This was a gripping novel. I couldn't put it down! Great analogies were presented throughout the book! (Sin seems so appetizing like your favorite homemade desert, cooked to perfection....and then you find out you are eating wormy, moldy dog food!)
Co-authored by the masters of "Christian suspense", "House" is the story of four couples stranded in the backwoods of Alabama, fighting an evil killer demanding violence and death from their group, and a house which seems to prey on their worst, inner fears. Very suspenseful and demented, but with a positive message about hope and survival in the midst of trial and tribulation. Powerful analogies to the sacrifice of Christ, too, although nothing explicitly Christian in nature is ever mentioned. Do read this book if you're the least bit interested!
I got this book because it was co-written by Frank Peretti. I usually enjoy his books but I was a little disappointed by this one. While it was a quick read, and enjoyable, the characters lacked development. I didn't get enough information to learn why the different characters made the choices they did. To me, the plot was predictable. I wasn't at all surprised by the ending. Overall, it struck me as simply average. Not at all what I expect from Peretti.
Like all books by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker, this one was a page turner. The chapters were fairly short, which I liked. I finished the book in under 2 days. However, it was not as good as "Prophet" or some of the others. The plot was really good, but I thought they could've done alot better with some aspects of it, and perhaps not made it so disjointed. Still, I can't say that my time was wasted. I'm looking forward to reading more by these authors.
This book was a 6 out of 10. It was a quick, easy read. The plot was a bit bizarre, definately creepy, and completely outside the realm of reality. I thought it was kind of predictable... I could see where each twist was going before it went.
All in all, it was entertaining. I like Christian fiction that is a bit meatier on creative communication of truth. This book read more like a mild horror novel where Jesus shows up at the end.
I really like Peretti and Dekker. I was expecting more.
This book was okay. It pulls you in to continue reading it, but there are much better books in this genre. Plus, the writing style is a little strange.
Well, this book was not what I expected. It seemed more like a bad B movie for the first 3/4 of the book and not at all like a book by Dekker, and Peretti. At the ending I saw where they were heading with it, but it just didnt have the feel of a book by either. Fast reading though.
Uhhhh-- very disappointing. Book doesn't develop characters well enough before diving into the mystery and gore. Then a ridiculous ending of the good, innocent girl being the savior (Jesus) even though the religious references throughout the story were minimal and shallow (repeating over and over "the wages of sin are death by the zombies and painted on walls). Had some good psychological stuff about guilt/sin.
Great book, but it doesn't even come close to the books written only by Peretti.
Certainly not one of Frank Peretti's best. Was very disappointed and took me much longer to read. Characters were hard to follow as what "sin" they had. Seemed repetitious thoughout the story.
I loved this book's look into self knowledge of destruction. Even in knowing our roots and growing up in a church family, you can threaten to destroy yourself. This book was great about showing a different appraoch to that. Love the house rules!! Like I said very interesting and much of a page turner.
Thrilling and tense throughout... a spine-chilling ride!
I found this to be one of those books that are so wierd, you don't want to put it down...very strange book.
I found this book extremely boring. It was weird to the point that it was hard to follow at times. Maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Very thrilling. Can't put it down.
I kept reading wanting to find out the "why" of the whole story. In the end, I was disappointed. Yeah, it was supposed to be about good vs. evil and the wages of sin, and blah blah blah, but it felt so full of holes. This was my first Peretti or Dekker. I was not impressed.
This...this...this was just awful. Horrible writing. It was pathetic attempt to combine the thriller/scary genre with the Christian genre. It was painful and I only finished it because I had fallen in love with This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. DO NOT pick this up or else you will be severely disappointed.
If you like Ted Dekker you will love this book. Exciting from the beginning to the end. Absolutely fantastic thriller
House by Ted Dekker is creepy and intense from page 1. This fast moving story seemed designed to make you look at your own darkness.
Such an exciting book. Ted rocks any book he writes - keeps you spellbound in the magic that is happening!
I've read only two of Ted Dekker's books. First I read Thr3e then I read this book, House. I have to say, House is my absolute favorite thriller novel in general that Ive ever lead. You might get a bit confused at first, but keep reading, it ties together. The one thing that stands apart in this novel is that I actually saw and got the biblical meaning behind House, which I missed in Thr3e. Its a great read if you like thriller novels with deeper meanings. :)
On a deserted back road in Alabama, Jack and Stephpanie find themselves driving fast and running late. Their world suddenly changes when a strange accident leaves them stranded with no car, no cell phone coverage and no help in sight. They have no choice except to continue on foot As darkness approaches, they round a bend and see a small sign at the top of a long gravel driveway, The Wayside Inn. The exhausted couple stands in front of an inviting house, complete with gated stone wall, ancient oak trees, and a note welcoming weary travelers. Inside they find another couple with an equalling troubling story about a similar accident. It seems that the backwoods pranksters have made their day miserable. Still, they are safe--or so they think.
