House of Reckoning

House of Reckoning Review

After the untimely death of her mother, fourteen-year-old Sarah Crane is forced to grow up quickly in order to help tend her family’s Vermont farm and look after her grieving father, who’s drowning his sorrow in alcohol. But their quiet life together is shattered when her father is jailed for killing another man in a barroom brawl and injuring Sarah in a drunken car crash. Left in the cold care of a loveless foster family and alienated at school, Sarah finds a kindred spirit in classmate Nick Dunnigan, a former mental patient still plagued by voices and visions. And in eccentric art instructor Bettina Phillips, Sarah finds a mentor eager to nurture her talent for painting.

But within the walls of Bettina’s ancestral home, the mansion called Shutters, Sarah finds something altogether different and disturbing. Monstrous images from the house’s dark history seem to flow unbidden from Sarah’s paintbrush–images echoed by Nick’s chilling hallucinations. Trapped for ages in the shadowy rooms of Shutters, the violence and fury of long-dead generations have finally found a gateway from the grave into the world of the living. And Sarah and Nick have found a power they never had: to take control, and take revenge.

Title:House of Reckoning
Edition Language:English

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    House of Reckoning Reviews

  • Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    Sarah is saddled with a friendly but mess of a father who soon lands himself in a pot of hot water. She has to depend on the grace of an unfriendly foster family who takes her in for money while meeti...

  • Obsidian

    Though I thought the ending was not believable (way too many questions remain) I did enjoy this book. It's definitely a book about the choices that some make that lead them down a path that they may n...

  • jv poore

    While I always find John Saul's work to be delightfully chilling, creepy and eerie; House of Reckoning had something extra. This book tells of a young girl whose life is shattered by the death of her ...

  • SheriC (PM)

    It’s rare that I find a story that is such a bewildering mix of themes, loose ends, illogic, and cardboard characters, and yet holds my interest long enough to actually get to the end of the book wi...

  • Dayna Earle

    Hands down one of the dumbest books I’ve ever read. Starts out pretty realistic, then the dumb sets in....

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl

    I originally read this in the fall of 2009, soon after it was published. I read it right after reading Carrie and Duma Key by Stephen King so some similarities bothered me. I re-read this in January 2...

  • Mcf1nder_sk

    I've decided to start reading some my TBR from some ofbooks on my long-time favorite authors. This selection was one I had never read before, and had just recently found at a local thrift shop...This ...

  • Chibineko

    While I do like John Saul's work, this book just isn't the best thing he's put out. The book promises a lot of stuff, some of which is typical Saul fare: children in peril, human & supernatural evils ...

  • Andrew Lennon

    I listened to the audiobook of this, the performance itself was very good, no complaints here.This story was quite good. I wouldn't say it's anything fantastic, but it's was enjoyable.It had its bruta...

  • Greg

    I have read so many books over the last handful of years that I see a three star rating and still think the novel it is awarded to is still a worthwhile read. HOUSE OF RECKONING is like this. The stor...