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- Publisher: Nightscape Press (December 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 9, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PXJN5Y6
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In the story, four characters spend the night in a haunted house in England. This is potentially tired territory, but the author spends quite a bit of time justifying the scenario. The narrator needs to visit the house for business, and he needs to spend the night in the house because he's trying to reconnect with a long-lost childhood friend who's come to visit. He also knows there are ghosts on the premises, but he's been assured that they're friendly ghosts. With every such haunted-house story, the premise is potentially spoiled because the reader can never stop asking "Why don't they just leave?!" Salter answers that question several times here, so there's absolutely no room to challenge the story's logic; that's a rare feat.
The set-up is given quite economically; the four characters arrive in the afternoon and night quickly falls. After that brief set-up, the ghosts start making themselves heard, seen, and felt. It's safe to say that there's very little respite for any of the characters from that point onward. The characters soon learn that there are five ghosts in the house, but one of them is in control, and has the ability to manipulate time. There are conscious nods to the Doctor Who episode "Blink", only this book is much more scary and unsentimental than that TV story. It's the search to find out just who is the fifth ghost, and how that ghost can be stopped, that propels the second half of the book. There are few wasted words here.
Salter does something else interesting with the premise of a ghost that can manipulate time. The book opens with a prologue in which the narrator lets us know, from the future, exactly which houseguests survived the night, and which ones were never seen again. And yet, even with the outcome of the story set out for the reader literally on page 1, Salter manages to keep the reader guessing, literally right up until the final line of the epilogue.
Read "The Patchwork House" with the lights on. It's much easier that way.
I was provided with an advance review copy of this novel in exchange for an impartial review.
Beyond the writing, there was no shortage of chaos and confusion. This is written in such a way, that you don't just read what the characters are going through, you go through it with them –so, yes, chaos and confusion everywhere! Even after several “a-ha!” moments, I was still as lost and fumbling in the dark, trying to figure out if I was right or how it would work –could it work? Just like the characters, I had no way of knowing until the moment when it'd be too late to change anything.
The time-travel was a spot of concern for me, but I love the way it was done. It wasn't always the easiest to keep track of (which just made the book come to life even more), but it also wasn't done in any way that I could have predicted. It really was done with quite a stroke of genius.
The haunting part is … haunting. My mind must have changed about a hundred times in reference to the “evil entity,” which was just plain spooky as I was left depending on the characters to put it together with me as, one by one, my theories were shot down.
The characters are real. They are likable and unlikable –often at the same exact time. They do some “stupid” things. They formulate plans. They react without a plan. They hate. They love. All around, they are just very human -even the ones that are not so human.
All around, I loved reading this book. It truly did come to life and may or may not have given me a fear of the dark.
An English expat returns to his homeland on a mission to advise his father on the new house he's just purchased, an old haunted mansion. The house is a patchwork of architectural styles, having been frequently renovated, partially destroyed, and rebuilt over the years, and it's haunted by 3 known ghosts. When James Randal brings his American girlfriend and another couple to spend a night investigating the place, they are quite unprepared for what waits for them. It turns out the house is controlled by an evil and terribly vengeful entity that is apparently able to shift the various segments around in time, and once it begins to use this ploy to separate the ghost hunters, they are in for the longest night of their lives!