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House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story Volume One: 1 [Paperback]

Andrea Perron
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8 Mar 2011

Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased the home of their dreams and eventual nightmares in December of 1970. The Arnold Estate, located just beyond the village of Harrisville, Rhode Island seemed the idyllic setting in which to raise a family. The couple unwittingly moved their five young daughters into the ancient and mysterious farmhouse. Secrets were kept and then revealed within a space shared by mortal and immortal alike. Time suddenly became irrelevant; fractured by spirits making their presence known then dispersing into the ether. The house is a portal to the past and a passage to the future. This is a sacred story of spiritual enlightenment, told some thirty years hence. The family is now somewhat less reticent to divulge a closely-guarded experience. Their odyssey is chronicled by the eldest sibling and is an unabridged account of a supernatural excursion. Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated this haunting in a futile attempt to intervene on their behalf. They consider the Perron family saga to be one of the most compelling and significant of a famously ghost-storied career as paranormal researchers. During a séance gone horribly wrong, they unleashed an unholy hostess; the spirit called Bathsheba...a God-forsaken soul. Perceiving herself to be mistress of the house, she did not appreciate the competition. Carolyn had long been under siege; overt threats issued in the form of fire...a mother's greatest fear. It transformed the woman in unimaginable ways. After nearly a decade the family left a once beloved home behind though it will never leave them, as each remains haunted by a memory. This tale is an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit on a pathway of discovery: an eternal journey for the living and the dead.


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (8 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456747592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456747596
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrea Perron was born in Rhode Island in 1958. She is a graduate of Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pa. having earned an inter-disciplinary degree in philosophy and English literature. This memoir waited thirty years to be told, allowing the time and distance necessary for her family to reveal these long held secrets. The author is currently preparing for release of the second volume in this remarkable trilogy. John Shaw created the cover portrait of their farmhouse as a parting gift. Two months after the Perron family abandoned this place in the country, John, all of nineteen years old, drove from Rhode Island to Georgia. He presented his friends with the watercolor; painted from memory, in memory of a special house which touched his life as well. It remains a treasured keepsake. They loved him then as they love him now

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Aug 2013
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The author can write, there's no doubt about that. Unfortunately her style of writing would be a lot better suited to a fantasy novel where you want three pages of description about every single thing. She massively misses the point, people have bought this book because they want the facts about the story- the inside information from the people involved, but the author misses this completely and turns it into a long and drawn out account of absolutely everything. Much of it is irrelevant or could be summed up in a few sentences, yet everything is described in such ridiculous detail that you will find yourself skipping massive chunks of it in the desperate hope that you will find an interesting bit. I felt at times like I was reading an English assignment written by a teenager who had taken far too many descriptive writing lessons.

Another thing that is both confusing and irritating is that the story is told in the most random order. You seem to go from the first 'incident' to them having accepted that things are happening. You jump months and years back and forth. There is no in between, no build up of events. Then it switches back to an earlier event, then flies forward again. Very messy.

I bought the book because, after seeing the film, I was curious as to how different it was from the real events. I wish I hadn't bothered, the film at least told a chronological series of events. The book left me frustrated and wondering why I had wasted my time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "It Does Not Permit Itself to Be Read" 15 Dec 2013
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I am not someone who enjoys leaving a negative review, and I have immense respect for the amount of stamina and dedication required to complete a writing project of this length. However, when I see the (incomprehensible!) positive reviews that this book is getting and how well it is selling, I feel that it would actually be dishonest of me not to set the record straight. I have to warn other potential customers: SAVE YOUR MONEY.

I know you liked the "The Conjuring" -- I liked it, too, which is why I bought this book. Trust me when I tell you that this book contains no new information, no further character development, and no documented historical background that explains significant plot points. Ed and Lorraine Warren are barely referenced and never appear "on stage" as characters. No part of the haunting, possession, or exorcism is discussed in any level of detail, beyond the characters having vague uneasy feelings, family squabbles and teenaged tantrums. The author tells us that Bathsheba or some other female ghost is influencing the mother but never tells us how. There is a lot of angsty language about how frightened the kids are, but the most anyone sees is an apparition standing around. Oh, and a fence post floats...maybe.

In short, there is less information on the Perron haunting in this book than there is in the movie, and you will have to work damned hard to decipher what little there is from the morass of words.

Please understand that I am not being "picky" or "snobby" when I tell you that this book is totally ruined by its atrocious grammar and punctuation: I don't mind bad grammar in a good story. What we have in this case is grammar so bad that it completely HIDES what little story is here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 2 Sep 2013
By vanessa
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Its an iteresting read ,about a family haunting,somtimes the writer can wofal on about the same subject without getting to the point,but i still couldnt put it down,as it kept me wanting more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 29 July 2013
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I loved this book. The writing style was very entertaining. The parts about the demonic flys made me laugh so hard my eyes were running and yet at other times it was frightening. Funny, frig htening and very ironic. Anyone interested in a scary, touching tale, this book is for you. I loved this book. It's not ofter I say that. Gillian x
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard Work 9 April 2014
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I am a person that can get through a good book in a matter of hours. This book took me 3 months! Very hard going at times, repetitive, long winded and altogether a bit odd. No structure to it, as though it was written my a complete novice and sent for print with no editing having taken place. It needed a damn good edit!....I finished it because i was utterly determined it wouldn't beat me but it was very hard work.

Having said that their story is fascinating wether you believe it or not, i'm on the side of not to be honest as the future owners say they have experienced no such paranormal activity. Mmmm funny that
To sum up, borrow, don't buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 16 Feb 2014
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Such a good book looking forward to reading volume 2 now, really amazing and very spooky what this family went thru
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3.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down 20 Jan 2014
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but agree with others reviewers in that it would be a smoother read if events were chronological, so a sense of change over time could be absorbed which would allow insight not only into outer events but those taking place within the minds of those involved as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! 13 Jan 2014
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Great book to read. I have lived in a haunted house myself and can relate to a lot of the happenings. However, it can be a bit lengthy at times. Looking forward to reading the second volume now!
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a shame....
I have always been fascinated by the supernatural and became really interested in the Perron's story from the moment I watched a trailer for The Conjuring on TV. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sam D
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story, but needs editing.
I am quite well versed in the supernatural and was thrilled that someone had written about their experiences hence why I purchased the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ramiz Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars saw the film
wanted to read the real life version,so far so good! Big book I may be a while! Author very good.
Published 4 months ago by Zoe Elizabeth McMaster
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Darkness House of Light
A fascinating tale of a families encounters with the paranormal. This is a very detailed account of the families experiences its an amazing tale. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jazz
5.0 out of 5 stars good book to read
Interesting book to read, hardly put it down. Well worth the read, although I did find some parts did repeat it self
Published 6 months ago by Ireland
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read....
.. editing would've helped immensely in my opinion. It jumped around a bit, but in all honesty i found it one of those books you just can't put down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R J Narracott
5.0 out of 5 stars Very spooky
This will have you scared to go to bed, if you believe this will spook you out but even if you are a non believer it will open your eyes. Read more
Published 7 months ago by TinyTinkLeicestershire
2.0 out of 5 stars bloody goes on
this book is to bloody heavy, wish i brought it on the kindle :(, she does go on a bit about i've skim read alot of the book, i wont be buying the next two. Read more
Published 7 months ago by zoe patey
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