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House by Frank Peretti
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House (2006)

by Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker

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A mind-bending supernatural thriller from the creators of This Present Darkness and Saint. Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker--two of the most acclaimed writers of supernatural thrillers--have joined forces for the first time to craft a story unlike any you've ever read. Enter House--where you'll find yourself thrown into a killer's deadly game in which the only way to win is to lose . . . and the only way out is in. The stakes of the game become clear when a tin can is tossed into the house with rules scrawled on it. Rules that only a madman--or worse--could have written. Rules that make no sense yet must be followed. One game. Seven players. Three rules. Game ends at dawn.… (more)
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Too stupid. Too manipulative. Subtle as a brick to the head.
  Bookmarque | Jan 27, 2020 |
I try to read outside of my usual lines. This one had far too many caricatures, rather than characters. Disappointing. ( )
  slmr4242 | Oct 16, 2019 |
4.75/5
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  RamblingBookNerd | Jun 5, 2019 |
Writing: 4.5; pretty good writing from two veteran authors, although it did feel kind of choppy at times and inconsistent.
Theme: 4.0; Jack and Stephanie, a married couple on the verge of divorce, are on their way to a counseling session when they have a blowout and stumble upon a creepy inn, where they meet another couple and the creepy inhabitants of the house before they find out the dark secrets locked within and race to outlive a notorious serial killer's wicked game.
Content: 4.5; there is some violence in the book, although nothing too deep is explored; there is also some devilry afoot with the creepy locals.
Language: 5.0; nothing objectionable.

House is, in one word, strange. Initially I was excited to read this book, having just come off of Ted Dekker's Skin, which was really intriguing and exciting. Once the book began, it had the usual intrigue of suspense/horror books, drawing the reader in before things just got . . . weird. A bit of a backstory first: Jack and Stephanie, a struggling couple, go to some marriage counseling when their car experiences a blowout. The couple makes their way to a local hotel, where they meet another couple, Randy and Leslie. There, the four meet the local caretakers: Stewart, Betty, and her son Pete, who all act very odd, not to mention the food that's crawling with maggots. That's when the notorious killer Tin Man arrives and threatens to kill all those present unless they give him one dead body. The innkeepers then pursue the four with murder on the brain, and that's when the four discover the house's demonic secrets and uncover more knowledge about not only the Tin Man and the locals, but also about themselves. The book is all over the place once this happens, and it begins to trip all over itself and not really do much until it gets closer to the end as the secrets are resolved and the explanations are given. As a Christian book, House offers a spiritual message towards the end, pointing towards God as the only solution to man's sinful nature, albeit presented in a rather subtle way. Still, the book does offer some intrigue and a good thriller, although I can't say I thoroughly enjoyed it as much as the authors' other works, as the characters felt pretty bland and unlikeable and the story began to trip over itself in the middle of the book. Recommended to fans of horror and these other authors, although don't expect to be as impressed as you might be with other books from these authors. ***Finished May 2, 2019*** ( )
  DarthTindalus | May 3, 2019 |
Writing: 4.0; Theme: 4.0; Content: 4.5; Language: 5.0; Overall: 4.0; The readers are introduced to a young married couple who are on their way to a counseling session that might be the last ditch effort to save their marriage. They are interestingly delayed, first by a curious police officer and secondly, by a questionable blowout. They reach an odd house that is inhabited by a weird family and another couple who also were delayed by similar circumstances. The four of them must battle this interesting and evil family along with the demons within the "house." There were some very odd parts in this volume's theme. The "house" seemed to symbolize every human life filled with sin with the only remedy being reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ, even though this wasn't presented in a very strong way. Recommend. ***May 1, 2019*** (Read with Jonathan) ( )
  jntjesussaves | May 3, 2019 |
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The light came into the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it.

My heart holds all secrets; my heart tells no lies.
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He stood motionless in the entryway, staring at his own shadow splayed before him like a stain upon the floor.
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