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The Housemates

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  868 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Ten days, twelve competitors, two million pounds cash.

What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine.

Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers, and a booming voice known only as 'The Landlord' controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life.

Paperback, 234 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 1st 2013)
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Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
As the many others who have come before me have said:
If Big Brother, Survivor, Fear Factor, and SAW movies 1-1,000,000,000,000 had a massive love orgy, this book would come flying out like a buttered up turkey.

Listen, you won't solve world problems reading this book. You won't acquire massive amounts of new super intelligent brain cells traversing the pages. You won't even be surprised by anything in the plot and will totally see the ending from light years away. However, all that aside, you w
Apr 19, 2015 Kaisersoze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I suspect Iain Rob Wright likes reality TV about as much as I do. Watching a bunch of talentless nobodies hamming it up for the camera, all in effort to win some inflated cash prize is not my idea of entertainment. But add the threat of death to proceedings and I might be tempted to flip the channel ...

Wright crafts a very fast-paced and enjoyable read about a group of reality show housemates who quickly realise they've effectively been kidnapped and are being forced to compete against one anoth
Angel Gelique
Damien Banks believes that he's been given a fantastic opportunity to compete for two million pounds cash against eleven others in a ten-day reality show competition. But soon the sinister voice of "The Landlord" fills him and his housemates with dread as they realize that the stakes have changed and that they are now competing for their lives.

Fast-paced and incredibly entertaining, I really enjoyed this story. The characters are realistic and relatable. I pictured each one in my mind and quickl
Nov 04, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first of Iain Rob Wright's novels, and right from the start, I was hooked. His pacing was perfect, characterization--outstanding! There are always those characters you hate, love, suspect right from the beginning, but IRW spins the story so that each "subtlety" of character has you constantly reconstructing and second guessing your original views.

As many readers already pointed out, the basic premise is a cross between a "reality TV show", and the "SAW" movies. If you love your horr
Nov 16, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a good horror
Shelves: favorites
5 stars isn't enough of a rating for this book

Iain Rob Wright just got himself a new fan, I freaking loved this book could not put it down and didn't want it to end

Sep 09, 2016 Pyxi rated it it was amazing
My review for: The Housemates by Iain Rob Wright
Narrated by Chris Barnes
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Shanna Roberson

Blurb taken from Goodreads:

TEN DAYS, TWELVE COMPETITORS, TWO MILLION POUNDS CASH. What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine.

Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers, and a booming voice known only as 'The Landlord' controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to
Sep 12, 2013 Reeda rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Think of the reality show Big Brother mixed in with the movie SAW and you get this scenario. I hope there is a sequel because there was a bit of a cliffhanger at the end.
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Damien. Given the chance to appear on a reality TV show to win 2 million pounds, he readily agrees in order to help his close friend and work partner, Harry, who is terminally ill. Shrouded in secrecy, he and the other contestants make their way to the house they will be staying in for the next 10 days. Once there, they are introduced to the mysterious 'Landlord', known only by a voice over a loudspeaker. made to do tasks and elimination challenges, it soon becomes clear ...more
This was my second Iain Rob Wright novel - my first was Animal Kingdom which only managed two stars for me. I am so glad that I have some of his other novels as I really enjoyed The Housemates. This is an author who should be more well known and I will definitely be recommending this novel (at least - I need to read his others) to horror fans that I know!

I am not a fan of the reality show Big Brother, but when the contestants are competing for their lives and enduring various torture tasks the i
Aug 04, 2016 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in the mood for some mindless fun and this fit the bill perfectly. I suspected it would after reading Wright's Final Winter. This is quite similar in a way (borrowed from several books and movies, whatever happened to genuinely original ideas), although the editing is much more on the level here, although note to author...vegetarians eat eggs, vegans don't. Agatha Christie has done it first and best as far as I know with the premise of strangers gathered in the same house and then ...more
Dec 26, 2015 Jeanine rated it really liked it
Really intense, pretty gruesome, totally engrossing bit of horror.
Oct 04, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
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The concept sounds straightforward enough - twelve contestants, stuck in a house together for ten days, fulfilling or failing various tasks to determine the winners. The last two men (or women) standing get to take home two million pounds. It's just another stupid reality show... until it rapidly becomes clear to the contestants that "expelled from the house" is a euphemism for "brutally killed" and what they're competing for is not just money but their very survival.

Big Brother meets SAW in a g
Christina  Torretta
Jan 02, 2014 Christina Torretta rated it it was amazing
Not many books have me bowing to the author... I grew up on Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Anne Rice, and you have to be a special kind of writer to obtain a horror bow from me. With doing this blog I've met so many great authors, but some just get to that point that is so far and away that you just have to bow to their special type of writing. A writer so profound, so intense that you are left speechless while reading. Speechless or writhing in your seat from fear or agonizing pain as your ...more
Tracy Dobbs
Jul 20, 2016 Tracy Dobbs rated it liked it
I didn't exactly like this book(in fact I told my girlfriend that it was "torture porn"), but it held me enough that I really wanted to finish it, so there is that. Perhaps part of it is my hatred of "reality" TV shows and general disdain for the people who use them to grub around for their fifteen minutes of fame. I was therefore predisposed to dislike all of the characters. To have it then revealed that the show was a hoax and that the participants were chosen to compete to the death due to ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I'll be honest, I found this book after searching horror on Amazon and deciding I liked the cover ( I heard that gasp! I know I'm not meant to judge books by the cover, but don't lie, you sometimes do it too)

I'd never heard of Ian Rob Wright, but after reading the housemates I really can't understand why he isn't more widely known, Basically, this story is almost like what you would expect to read if they wrote big brother rather than broadcast it. but don't let that comparison scare you away.
Shadow Girl
Oct 18, 2013 Shadow Girl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BIG BROTHER - A hand-selected group of people living together in a large house, with cameras continuously monitoring their every move.
SURVIVOR - Contestants are forced to participate in Elimination Rounds to be able to stay until the next challenge.
JIGSAW, from the movie Saw - Watches and records as the contestant tries to complete [almost] impossible challenges.

