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DWELLING, The

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  329 ratings  ·  51 reviews
FOR SALE: Newly renovated single-family home. New hardwood floors, all appliances. Bathroom, 3+ bedrooms, unique decor, must be seen.. . .

362 Belisle Street is a homeowner’s dream. Recently renovated! Victorian detail! Good neighborhood! A steal at $95,900! Real estate agent Glenn Darnley wonders why this charming property keeps coming back on the market. Perhaps the clawe
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Mass Market Paperback, 576 pages
Published December 10th 2010 by Seal Books (first published 2003)
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Tristan Macavery
Much like real estate marketing techniques, the sales technique for this book requires some translations. In real estate, "cozy" means "small." Here, "an array of well-drawn characters"(a phrase from an endorsement on the back of the book) means "occasionally plodding development of action." Also, "a refreshingly original take on the traditional ghost story" means "takes a while for it to get going."

All this sounds far more negative than is strictly warranted. The book is indeed well written, a
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Bandit
The size of this book (the most deceptively dense mmp ever) and the unknown author has left this one on my tbr shelves forever. This afternoon I started it and read straight through, finishing just now. Yes, it was that intense tought to put down kind of a story. Moloney with this book has absolutely mastered the quiet horror genre, the very essence of insiduous. She terrifies without resorting to gore or any other traditional genre trappings, she unsettles, she disturbs. It's a huge help that h ...more
Jon Recluse
A brilliant novel of quiet horror, that disturbs on so many levels, weaving the fragile home lives of ordinary people, damaged though they may be, who find themselves in possession of, and in a way by, a house that is much more than it appears to be. The final revelation is a stunner, one that will have you thinking long into the night.

Highly recommended.
K.S. Thompson
One of my favorite books is "Comes the Blind Fury" by John Saul. His ghost stories are filed with beautiful old houses by the sea and characters who, while they seem quite "normal" to their neighbors, often have secrets-upon-secrets and hidden agendas. John Saul's books kept me awake many nights, yet I can't stop myself. Much like revisiting old friends, I re-read his books on a regular basis.

This is what Susie Moloney has brought to the literary table. "The Dwelling" isn't a gore-filled, terrif
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Kristen
Jun 06, 2012 Kristen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: light horror fans
Picked up randomly at the library, because I was looking for a classic ghost haunting story to freak myself out with, I was pleasantly surprised by this story. Perhaps because all I was looking for was a basic horror, the characters and overall story in this was thoroughly enjoyable.

The story is separated into three hauntings, sandwiched in between Miss Glenn, the Realtor, preparing and trying to sell this white elephant of a house. Each of the families who move in have different experiences in
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Therese
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Claudia
I have lived in a house with sighing pipes that sounded like a child crying, corners that weren't square so one always felt a little off kilter and doors that didn't quite fit their frames so they opened and slammed shut without human intervention. There was no blood or gore, just moments of terror before you remembered why. This is how Susie Moloney's book proceeds, with quiet, whispering horror, scratching at the door, and voices that have no source but seem to be just beyond that door or wall ...more
Kilgallen
This was a very good and original ghost story. I liked that fact that it was 3 (or four depending on how you look at it) stories in one. The pace was good and the characters were wonderfully flawed.
Jess
I'm giving this book so many stars because 9 years after reading it I still remember it and remember that it was perfectly frightening!
Andy
Well written ghost story. Trouble is haunted house stories are somewhat predictable.
Holly
I loved this book. I found it to be very similar to Anne Rivers Siddons "The House Next Door". Subtle, atmospheric and quietly spooky.

Sorry, torture porn fans, this one is not for you. The vomitophiles aren't going to get any love from this book either.......you all are just going to have to swig some ipecac syrup if you aspire to puke during the reading of this novel. Don't worry, there are plenty of gut busting, entrail dangling bloodbath stories for you out there, I'm sure you will find them
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Lori
Growing up in a brand new late 1960s era ranch with zero personal history or back story made me a lifetime aficionado of old houses. My favorite stories as a child often involved children moving into very old houses with mysterious passageways and loot in the attic from a bygone era. A haunted house story was such a treat I even fanned Scooby Doo on the sugar and TV drenched Saturday mornings of childhood. I am still on the constant lookout for a haunted house tale...fictional or otherwise!

It is
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The Hopeful Underdog
I’m ashamed to admit it but I’m new to GoodReads.Com and this is my first review of a book. So, forgive the typos, weird incomprehensible sentences, lack of luster, and awkward ramblings (if any).

