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The Home (UK Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Scott Nicholson understands that the best horror novels achieve primal fear through a combination of sustained atmosphere, richly drawn characters, and believable if uncanny evils that draw unholy power from everyday lives.”—Christopher Ransom, author of the The Birthing House

When twelve-year-old Freeman Mills arrives at Wendover, a group home for troubled children, it’s a chance for a fresh start. But second chances aren’t easy for Freeman, the victim of painful childhood experiments that gave him the ability to read other people’s minds.

Little does Freeman know that his transfer was made at the request of Dr. Richard Kracowski, whose research into the brain’s electrical properties is revealing new powers of the human mind. Kracowski is working for a secret society called the Trust, but also has his own agenda in exploring the nature of the soul. His experiments have an unexpected side effect, though. The electromagnetic fields used in his experiments are summoning the ghosts of the patients who died at Wendover back when it was a psychiatric ward.

Freeman simply wants to survive, take his medicine for manic depression, and deceive his counselors into believing he is happy. When he meets the anorexic Vicky, who may also be telepathic, he’s afraid some of his darkest secrets will be uncovered. But when the other children develop their own clairvoyant abilities, and insane spirits begin haunting the halls of Wendover, he can’t safely hide inside his own head anymore.

Meanwhile, the Trust is installing sophisticated equipment in the home’s basement, aggressively probing the threshold between life and death. And they’ve brought in another scientist who doesn’t share Dr. Kracowski’s reluctance to push the limits.

This scientist is a pioneer in ESP induction, and he performed most of his work on a very special subject: his son, Freeman Mills.

From the award-winning author of The Red Church, Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy and more, This is Scott’s preferred, DRM-free edition of the 2005 U.S. paperback The Home, which is in development as a feature film.
"Always surprises and always entertains." --Jonathan Maberry, The Dragon Factory

"Like Stephen King, he has an eye and ear for the rhythms of rural America, and like King he knows how to summon serious scares. My advice? Buy everything he writes."-- Bentley Little, The Store

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (10 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDO438
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am author of 20 thrillers and horror novels, as well as the AFTER post-apocalyptic series and the SOLOM supernatural series.

I've also written seven story collections, six screenplays, four comics, and, as a failed musician, a few hundred songs. I'm also a freelance editor, gardener, and guitar player when I'm not writing or feeding the dogs.

I live in the Appalachian Mountains of the US, in a little holler where the government doesn't exist. Learn more at, or sign up for my occasional newsletter at

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful spooky book 26 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This a great book. I found myself wanting to read it really quickly just to get to the bottom of the various mysteries running through it.

It basically starts in a home for troubled kids. It's the srt of place that wants to help and 'fix' the kids. On the face of it, not some awful institution.

Freeman is a very troubled kid and arrives at Wendover with a past the involves abuse by his scientist father, but also with a gift for reading minds. He finds that some of the other kids can also read minds after going into the mysterious Room Thirteen for treatments with the doctor. Then people start to see ghosts of the former mental patients from the time before Wendover was a childrens' home.

The whole story unfolds brilliantly and the pieces all fall into place. Friendships start up with kids that have never seen the point or had the opportunity to forge alliances with other kids. Throw in some secret government cover up and you're onto a winner!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 15 Jun. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
With echoes of the films 'The House on Haunted Hill' and 'Session 9', Scott Nicholson's latest release provides thrills and scares a plenty.

A former psychiatric hospital is now being used as a home for troubled children where experiments are performed on their minds, but the experiments are also affecting the ghosts of former patients.

Nicholson's fans may already have this novel from its original paperback release some time back, but this would seem a great way for new readers to discover his work.

Once you've tried this one I suspect you will be hooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear this author! 22 Aug. 2005
By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Freeman Mills is diagnosed with rapid-cycle manic depression (bipolar) with suicidal tendencies, kleptomania, antisocial behavior, cyclothymia, and mid schizophrenia. As long as Freeman can remember, his dad had used him as a guinea pig for experiments. Dr. Kenneth Mills (a.k.a. "Dad") was once an esteemed clinical psychologist. Then Freeman's mom was killed and Dad was locked in an insane institution. However, the damages to Freeman were already done and ran deep. But that was years ago. That is all in the past. Now Freeman is twelve-years-old and has just been transferred to yet another group home.

