Within These Walls

  • by Ania Ahlborn
  • Narrated by R. C. Bray
  • 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed-up true-crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback, one more shot at the best-selling success he once enjoyed. His chance comes when he's promised exclusive access to death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the notorious cult leader and mass murderer who's ready to break his silence after 30 years, and who contacted Lucas personally from his maximum-security cell.
With nothing left to lose, Lucas leaves New York to live in and work from the scene of the crime: a split-level farmhouse on a gray-sanded beach in Washington state whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb's diviners - runaways who were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. There, Lucas sets out to capture the real story of the departed faithful. Except that he's not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life... and within these walls, they're far from dead.


What the Critics Say

"Some of the most promising horror I've encountered in years." (Seanan McGuire, New York Times best-selling author)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Pretty Good Ghost Story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I found it a bit jarring that the "family" was operating in the eighties. I realize that this was done so that the ages of former members in the year 2015 would make sense, but culturally it's weird. All of Jeff's false front of peace and love was so grounded in the late 60's and seventies, it's hard for me to picture 80's kids finding him cool enough be drawn in. On the other hand, he was also pretty Jim Jones-ish.

If you’ve listened to books by Ania Ahlborn before, how does this one compare?

My first, not bad.

Did R. C. Bray do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I liked the narrator a lot actually. His seductive voice for Jeff was especially creepy. When My attention is all on the story and the narrator is invisible, that's a good thing.

Could you see Within These Walls being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Someone like John Cusack as Lou.

Any additional comments?

Certainly creeped me out in spots and held my attention. I'd be willing to check out another from this author.

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- Galadriel "I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday."

Fantastic, as was expected...

Over the past year I have devoured everything in Amish Ahlborn's growing library of dark fiction, and she has failed to disappoint. Fans of King and the early novels of John Saul will greatly enjoy Ahlborn's storytelling prowess and rich characterization. I highly recommend each and every one of her novels. Why not start with this one?
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- Randy Eberle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio