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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456747592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456747596
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 3.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrea Perron was born in Rhode Island in 1958. She is a graduate of Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pa. having earned an inter-disciplinary degree in philosophy and English literature. This memoir waited thirty years to be told, allowing the time and distance necessary for her family to reveal these long held secrets. The author is currently preparing for release of the second volume in this remarkable trilogy. John Shaw created the cover portrait of their farmhouse as a parting gift. Two months after the Perron family abandoned this place in the country, John, all of nineteen years old, drove from Rhode Island to Georgia. He presented his friends with the watercolor; painted from memory, in memory of a special house which touched his life as well. It remains a treasured keepsake. They loved him then as they love him now

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My name is Andrea Perron. I am the eldest daughter of Roger & Carolyn Perron. I have four sisters: Nancy, Christine, Cynthia and April. My birthdate: October 10, 1958...the only one of five siblings to be born in Rhode Island. I was just two months old when my parents bought our first home in Willimantic, Connecticut, where all my sisters came into the world.
A burgeoning family required more space so we bought a larger home in Cumberland, R.I. when I was six. Living in a suburb of Providence proved disquieting. After six years my mother decided her girls required a place in the country in which to grow and thrive. In June of 1970 she found a glorious farm, then she and my father moved mountains to buy what was known as the old Arnold Estate; two-hundred acres of land with a big barn and a farmhouse; plenty of space to spread out and explore Nature. It was the perfect place to raise a family, according to the owner, though he failed to disclose a crucial element of the experience he endured as an occupant.
The day we moved in, he told my father: "...leave the lights on at night." A rather cryptic message. Thus began an incredible odyssey; a supernatural excursion through dimensions of time and space as the history of its characters from the ages began to reveal themselves to seven mortals who could not conceive of and never anticipated such events transpiring in our lives. For almost a decade our family lived among the dead. There we came to understand that we are not alone and there is something beyond mortal existence. I graduated from high school in 1976 and attended Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Graduating in 1980 with an interdisciplinary degree in Philosophy and English, it was during my senior year when my mother announced the sale of the farm was pending. I was heart broken. In spite of the trials, it was "home" and I loved it. Returning to Rhode Island, we were there only a few weeks before relocating to Georgia; long enough to pack and say goodbye. It was over. Though we abandoned our place in the country, it never left us. Memory is powerful.

I've spent my life since engaging in a variety of endeavors. Georgia did not suit me. After seven years I went home to R.I. Though I have always been a writer, I have likewise explored my own creative abilities. As a professional singer, songwriter, musician and actor, my time has been full of adventures and interesting characters. For more than twenty years I was a cast member with The Theatre Company of Rhode Island, performing on the stage of The Assembly Theater, the historic centerpiece of Harrisville. For the last ten years I lived in R.I. I was employed as a youth counselor at Harmony Hill School in Chepachet and lived in the village of Harmony, in a quaint cottage on Waterman Lake, also known as paradise on a pond. In 2007 I began writing the manuscript which has now evolved into the trilogy "House of Darkness House of Light" and relocated (again) to Georgia to be with my family while embarking on such a major project involving all of them as well. It has proved to be quite an excursion in its own right, spawning some nightmares while exhuming our memories of the dead. Often painful, it has been a healing process as well, as each revisited a past impacting our present, clearly mapping the future of a family. There was no escaping unscathed, though we thought we has successfully done so at the time.
This is a story whose time has come. Many have spoken or written about fragments of the story for decades. Now is the time to tell the whole truth about what happened in a house alive with death as we lived an illuminating decade of life. It is a tale worth telling because it is true. Time has come because we are ready to disclose our secrets and the world is ready to receive them.

Customer Reviews

The book is a lovely read and I highly recommend it!
Great story, author jumped around too much to keep up at times; some things were way too detailed and descriptive.
Robert Huszti
Even though I purchased book 2, I will not waste my time reading it, not even going to start.