I absolutely loved this book. Ted Dekker is my all-time favorite author, and Frank Peretti is right up there with him. I read this book in a day and a half...just couldn't put it down! I enjoyed the characters, and how each made their own individual choices that directly influenced the end of the story. I also appreciated the analogies throughout the book, and thought they added an extra 'depth' to the story. An excellent read that I would recommend to anyone!
ted dekker books are always a good read, lots of action, thrilling plots, and a bit of mystery...reocmmended!
Very disappointing. Peretti is usually uplifting. This book is horror, plain and simple, and I personally would not reccommend it to anyone. I don't think this should qualify as Christian Fiction. The Christian is hard to find, and it certainly does not redeem the horror.
Ted Dekker is my favorite author. The only time I get to read is before bed, or while my husband is watching boy stuff on tv. House kept me on the edge of my bed, I had a hard time putting it down! Well done Ted! This was my first taste of Peretti, I would give him a shot!
Enormously boring. Just the first couple of pages made me want to put it down, but I kept at it. Horrible use of language in most parts of the book; "He jump over bed" I believe is planted somewhere within the book. Less than adequate story line and a movie adaption that never happened. Half a star for you, House!
A supernatural horror story that keep me reading until the end. A little strange but a good read.
I read this book in one day! It is awesome and full of on the edge of your seat thrills! A must read for anyone who loves a good thriller, but without the "grossness" of secular writers. You are going to love this book!
This book will keep you guessing every single page! I would be amazed if anybody would be able to figure out the who-done-it in this book.
I feel like Frank Perteti and Ted Dekker did outstanding work together on this book! Wow!
Good Book! Nice twist to the ending!
I have only one word for this book: BO-RING! Well, okay maybe there are two: BO-RING and CONFUSING!! But let's start with the basics. First and foremost: SPOILER ALERT, please read no further if you don't want to be spoiled.
Jack and Stephanie are married. They are driving through the middle of a rural area to go see their marriage counselor. You get the feeling that something really bad happened in their relationship but you don't quite know what. Jack is bitter and resentful toward his wife, who appears to be the queen of disconnecting and denial. They get stopped by Officer Lawdale and told that the road is closed and they will have to take a detour. On the way down this detour they have car trouble. And in this context car trouble means running over a strip of nails left in the middle of the road. They travel to an inn to get a room for the evening and meet Randy and Leslie, who had the same experience with their car. From here, things get bad when the owners of the inn; Stewart, Betty and their disturbed son Pete, inform them that "White" is coming to kill them.
So that's the basic premise, sounds promising right? I thought so too. Add in the fact that it is a collaboration of two of the most respected names in the horror genre and I was ready to settle into a terrifying thrill ride. And boy was I disappointed. The following are my main issues with this book:
1. All the characters are so stupid and unlikable you almost want them to all die. They are pathetic and mostly run around trying to save their own skin and being scared. Personally, I wanted to see them fail and fall victim to the serial killer.
2. You really have no idea why the serial killer chose these people. Sure he seems motivated by sin, but none of these people are really THAT bad. They are pathetic and weak but not evil, but that's what you're expected to believe.
3. It reads too much like a movie script. Have the book is written in prose and its very difficult to visualize. As a movie it might work, but as a book it just made my head hurt.
4. You never actually get any answers. Maybe the house was possessed. Maybe it was the work of demons. Maybe Susan was an angel, maybe she wasn't. Maybe by accepting their fate Jack and Stephanie escaped the house, but why? They won't tell you.
Ultimately I was left unsatisfied and disappointed. Hopefully these two authors do better work on their own, because this collaboration was a failure.
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Only Peretti and Dekker could have delivered this full tilt supernatural thriller.
This book was not up to Peretti/Dekker standards. I didn't like it.
This book totally enthralled me from the start. It keeps you guessing the whole time trying to figure out just what is going on. I would definitely recommend it.
it was very unusal. Started off as a B horror movie & then went in a totally different direction
This is a okay book. The story line is feasable and the book clips along at a nice rate. Word of warning though: The book is Christian Horror novel. Nothing wrong with that, if that is what you are into. I found that the main character's depending on God to save her took a little away from the suspense. But otherwise, good novel.
I thought this was a really good book and it really took place in a very short period of time. Good read!
This book is so engrossing, I couldn't hardly put it down! Read it in 12 hours.
I have loved everything I've read so far by Ted Dekker. I didn't know if I'd love this one since it was a collaboration, but it did not dissapoint. It was a great thriller and I could sooo see this as a great, suspensful horror movie it they did it justice.
I felt that the book took to much time going over the same details,although I was intrigued.
A good book that captured my attention from the beginning. I enjoy both Peretti and Dekker, so I was looking forward to the joint effort book. It was an easy read, the dark plot with spiritual meaning that I have come to expect from these authors. My main complaint is that about halfway through I was ready to be done. It seemed that the plot development was taking forever. Overall, I'm glad I read it, but I think I will stick to the authors' individual works from now on.
