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As you can tell from the blurbs, the house is making female estate agents, (realtors), disappear. Since the last person to see the various missing persons before they go missing always seems to be Mr. Jones he is obviously a person of great interest to the police. Here's where it gets interesting. First off, we get a lot of chapters written from Mr. Jones' perspective, in the first person. But then we get alternating chapters written by an omniscient narrator, (who sounds just like Mr. Jones), which set out the police procedural aspect of the story.
This creates a very odd feeling that underlies the general sense of unease created by the possessed house. Who is this Mr. Jones? He professes to know nothing about the "IT" that haunts the house, but he actually seems to know everything about everything that is going on. And he remains unnaturally calm throughout the whole affair. The result is an entertaining deadpan narrative whereby Mr. Jones seems more put-upon than terrified, and merely inconvenienced rather than endangered. He just seems passive and resigned to the entire "possession" thing, which gives the entire book an odd and unsettling, and unique, feel. I got a kick out of that and enjoyed this unusual approach.
Of course, that might all get old but for the fact that our author has generously provided us with a number of interesting supporting characters. We have the frustrated investigating police, the poor saps who are assigned to guard the creepy house, a mellow psychic, and a rather engaging demon hunter. Each adds something a little different to the mix and so the cast is both appealing and unpredictable. This means we don't have a lot of room left for an interesting demon, but they're often the least interesting characters in books like this.
So, well written and intriguing, with a nice bit of thrill and atmosphere and an oddly appealing style. I was happy with this. (Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
The only thing I didn't understand was the epilogue. It did not need to be there at all as it repeated another part of the book. So get this and read it..with the lights on
Mr. Jones (note the name... the author states that this is a true story!) sets a date with a real estate agent to walk through his grandfather's old house as it is, once again, up for sale. Memories of his childhood still haunt Jones' dreams, and the house does not disappoint. As far as he can tell, the same evil presence still lingers. He leaves- and good-riddance- but is hauled back, this time by the police, when the agent who showed him the house comes up missing. What follows is truly creepy-
Positives- Very well written, nicely edited. Good pacing, and some excellent scene builders which guarantee the reader a restless night's sleep!
Negatives- only one. There were a couple of POV shifts that threw me. Jones chose to tell the tale in the first person- which is fine. A couple of times though, I felt that the 1st person narrative was confused with third person accounts and movement. It only happened a couple of times but it was noticeable enough to take away the fifth star for what was, otherwise, a 5 star creeper!