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House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story Volume One

(House of Darkness House of Light #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,467 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased the home of their dreams and eventual nightmares in December of 1970. The Arnold Estate, located just beyond the village of Harrisville, Rhode Island seemed the idyllic setting in which to raise a family. The couple unwittingly moved their five young daughters into the ancient and mysterious farmhouse. Secrets were kept and then revealed ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 4th 2011 by Authorhouse
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Dyana
Jul 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can I just say this is the worst book I have ever read? It skips all over the place and it's SO boring. I thought it would be fun to read the "ghost" stories of the house and what the family experienced. I have skipped through the entire book trying to read something interesting. NOT. I bought Volume 2. I have wasted my money. Boo. I found her interview with the current house owner more interesting on Youtube....
Sarah Denison
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
The author badly needed an editor. It seemed as if she didn't know if she wanted to write a book about her childhood relationships, her personal philosophies, or the ghosts she experienced. Unfortunately, she decided to cram three books into one. If it was cut back to a few chapters on topic and developed a story line with progression it would have been much better. As it is, it's boring and repetitive.

The author mentioned in an interview that she was looking for a publisher who wasn't going to
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Angela  ♥ Mrs. Hollywood ♥
Aug 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: true-hauntings
This book was about the Perron family's experience in a haunted farmhouse. The movie "The Conjuring" was based on their experience.

I loved the movie so much that I thought I'd look up the book that the eldest daughter wrote.

I've read other books on true hauntings and this was the worst.

The story was told horribly.

It was written in third person, and the author changed from her POV to the other family members. Which was strange considering it was her own story. Why not write of her direct exper
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Cheryl
Jul 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Horrible! Why wasn't an editor involved and/or consulted. I'm actually offended by the lax grammar and sentence structure, not to mention the ADD involved in the composition. This book was all over the place and now I feel like I need to read a gossipy young adult novel to cleanse my literary palate. Seriously, where was the editing?!
Renee
First off let us start with a disclaimer:Yes I am reading volume one and two. Yes this book was OBVIOUSLY self published and in desperate need of an editor. Yes this is the book that the movie The Conjuring is based on and Yes I do believe is ghosts. So going into this review I am giving Andrea and her family the benefit of the doubt that all their experiences are true and honest.

This book was not good, I am only giving it two angels because the author did manage to catch how her sisters and par
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Melanie Snow
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So far, I love this book- it's written as if you're watching a documentary, so if you're not into documentaries, this may not be the book for you.
Ian
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
After 200 pages in I couldn't torture myself anymore. The short of it is: I've never read a book that needed an editor more than this one. Overwritten, flowery (but wilted) prose that frightens the reader with its monotonous voice that threatens to never end. Pass on this book.
Beth Klein
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the first time I remember saying that the movie was better than the book. Its a compelling story,but the book jumped around too much, was repetitive and I agree with the other reviews that said it was about too many things; part about the house and the oddities that happened there, part about marriage, part about childhood, part about the authors childhood,part about the authors views on life and part favorite quotes. I already bought volume two. Wish I hadn't. Needs a good editor.
Ally
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I think people aren't enjoying the book because they're comparing it to the movie. The Conjuring is more from the Warrens point of view so obviously the book is going to be vastly different. I found it interesting and enjoyed it. I can't wait to read the others.
Lyndsey Joseph
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
The book is terrible and the only reason I finished it and am currently reading the second is because I'm interesting in the actual ghost story. The author adds to much "fluff", she jumps Around, is incredibly repetitive and talks too much about stuff that has nothing to do with what the story is actually supposed to be about.
{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }

I was thrilled to finally read this book.
Its supposedly the true account of one family.
The Conjuring is based on this book and the family's occurrences.

This book.... 😐 .....
It was way too wordy and detailed.
On top of that, the writer would go off in left field and completely miss the ball.

Also, I didn't get the impression that the writer had a special connection to this book.
She kept referring to her mom and dad as "the parents".....
"The parents took a drive..."
There is no connection there.
Same
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Viridis Green
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-ghost
I found the story itself fascinating. The writing was a bit difficult at times. The author has a tendency to repeat phrases, I think as a way to emphasize her point. However, I found it tiresome.

Still, though, I love the story and will read volume two when it's finished.
Rosann
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank God Im done with this book .

As for the ghost story part and hauntings this family had.. this book was really good... job well done.

Though towards end of book,,, I'd say 85 percent, it became very repetitious, the author just basically "retelling" all the experience each one had in the house and perhaps lesson's learned from it.
Then around 95 percent of book,, it was basically ( imo) a lot of the authors theories of whatever she felt the need to talk about at that time.

WHAT I really rea
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Meagan
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was truly fascinating ! I love the family and the bond they share through good times and in bad. This was a really well written book and a great story on top of that, I admit some things did frighten me to the core but that's what made the book so great !
Kate
Sep 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am giving up on this one. I had really wanted to read it after seeing the movie "The Conjuring," and was interested in the real story of this haunted house. The events in the book were fairly creepy, however, this book was so weirdly written that it turned me off to reading it. I got about 40 pages in.

