- File Size: 2897 KB
- Print Length: 335 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692413618
- Publisher: Kindle Press (March 17, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QXUN5UI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Housebroken Kindle Edition
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Blake Crochet, his wife, Jenna, and son, Adam are taken prisoner in their own home–forced to go about their everyday routines as if psychopaths weren’t watching their every…single…move at ALL times. The violence was quite brutal at points, but what was even worse was the mental and emotional abuse present.
The characterization in this novel was fantastic! I felt I “knew” each individual in the story, and was easily transported along with them in their horrifying ordeal. I’ll even admit to getting actual shivers a time or two. Even the more far-fetched scenes here were believable after reading the chilling things the captors were capable of.
Be prepared to finish this novel in one or two sittings, as it was nearly impossible to find a point in the story to “disengage” from the characters’ plight. Even when not reading, I found myself constantly thinking back to their situation.
And yes, I did get up to double check the locks more than a few times . . .
An emotionally brutal read from beginning to end–I’m really looking forward to what this author comes up with in the future.
Twisted characters tormenting their victims mentally, physically and emotionally; this one is not for the squeamish. Housebroken was very well-written. The characters had depth. The story-line was interesting, to the point of me not wanting to stop reading, even when I needed to get other things done. As I read it, I continually put myself in the main characters, Blake Crotchet, place. What would I have done if put into that situation? Would I have acted differently? How far can I be pushed? To me, that makes for a good book.
Deep topics from a deep author. Very well done.
5 of 5 Stars
I would describe the story as being perfect for someone who can't handle the sunny optimism of A Song of Ice and Fire!
I got this free through the Kindle Scout program after having been selected for publication. Recommended for horror fans.
One star minus cause bad editing of the book. Lot of typos and some times it was impossible to understand the meaning of some phrases for me as foreigner.
Top international reviews
Gripping from the very first page, it is relentless in it's descriptive prose and utterly engaging - with a nop notch "bad guy" some elements of family drama and a seriously evil ironic edge to the writing style. I was completely enthralled from beginning to end. I literally couldn't look away.
Yes there is a high level of violence here - if you are senstive to that kind of thing then be prepared - but at no point is it gratuitious or overly unlikely, if anything it adds to the huge amount of tension the author builds slowly into the plot, making this an uncompromising read where anything could happen. The sense that this one may not have a happy ending is there from the start which make it all the more of a page turner.
One thing that makes Housebroken a favourite for me is the psychological depth the author brings to the characters - especially Adam who COMPLETELY fascinated me - and the emotionally charged atmosphere captured within the narrative. The best thrillers are the ones that can walk the line between character development and thrilling events without compromising either - something that this author has managed very well.
It is slightly insane as things move towards the finale - and the ending itself is superbly crafted - I almost wish there would be a sequel. Oh what am I saying I'd LOVE a sequel, but as a single, beautifully created standalone thrill ride Housebroken is pretty perfect.
Highly Recommended for fans of thrillers with bite.
Happy Reading Folks!
*Purchased for Kindle*
Some events were unrealistic and difficult to give credit to such as the burning of Jenna and the subsequent amputation of her leg.