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House (Books of History Chronicles)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  16,411 ratings  ·  1,220 reviews

A mind-bending supernatural thriller from the creators of This Present Darkness and Saint.

Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker—two of the most acclaimed writers of supernatural thrillers—have joined forces for the first time to craft a story unlike any you've ever read. Enter House—where you'll find yourself thrown into a killer's deadly game in which the only way to win is to l

Kindle Edition, 362 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Dull. Dull, dull, dull, and did I mention, so very dull?*

After having car trouble (read: “run over a bunch of nails planted in the road”), an estranged couple find themselves in a B&B type establishment in the middle of nowhere, where they, and a second couple, are promptly creeped out by the backwoods owners and informed of the fact that Scary Killer will be coming after them, cause they’re basically sacrifices.

I didn’t find it at all suspenseful, the writing was not notable, it gave a pre
I picked this book up from the library, thumbed through a few pages, and decided to preview it by reading the first chapter. I had other books I thought I should get through first, before I could start another. So I previewed it.

Fifteen chapters later, I had to put the book down because it was getting late.

House is an amazing thriller about survival through not just this world, but the next. It's really one of the few books that actually had my mind running.

An excellent book by far. I recommend
Dec 29, 2007 Mel rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I thought that a collaboration of two of my favorite authors would produce an excellent work of fiction! I was so wrong. This was just a horror novel with a muddled message. I was so disgusted with the plot that I actually put the book down, lost it for over a month, found it while looking for something else, and finally finished it by sheer willpower.


These guys could have really written something worthwhile, a book with a great lesson taught ever-so-subtly. Instead, they
Cies Charbeneau
Embarking on a new book regime is a little like jumping into the deep end of the pool; you’re never quite sure if you’re gonna sink or swim. I guess that’s how I feel about Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker’s religious fiction novel House is a definitely the unworn path that I do not usual take.
I liked the horror of this novel. It involved an ominous evil force within a house in the middle of nowhere. There are main elements of this book that I didn’t like, but the one thing that I really associated
May 13, 2011 Tanya rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Tanya by: Myself - because I'm stupid
When I read the back of this book, it had such potential. I thought it was going to be super creepy. Unbeknown to me though, I had never read either of these authors, and honestly it was a big long religious package... mixed with horrible writing. It's a collaboration between two authors and it's like when you were in school and a teacher would have you start a story and pass it on to someone next to you. You didn't know the characters, or anything, you just had to move on the plot; and the
Olivia Ambrose
Olivia Ambrose ~ Horror

Jack, Stephanie, Randy and Leslie find themselves trapped in an abandoned house where all is not what it seems and there is a killer, White, who wants a dead body or they all die. As they struggle to survive in the creepiest of all basements, they must face monsters as well as themselves. Who will they kill? And who is Susan and what is she doing there? But the only way out is in… This is perhaps one of the creepiest books I have ever read, but it was a very thrilling read
House reminded me of a mix between the movies Saw, The Strangers and Vacancy. This book was a great read, full of scary moments and suspense. I like a good horror story and this one delivered. Word to the wise, don't read this while home alone or at night.
Mike (the Paladin)
I have read books by Frank Peretti that I really liked. The Visitation is one of my favorite books. There are other books By Mr. Peretti that I don't care for at all and some that fall in between. On the other hand I've never read a book by Mr. Dekker that I liked. I've wanted to, I've tried to but I just didn't care for them.

So, here's another I just didn't care for. Personally (and of course the opinions here are my own) I think the book fails as both theological teaching and horror. I appreci
Hannah Mullen
This book deserves five stars because it has a great mixture of suspense and mystery. There is even a little romance! It will keep you on the edge of your seat! If you didn't understand the book then you didn't pay attention while reading it. Ted Dekker is a wonderful author who gives his books Christian themes and backgrounds without making it super religious. Not that anything is wrong with a very religious book. The theme of this book is light defeats darkness. The light being Jesus and the d ...more
Franco  Santos
La luz entró en las tinieblas
y la oscuridad no la entendió.
Primer libro que leo de Frank Peretti y Ted Dekker. Me gustó mucho. Está muy simplemente escrito, es ameno y fluido. Tiene mucho diálogo y las descripciones son brillantes.

La Casa empieza de manera intensa, rápida, intrigante y atrayente. Mientras avanzás en la trama la historia se vuelve cada vez más terrorífica y estremecedora. Me resultó imposible leer este relato sin sentir que me absorbía en su ambiente lúgubre y lóbrego. Todas
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I knew it should be good, because both of these authors have established themselves as excellent writes, specifically for Christian audiences. Though I could tell by the development of the storyline and plot that this book was specifically aimed at both Christian and non-Christian audiences, it still had much of the feel of a Christian book.

That being said, it is definitely better written than most Christian fiction and would probabl
Mar 08, 2012 Stefani rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't require an explanation to their books
Recommended to Stefani by: the bargain books table
Shelves: paperback, swapped
I have only one word for this book: BO-RING! Well, okay maybe there are two: BO-RING and CONFUSING!! But let's start with the basics. First and foremost: SPOILER ALERT, please read no further if you don't want to be spoiled.

Jack and Stephanie are married. They are driving through the middle of a rural area to go see their marriage counselor. You get the feeling that something really bad happened in their relationship but you don't quite know what. Jack is bitter and resentful toward his wife, wh
Why, why did I waste time reading this book when I could have been...Oh, I don't know, scrubbing the bathroom floor with a toothbrush? It's one of those crappy horror "thrillers" that make you feel kind of dirty when you're done. I do admit to finishing the book-- a fast read despite its gargantuan hardcover size-- but only because it held my interest JUST ENOUGH to wonder if it would improve. Like when they introduced Susan's character, I was muttering to myself, "Well, maybe this will liven th ...more
The Ryan
This book so far, has kept me guessing from the start. I like the details Peretti uses, because it keeps me reading more and more. His sense of detail makes you feel like you're in the house getting scared.

