The House of Lost Souls

Published By: Thomas Dunne Books

Book Category: Fiction, Horror

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Reviewed by Stephanie Boyd

There is something truly ominous about the Fischer House and when people visit there, if they leave, they leave changed forever. Twelve years ago Paul Seaton went there and he has never been the same. The once successful journalist now lives in hiding, always looking over his shoulder, expecting that whatever was in that house will find him again. He is a haunted man, troubled by visions and feelings that evil is out to get him.

Now four college students have visited the house and one has already committed suicide and the other three are sedated and under suicide watch to prevent them from following. Nick Mason’s sister is one of the students, and he will do anything to save his sister, even if it means looking back to the past and the Fischer House with Paul.

Creepy, unsettling, malignant, dark, and menacing are just a few words I can think of to describe this story. I do not recommend reading this book at home alone at night if you plan on sleeping. The reader never really “meets” the four students, we are just told about them. The bulk of the story is about Paul, both who he is now and what happened to him in the past that leads to his going to the Fischer House. You also learn a lot about who Nick is and why he is so dedicated to his sister.

I found the story truly fascinating! In many of ways it reads a lot like a gothic mystery with a spooky house, sinister characters, implied happenings that you are not quite certain about, and a good verses evil battle for the salvation of the main character. On the other hand it is a masterpiece of horror, but veiled, shadowy, and secretive–not a direct obvious attack.

This is not a feel-good, happily-ever-after kind of tale. If you love really sinister tales that give you chills while you are reading, you will enjoy this book.

Armchair Interviews says: The House of Lost Souls is well told, and will “get to you.”

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