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A House Divided

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  258 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Equal parts Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice, and Stephen King -- with a generous helping of jambalaya and crawfish pie -- Louisiana-born-and-bred horror maven Deborah LeBlanc's A House Divided is a supernatural thriller about a greedy building contractor who, after dividing and moving an old house, stirs up spirits better left undisturbed.

When Keith Lafleur discovers that he c
Paperback, 326 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Leisure Books (first published May 30th 2006)
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Apr 15, 2010 Kasia rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading Deborah LeBlanc but it certainly won't be my last. It's so refreshing to find a writer who makes all the hard work that goes into writing seem so effortless. Everything in this novel flows of the pages and can really be read in one day if one has time. When I read that as a kid Deborah wanted to read every book in her local library I knew I would like her and I was right. She's a writer who loves to read and that shows in her work.

The story itself is very original
Dawn Pickern
Feb 14, 2017 Dawn Pickern rated it did not like it
The plot and characters were shallow and easily deciphered before the end of the first chapter. A B movie scriptwriter would've passed on this one.
Feb 04, 2009 Magda rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
It's supposed to be horror, but other than the initial non-violent murder, and the haunted guy killing off characters I didn't care much about anyway, it was pretty funny.
Jordan Anderson
Jun 06, 2014 Jordan Anderson rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Leisure books ever since they introduced me to Brian Keene. Now, sure, not every one of their novels have been amazing and few have left me disappointed, but generally speaking, there are few companies that did such a good job of consistently pumping out a steady stream of horror novels as Dorchester did with this imprint. Maybe that's why, regardless of the author or subject matter, I try my best to snag up these now defunct publications, as many of them are no longer publish ...more
Jan 30, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
There's a reason that the old wives' tale of "It seems too good to be true, it is." still holds through these days. Too bad Keith Lafleur either didn't hear those words or paid them no heed. Keith stumbles into a killer deal. A huge old farmhouse for free. The only thing that he had to do was move it off the property as the new landowners were building on the property and had no need for the house. Keith decides that he will divide the house and put a business and apartment in each half. Two fri ...more
Beth Gibson
Aug 14, 2013 Beth Gibson rated it liked it
I like horror stories but find so few people who know how to write them. This one is more of a ghost story. Though the characterization is done well, I also felt the characterization was too stereotyped. At times I felt like I was "watching" the Ice Cube movie "Barbershop." The strange things that are happening are compelling enough to keep reading to see what is causing it all. It is fairly fast paced and you have the regular hero and heroine to cheer for. Where I felt the book fell flat was th ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Tori rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, own, adult
I can't even remember the last time I read a real ghost story, especially one that was so fast paced.

I was immediately sucked into the story and I kept reading and I really wanted to read until about page 150, where I just got sorta bored because it seemed like the same thing kept happening in every chapter.

I thought the writing was good and I liked all the characters. But the story kinda dragged towards the middle. But towards the end it did pick back up and became a super easy book to finish
Sep 30, 2007 Biz rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This book started out interestingly with a flashback prologue and then forward to the present. That's where it lost me a little bit in that some of the characters were a little too stereotypical. However...

What started as stereotypical ended up giving the characters full voices and making them real to me. I didn't expect that I would like them as much as I did.

The story was interesting..what if a house that was haunted by a family was cut in half and sold as two seperate houses. The family split
Jul 15, 2008 Mel rated it really liked it
This is not a genre I'd normally read.
My favorite character was Tawana. There are lots of twists and it is gross in parts.

Matt Daigle buys a house and turns it into a cafe where the locals flock to eat home-cooked meals. He and his young son, Seth, live on the second floor of the cafe.

Laura and Tawana purchase a house, two houses down from the cafe, and turn it into a beauty shop. They both live on the second floor, along with Tawana's special-needs cousin, Angelica.

Strange events start to o
Mar 08, 2009 Stormy rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Overall I enjoyed this book. Fast paced and the plot left enough unanswered questions to keep you turning the pages.

The plot is fresh and a different spin on the supernatural and paranormal and makes you ask the question what does happen when things are not a rest.

