Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Review - Sick House by Jeff Strand

Sick House by Jeff Strand
Narrated by Joe Hempel
Publisher: Jeff Strand
Publication Date: June 11, 2018
Date Read: June 28, 2018
Length: 6 hours 43 minutes
Source: Author/Narrator via Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆
It's a home invasion from beyond the grave in this novel of unrelenting terror from the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Pressure, Dweller, and Wolf Hunt.


It doesn't seem like the perfect house, but screw it, it's good enough to rent for a year. Unfortunately for Boyd, Adeline, and their two young daughters, it's immediately clear they chose the wrong place.

The nightmare begins with violent coughs and headaches. Food starts to rot almost as soon as they take it inside. A pet tarantula goes missing. Some family members begin to exhibit creepy behavior.

Then the ghosts arrive, and all hell breaks loose....
My Review

I had a good time with this book.  This was a really nice change of pace which was exactly what I was looking for.  I don't read horror all that often but I almost always enjoy it when I do decide to pick one up.  This was a really quick read that hooked me right from the start.  I am so glad that I decided to pick up something a little different than my usual reading fare.

Boyd and his family are excited to get a fresh start when he gets a promotion.  They find what they believe to be a perfect house for their family in their new town and are thrilled to move in.  Then some strange things start happening.  Food goes bad almost as soon as it comes into the house.  There is an incident with the family's pet tarantula.  Then things really start to get crazy.

I really liked Boyd and his family right from the start.  They really seemed to be excited about the move and they kept a pretty positive attitude about things until events became out of control.  I loved the way that Boyd and his wife, Adeline, always put the kids first and did everything in their power to protect them.  The kids seemed to handle things better than could be expected and some pretty important scenes in the book revolve around them so they were important players in the story.

I did enjoy the first half of the book a bit more than the second half.  I was almost holding my breath trying to figure out what was going on in this house.  I knew that something big would happen and I think the anticipation really added to the overall enjoyment for me.  After some of the big events started, the excitement level stayed at a very high level until the book came to a conclusion.  I did enjoy the action and liked that there were some pretty creepy and gory scenes but the mystery of the story seemed to fade a bit.  I did appreciate the epilogue and liked that there were a few surprises saved until the very end of the novel.

This was my first experience listening to Joe Hempel's narration and I kind of feel like I might have been missing out.  I thought he did a fantastic job with this book and I am pretty sure that I liked the story even more because I made the decision to listen to the book.  He did a great job with all of the voices and was able to add a lot of excitement to the story.  I definitely hope to listen to more books by this narrator in the future.

I would recommend this book to horror fans.  This was a really interesting take on a haunted house story with plenty of gruesome and scary moments to keep things entertaining.  This was my first time reading any of Jeff Strand's work and I look forward to reading more in the future.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the narrator or author via Audiobook Boom.
About the Author

Jeff Strand is the four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of 40+ books, including Blister, A Bad Day For Voodoo, and Wolf Hunt. Cemetery Dance magazine said “No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand’s perfect mixture of comedy and terror.” He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

24 comments:

  1. Got this one on my wish list and thrilled that you enjoyed it. I'm thinking I should go with the audible too.

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    1. I hope you like it as much as I did when you get the chance to read it, Laura!

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  2. Ah, that is fun to grab one from a genre you don't read much just to mix things up a bit. Glad you liked it, Carole!

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    1. I do like to read a little bit of everything to keep things interesting.

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  3. I don't read a lot of horror novel but I love one from time to time so why not?

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    1. It is nice to read something a little different.

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  4. I do not read much horror either, but sometimes it really hits the spot doesn't it? This sounds like such fun. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. Oh gosh, who wants a pet tarantula?! Lol I'm glad you liked this one though! And that's great you found a narrator you really enjoy too.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I don't think we will be adopting a tarantula anytime soon :)

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  6. You need to listen to NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. It was amazing!

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    1. I bought that one a few months ago so I am happy to hear that you liked it so much, Kimberly!

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  7. Horror on audio is just so much more real adn scary to me

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  8. I'm happy you enjoyed it but horror is not my thing. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I don't read a ton of horror but I do like to pick it up every once in a while.

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  9. I've only read one book by the author and loved it so this and many others are loading up on my ereaders!

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    1. I hope you like this one as much as I did, Chuckles!

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  10. Oh this looks fun! I don't read very much in this genre but every once in awhile I'm in the mood for something creepy and this sounds really fun! Adding to my TBR!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it, Katherine!

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  11. It does look creepy. I've never listened to horror before, it's enough for me to read it. But maybe I should try?

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    1. I actually think that I liked this one more on audio than I would have if I had read it but I think it could be great either way.

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  12. I'm not a fan of tarantulas! *shudders* Snakes, as long as they're not venomous, are fine, but I draw the line at spiders!

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