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The House That Jack Built Mass Market Paperback – Jun 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; First THUS edition (Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843947462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843947465
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Couper on 10 July 2003
Format: Paperback
Craig Bellman is a well-off New York lawyer. One night, Craig is mugged and leaves the scene permanently injured. His wife, Effie, decides it is best for him to get away from New York for a while to recover and get his self-asteem back. One day, while driving along a backroad in the countryside, Craig and Effie come across a house called Valhalla, once owned by an extremely rich gambler and womaniser Jack Belias. Craig is strangely drawn to the house and is determined to see it. When he does see it, it is ruined. But it does not dampen Craigs hopes and decides to buy and restore it, using all of his and his wifes money and selling his law firm to do so. Effie notices changes in Craig and realises that it is due to the house. With the help of the local spiritualist, Pepper Moriarty, she find out the houses secrets and also Jack Belias'. She then understands that if she doesn't do something soon, she will lose her husband forever. A terrifying page-turner from the true master of horror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony B. Thomas on 24 Sept. 1999
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After a devastating mugging Craig and Effie escape to the countryside trying to restore Craig's masculinity and self esteem. While driving thru the back roads they come across a shambling ruin of a mansion once owned by a notorious gambler and womanizer. Craig is irresistibly drawn to this decrepit dwelling while every sense and intuition warns Effie away from it. With help from the village psychic and her handyman son they discover the true nature of this hellish home. Another mesmerizing tale of the occult from the TRUE master of horror.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruju on 10 April 2014
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A vicious mugging proves difficult for successful lawyer Craig Bellman to recover from until he discovers an abandoned mansion while on holiday with his wife. Valhalla was built by a notorious playboy gambler who disappeared in the 1930s. Bellman is entranced by the old house, but of course there is more to it than meets the eye.

Masterton is an accomplished writer in a number of genres, which in my opinion makes him a better horror writer as his novels are good stories with a horror theme rather than being pulpy horror. Not that there is anything wrong with pulpy horror, I love it! Masterton is no Stephen King, and doesn't want or try to be, but he has a style and imagination that blends horror with a good story perfectly.

The House That Jack Built is another winner from one of my favourite authors. It's a good twist on the haunted house story, set against the Bellman's struggle to come to terms with what happened to Craig. As is the norm for Masterton, it's well written and easy to read.
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By mark crosby on 19 Feb. 2015
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Moving home is one of those stressful things in life, boxes to back ,movers to book, bills to pay. Most people decide to redesign their home put their personality on it , change wall papers colours etc. Imagine what would happen though, if the previous owners had not really left and their personality and character were taking over your own. The Jack in the title has built a huge house called Valhalla it has many bedrooms and bathrooms,a sumptuous ballroom and impressive library, but that was back in the '30's. Since his death it's been neglected and rundown, badly in need of some tlc and restoration. Craig and his wife Effie discover the house and Craig is drawn in much to Effie' s dislike .The alarm bells ring when she notices subtle changes in her husbands behaviour his treatment of her worsens the more time he spends at the house , it's like she no longer knows the man she wed. Seems Jack is not exactly resting in peace after all ,he wants another stab at life and nothing and no one will stop.him. A tale of supernatural power good over evil , though it's not that simple. I loved it.
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By Miss L on 16 May 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I read a few of Graham Mastertons books as a teen and when I purchased my Kindle recently downloaded Mirror which I loved.

Im not so sure on this book. In principal the story is good. I love a haunted house and the plot was good in that respect. Jack Belias - what a foul creature. But it was the two main characters, The Bellmans, I coudnt care for. Immediatey I felt no warmth for them and there lies the problem. Craig Bellman suffers a horrendous attack, which made my eyes water but yet I coudnt care less nor did I when he met his fate. His wife was a simpering, whiny woman who should of stood up to him.

So it was not the story that didnt appeal rather the character's. But I wont let this put me off- Im planning to read Famiy Portrait next!
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Format: Paperback
Another great book from this author,this house is not your average one ,as it has secrets built in to it,one of the rooms has a floor that spins around,and the new owners of this now derelict house start to hear noises which frightens them,Mr and Mrs Bellman who bought the house after her husband had been brutally attacked had to call a spiritualist in to deal with the threatening vibrations inside the house,and and also the agonised sobbing they hear too,but they were soon to find out that the previous owner Jack Belias who was a very notorious gambler is back to haunt them for good,so if you enjoy being scared you will love this book,I know I did.......
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Purvis on 6 Sept. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book does not come anywhere close to Black Angel or Walkers by the same author but it is a very good read and does have its gruesome moments. Graham Masterton, in my opinion is one of the finest horror writers in existence and this book is a fantastic addition to his works. This is a must for any Masterton fan. Why are his books so hard to find?
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