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review 2016-05-01 08:28
The Birthing House
The Birthing House - Christopher Ransom

After collecting his fathers life insurance, Conrad and his wife, Jo, move to a former birthing house to rehab their marriage and get out of LA. However the house may have come with a little more than they bargained for. Is the house haunted, or is Conrad just losing his mind following his father's unexpected death? 

 

I wanted to read horror, thriller, suspense book. Instead I got this, which is so sad. This was such a mess, I really should have DNFed it. However since I didn't, I feel very confident in my rating. This book read like it didn't have an editor or was a first draft, and then in sections it really read like a porn.  Seriously at one point there was some very graphic sex but it was written in the most awkward and unappealing way that I couldn't help but roll my eyes and laugh and how smarmy it felt.

 

Overall the characters were pretty terrible. Conrad is flat and also apparently is the author which he take the time to tell us in the middle of the book. No, literally he brakes the fourth wall and says something along the lines of "Because you've figured out he is me" in a weird monologue in the middle of the book. His wife Jo isn't consistent in the personality traits that Conrad puts on her. Holly's story isn't cleanly or interestingly placed into the story. Nadia, the other main character, is such a weird throw away for the most part but also crucial to build the haunted house. Also in the last like 30ish pages we find out about the doctor and women that ran the birthing house that maybe haunting the house. Everything about the house's history is really rushed causing the book to lose a lot of the potential creep factor. I wish we had started to get parts of the house's history peppered through the book instead so that we could have time for the creepy vibe to develop and given us more time to wonder if the house is haunted or if it's Conrad's mental status.

 

Please just skip this book, I wish I would have.

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text 2016-04-17 07:33
Reading progress update: I've read 57%.
The Birthing House - Christopher Ransom

Did this shit book just get really meta in the middle?

 

 

This book is the worst, I thought I heard someone talking about it as a good horror book but I'm sure now after scouring the places I find book recommendations that I was wrong and have this confused with some other book.  Though I don't know what book that would be, and this book is sooooo bad.

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review 2015-06-16 05:13
Beneath the Lake by Christopher Ransom
Beneath the Lake - Christopher Ransom

13/6 - "Oh dear." That's what I said when I saw the average rating for this book. Admittedly that average is taken from only four ratings, but still it's not very promising for potential readers. Hopefully I'll buck the trend and really enjoy this (I did enjoy The Orphan more than the average reader...). To be continued...

14/6 - The 'crazy local yokel telling wild tales of that evil place' storyline is always a hit with me, although this local yokel isn't quite crazy enough to make her truly creepy, but the tales she tells of the unexplained and unbelievable deaths at the lake certainly are. Makes me think of the season one episode of Supernatural, Dead in the Water. To be continued...

 

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END STOP READING NOW!!!!!

16/6 - I was going to write a 'midway through the book' review for this yesterday, but I couldn't put quite manage to put the book down just to write a review. That "oh dear" from the start of my review? Erase it from your memory because this was fantastic. Beneath the Lake was scary, and creepy, and filled me with a constant sense of dread over what was going to happen next. To start with I thought it was going to be a psychological horror pretending to be some kind of supernatural horror, but it wasn't pretending, the horror really was supernatural. I'm still a bit unsure what happened at the end. I understand that they all died, but I didn't understand the 'vision' Ray had of meeting Megan back at the lake when they were children. What was that supposed to mean? Was that heaven? I also had a small objection to the fact that they did all die, as I don't think it's fair to kill two adults who were innocent children at the time of the original event, and an actual child who has almost no knowledge of what's going on around her due to her age. That felt like cheating to me, I felt like Ransom had set up these logical (within the story) rules for who would die and why and then went "Stuff the rules, I want to kill more people!". From what I understood of the explanation Andie the diner waitress gave to Ray, the evil that's killing people, been killing people for as long as the lake's been there, is somehow related to mother nature and mother nature is very angry with the way humans have been treating her planet. So she has been eliminating the threat whenever she can. Therefore, I can understand why Leonard, Colt, and parents had to go, but eight and six-year-old (at the time) Ray and Megan, and three-year-old Sierra were innocent children, they had done nothing to pollute the planet. So in my opinion it wasn't fair to kill them.

I've really enjoyed two of Ransom's books now, I'll definitely keep my eye out for his other books when I'm at the library.

PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge: A Book that Scares You

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text 2015-06-08 20:08
Booooooring!
Beneath the Lake - Christopher Ransom

Was it worth it finishing the book? Not really. But at least I'm free to read what the hell I want now!

 

Review to come in late August.

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text 2015-06-08 16:08
Reading progress update: I've read 76%.
Beneath the Lake - Christopher Ransom

Seriously bored and it doesn't help that I have so much more interesting books to read waiting...

 

 

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