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CHAZ BRENCHLEY has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He is the author of nine thrillers, most recently "Shelter" and two fantasy series, "The Books of Outremer" and "Selling Water by the River". As Daniel Fox he has published a Chinese-based fantasy series, beginning with "Dragon in Chains", as Ben Macallan, an urban fantasy, "Desdaemona". A British Fantasy Award winner, he has also published books for children and more than 500 short stories in various genres. His time as crimewriter-in-residence on a sculpture project in Sunderland resulted in the collection "Blood Waters".
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Product Details

  • Series: A Keys to D'Esperance Horror (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; Reprint edition (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847513905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847513908
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,504,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on June 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ruth Taylor is reeling from the death of her husband, an RAF pilot who was forced to ditch and didn't manage to deploy his parachute. Seeking to lose herself in work, she accepts an off to serve as nursing supervisor at a remote hospital that rehabilitates pilots who survived horrific injuries. For the purpose, the British government has taken over a country estate, D'Esperance, which is operated by a plastic surgeon, a psychiatrist, and a military trainer. There seems to be a hidden agenda at D'Esperance, one that appalls Ruth. Almost from the moment of her arrival, she's been "haunted" by her husband, and within days things begin to go terribly wrong. Falling is the central metaphor in this novel, in every sense of the word. House of Doors offers enthralling psychological mystery and suspense, as readers follow Ruth through its doors, hidden passages, corridors, and kitchens.
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I hate not finishing books, and I don't do it often, but sometimes I have to accept the fact that I'm really not enjoying reading something, and that there are many books out there that I might like better.

As with this one. I love gothic style novels, ones which rely on atmosphere over gore, and I love a good haunted house novel. I also like historical fiction, so this book, set during WWII England, in a spooky house, seemed perfect. So I started reading. Now my kindle version (which I got from the library) didn't have page numbers, but I read fast, and it seemed I'd been reading a long time, and, well, nothing much at happened at all. I wasn't sure what the plot was, except for the horrors of war (and war surgery), and the fact that the main character did not feel good about stitching men back up to send them back to war. Then I realized I was 60 percent through the book. Nothing terribly spooky had happened (and believe me, I'm not a reader who is expecting huge things from a haunted house novel). I still wasn't sure what the plot was. This was not good.

Nor did I like the main character, who seemed cold, clinical, and sometime inexplicable in her actions (her dutiful seduction of a patient just seemed odd, not really believable to me). I can even deal with not liking characters, but if I don't like them, then I need something else to carry me--plot, for example. But I didn't have that either.

And there was one thing that drove me crazy, because it's just not skilled writing: the book was so heavy on exposition that there were not nearly enough well developed scenes, and even when there were scenes, they were slow as can be because we had to get all the main character's agonized thoughts (often repetitive) before she said or did anything.
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With her husband dead, fighting as a pilot in WWI, Ruth feels adrift, so she accepts a job as a nurse at a mansion deep in the English countryside. Her new patients are also pilots, who like her husband were also shot down, though these men survived despite horrible wounds. And the mansion? Is Desperance, an old house with a history of hauntings. Ruth must help her new charges while rediscovering herself, and above all find out the terrible secret being kept in this house.
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This was not my cup of tea; however, I would not discourage others from reading it. Not every reader likes the same thing.
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By Inira on August 28, 2015
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Interesting read. I enjoyed reading this book, it was very detailed and out of the ordinary.
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