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- Publication Date: December 8, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ENGFAYI
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About the Author
He is the author of several novels, including the critically acclaimed, The Final Winter, and the deeply disturbing thriller, ASBO.
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What would you do for two million pounds in cash? Would you play an insane game of death defying tasks to win?
Damian Banks along with eleven strangers enter into what they think is a reality t.v. game show for the prize of two million pounds in cash. They all gather at a destination and then are blindfolded as the game show producers transport them to an undisclosed location. For ten days the game show contestants have to endure torturous tasks from a man called the "Landlord".
The building where the game show is supposedly broadcast has cameras in every room and the strangers are locked in as there is no escape. As the Landlord barks orders over an intercom system the contestants are put through pyschological and physical torture against each other as the only way to win the game is to do harm to the other contestants.
When the contestants find out the real reason of why they have to endure the torturous tasks, it becomes an all out battle as they fight for their lives. Who will be the victor in this insane game? Who will make it out alive? No spoilers here as you will just have to read the book.
This is my first book by this author and it was one of the most twisted gory books I have read in awhile. The book reminds me of the Saw movies as the torture that was endured in those movies I would compare to what is inside this book! Five stars for one hell of a twisted ride!
I cannot imagine any circumstance where you have a hood placed over your head by complete strangers, who are taking you to an unknown destination, ("an island, somewhere off the northern coast of Scotland" is what you are told), that could end up being anything good ... other than the fact that we get this amazing twisty and riveting story.
This is a book about a competition that includes some terrifying Saw - esque challenges. Either you win ... or you die, and painless is not an option.
Iain Rob Wright continues to impress with this fascinating psychological horror story. I've read a four of his books now, and have acquired quite a few more. His books have moved up considerably in my to read pile which is quite large, I let this one sit unread for wayyy too long.
Taken to a remote location you get to know only one of the characters all that well, and that’s Damien. There are hints as to why he wants the money, but nothing is really spelled out for you.
You’ve got your stereo-typical reality show contestants; the beautiful one, the smart one, the tough guy, the good looking guy, etc. The problem begins when the competitions begin. This isn’t your typical reality show. The way you win, is you stay alive.
The competitions are quite disturbing, and at times the book can be hard to read because the violence gets so over the top. It’s not that the contestants do not deserve what’s coming to them though. You find out that each contestant has done something horrible, and after each challenge, the one that has died has a label put on them on a giant screen. Things like cheat, whore, traitor, etc.
I think this is where the book falls short a bit. It’s disturbing and disgusting for sure, but what I wanted to know was what each person did. I was rooting for everyone to die so the whole story of these characters could be told. You get to know only the external facades of each character except Damien, but only through the characters’ death do you get to know more. I didn’t feel that connection to the characters that I, or I think the author wanted you to feel. I didn’t care whether they lived or died…actually, I did care…I wanted them ALL to die so I had the bigger picture. There was absolutely no sympathy coming from me. I think more fun could have come in had there been more interaction within the house between the contestants and letting the reader guess who did what along with the other characters.
As this picture develops throughout the story though, you find that there is something much more sinister at work and it’s been around for a long time. The ending builds up slowly, and as the contestants begin to discover the secrets of the house it gradually crescendos into a nice action packed race to the exit and ultimately escape attempt.
The twist though is kind of a lame attempt at creating the idea of a possible sequel. While it’s a nice gesture and leaves the reader wondering what if, it’s not really plausible, and probably should have ended a little differently.
The Bottom Line: I enjoyed this little take on the reality show genre that’s taking over my television. In fact, this would make a brilliant TV series on cable or even a movie. If I didn’t know any better I’d say that this was almost written with the screen in mind. The biggest problem that this book has though is that the characters are just so wooden. I truly think that it’s a byproduct of how the plot was playing out and the mystery surrounding what each character did.
Despite my caveats the book was a quick and bloody read and I heartily recommend it.
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Be warned, there is gratuitous violence throughout!
I’m not going to give anything away about the story-line but basically, it’s a twisted Big Brother with a bit of Saw thrown in for good measure where the contestants have to take part in tasks and eliminations with the last person standing having the chance of walking away with £2 million.
The contestants inside the house are a mix of characters some of which more likeable than others and some thoroughly despicable … we learn more about each person as time goes on and it can be a bit of an eye-opener in some cases.
Now, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that this is going to put your brain cells to work extra hard nor am I going to say that the twist is a massive surprise but what I will say is that if you, like me, are a little bit sick of the raft of reality TV programmes being rammed down our throats and just wish they would up the anti just a little, then this is the book for you!
Thank you to the author for sending me a copy in return for an honest and unbiased review. I will, most definitely, read more from Mr Wright as I do like a bit of gore every now and then 😃.
This was my first romp into Iain Rob Wright books (although I own many) and it was a good first book to read.
