Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The House of Small Shadows is a chilling, eerie, must read!

Book Summary

Catherine's last job ended badly. Corporate bullying at a top antiques publication saw her fired and forced to leave London, but she was determined to get her life back. A new job and a few therapists later, things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself — to catalogue the late M. H. Mason's wildly eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets. Rarest of all, she'll get to examine his elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals, depicting bloody scenes from World War II.  Catherine can't believe her luck when Mason's elderly niece invites her to stay at Red House itself, where she maintains the collection until his niece exposes her to the dark message behind her uncle's "Art." Catherine tries to concentrate on the job, but Mason's damaged visions begin to raise dark shadows from her own past. Shadows she'd hoped therapy had finally erased.  Soon the barriers between reality, sanity and memory start to merge and some truths seem too terrible to be real... in The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill.

My Review

First off the cover for this book is very well done. It is creepy. Second, where have I been? Why am I just now discovering Mr. Adam Nevill. I love a good scary book if written nicely. My favorite type of movies besides action movies are scary ones. I am not talking the campy ones featuring the "D" list actors where someone gets killed off in the first 5 minutes of the movie or where the pretty girl is topless. I am talking about the Alfred Hitchcock movies. I can remember watching a marathon of Vincent Price movies. Mr. Price is a favorite of mine.

Ok, so back to the book. Right from the get go, there was this eerie feeling that you almost feel like someone is watching you as you read this book. So there was not really any big surprises in this book. I quickly figured out from the get go about what was going to happen, however I just did not know how the reveal would happen. Charlotte was kind of mousy but she grew stronger as the story played on. The whole time I was reading this book all I could think was how cool this book would be as a movie. The House of Small Shadows is a chilling, eerie, must read!

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