The first weird thing about the book was that it was written by one of the girls in the family, but she tells the story in third person. Not necessarily a huge problem, except when she's describi
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Michael
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
First off, let me say this... The screenplay writers for "The Conjuring" must have exceptional talent to create a cohesive movie out of the train wreck that is "House of Darkness, House of Light".
Andrea Perron did the next to worst possible thing in writing this disjointed chaos in the third person. She is far too biased and cannot, for the life of her, step outside herself for a moment to present the proper picture. We get it. She has father and religion issues. That does not have to be stated
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Matt Fraser
Aug 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Dreadful book, overwritten, slow, boring and self indulgent. Andrea Perron can't write for toffee, Avoid unless you are having trouble sleeping
Steve Wiggins
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Like any number of horror geeks, I'm curious about what really happened in Harrisville, Rhode Island as featured in The Conjuring. Factual accounts won't come from academics, and I haven't been able to find an account, ghost-written or not, by Ed and Lorraine Warren. I turned to one of the eye-witnesses, the eldest Perron daughter. As I noted on my blog (Sects and Violence in the Ancient World) books can be whatever a writer wants them to be. The problem is that it's difficult to know what Andre ...more
Nancy
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book read like a fragmented journal not a story. There was very little organization and the author jumped around all over the place. I was determined to finish all 500+ pages and I did. Now I'm going to start on Volume Two which is supposed to be a little better.. We shall see.
Shawnee
Dec 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
It is the account of the Perron family, who lived in a haunted farmhouse. And the story is told by the oldest daughter, Andrea Perron. As someone who loves a good ghost story, especially a true one, I really wanted to like this book. And I hate giving any book only one star.

Honestly, I couldn’t finish this book. The writing is bad, as if the writer were trying and failing to be Jane Austen. It is the kind of writing that uses at least four paragraphs to say something that could have been said in
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Delaney
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
I really expected more from this book. I love stories about paranormal experiences/hauntings but this was too scattered for my liking. That being said, I will DEFINITELY purchase the next two volumes when they become available as I think the rest of the story needs to be told. This book left too many unanswered questions... which, I guess, is true of any good series.
Jen
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book would be better if the author didn't spend so much time on descriptions. This is the first time that I thought the movie was better than the book.
Cindilouw
Interesting story, but not sure I like the writing style. It did not need to be as long, and confusing, with the back and forth in time, and order of events. Very convoluted, disjointed.
Deanna Lynn Sletten
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be an interesting recounting of one family's experience with the paranormal when they purchase a haunted house and live there for ten years. I can't even imagine living through what they did, especially with young children in the house. The author, Andrea Perron, describes their experiences, as they try to understand what is happening and learn more about the past owners of the house. While sometimes she repeats an incident, and the experiences don't always seem to be told in ord ...more
Tchipakkan
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've just finished House of Darkness House of Light by Andrea Perron. It's a memoir written by one of the daughters who lived for 10 years in a farmhouse in Rhode Island that was haunted. It was the basis of the horror movie The Conjuring, and frankly that plot seems to have been only loosely based on what happened. Given the vast majority of the "incidents" described, most are fairly normal for an old house: doors opening and closing themselves, objects appearing and disappearing, moving around ...more
Kimberly
Aug 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was just about the worst book I ever read. Andrea Perron is a terrible writer. It was not scary--it was boring and annoying. The author obviously had no editor; there were numerous spelling,grammar and syntax errors. (for example, "wretched" was used when the correct word was "retched" and "synched" instead of "cinched". Hello: spell check!). The author would put random words in bold italics; that was distracting. Some words that were not proper nouns were capitalized. She would use colons ...more
Ricky
Jul 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Taking into account the fact that the subject matter is so damn interesting and frankly terrifying it seems almost an impossible task to create a boring book based around it. However Perron has managed to do just that and it is a crying shame. The writing style is just horrible horrible horrible. She uses unnecessary lexical choices (see what I did there ;) ) where simple words would have sufficed and this greatly detracts not only from the reading experience but also from the pacing in the book ...more
Lee Williams
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is by far the worst book I have ever read. The author is clearly a narcisist with some major daddy issues. I saw the movie first, but went into the book knowing it would not be like the movie. This book, I dont know even how to classify it. Its comes off being a story about a very dysfunctional family, with a ghost story threaded through it. I found it actually painful to read resulitng in a actual headache. The skipping around is absolutely ridiculous, as well as all the poetry, and consta ...more
Julie
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the hardest book I have ever read! It took an age to finish and in reality could have been half the length it is.

The story is fascinating and I wanted to learn more about the reality after seeing the movie, The Conjuring but about a quarter of the way through I regretted starting (because I rarely, if ever, give up on a book I have started!). The author has a terrible style of writing and will use 3 or 4 ways to describe a scene which is incredibly distracting and repetative and annoyin
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April-lee
Dec 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don't even know where to begin. Normally I don't write a review but this book was so bad I just had to. Most reviews I've read so far have pretty much said it all and I wish I had listened to them before attempting to read this mess.

I literally had to skim through chapters worth of rambling that was not pertinent to the story line and then still never made it to the end of the book. I did enjoy reading the about the scary things that happened to the family when they lived in the house but the
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Author "House of Darkness House of Light" A true story. This collective memoir chronicles the events which occurred between 1970-1980 in an ancient farmhouse in Harrisville, R.I. Volume One draws the reader into the family dynamic, there to dwell with them as they discover the multiple spirits who are sharing space and time with seven mere mortals stunned by the sight. This is a trilogy whose time ...more

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