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Gethsemane Hall

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The skeptics think they know what's going on at Gethsemane Hall. So do the religious. So do the spiritualists. They're all wrong. Richard Gray, grieving over the loss of his wife and daughter, learns that his ancestral home holds the secret of what lies beyond the grave. And all of a sudden, everybody wants a piece of Gethsemane Hall.

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 11th 2012 by Dundurn (first published February 1st 2012)
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Gethsemane Hall could best be described as gothic horror meets gore and torture in a slow-paced, although chine-spilling tale. The book starts off slow by introducing us to a variety of characters, some more relatable than others. There’s Richard Gray, lord, owner of Gethsemane Hall, the house he often visited during his childhood, who is grieving the loss of his wife and daughter while he was in Africa, trying to hel
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own get me a paper bag that I can breathe into, and give me a minute.

I am a hard core horror fan, always on the hunt for the book or movie that's going to genuinely freak me out, but they are few and far between. Mostly because the vast majority just recycle the same tropes over and over, or characters do things for no discernible reason. While some of the characters here were a little flat, and sometimes still did stupid things, they at least acknowledged when they were
T. Frohock
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Gethsemane Hall. This is more of an intellectual horror novel with more emphasis on the "what-if" factor, which I can't really go into without spoiling the ending. However, if you love Gothic novels, this might be your speed. The claustrophobic feel of the house extended to the town and over the characters relentlessly.

I loved Meacham--I thought her character was exceptionally well portrayed. She is a survivor from beginning to end and I like the way the novel shifted steadi
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars. I don't usually read books in this genre, but David Annandale is a local author (for me), so I thought I would check it out. I enjoyed this book, and it gave me a good case of the willies, but I would have enjoyed it more if it had been more of a regular haunting story instead of covering so much religious ground.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
It's so bad, I don't even know where to begin. Sigh. I had to force myself to finish it (hope?). I wasted time reading it, I don't think I can waste time reviewing it. :/
Melissa Evans
Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: inventory-list
I was hoping for a great read. It was a slow, confusing mess for me.
Another stepstone on my never-ending quest to find the ultimate haunted house novel. As I've mentioned in other spooky ghost novel reviews in the past, there are 2 books that are up there for me as great haunted house novels - the first of course, being Shirley Jackson's amazing The Haunting of Hill House for amazing atmospherics, and the second being Richard Matheson's Hell House for being incredibly messed up and having the least telegraphed ending ever, seriously that ending was out of left f ...more
Sheare Bliss
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The writing is spare, capable and yet scarily evocative. Instead of coyly leading you into shadowy yet terrifying places, Annandale forces you to dive into deadly cold water. There is nothing slow moving or uneventful. The nature of the terror is not altogether unexpected, but the causes are both unexpected and original. Without comparing writing style or ability, I have to say that this one goes on the shelf with the only other book as frightening to me: The Haunting. The difference is that
Andrew S. Balfour
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
One of the two books I've read in my life that have actually managed to freak me out. The narrative can be a little overwrought in places, and many of the point-of-view characters suffer from a lack of depth, but Annandale does a fantastic job playing with classic horror tropes. Some are played straight, some are subverted, and some are simply cranked up to 11. The author is especially skilled at building tension, and knows when to cut the suspense loose, letting the plot accelerate suddenly bef ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This was a rather enjoyable haunted house tale. Early on I was a little thrown off by the religious overtones, but as the book goes on they diminish and it settles into a more traditional horror story. If I were to compare it to another horror novel it would have to be Matheson's Hell House. It has some extreme gore and just a generally dark feeling. It's also told from multiple different points of view ala George R.R. Martin. At first it took some getting used to the different styles of writing ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This started off well and kept my interest over three quarters of the book, but sadly the last quarter turned out to be a huge let down. There were a few other niggles; using characters' surnames throughout, Americanisms and typos in the text! Oh well nice try, but on the whole not scary enough for me.
Patricia Gallant
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
It is my understanding that this story is a horror story. I do not read horror stories so my judgement may be a bit impaired. However, reading the book seemed relatively slow moving and boring. I felt that stories like this are better "seen" in a movie format rather than read in a book.
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
Haunted house story where a bunch of people converge on a site to prove or disprove the presence of a spirit. There is a spirit, of course, and it is a DOOZY. Kinda bleak and extremely gory at times, but I hadn't read anything like this since high school so it was weirdly a breath of fresh air.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a very odd book. I'm still trying to decide what I think about it. Hugely ambitious in theme, it seemed to me sometimes compelling, sometimes disturbing, and sometimes dreadfully overwritten. Any attempt to explain the plot would likely result in spoilers.
Chris Chelser
May 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Began promising. Took too long to take off, and finally crashed in a fire of the ridiculous inconsistencies and implausibilities that too many horror stories suffer from. The premise was good, but deserved better treatment.
Natasha Walsh
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I finished this book a while ago. I enjoyed it
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An interesting look at the spiritual world and the collision of 'true believers', absolute skeptics and some people in between. Saying much more would be hard without giving away the plot.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it did not like it

Stupid book. The ending was sloppy and very disappointing.
Sharleen Harlow
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book did NOT have a happy ending! Highly disturbing.
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