HOUSEMATES - A hand selected group of strangers living together in one house are forced to compete in challenges, trying to win immun
Jul 24, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Get ready for the big show - 12 people, 10 days and 2 million pounds. Not a bad deal. The game is not it what it seems, however, and the challenges are going to be killer. The last one standing gets the cash. Not as easy as it sounds…really. Let the games begin.

I listened to this one on audio and it was excellent. The pacing was perfect and the action kept the story moving at a brisk pace. I have a hard time with some audio books because they are too complicated and I get lost sometimes. Not so
M.L. Roos
Dec 21, 2014 M.L. Roos rated it it was amazing
Where can you find Saw mixed with Big Brother and Hostel all in one book? Right here. The Housemates is a brilliant tale of people going on a game show, with deadly consequences.

Loved the premise, the story, the characters, the flow. Everything works so well in this novel, I finished it in one sitting. The brilliance of this book is in it's simplicity. The characters are people you would know. The conversations sound real, and the story moves along with nary a glitch. This is a mark of a profess
Babus Ahmed
Jan 09, 2014 Babus Ahmed rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this well constructed thriller through which the themes of retribution and ruthlessness run concurrently. This book is definitely not for the faint hearted and is gruesome in places. It's a well paced fast thriller but you don't lose any characterisations or atmosphere due to the pace. It's a bit like Big Brother meets the Running Man meets the Saw films.

I hope very much to read more from this author
Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams
Dec 24, 2013 Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scary-shiz
Very good book. The only thing I didn't really like about it was the ending. I don't mind when some things are left to the imagination but I felt this book needed a bit more ending. Still very good and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Hunger Game series with a little "Saw" movies thrown in.
Mar 17, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
This book was wonderful. My very first five star read in 2015 and it earned every star right to the end.

Iain Robb Wright has the pacing thing down to a fine art - so much so that I couldn't really find a slow spot to stop reading (even though it was 2 or 3 in the morning).

For me to not recommend this author to my horror loving friends would be abuse on my part.
Apr 05, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Just loved it. By far one of my favorite books. I squirmed and had to put the book down a couple times. But at the same time, I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Can't wait to read the next one.
Oct 15, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this latest book, that takes the TV show Big Brother and turns it into a battle to the death. Great concept and gruesome descriptive language as is the norm with novels by this author. Couldn't put it down, but it ended far too soon. Brilliant!
Thomas Hobbs
Feb 22, 2016 Thomas Hobbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reality Tv Show

This reminded me of U.S. reality show where people compete with other people tooth and nail to win a jackpot prize. But this had some unexpected twists that made me fly through the book. It was enjoyable and Damien was my favorite contestant.
Nov 06, 2016 Ami rated it it was amazing
I feel it is my duty to point out that Iain Rob Wright actually titled this book THE HOUSEMATES: A NOVEL OF EXTREME TERROR. I have been scared by books before even some of Mr. Wright's novel have caused me to be afraid while reading them and some even for days afterward (which I am not complaining about, mind you). But this book scared me so much, probably scarred me too, that I slept with the light on last night and couldn't concentrate on my next reading project because my mind kept going back ...more
Just Me
Nov 29, 2016 Just Me rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book

The end I had no idea didn't see it coming which made it that much better good read for a long scary night
Oct 16, 2016 Christel rated it it was amazing
Loved it :)
Angel Grimes
Dec 04, 2013 Angel Grimes rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. As someone who hates reality tv and pictures a gameshow where those attention whores actually get what they deserve (a smack in the teeth) rather than fame and money, I loved the idea behind the book. The plot is nothing new, Even channel four did a variation with zombies (Dead set), and I'm pretty sure I've seen a similar thing on Saw, so there's not a whole lot you can say about it.

12 people sign up for "Big Brother" and find that the tasks are designed to torture and the el
Joe Hempel
Oct 14, 2014 Joe Hempel rated it really liked it
For me, the hit CBS show Big Brother immediately comes to mind. A group of strangers are cut off from the outside world with cameras watching their every move. The competition is for 2 million pound.

Taken to a remote location you get to know only one of the characters all that well, and that’s Damien. There are hints as to why he wants the money, but nothing is really spelled out for you.

You’ve got your stereo-typical reality show contestants; the beautiful one, the smart one, the tough guy, the
Courtney Wells
Some other reviewers have likened the premise of THE HOUSEMATES to SAW meets BIG BROTHER but I would add-on that there’s a little Agatha Christi’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE mixed in (no spoilers, just a reference).

The book delivers on desperation and gore while a group of strangers face their dwindling chances for survival. The hollow personas of the roommates match those you would expect to appear on reality television, making them seem less the cliché, but are further justified when the true n
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Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, THE FINAL WINTER; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, THE HOUSEMATES.

His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and a massive animal lover.

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