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House of Reckoning [Kindle Edition]

John Saul
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Fourteen-year-old Sarah Crane has grown up quickly. When her mother dies and her drunken father is jailed for killing a man and injuring Sarah, she is sent to live with a foster family. But she soon learns that her new parents are only interested in the money that caring for Sarah earns them.

Shunned at her new school as a murderer’s daughter, Sarah’s only ally is Nick Dunnigan, who struggles with schizophrenia. The two outcasts befriend Bettina Phillips, an eccentric art teacher who lives in an eerie old mansion and encourages Sarah’s talent for painting.

But soon horrific images of the house find their way into Sarah’s artwork—and into Nick’s increasingly violent hallucinations.

As Sarah and Nick probe the meaning of the terrible pictures, they uncover a series of grisly crimes that the townspeople have been concealing for generations. In doing so, they unleash an evil force, thirsty for revenge, that threatens to destroy them all.

About the Author

Born in Pasadena, California, John Saul attended college in California, Montana, and Ohio but never obtained a degree. His debut hit, Suffer the Children, was the first in a long line of bestsellers that have been published worldwide. His novel Cry for the Strangers was made into a TV movie, and he has written several one-act plays that have been produced in Los Angeles and Seattle. A winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Writers Conference, John is actively involved in the development of other writers. He splits his time between Seattle and Hawaii, where he enjoys golf, bridge, and cooking.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2676 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345514254
  • Publisher: 47North (24 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JGXEJQI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Pasadena, California, John Saul attended college in California, Montana, and Ohio but never obtained a degree. His debut hit, Suffer the Children, was the first in a long line of bestsellers that have been published worldwide. His novel Cry for the Strangers was made into a TV movie, and he has written several one-act plays that have been produced in Los Angeles and Seattle. A winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Writers Conference, John is actively involved in the development of other writers. He splits his time between Seattle and Hawaii, where he enjoys golf, bridge, and cooking.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Billed as "vintage John Saul" and a novel that recaptures the energy and power of Suffer the Children, the author's first and best novel, House of Reckoning doesn't succeed at living up to all of the hype. That being said, it is an absorbing and very good read. I don't think Saul will ever get the respect he truly deserves in the horror community, but this man knows how to tell a story and excels at building the most sympathetic of characters. House of Reckoning isn't a novel that's going to sit around on the night table for days once you start reading it; you'll want to finish this book in a matter of a few days. As much as I enjoyed this novel, though, a plethora of nagging questions remain unanswered or less than fully addressed after in the end.

When you pick up a John Saul novel, you know you're going to be reading about good kids placed in horrible situations; the Saul pattern never really changes, a fact which his critics are more than happy to expound upon. Poor Sarah Crane may be the most sympathetic character of them all, though. Six months after her mother died of cancer, Sarah finds herself laid up in the hospital for weeks with a busted leg and hip (a tragedy suffered under some of the most tragic circumstances imaginable) while her father goes to jail for manslaughter. Once she's able to leave the hospital, she is placed with a foster family who treat (and mistreat) her as nothing more than slave labor. As the new, crippled kid at school, she is immediately ostracized. Her only friends are Bettina Philips, a most sympathetic art teacher (whom everyone in town labels a witch) and the designated crazy kid at school, Nick Dunnigan, who hears voices in his head and sees horrible visions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read House of Reckoning several years ago, originally published 2009, and it's a typical John Saul fiction with his usual blend of thriller/mystery running alongside themes of the supernatural. In this novel John Saul introduces another of his teen protagonists. He's good at creating these mixed up, confused, hormone driven characters and placing them in decidedly difficult situations. Sarah Crane is no exception.

Sarah has lost her mother to a terminal illness which serves as the catalyst for her being both injured and finding herself in foster care. Things don't go well for Susan. A series of odd coincidences and school bullying throw her into a despertate situation until Nick Duggard arrives on the scene and Sarah develops a connection with the oddest boy in town.

In most of John Saul's novels there's a nicely worked background of the 'Gothic' and it's here in the shape of Bettina Phillips, art teacher, and the very strange Shutters Mansion. Bettina lives alone with just cats for company and the mystery of her strange home, rumoured to have once been and asylum, is slowly revealed as Sarah acts as a channel for 'things unspoken' in the house through her paintings. Nick is also being dragged into the mystery of Shutters Mansion and not in a good way!.

There's a series of sub-plots worked through the novel involving the history of a close knit and eccentric small town with it's own share of buried secrets and a deeply trouble led past and it seems Sarah and Nick have been 'chosen' to unlock the mystery and solve the riddle. Have they got time before the house and it's energies swallow them whole?. Is it possible the mysterious happenings are merely the product of two disturbed teenage imaginations?.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 18 Mar 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a big John Saul fan and have read all his books. This was by far the best he has written for a while. Kept me on my toes, I have grown up with these books and feel at times they are no longer meant for my age group!!! But I did enjoy this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summer read 15 July 2014
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Excellent summer read!! Good against evil, slightly stretches the imagination but a lovely story which plays out well. Not his best novel but always a good read.
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