Years ago I picked up this novel by Susie Moloney from the “Best-Selling” shelf at our local bookstore. It was my first paranormal-haunted-house-type-fiction novel. I didn’t know what to expect and so I wasn’t anywhere near being prejudiced about it. So, you guessed it. Like a geek gawking at a piece of
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Mallory Heart Reviews
An outstandingly multilayered and detailed novel of horror and the Supernatural, “The Dwelling” (initially published as “362 Belisle Street”) is framed as the experiences of a trio of homeowners, bracketed by intermissions of Mrs. Glenn Darnley, recently widowed (at the beginning of the novel), Realtor, who is connected to 362 by threads even she doesn’t recognize. Over and over again, new owners purchase this “special” house and move in-only to quickly move out (only some move out) and Glenn on ...more
Kris43
Reviewing this is hard, because it seems to, like I'm reviewing more than one book. This book is about a haunted house. It consists of 3 story's that are only barely connected together by a fact that they are happening in the same house. Three sets of people meet their end when they move in the haunted house.

If I was rating only the first story, I would have given it 4 stars, because i think that it was the best one, and it was also well rounded. After that, I knew what is going to happen and e
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Julie Levenhagen
This book has been a favorite of mine since I came across a copy at a used bookstore several years ago. I misplaced my original copy but had a craving so picked up another.
I love the twist on the classic haunted house novel. It's definitely creepy but weirdly touching as well. I like how Glenn's story is woven throughout the inhabitants' story. I would have honestly read even more about the history of the house and the various elements that lead to its haunting.
I love Ms. Moloney's writing, an
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Maria
My friend sent me this books as a gift a few years back. I absolutely loved it, really well done and kept me on the edge of the pages anxiously waiting to get to the next scene to find out more about the characters who lived in the house and the history behind that hauntings!
Yvonne
Boo! This is a captivating ghost story and a bit scary in parts. Thoroughly enjoyable, moves at a good pace. Really good summer read, I have barely put it down.
Basically 4 stories in one, but the common thread is the recently widowed real estate agent who keeps having to list 362 Belisle St. The house takes ages to sell, and when it finally does, the owners don't last long. Each owner(s) has an interesting story in their own right, and the house ties it all together. There is even a haunted bath
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Kim
This is a horror story about a haunted house but with a bit of a difference as the 'hauntings' seem to come about through items that have been brought into the house as part of renovation works carried out by a former owner. The woman acting as agent for selling the house, Glenn Darnley (recently widowed), also finds herself more drawn to the house on each occasion she is called on to sell the house as successive purchasers succumb to the house's malevolent influence. The first section of the bo ...more
Nadine Lucas
I sneak in a little genre fiction here and there, and Susie Moloney fits the bill with this take on the classic ghost story. Moloney isn't quite as masterful a prose wrangler as Stephen King or Shirley Jackson but her books are undeniably fun to read. If you want a little escapism and you are fond of horror fiction you could worse.
Book Chatter-Cath
This book moves really slowly, and it's just NOT keeping me interested or entertained. One for the DNF pile :(
Jennifer
Pretty good ghost story. The plot was clever, but it did drag a little bit. I think it could have been made shorter to keep the pace up.
Lisa
Sep 18, 2010 Lisa rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: 3 for £1 book sale...
Aiming for spine-tingling but reaching mind-numbing instead, this failed to live up to the promises of the cover.

A haunted house story told through that of each new buyer (after the preceding one comes to a premature end), it focused way too much on the internal problems of each occupant (whom I really couldn't have cared less about) than on the spooky stuff, only ramping things up as it rushed towards the end of each hastily climaxed story strand, every one of which felt slightly forced.

Tedious
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Amanda
I'm giving this 1.5 stars. I didn't like it, but it also wasn't too terrible. It was creepy and often disturbing. The main deductions for stars was due to the "sexual" portions of the book (thankfully contained in mainly the first owners' sections). Didn't really connect with the characters, but I was always trying to understand the house better. Fyi, if you are far to eager to know what is going on with the house, the end of the book has a little blurb about the various events that occur. Would ...more
David Russell
hmmm. mixed feelings about this one.
Rachel
362 Belisle is one of my favorite haunted houses.
Lisa Greer
I picked this one up at the used bookstore. So far, it's a great, scary read. The clawfoot tub gave me the creeps. We used to have one of those in our old home. It always kind of scared me. :)

I am two thirds of the way into this one, and I have to agree, this is like old Stephen King novels... only without the annoying repetition of certain words and phrases :). It has made my skin crawl and made me full of horror and pity for the main characters. That's a good horror novel to me.
Jan
A lovely haunted house novel that is divided into three stories about three different owners who attempt to make a go of living in a house that is seriously haunted and not kidding around. I especially liked the second story, with a young overweight boy who craves love and his distraught newly divorced mother. Their neediness makes their stay in the house very perilous indeed.
Frances
Found this feeling slightly fractured; like The House Next Door, it involves disparate stories of people moving into a bad house, but it doesn't seem quite as unified as Seddon's work. Still, it's a well-written and creepy piece.
Chisty
Belisle Street. Hehe. I read this when I first got to Monhegan after going through the Island Inn's bookshelves. Pretty fitting story telling on a secluded island while the rain poured and the wind howled outside. I enjoyed it at the time and the stories have stuck in my head ever since. I really liked the imagery the author conveyed.
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