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The House of Balestrom

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A tragic death. Two who marries for love...the other marries into THE HOUSE OF BALESTROM. When Susan's husband, Victor Balestrom, dies in a mysterious and tragic accident, Susan is suspected of murdering him. With the Balestrom family, manipulated by Camille Balestrom, pointing fingers. Susan calls on her sister, Sara and her husband David to come to the priv ...more
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published (first published August 30th 2011)
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Aug 20, 2016 SenoraG rated it really liked it
I thought my family was strange but this Balestrom family beats even us. Not by much mind you! Sisters Sara and Susan could not be more different and the secrets, well all I can say is WOW. Sara is called to the island where her sister lives due to the unexpected death of her husband (or was it unexpected?) and as soon as Sara sets foot on the island she is stepping into another world. A world of lies, secrets, not so nice people, murder? and all around strangeness. And what kind of person is Su ...more
Sep 27, 2011 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
RATING: 4.5)THE HOUSE OF BALESTROM by William Butler is an exciting supense thriller set on an island. "The House of Balestrom" is full of secrets,lies and deception with diastrous ends. It has a few murders, a lot of secrets,manipulations,secrets to be revealed,a bit of adultery,secrets from long ago,and a family of manipulaters. You have two sisters,Susan and Sara. One marries for love,Sara,while the other marries for "money",Susan. One thinks she knows her sister while the other hides secrets ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
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Let me first say that House of Balestrom was nowhere near what I expected it to be. Looking at the cover, you expect, well, maybe historical fiction, or a tale about a rich family or something. You expect that it being a rich family means they will have secrets. What you do not, by any means, expect is the level of intrigue that is held within the pages.

Mr. Butler is a gifted storyteller. While the beginning of the book gets off to a slow start, it will quickly suck you in once you get to the me
Sep 13, 2011 Fran rated it it was amazing
The House at Balestrom
Author: William Butler
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Taking a ferry rise would change Sara and David’s lives forever. Sara’s sister, Susan summons her to come to Balestrom when her husband, Victor dies under strange or unusual circumstances. On the ferry ride there the driver enlightens both Sara and David about the history of this house, its previous occupants and the untimely murder of Cyrus Balestrom by his mistress. Added to that Sara learns that her sister had more than one pre
Jun 07, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the island of secrets and lies. Everyone of the Balestroms has a few and skeletons to match. They are a wealthy and powerful family, yet they fear scandal will ruin them and go out of their way to cover it up; even murder. Sara and her husband David arrive at Balestrom Island to console her newly widowed sister Susan. Camille Balestrom is full of accusations about her brothers death and will do anything to punish Susan and ultimately Sara.
This stor
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Sep 04, 2011 C.C. Cole rated it it was amazing
Ace author William Butler delivers again in with a cast of characters beginning with a woman and her husband visiting the home of her recently widowed sister in the home of the late husband’s rich, powerful, and manipulative family, the Balestroms. “Nothing is as it seems” gradually avalanches into a complex tale of love, hate, pride, and money. No character is left unscathed as the eccentric family members’ secrets are peeled back revealing their dark history and darker plans for each other. Bu ...more
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Sep 10, 2012 Louisa Mcginn rated it did not like it
This is without doubt the worst book I've ever read. The 'plot' is preposterous and the prose littered with spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and malapropisms. Self-publishing gone mad.
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William is a low key writer who never stops writing. He was born in Morehead City, NC. He moved around a lot as a child living in various places such as NY, GA, FL, VA, until his family settled back in NC, where he lives now. He runs the blog Bang Noir and writes articles for His debut novel, Bang, a noir suspense novel, was published in December 2010. His other works include: The Ho ...more
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