- File Size: 1902 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1973175142
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076B99438
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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. . . If a house could beckon, could invite someone of its own accord, then the abandoned house on Andover Lane was doing just that . . ."
To begin, we meet the character of Mike--an unambitious night owl, out aimlessly walking while most of the world is asleep in their homes. The goal--if it could be called such--was simply to lose himself for a period of time without regard to any schedule or timeline. He finds himself near an abandoned property, with virtually no recollection of heading that way.
At this juncture, the reader can immediately feel the presence of the decrepit house oozing onto the page and tainting everything else in its vicinity. Thus, the stage is set for the human folly to come into play.
Mike sets about a surprising "change" to his monotonous lifestyle by concocting the idea of a "Night Society", where he and two others who share his state of night-living, Jim and Russell, will meet every other week. Each meeting will feature one member sharing some edgy or disturbing contribution of their finding with the others.
In the alternating chapters, Ibsen switches the point-of-view to allow us to get to know each of the characters. Russell is the youngest--the outsider among the other outcasts--and it is for him that we feel the most for. The first to be chosen, Russell only wants to impress the others and hopefully make some friends.
However, it is the house itself on Andover Lane that has the first--and only important--say in this tale.
". . . in those undoubtedly numerous years, the shadows in it had grown rebellious . . ."
The beauty of this novel lies in much of what remains unstated, simply observed by the reader through the reactions of the characters.
". . . in that glass he glimpsed his dim reflection--and a second reflection besides . . . "
Without the author coming right out an handing readers the answers, we become privy to the most intimate thoughts, fears, and questions that this trio goes through. Is the atmosphere of the shrouded building merely bringing their insecurities to the surface, or is there something more . . . malevolent . . . at work here?
". . . he couldn't help but feel as though the room was full of other people--people who . . . were managing to evade his sight . . . "
The feelings, emotions, and rumors are all there, just waiting for the reader to interpret them as they will.
I am so glad I found this author!! He knows how to creep someone out without it getting gory or disturbing. He creates such atmospheric books that you will find yourself shivering!! I was listening to this one night when my kids were in bed and hubby was gone and I had to turn it off, it was freaking me out!!! Lol. I kept picturing that girl from The Ring.
The plot was awesome. I loved the idea of the Night Society, not that I'd do something like that though!! I don't even think I could go into the abandoned house!!! I loved how the story was told from each of their perspective because it ramped up the tension!! All three of the characters were well written and developed. I felt so sorry for them!!!
In all, this author has created something memorable. This book freaked me out but also had me wanting to read it again!! It was as compelling as it was chilling. This would make an amazing movie, though I don't think I could watch it!!! It would be too scary.
When you match this author with this narrator, you know you have a winner!! Joe Hempel has become a favourite narrator of mine. His range of tones and voices, and the way he puts emotions behind the characters is amazing. He knows how to tell a story and how to tel it well!! He brings both the characters and the atmosphere to life. He is definitely one of the best!
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
The chapters of the book goes back and forth between all three characters as they start experiencing weird feelings and seeing apparations in the places where they work. When the apparations of a woman start appearing with sobbing sounds the friends think that it is all a joke somehow, so they call one another to console each other about what they are seeing and feeling.
The book takes a hold of you in the first chapter and takes you for a spin into the unknown horror of the house on Andover Lane. The author, Ambrose Ibsen, has done it again with capturing the atmospheric essence of the "heebie jeebies" while reading this book.
There is a lot of twists and turns throughout the book along with experiencing what true friendship should mean amoung friends who are going through similar situations and what the consequences are for not doing what is right.
I literally had a hard time putting down this book which is normal for me when I am reading a book by Ambrose Ibsen. In my opinion, this is one of the most haunted tales written so far by the author.
Four stars for giving me the "heebie jeebies'!