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  1. House of Reckoning: A Novel
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John Saul has had success as a writer of popular horror fiction for over four decades. He has maintained his popularity by continuously applying the elements of horror and conflicted characterization that signifies this genre. With HOUSE OF RECKONING, his latest effort, Saul returns to this familiar landscape and once again features his signature element: the teenaged protagonist.

High school student Sarah Crane is lamenting the loss of her mother to cancer six months earlier. This tragedy has crippled her father, Ed, and has forced him to seek solace at the bottom of the bottle. And as if things weren't bad enough, his alcohol abuse serves as the catalyst for two horrific events: the manslaughter of a fellow bar patron during a drunken brawl, and the injuring of Sarah in a drunk driving accident. The former deed places Ed in prison and Sarah in foster care.

Sarah eventually is taken in by the Garvey family. Ironically, her foster father Mitch happens to be a... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) House of Reckoning is John Saul's 36th novel and he doesn't veer too far off the plot track of his previous 35, with spooky kids, a haunted house and a laundry list of baddies just begging to be punished.

The basic plot: Sarah Crane has led a pretty cruddy 14 years. Her mother died, and her father, drowning in his own grief, gets drunk and kills a man - and then driving home drunk, hits Sarah on her bike, breaking her hip and leg and setting into motion the remainder of the book.

Now in an abusive foster home, Sarah is an outcast, a "crip" because of her limp. Nick Dunnigan is equally shunned by his classmates; he suffers from apparent schizophrenia, hearing voices in his head. That is, until he meets Sarah. I won't spoil the second half of the book very much, but will say that Sarah, Nick and art teacher Bettina Philips have a sort of unholy connection to a former mental institution that Bettina has inherited and is living in. Anyone who's read previous... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) While I do like John Saul's work, this book just isn't the best thing he's put out. The book promises a lot of stuff, some of which is typical Saul fare: children in peril, human & supernatural evils run amok, & twisty plot turns. Unfortunately the book just couldn't live up to those promises, at least not entirely.

The plotline follows the character of Sarah, a young girl whose mother died when she was about 14. When her father is incarcerated for a barroom brawl gone murderous, not to mention accidentally running her over, it seems as if Sarah will never be happy again. These fears only grow stronger when her new foster family is barely hospitable to her & grows even less so by each passing day. Only her art class & a strange boy lifts Sarah's spirits, even as mysteries spring up around her & evils from the past mingle with the evils of the present.

Where do I begin with the critique of this book? While I did enjoy reading this book, I just felt as if the book... Read more
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