House of Echoes

House of Echoes

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Akin to Jennifer McMahon's "The Winter People" and Joe Hill's "Heart-Shaped Box," "House of Echoes" is a debut thriller populated by achingly sympathetic characters, charged with psychological suspense, and rich with a small town's strange history. A young New York City couple with a boy and a baby in tow, Ben and Caroline Tierney had it all until Ben's second novel missed the mark, Caroline lost her lucrative banking job, and something went wrong with 8-year-old Charlie. When Ben inherits land way upstate from his grandmother, the two of them began to believe in second chances. But upon arriving in Swannhaven, a town that seems to have been forgotten by time, they're beset by strange sights and disconcerting developments and they begin to realize they might have made their worst mistake yet. But what dark secret is buried in this odd place? And will Ben and Caroline figure it out soon enough to save their young family?
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780804178112
Characteristics: 384 pages :,genealogical table ;,25 cm.

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DBRL_ANNEG Jan 30, 2019

This story felt a bit like a blend of Michael Koryta's book "So Cold the River" and Chris Bohjalian's book "The Night Strangers." So when I was reading it, I couldn't shake the feeling of "I've read this before." It's a creepy tale of a family who moves into a small mountain town to rehab an ancient home in the hopes of turning it into a quaint bed and breakfast. Dark history lies over this town and its inhabitants and soon the family finds themselves wrapped up in it and in fear for their lives. I found this premise interesting and genuinely enjoyed getting back to the story. Despite the "already done" factor, this gothic horror pulled me into a creepy old house and small town that I'm glad I only had to read about! Readers who like a somewhat "cozy" scary read that thankfully is not terribly gory might want to give this one a try. I am definitely willing to pick up another of Duffy's books in the future.

An enticing, gothic tale of murder, family secrets and ancient rituals buried amongst snow-covered mountains, a haunting forest, and a spooky mansion.

MedinaReads Oct 01, 2015

In the hopes of escaping city life and running a charming New England inn, Ben Tierney and his wife Caroline have bought The Crofts, a huge, rambling mansion. They planned on raising their two young sons near the small town where Ben's ancestors survived a brutal Indian attack centuries ago. What they did not plan for was Caroline's mental health to decline, Ben's writing career to stall out, 8-year-old Charlie to spend his days in the woods following a mysterious man who leaves him frightening messages, and a malevolent dread to descend upon the family. As the winter solstice approaches, dark happenings and suspicious villagers convince Ben that they must flee--but can they outrun an ancient evil? Atmospheric, haunting, and chilling!

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ItsJustAmy
May 03, 2015

It's not very often that I want to yell at the characters in a book the same way that I do in a horror movie, but this one did that to me. Duffy does a great job with atmosphere and suspense scenes. He also managed to make one of my least favorite horror/suspense tropes - city family moves into old house in the middle of nowhere - seem plausible.

I highly recommend it if you're a fan of Shirley Jackson or Jennifer McMahon.

balvarez143 Apr 29, 2015

a little slow but enjoyable. It is a creepy read but i think it could have been told in fewer pages.

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