107. Julian’s House by Judith Hawkes (1989)
Length: 381 pages
Started: 11 December 2012
Finished: 15 December 2012
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 6 December 2012
Why do I have it? I like horror and I had read and enjoyed My Soul to Keep by the same author.
Sally and David Curtiss knew that the old New England house that they had just moved into was rumored to be haunted. However, the newly wed couple of parapsychologists were not scared at all. They had bought the house willing and planned on studying it in order to find any evidence of supernatural activity.
Sally and David have also planned to work on some recent problems in their marriage. Sally is a somewhat reluctant psychic, and David is secretly jealous of her abilities. He has never had any psychic experiences himself, but desperately wants to have such an experience.
All of the Curtiss’ hi-tech equipment shows absolutely no sign of any supernatural activity, but David is still convinced that Sally senses something in the house. As the Curtiss’ continue to research the the house’s strange and mysterious history, they both begin to experience unusual dreams that reveal the Curtiss’ hidden fears and desires.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. The horror built slowly but surely, and the book was very well-written in my opinion. I never actually figured out what form the haunting took. At times it seemed to me that it was primarily possession that was at work, and then it seemed that the house itself had developed a personality throughout the years that was an evil influence in itself.
If I did have one problem with the book, it was that I found that the ending slightly rushed and a little bit of a let down for me. Overall though, I give Julian’s House by Judith Hawkes an A+! I will definitely be keeping this book to read again at some point.
A+! – (96-100%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight