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review 2018-05-08 01:08
The House Next Door: A Ghost Story by Darcy Coates
The House Next Door: A Ghost Story - Darcy Coates

Darcy Coates has done a very creepy job with this book. I have read/listened to a few of her books and love them all so far. I love how she mainly does Haunted House books. Ghosts are my favorite. The book is Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith. I really enjoyed her rendition of the book. She fully kept my attention all the way through the book. She has also done a great job with her character voices.

 

In this book Jo lives next door to a haunted house. The family living in the house flee's during the night with nothing but the Pj's they are wearing. They don't even bother to come back an collect their belonging.

 

Eight months later Jo gets a new neighbor. Anna is about Jo's age and seems like a very nice person. Jo and Anna become fast friends. Jo finally gets her chance to tour the house known as the Marwick House. She almost immediately knows it is haunted.

 

When Anna's abusive husband shows up at Jo's, she lies and tells him she doesn't know anyone by the name of Anna. As soon as he leaves she runs to let Anna know. She decides to spend the night at Anna's and this is where things really gets creepy.

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review 2018-03-06 20:08
THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR Review
The House Next Door - Anne Rivers Siddons

When compiling a list of vintage horror books to read and review this month, my first and best source was Stephen King’s Danse Macabre. Invaluable was it in determining which novels I wanted to take a chance on it. In Danse King spends three or four pages dissecting this — Anne Siddons’s 1978 release, The House Next Door, one of the smartest and most atmospheric haunted house tales I’ve read yet.

 

Told from the point of view of Colquitt Kennedy, an upper-middle class woman living in an upscale Atlanta suburb with her husband, Walter, this unfolding of the mysterious and macabre does not happen quickly; this author deals in dread, letting her readers squirm. I love that quality in horror from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and it’s something that seems to have been lost sometime in the ‘80s. Quiet terror with a focus on the psychological is much more effective, to me, than buckets of guts and blood and dismembered bodies.

 

Not only does The House Next Door work as a horror show, but is also works — at times — as a satire. Siddons gleefully mocks the foibles of suburban life: the block parties, the whispering neighbors, the hypocrisy — all unfolding in houses with freshly manicured lawns and evenly painted shutters. Because of that, this story feels authentically American. The author’s sense of setting, locale, is impeccable.

 

This is one of the finest haunted house stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. While not as explosive as The Shining or as iconic as The Haunting of Hill House, this very much deserves to get a look from horror fans.

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review 2016-10-15 00:00
The House Next Door
The House Next Door - Anne Rivers Siddons Gosh, where do I start?

The Bad
1. The book starts incredibly slow. The first half of the book is rich woman sitting on a patio drinking and gossiping. Most of the characters in this book or snobs, horrible friends, horrible people, and generally annoying and very hard to relate to.
2. The ending is incredibly unsatisfying.
3. The main characters Walter and Colquitt are described to be in their Mid 30's but are referred to as middle aged and frequently talk as if they are in their 50's or 60's and have people treat them as if they are around that age too.
4. A lot of the people in this neighborhood act as though they've led such perfect happy lives, in their perfect happy bubbles that they don't know what REAL LIFE DRAMA looks like because they treat every single "tragedy" the same. They are complete Drama queens about the smallest things.
5. Claire. She's such an awful character, I think she's the real villain of this story, not the house. She is incredibly pretentious and snobby, she is such a gossip. Actually, most of the characters in this book are the real villains of the story. But this quote from claire just haunts me.
“Because I went back over there when I got home and threw a load of sand over…everything,”
Yeah, she's referring to the neighbors miscarried baby. 7 months gestation. That's 3rd Trimester. Far enough along that if a baby is born at that point It could live outside the womb with medical help.
She doesn't ask "Hey would you like to bury your child? Maybe have a funeral?" nope. Let's just kick some dirt over it, it'll be alright.
I dislike her so much.
6. One of the houses terrible acts was to turn a couple of straight men gay. Oh, the horror. I almost wet myself right then and there.

The Good
It was a little creepy in places
It's over
Stephen King thinks it's great. I have no idea why....
This isn't a good thing but more a "To be fair" thing. This book was written in the 70's. I just believe the world is too different for this book to hold the same meaning and value today as it did then. It's too dated. The change in the world makes this book more intolerable than enjoyable or scary.
The idea that a house could make you "catch" gay might have been terrifying in the 70's but today it's just offensive.
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review 2015-01-31 00:00
Through the Doll's House Door
Through the Doll's House Door - Jane Gardam Two girls live next door to each other and share their toys, including an antique doll house. The girls grow up and leave their toys behind them, literally. They are packed up and forgotten for decades.

The story follows the memories of dolls Miss Bossy and Cry, a Trojan solider, a china cat sugar bowl and an imaginary friend called Sigger, as they pass the long years by sharing stories with each other. Sigger, though, needs human memory to keep her alive and it will soon be too late.

What was most interesting about this book was how the author chose to portray the toys' memories and how they experienced the world around them. Movements of their own take a great deal of effort and they often don't register or notice the speech of the people around them. What each of the toys represent also effects their memories and abilities. For example, the China Cat remembers the worship of cats in ancient Egypt and Miss Bossy's character stems from being carved by a man who went on to decorate cathedrals. This was weird, but worth reading if you're into this sort of thing.
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review 2014-07-15 14:06
The House Next Door (You're Invited to a Creepover #16) - P.J. Night

I will need to buy a few more volumes of this series. It is just that awesome. :)

This volume in the series was awesome. However one thing, that I have also noticed with the previous books, is that the cover shows 3 girls and they all look around 14 to 16, not 11 to 13. Other covers also tend to have that problem, saying the kids around around 12 year old while on the cover you see 14 to 16 year olds.
And the fact that the girls didn't go into the house together makes the cover weird too.

Now for the book itself. It was a wonderful and interesting (and also at times very creepy) story, I am kind of sad for the girls though, they didn't deserve this, and I can only imagine how sad the parents and everyone else they know will be.

The characters are really fun, though I didn't like that it at times switches between them. One moment you had Amanda, the next Anne, and then Alyssa. It was quite confusing. 

The house was seriously creepy and I had goosebumps while reading. 

There are a few things I didn't like. For one: Why is it 50 years? Why not 20? Why not 10? Why not 5? The second thing: The ending. I had hoped we would see what would happen to the girls, will they find their parents again? Are the parents still alive? Will their plan to get out work? 
The third thing: Why only New Year? Will you be fine on any other day?
The fourth thing: Did anyone try to find the girls? Did they check the house? Did they search? All kinds of things I kind of miss. I also would have loved a POV from Anne's view, to see her tell her parents, to see panic grow. Instead nothing like the sort.

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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