I'm going to most likely read one of his other books that he has made. I just do not understand why Jack and Stephanie are fighting so far. But hopefully my question will be answered. I like to be scared and it's cool reading how others react.

Mar 17, 2008 Alyssa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes creepy things!
Recommended to Alyssa by: toria
this book was really cool, my friend said that it would scare my but it didn't and she was like
"psh! thats just cuz you don't read that much!"
she's probably right.

it was a good book, i didn't really know what to expect but it was good.

but since there were so many people in the book there wasn't as much info about the main characters' feelings. thats the only thing i didn't like.
I found this book while browsing through the Christian Fiction section of a bookstore. When I noticed the authors, heavyweights Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti, I thought there was no way this book could be anything but good. I could not have been more wrong.

House tells the story of two couples, Jack & Stephanie and Randy & Leslie, who end up at an inn and encounter the unusual and creepy hosts. They soon realize that they are trapped in the mysterious house by a serial killer that appears
I have never done a review on GoodReads before, but I believe this book merits it...

This is the worst book I have ever read. I'm not just saying that because I disagree with the themes that this story was based on; it was written badly. It was 3rd grade-level bad. It reminded me that any book in the Goosebumps series would be a welcoming divergence, and I'm not exaggerating. Whenever a story has magic or supernatural forces, it needs to have rules so that there is clarity in what is happening th
plot summary: what happens, when & where, central characters, major conflicts[return]"jack and his wife stephanie are on their way to a counseling session for their troubled marriage when a series of detours end up leaving them stranded in the backwoods. the only option they have for shelter is an old plantation style house which seems to be an inn of sorts. there they find another couple who has also been stranded there for the night and betty, stewart, and pete--""inbreds"" and ingracious ...more
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Daniel Johnson
House was written by Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker. I have read this book 2 times. They made a movie for it aswell, good movie. My wife Michelle and I have seen this movie a few times, it is good. Now, about the book, the book is even better. A Christian Supernatural Suspense Thiller. Basic theme is, Light beats darkness, God loves you. Good book, read the book and watch the movie...
Mackenzie Gagne
When I bought this book, I thought that it should be pretty good because I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker and his books. Let's just say that I was not disappointed whatsoever. I really really liked this book! It was a great mixture of suspense, horror and mystery. I love horror and suspense novels so this was right up my alley. I'll have to admit, the plot was a little strange but it was carried out well, so I won't complain. The setting itself will give you the heebie-jeebies, and I'm not going to ...more
I got about 1/2 way through this book and it just got too weird--even for me! So I decided not to finish it--too many good ones on my TBR to struggle through something I really didn't like--so shelved probably for good!!
J. Kent Messum
I keep practically every book I read...

...I didn't keep this one though.
Marquita Cyphers
Creeped me out but I couldn't put it down!!
Carolyne Coleman
There should be an option on this site called, "Accidentally Read."

You know when you watch a glass vase fall- and in that split second right before it hits the floor, you're like, "Oh no! That's going to be horrible when it shatters." I spent the entire time reading this book with that in mind.

Shallow characters battled with one dimensional personal problems while being chased around by swamp people, a redneck in a tin can, and a little girl that happened to be Jesus. The entire book was like
House - Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker

House is a Christian-horror novel cowritten by two very popular authors in the Christian thriller genre (one that is an extremely unique genre, by the way). It holds similar morals and messages to other books by the authors, such as Hangman's Curse, Saint, Adam, and others, and even, obviously, the Bible itself, however, spun in an entirely different fashion. Its style is similar to secular suspense novels, and plays off of the common archetype of an unlikely
Chris Bloom
By the time I heard of this one, I was pretty well over my appreciation of both Dekker and Peretti. House did nothing to change that.

Take a haunted house, some unpleasant and rather stupid protagonists, and a healthy spoonful of violence and pop psychology, mix them all together, and slap a spooky cover on it. Ta-da! You just wrote House!

You'll notice I didn't mention any Christianity in the recipe. Despite being published by a Christian publisher and written by two stars of Christian fiction, n
How would you describe the human heart? Not physically, either. The center of inherent goodness? An abyss of abysmal nihilism? How about a simple inn? 2 powerhouse horror masters combine talents to create a new vision of human nature in very twisted ways. They even take a tried-and-true formula and twist it on its head.
You have 2 couples, one getting ready to divorce and another getting ready to marry. They both get in an accident and go into the closest locale for many miles (it's Deep Southern
Crystal A
WARNING-A BIT OF A SPOILER HERE... With little time for reading, I like to read something that has both well-developed characters and a plot that will make all their struggles worth it in the end. This book has neither. Somehow, I expected this book would be an allegory to the darkness within mortal souls filled with unforgiveness and anger that they never turn over to God. It was definitely that. But, even in most dark lives, there is more light & hope for change than was introduced to any ...more
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Books of History Chronicles (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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  • Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle, #1)
  • Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2)
  • White: The Great Pursuit (The Circle, #3)
  • Showdown (Paradise, #1)
  • Saint (Paradise, #2)
  • Sinner (Paradise, #3)
  • Chosen (The Lost Books, #1)
  • Infidel (The Lost Books, #2)
  • Renegade (The Lost Books, #3)
Thr3e Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle, #1) White: The Great Pursuit (The Circle, #3) Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2) Green: The Beginning and the End (The Circle, #0)

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