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House at the End of the Street

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  1,279 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah and her daughter Elissa find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared - leaving ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Poppy
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I normally don’t do the horror genre; films or books, gory themed ones I can cope with but the ones that mess with your head? I’m the first one out of the room. I blame it all on my cousin who insisted on us all watching a Stephen King film when we were younger late at night. Of course me being the youngest I didn’t want to be known as a chicken for the rest of my life, so I forced myself to watch it, occasionally having a peek through my fingers. Although I acted all brave I was a quivering mes ...more
"Carrie Anne, Carrie Anne, Carrie Anne."

This book is all(most)about "Carrie Anne", a character that never really appears, but is everywhere!

Oddly, my favourite character is the villain.

Why? Because he is the only one that makes this story worth reading.

Ryan, whom first lost his little sister and blames himself for her death, later also lost both his parents. Nobody likes him, everybody avoids his company but want a piece of his cursed land. And, when he finally thinks he got himself a friend, ev
Summer Lane
Oct 19, 2013 Summer Lane rated it really liked it
This was just about the shortest book I've read in a looooong time, which was fun. I really felt that I was reading more of a short story than anything else. I thought I'd try reading a "horror" novel just for kicks, and it turns out that this book was more a murder mystery than anything else, with some creepy characters, which was just enough scary for me. I don't like the supernatural horror stuff - it's just...horrifying!

Anyway, this book was fun. Kind of reminded me of a Jane Eyre plot twis
Jenni Arndt
Aug 17, 2012 Jenni Arndt rated it really liked it
Shelves: purchased-own
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

While perusing Chapters this past weekend I came across House At The End of the Street, and seeing Katniss on the cover, I was immediately sold. I had never heard of the movie before but upon seeing the perfect horror movie cover and the eerie premise I knew this book was right up my alley. Now, one thing that did deceive me a tad was the "Now A Major Motion Picture" on the cover, I figured that this was a novel that was made into a movie after pu
Brienna Evans
Elissa and her mother Sarah move to the suburbs of Seattle from Chicago. Elissa's father left them a while ago and moving away would help them with a fresh start. Within the first few days Elissa makes a new friend who invited her to a party where a series of traumatic events took place. As she was walking home her creepy neighbor Ryan offers her a ride. People had told her about Ryan, they say that when he was a kid he and sister Carrie Anne were playing on the swings. Carrie Anne fell off and ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Meg rated it it was ok
I severely disliked this book. From the numerous grammatical errors (I counted over 9 and probably missed more because I was too busy freaking out over the ones I caught) to the rushed plot, this book could have been better.

The story was not as scary or intense as I thought it would be, but I thought the twist was pretty interesting. Ryan was somewhat of a deep character, and even though (SPOILER) he ended up being the bad guy, I could accept that because of his traumatic past. The truth about w
Aug 21, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
If you're one of those people who must read the book before seeing the movie, this is not the book to do that with. I have yet to see the movie, but I think it would have been better if that was the way I learned the story. The book just seemed way to short. even some of the intense scenes were only a couple pages long before the story moved onto something else. It felt like I was reading the movie in book form. The story is not too original; after seeing so many horror movies it is kind of hard ...more
Rahma Hassan
Nov 04, 2014 Rahma Hassan rated it liked it
Shelves: movies
ليس كل سطح هاديء يعبر عن باطنه.. وليس كل بحر هادر.. يختصر حقيقته..
البشر عوالم سرية..
عصية على الدراية والفهم..
تصنعها الظروف والاقدار والاستعداد الشخصي..
وفي خضم ذلك تتعدد الملامح وتستعصى على الحصر..
هذا ما اكرره دائماً..
وهذا ما قلته لنفسي مجددا بعد مشاهدة الفيلم..
Yolanda Sfetsos
Sep 26, 2012 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing
A few months ago, I really enjoyed reading Lily Blake's Snow White & The Huntsman so I was looking forward to getting stuck into this book.

Elissa Cassidy and her mother Sarah have moved to a new place away from the pressures of the city. Their new house is pretty big for the two of them and the only reason they can afford it is because the house across the way has a horrible history attached to it. The teenage girl who lived there was brain damaged and killed her parents. No one knows exactl

I was right! It was exactly the same as the movie, well except for this one insignificant part. So if you're the type of person who'd rather watch the movie than read the book then this is the book to do it! It followed absolutely everything!

But I still enjoyed reading it... There's something different about reading it that watching it. When you read it, it's sort of magical (even if I watched the movie first, I found myself wanting more from the book than when I watched
Oct 02, 2012 Hannahcs rated it it was amazing
This was really really really good. I saw the movie though, and the movie was a ton scarier than the book. The end of the book was a little spooky, but it wasn't as gruesome as the movie, which is why i like the book a lot more. I love how it was suspenseful though. This book was great.


In the story, this girl named Alissa moves to this house. coincidentally the house next door had this ha
Bert Zee
Oct 22, 2016 Bert Zee rated it liked it
I like to collect movie novelizations, I know they are kinda lame but I really enjoy them and as I'm a huge movie buff and book lover it's like 2 of my favourite passions combining... The House at the End of the Street is a very average novelization of a very average movie, I read this mainly because I just wanted something super easy and light to read and that's exactly what it was, it plays out like a movie, pretty much scene for scene exactly the same as the film on which it's based which mak ...more
Ashlee Telschow
Jan 14, 2015 Ashlee Telschow rated it really liked it
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Feb 03, 2013 Sylvia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I searched everywhere for it for a month! My local bookstore had sold out and my library system didn't have the book, so I had to resort to SearchOhio, which found the book from a different county and allowed me to check it out.

