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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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3 out of 5 stars
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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1 out of 5 stars
By Ali M. Fitzgerald on 11-10-17


I wanted to like this book, but I actually couldn't figure out what was actually going on - the entire story just kind of flew right by me. Which may have been the point. I get it - the characters are unwittingly stumbling around in ever murkier insanity and confusion - does that mean I have to as well? Overly esoteric - and at times incongruent - adverbials take away from the storyline - the prose itself is overly descriptive to the point of being a bit obnoxious. Is it super clever to relate brain matter to a flaking diamond? To call a spouse and not-spouse, a her a "not-her?" Does flesh "convince?" Too much talk, not enough action. Which is too bad, because I think there's a good story in there: good character development; storyline flow that didn't have any glaring gaps in suspension of belief; believable, well-paced dialogue. But the language itself left me clueless. I found myself wondering "Is this a dream sequence? Stream of consciousness? Opposite-land? What is actually HAPPENING?" Maybe this audiobook is only for the very smart and very avant-garde, but I didn't get it, and as a former copy editor I would have told the writer "Less talk, more action." While listening to this audiobook I kept being reminded of an overly-eager creative writing student who needs to step very, very far away from the Thesaurus.

The narration, by the way, was good, but without direction it was all just talk.

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