I would definitely recommend it for fans of reality show horror, and gory fun.
It's very Big Brother meets Saw/Hostel. I really enjoyed the bleakness and grey morality of it all. It felt like Wright had a well fleshed out idea and saw it through.
However, the characters were very bland. I didn't enjoy them very much, nor did I care much for them (except, maybe, the abrasive loud mouth, because they were more detailed). Damien isn't a great protagonist because I just couldn't understand his personality for the first third/half. It felt like he kept changing between being the benevolent atoner and being a very judgemental person.
I've found them so easy to read because the great stories just flow effortlessly, keeping you gripped at all times, and with the fast pace hardly letting up, I found it difficult to put them down.
The connections between some of his books also makes for a more enjoyable reading experience. That is why I would recommend reading them in order, although, each book can still be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel.
Housemates is like a deadly version of Big Brother, where the aim of the game is to be the last surviving contestant in a game of death...
Iain Rob Wright does not disappoint.
Five star entertainment.
I like that this started off as a much improved version of 'Big Brother' but then quickly transformed into the stuff of nightmares. I sincerely hope that the author doesn't have scenarios like this playing out in his head whilst watching every programme on TV. Whilst that would no doubt make the TV viewing experience much more interesting, not to mention bloody terrifying, I'm not sure that anyone can have that sick a mind!
Loved the characters (especially Damien :-)) and the book flowed well. Read it in two sittings - and only because I fell asleep with my kindle on the first occasion.
My only criticism? That the next book by this author is not available yet!
Upon entering a reality tv show and thrown into a big brother style tv show in a remote location in the scottish highlands, damian, a returning character from another of iains book, final winter and eleven other contestants are to Battle it out with the possibility of winning the grand prize of £2 million. Or so they believe....
They are addressed by the mysterious landlord, where things start to unravel and things are shown to be not quite as they seem. The contentestants who believe they are wannabe celebritys are to be sentenced..COWARD, CHEAT, MURDERER, ABUSER, WHORE, TRAITOR, TRICKSTER, PEDDLER, PREDATOR, CRUSADER or THIEF.
Not to give too much away, the result is a compelling (and sometimes disturbing) book that will have you thrashing through the pages. It is a coincidence that as i was reading this book last night, my wife was watching the current installment of celebrity big brother on tv... If only
Damien is approached by producers of a reality TV show and asked if he wants to compete. The concept is simple.....12 housemates in one house........tasks to perform.........voting to be done........one housemate leaves the house everyday until the last one standing wins and walks off with 1 million pounds. Damien jumps at the chance to help his friend Harry.
Only difference is.......this show is run by producers and people who must have had something to do with the movie Saw.
The tasks are designed to inflict maximum pain on the housemates to see just how desperate they are to survive and win the money. The 2 housemates with the most votes every day are not evicted........they are sent to the "Elimination Chamber"
Will anyone survive?
The general concept for this book had me a bit wary cause I hate Big Brother.......I don't generally like the Saw films either except for the first one.......but........put them together and this story is just fantastic. It's non stop action from the outset. Some of the tasks will have you reading with one eye shut. Some of them will make you wish you hadn't eaten in the last 3 days. The characters all have their own individual stories and you soon discover that is exactly why they are there. Don't want to give any spoilers but you will spend most of this story rooting for some of them and screaming at others to die a horrible death.......choose your favs carefully though.
It's full of horror....it's full of gore.....and it has one almighty twist at the end.
Iain Rob Wright does it again. 5 starts all the way!!
The horror is well written and there is a tense atmosphere throughout the book. The mix of housemates also works well as they each try to figure out who put them in the house. I did feel a bit disappointed that I'd read 87% when the story ended and 88-100% were chapters of another book and notes. I wanted more of this story.
A good read for horror fans.
Iain Rob Wright presents a group of fame-hungry, money hunting people from various walks of life and then lets the reader watch as they suffer. Is it entertaining? Oh yes. In a gruesome, slightly cringy, hand-over-your-mouth-because-you-feel-a-little-bit-sick way it is very entertaining. I really enjoyed the book but I did have a few problems.
I don't know if it was just the Kindle version but I found a few errors. Nothing major or life-threatening, just a few 'hims' that should have been 'hers' or some names mixed up or once a twice a rogue speech mark floating about. And, in my opinion, the ending felt a bit rushed. But then, in the grand scheme of things, I don't think those two points are that important, not when you take the book as a whole. And it would just be cruel and petty to take a star off for some minor mistakes and my opinion of the ending.
Overall, 'The Housemates' was incredibly entertaining and I read it in under twelve hours after being hooked by the sample and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of blood, gore and slightly shady TV premises. However, I'd also recommend it to people who aren't fans of horror. It isn't unbelievably freaky or gruesome so I think that anyone could read it, and I strongly urge you to give it a try!