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160 of 179 people found the following review helpful By glennarae on April 21, 2013
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I bought this book after I heard the movie for it was coming out. And I finished it merely because I had paid so much (in Kindle terms) for it. Clearly, the author is a well educated, erudite (one of her favorite words) woman. And clearly the author can write. But, she can't write this story. There is no plot line, no chronology, not clear recounting of events. It's merely a warm up to the main act, which must be--if she writes at this pace, in the last 10 pages of book 3. This is not a ghost story book, this is a philosophical venture with a smattering of "ghostly" incidents strewn through it amongst quotes from authors and philosophers. I'm sorry, but I thought editors would keep such poor writing from being printed. Under no circumstances, believe the review that his is a "page turner". It is not. And if you wanted to write a book on philosophy, do it instead, but don't waste the readers time. And for goodness sake, stop using the word "ether".
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255 of 309 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher D. Michaels on May 25, 2013
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Update 7/23/2013

Andrea Perron has simultaneously proven both the failure of the American education system and the desperation of Hollywood in these modern times in which they'll slog for years through endless pages of drivel and sophomoric narrative padding in order to tease a semi-coherent and decently scary story out of what would otherwise be nothing more than a prime candidate for both the physical and digital recycle bins. If you can believe it, self-proclaimed "author," Andrea, actually holds an inter-disciplinary degree in philosophy and English literature from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA. Meaning that she actually went to school, spent the time, and paid a whole bunch of money to learn about English literature, and still produced these "novels." I don't know whether to laugh at or cry for her.

Now having seen the movie, I can safely say that everything I wrote in my review is absolutely, completely and 100% justified; besides the names, they didn't use a single line or event from the book in the movie, much to the moviegoers' delight, I'm sure. As the "Warrens," played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga (who are a bajillion times more sane, logical and sympathetic than the Warrens are in real life), explain in the movie, ghosts are not able to possess people. Only demons can do that. This means that the only ghost they kept from the book, Bathsheba, is now a demon and no longer a ghost. Surprise, surprise.

To the person who said that the movie was going to be different because it was from the "Warren Files," and more from their point of view, let me just say how funny it is that the Warrens just happened to skip over the part in the book (in Vol.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By LuvReading on July 24, 2013
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Count me as a first time reviewer, and this book was so poorly written, I simply had to put my two cents in. I have come to a totally new appreciation for editors and the rest of the staff at professional publishing houses. Andrea writes in one chapter about an incident in 1972. In the next chapter, it's now 1976. Suddenly you're reading about how they'd only been in the house "a couple of months." Huh? What? A story, any story, simply has to flow. This doesn't. It's choppy and takes you all over.

In one chapter she suddenly brings up "Holly." Unfortunately, she doesn't actually introduce the character until several chapters later - it's at that point we find out who this "Holly" person is. There are typos in here, and no, I'm not normally the typo police, but it seems unprofessional. Andrea also writes about the Warrens all the way through the first book, but you don't find out how it is they came to be there or what actually happened until book 2. Had she put things in chronological order, her readers might understand more of what she was trying to convey to us with what the Warrens brought to the story.

Okay, so Andrea gets a dog and names her Bathsheba, then they encounter "Bathsheba" at the house. I kept waiting for her to comment on such a coincidence, but she doesn't. It just seemed natural to me that she would - otherwise why even put it in? She also brings up an incident and writes about it more than once. We got it the first time, thanks! And enough with the "Boo!" It's way overdone.

How many of you want to throttle the mother yourself? After a couple of incidents in the 'burbs, she sees this place, takes every dime out of the bank account and they make the move work.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2013
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I feel bad writing this because the author seems like a nice lady and her family seem to have gone through a lot, but this book, quite frankly, sucked. I bought it for my Kindle and really wish I could get my money back. I have no plans to buy the 2 other books, this one took me forevvvvver to wade through and then I didn't even finish it. I had to skip over huge amounts of stuff because it was so boring, this is not a scary book, I hope the movie is better than the book was! I love scary books, Amityville, etc books were books I didn't even want in my room at night after reading them...this one...put me to sleep! I was left with lots of unanswered questions, like why, if you are having weird stuff happen in your house don't you do the first logical thing and contact the previous owner??? There is plenty of mention about Mr. Kenyon (and is this even his real name???) but after that one visit to the house shortly after he sold it there is no contact. Wouldn't you logically be on the phone going, "hey dude, you sold me a haunted house!" It just doesn't make sense. Some of the stories seemed rather contrived too and were wayyyyy too descriptive. A few pages on the Bathsheba chick experiences would have been sufficient, you don't need to go on and on and on and on about it. I would be VERY interested in reading about what other causes there could be for the "haunting" as well, has anyone actually done a scientific study, with electronic equipment, etc? The current owner claims this stuff is still happening, cool, then lets bring in Taps or someone to conduct a new investigation. What are the facts also? Who was the real Mr. Kenyon, were some of these people in the book actually real? Like the kids friends who died, I want names, news articles, facts.Read more ›
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