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture - claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms - becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall - contracting, expanding - and map themselves onto Julie's body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julie and James.
Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, inhabiting the bodies and the relationships we cherish.
©2017 Jac Jemc (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By cristina on 08-30-17

Ultimately disappointing

I think the best kind of horror stories build. You get to uncover some mystery in bites and pieces. This novel seemed to stall for a long time in the middle. No new information, just the couple being subjected to the same "haunting," chapter after chapter after chapter.

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By Jeffrey veals on 12-29-17

Don't Waste Your Time


A couple, James, and Julie, move into a more rural area outside "the city." It never really says what the city is, but I assume that it's New York. It very well could be any big city in the northeast, but I doubt it's anywhere west of Indiana. From the beginning, they notice the sound that permeates much of what is going on. They try to get in touch with the formal realtor, but his advertisement is gone and the number on his website is out of service. They notice things that lead them to believe there are ghosts (shadows, Julie is covered in bruises, James is missing time, there is mold growing everywhere, cartoon faces are drawn all over, and more).

The entire story switches perspective and makes you believe that one of them may be hiding something or just isn't being forthright. They are both unreliable narrators, but, to be honest their unreliability seems unimportant.

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Like I said in the title of the review, don't waste your time. This book wasn't scary if that's what you're looking for. If you're looking for a book in the psychological suspense category, technically, that's what this is. The problem is that there usually is some kind of resolution. James and Julie's story just seems like the most boring way to inform the read of some outlandish and crazy moments. I wanted there to be this big reveal and I even had a theory. I'll make this simple and just say that every moment of this book was dull. EVERY moment.

I'm very disappointed in this book and sad that I won't be able to get the time I wasted back.

The narrators were decent, so I'll give them three stars. Although I believe that both of these narrators are experienced and great, I don't believe they showed their real skill in the entire book. It was almost as if they were as bored as I was during the narrative.

So, the book, if we're just talking about text, storyline, and no narrators, Mr. Jemc will receive a one star rating from me. I'm so very disappointed.

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