A few of the main characters to me where a bit weak and seemed more like minor players and one of the minor players I felt belonged in the role as lead male. However, I liked the authors voice and enjoyed the story.

I would recommend
Nov 09, 2010 Glenn rated it liked it
A nice change-of-pace horror book set in and around New Orleans... When a house (..with a history) is broken in two and moved to a new location to serve as two new businesses- 'things' don't always stay behind. The "prose" is written with a real Nawlins drawl, which brings an aspect of reality - yet seems to take away from the experience. However, the story does grow with suspense and really keeps you intrigued.
Colleen Alfano
Nov 23, 2012 Colleen Alfano rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I only have time to read at night while in bed after I put the kids down so I usually don't get to far into the book before falling asleep. This book, however, kept moving right along. I found it hard to put down resulting in some very late nights for me. That's okay though because a good book is worth it! I look forward to reading something else from this author.
Tracy Walters
Jul 13, 2011 Tracy Walters rated it it was ok
This is a copy that has been autographed by the author. I was excited to read this book because it had an intriguing story line. The characters are pretty good and the story is also pretty good until the end. The ending was a HUGE she just gave up and didn't even try to finish the book.
Feb 18, 2013 Karyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creepy read all the way to the end! Fast paced & easy to follow with likable characters. Deborah has done it one more you right in from Chapter 1 & won't let you go til the last page. And even then I find myself sitting in silence stunned for a few more moments. Here's MY dilemma, THIS WAS THE LAST BOOK! No More, all done. Southern Horror Withdraw setting in~~~~~~~
Kelly Truelove
Apr 16, 2012 Kelly Truelove rated it liked it
This was actually my second Deborah LeBlanc book, and I found it enjoyable, overall. While predictable at times and certainly not intellectually "deep" or utterly intriguing, I found it an enjoyable read. It was a perfect leisurely read, one that didn't take too much thought to enjoy and was a fun escape into a haunted house story.
Lyle Hansen
Jan 18, 2013 Lyle Hansen rated it really liked it
Very well laid out story. It pulled me in from page 1 and kept me enthralled throughout. I felt like I was in the story and could see and feel what was happening. The idea of the story was a very good one and it is the first book that I have read that did this. It is a quick read and only took me two days to complete.
Jun 13, 2011 Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: spooks
I grew a little tired of the banter the "Tawana" character provided in the book but once I hit "middle of the book" the storyline gripped me. Old Cajun hoodoo, reincarnation, hauntings......These are all right up my alley.
Linda Mitchell
Jan 19, 2013 Linda Mitchell rated it it was ok
The writing is a bit elementary. I am a huge King fan and just read "Under the Dome" which was amazing. So, to go right to this book was not the best move. The story had a lot of potential but I had a hard time staying interested.
Jennifer Madden
Apr 27, 2010 Jennifer Madden rated it it was amazing
Creepy and fascinating. I just had to know what happened. The author does such an amazing job of describing Louisiana places, people, food, etc.
Rick Reed
Apr 07, 2016 Rick Reed rated it it was amazing
Deborah Leblanc is the real deal. If you want a paranormal story that will draw you in and scare you this is the one. Or at least one of her many books. She will make a believer out of you.
Apr 18, 2015 William rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It kept me on edge. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but I absolutely loved it. I won't say more as it may ruin the book
Lisa Greer
Dec 15, 2008 Lisa Greer rated it did not like it
This is the second LeBlanc I've tried to like. I just don't like the writer's style, and beyond the first ten pages, it is just not that scary.
Jun 16, 2010 Naomi rated it liked it
This book was pretty good. It kept my interest enough to where I will def. seek out more from her. There were moments in it that slowed down a bit and bored me but not enough to downgrade my rating.
Nov 19, 2008 Danielle rated it really liked it
Had some supernatural elements that I usually don't like, but this book moved fast! Good break from usual stuff I read!!
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Best-selling author, Deborah LeBlanc, is a business owner, a licensed death scene investigator, and an active paranormal investigator. She served four years as president of the Horror Writers Association, eight years as president of The Writers Guild of Acadiana, and two years as President of the Mystery Writers of America’s Southwest Chapter.

Deborah is also the creator of Literacy Inc., a non-pr
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