Wendover Home is located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. The Wendover Home, itself, has a long and dark history. During the Second World War it had been a state mental hospital where inhumane experiments were conducted on mentally unstable patients. Many people died within cells located in the Home's basement. Though the Home is now used as a group home for children, the basement cells remain. Some items have also been added within the basement. There are glowing generators, metal cylinders, Liquid Nitrogen, advanced superconductors, and so much more. All of it is hooked directly to Room Thirteen above.

Dr. Richard Kracowski treats the children in Wendover Home. Room Thirteen is where Dr. Kracowski gets to play God. The doctor calls the electroshock treatments "Synaptic Synergy Therapy". He kills his patients to help their brains align harmonically. When the children come back to life they find themselves altered. For a temporary time the kids have telepathy, clairvoyance, and/or precognition abilities. After each treatment, the abilities last longer.

Freeman finds an unlikely ally in another child named Vicky Barnwell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Troubled AKA The Home 3 July 2013
By Snowman
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This is the first Scott Nicholson book I have read. I haven't really gone for supernatural / horror books since my staple diet of James Herbert and Dean R Koontz many, many years ago but this author comes recommended to me and as i managed to grab this book cheaply, why not?

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the first two thirds of the book. Interesting in a book for grown-ups to be largely written through the eyes of a child, the institutionalised and deeply troubled Freeman Mills. A little heavy on fervent Christians, perhaps, and not all the characters had a lot of depth, but a good, dark and spooky plot.

I did feel the ending got a little bit too surreal, though, at least for my tastes. It also seemed to get a bit hurried compared to the pace of the rest of the book. Perhaps that is more about my own preferences, and certainly my overall feeling about the book is a good one. Good enough for me to read more by the author and maybe rekindle (no pun intended) my taste for the genre.

I'm giving it four stars because it's better than three, and I cant give three and a half. Certainly worth a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Troubled 20 Sept. 2012
By Lizuks
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The HomeI read this book under the title Troubled.
Started reading it as a pre bed read last nightand was not satisfied with that... So after very little sleep I can say this was a great book. ticks all the boxes for me great story, great characters and the mental institutional setting make for a great horror tale.

A former psychiatric hospital is now being used as a home for troubled children where Dr Kracowski goes way beyond what is ethical and is developing an exxperimental "Treatment" based on research of Dr Stephen Mills, to try and heal their minds, but the experiments are also affecting the ghosts of former patients.
Mills, (convicted for murdering his wife)father of Freeman Mills 12years old who suffered at his hands used in his experiments involving a variation of electric shock therapy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great book, worth A READ
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This was an ok read, probably enjoyed it more due to reading it on the beach.....

woth a look if you like the writings of Nicholson.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Started off well....
I enjoyed the first half but when spirits suddenly started to appear, I lost interest. Creating that suspension of disbelief is a fragile process and this didn't quite work for... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Irene
5.0 out of 5 stars The home
Really enjoyed this book it was easy to read entertaining throughout out make you wonder what really went on in these types of places
Published on 7 May 2013 by Dabbo
4.0 out of 5 stars The home
Pretty good read, will certainly look at other titles by this author as this is the first I've read by him.
Published on 1 Jan. 2013 by Annette Ross
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost it's way
This book started well but trailed off into a muddle. There were several inconsistencies of plot and some ideas that never really went anywhere. It was OK for the price.
Published on 11 Nov. 2012 by Polly
4.0 out of 5 stars A book worth reading.
From the beginning I felt as if I was reading a report from a newspaper and that it had recently happened and could still be happening. Read more
Published on 30 Oct. 2012 by jeannieme
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING
This is a great story, interesting from the beginning with a great story, the characters are diverses and interesting and you want to know wht happens next, very like Stephen King... Read more
Published on 23 Sept. 2012 by Jh Shiel
1.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly bad
I've never tried Nicholson, preferring authors like Barker, King and Neville. When I spotted this cheap horror I thought I'd give it a go.

I was disappointed. Read more
Published on 25 Feb. 2012 by LikkleNitty
4.0 out of 5 stars Good bargain
I bought this book as it was available for free for the kindle. It was well written and plotted, and very easy to read. Good holiday read. Will try some more books by this author.
Published on 5 Feb. 2012 by Penelope Jones
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