Anyway, when I heard about the plot for the book, I was hooked! When I started reading it, however, I was disappointed by the lack of description. While House at the End of the Street was a good, quick definitel
Drake Hood
Oct 30, 2012 Drake Hood rated it it was amazing
I gave this book five stars for multiple reasons. This book is well known for the movie. Elissa is the new girl moving next to a house where a dark secret is hidden and a guy named Ryan is in the middle of the dark horror secret. Elissa gets all tied up in the secret and her, ad her mom(Sarah) lives are in danger. This book I think was better than the movie because it describes the struggle and the fighting in very unique and clever ways. I found it hard to put the book down it was so inte4resti ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Trisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-physical
"People don't notice the secrets, but they're there. All around us. Hiding. Waiting to be found."

I know, it's silly. I should haven't liked this as much as I did but I loved it! I barely remember the movie but as I read each page, it was easy to pull the details back out. I actually enjoyed already having faces for the characters.

I enjoyed it.
Nagisa Furukawa
Feb 20, 2016 Nagisa Furukawa rated it did not like it
Definitely not a good one.
Yup! It was my first experience reading a specifically horror story, but 1) It didn't scare me, 2) It didn't even excite me, & 3) I was bored.

I felt sorry for Ryan, & good thing he did what he did to Weaver.
But the rest?! Downright ... Wrong!

Not my cup of tea.
Sep 16, 2012 Meg rated it liked it
This was fantastic for a fast paced, quick read, but parts of the story seemed underdeveloped. I can't complain too much since I read the book in one sitting, but there was more about the characters' back stories I wanted to know.
Jan 02, 2015 Ceri rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it, paperback
A short, simple thriller and only took a couple of hours to read but kept me interested til the end. Enjoyed the suspense, simple storyline but an easy read, didn't require much thinking which is ok if that's what you're in the mood for!
[4,5 estrelas]
Um livro curto, de tirar o fôlego, bem escrito e com um um plot twist que eu não vi chegando. Não sou de recomendar livros desse gênero, porque leio pouco e me assusto com facilidade. Mas, se esse também é o seu caso, fica a dica de leitura: vale muito a pena!
1.5 stars
This was such a weird book. I understand it was trying to be scary and of course I didn't see tha ending until it started unfolding but the writing was empty. It wasn't witten very well and it lacked descriptive style. Oh well.
Jul 18, 2013 Sabreena rated it it was ok
It wasn't really scary, the author's writing kind of made me want to rip my eyes out.
Sarah Folger
Sep 21, 2012 Sarah Folger rated it did not like it
I only read this book because I wanted to see the movie. I think it was written for 13 year olds.....
Nelli SilveryMoon
May 13, 2015 Nelli SilveryMoon rated it it was ok
2.5 rating to be precise. Everything felt rushed through or maybe I was reading too fast
Helen Chandler
Feb 17, 2014 Helen Chandler rated it really liked it

Doctor Sarah Cassidy, and her daughter Elissa move to a small town, where Sarah gets a job at the hospital. Sarah informs her daughter that their house is near the house where the massacred family lived. As told by the neighbors, Carrie Anne Jacobson killed her parents in the house then fled into the woods. Most townies believe that Carrie Anne drowned in the river yet her body has never been found, leaving others to believe that she lives in the woods. Carrie Anne's
Tiffani Willison
Nov 30, 2016 Tiffani Willison rated it really liked it
Just like the saying the book is always better than the movie, it is the case with “House At The End Of The Street”. This book is more like a rollercoaster with happy and thrills and chills through the whole entire book.
This book is about a girl named Elissa, her and her mother Sarah moved to a small town from the big city. Elissa was very mad, that her mother made her move away from her friends. Sarah wanted a better life for her and her daughter. Sarah though this would bring them closer to o
Mar 02, 2017 Nicole rated it liked it
This is the first book in a while that I read in a day. Simply written but a good story.
Oct 25, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
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Dark Matter
Jun 21, 2014 Dark Matter rated it it was ok
C J Dee reviewed the Girl with All the Gifts; for more reviews by C J, see C J Dee on Dark Matter Zine.

Elissa and her mother, Sarah, have moved to a quiet country town, leaving behind the big city and the memories of Elissa’s estranged father. However, there is a catch. The reason Sarah can afford the big house is the double murder that took place next door.

Four years ago young Carrie Anne killed her parents then fled without a trace. Elissa soon finds out that Carrie Anne’s brother Ryan still
Angie Fehl
Oct 13, 2014 Angie Fehl rated it liked it
This is a novel based on the screenplay written by David Loucka, but the title page says the screenplay was based off of a story by Jonathan Mostow. I don't know if that means it started out as an actual short story or just a general story idea... at any rate, this is the novelization of the film, which I haven't seen just yet. I thought I had, but after reading this novelization, I think I must have had it mixed up with another film, because this storyline didn't sound familiar to me. But I now ...more
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