One of the worst books ever, with a convoluted plot that leaves you wondering where you got off on the wrong path most of the way. I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti, but hope they never co-write another book.
this book was so so... it wasnt terrible but it was unfortunitly predicatble... i knew who the villan was before he was revealed so i was a bit let down when my predictions we correct, but all in all it was ok
This was the first audio CD I have ever listened to. I was pleasantly surprised how addictive it was. I only listened to it while in my car, so I was finding places I HAD to drive to so I could listen to more. When arriving to my destinations or back home, I was so wrapped up in the story I actually hated to turn it off to go inside. There were parts I found a bit long in the telling, but it's well worth the listen, especially for fans of Frank E. Perretti's writing.
It sort of scared me. It was ...good. Not the best of Dekker, but certainly worth it. It was shocking and I felt the character's pain.
I honestly didn't like this book at all. The storyline was just dumb in my opinion.
Incredible book! I love Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti and together they have created a novel that is suspenseful from beginning to end.
I liked the book a lot but I think Ted Dekker wrote more of it than Frank Peretti. Its differant than Frank's other books but I'm glad I read it.
Loved it!! A liiiittle weird, but, it's Dekker and Perretti, so what else do we expect, right? The plot was well thought out; the only thing I would have changed would have been to bring the little girl more into the picture and explain her better. But other than that, well done!! A creepy, thought provoking great read!
Creepy, supernatural horror, thriller, with strong spiritual overtones. Do you want to face who you really are?
Dekker is one of my favorite authors, Peretti as well, but this book really dissapointed me. Not nearly as good as I had expected. Very gory and sick, with some analogies that were interesting, but overall, just over-the-top. Don't waste your time, go read one of their books they wrote alone.
This was a really good read!! Very scary, and kept you guessing what would happen next. Dekker and Peretti did a wonderful job!!
This is a good book of good and evil. Loved the movie too that just came out!
This book is great...Peretti and Dekker at once....cool
This book is great! I kept me reading from begining to the end. It was messed up and you HAD to keep reading so you knew what was going on. I wish I could find more books like this one!
Scary and another page turner!
I was at first intimidated by the cover and background of this book but I decided to give it a try. I was immediately sucked into the Sci-Fi/Fantasy world of ted Dekker and the graphic, suspenseful, and enthralling world of Frank Peretti. It was a action, suspense filled book. Lots of twists and turns and a mind bending ending. Wonderful, masterful, ingenious book and a definitely recommended read. Bravo to Dekker and Peretti for another masterpiece!
from the back cover"a mindbending supernatural thriller"
Locked in the house the four of them cant escape! Locked in with a killer called,"tin man", how will they ever get out!!
Can't say this house would be a big seller on the real estate market.
Ted Dekker, along with fellow thriller author Frank Peretti, have cooked up another one of those 'can't-put-it-down-must-know-what-happens' stories with House. (This is not related to the television show of the same name, I assure you. This one doesn't even have a doctor, though with all the attempted murders going on, a medical doctor, not a psychologist as in the story, would've been useful.)
Jack and Stephanie, after getting lost en route to a marriage counseling session, are redirected down a backwoods road by a state trooper. A hundred miles down the road, their vehicle is rendered useless with a sudden spike trap, putting the pair on foot. They eventually stumble upon an older home called the Wayside Inn. The note on the front door? "Welcome, weary traveler. Sign in at the front desk." A nice quaint little place to stay...or so it seems.
Inside, the exes meet Randy and Leslie, another couple caught by the same road trap. And soon they collectively meet the innkeepers: Betty, the crotchety cook; Stewart, the creepishly flirtatious man of the house; and Pete, the childish potential stalker lusting after Leslie. And they're not even the most interesting part. As soon as the wicked "Tin Man", an entity Betty and the gang are disturbingly well-acquainted with, dropped a can down the house's chimney stating the rules, the game begins. The Tin Man wants one dead body...or everyone will die.
Dekker and Peretti lead the story in many different directions, causing the reader to put absolutely everyone in the crosshairs as the Tin Man. The story keeps twisting as Randy, Leslie, Stephanie and Jack find a young girl in the basement who may play a bigger part in the 'game' than originally realized. As the house continues to morph and trap them in the game, the story proceeds to surprise and amaze. The purpose and cause behind it all comes off as a little cheesy, but the thrilling action and suspense is well worth the read.
Kinda creepy, typical Frank Peretti. Also comes with a DVD "Hangman's Curse - The Visitation - Thr3e - Trivia Game w/ interview clips of the authors" that I never viewed.
Back cover states "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." Includes a CD "Hangman's Curse-The Vistation-Thr3e Travia Game"
This book was complete and utter crap. Don't let anyone fool you... this is not a horror story. This is the highly recycled, overly trite "idea" of a horror story. "Oh, the bad guy made me eat dog food pudding... the humanity!" Ugh. Oh, and lest I forget, it's written by inspirational Christian authors, so it's way preachy about Christianity and sinners too! Joy, joy.
Enter House - where you'll find yourself thrown into a deadly killer's game in which the only way to win is to lose... and th only way out is in. The stakes of the game become clear when a tin can is tossed into the house with the rules of the game scrawled on it. Rules that only a madman - or worse - could have written. Rules that make no sense but must be followed....ONE GAME. SEVEN PLAYERS. THREE RULES. GAME ENDS AT DAWN...