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The Home

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  821 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews

When twelve-year-old Freeman Mills arrives at Wendover, a group home for troubled children, it’s a chance for a fresh start. But second chances aren’t easy for Freeman, the victim of painful childhood experiments that gave him the ability to read other people’s minds.

At Wendover, Freeman and the other children are subjected to more secret experiments, organized by
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Haunted Computer Productions (first published August 1st 2005)
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Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I really liked about this book was how fluid and clear it was. I really enjoy writers who have that special way with words where reading the story doesn't end up being a chore, but a true pleasure. This was my first Scott Nicholson book but certainly not my last as I have since gotten two more of his books.

The story is about a young boy, Freeman Mills who enters Wendover Home for juvenile kids, and while he has been going from home to home, this one is simply another stop for him before he
Michelle Dear
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-horror
Disclaimer: I am a colleague of Scott Nicholson. I have professionally edited several of his books outside of this genre. I approached this book as a reader exclusively, and this is an independent personal review/analysis based upon my perspective as a reader who enjoys this particular genre. It is based upon my subjective enjoyment of the content, and is as objective as possible regarding quality of content.

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Twelve-year-old Freeman is en route to Wendell, a group home for proble
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Tuesday Review for you...Another 5 star for Scott Nicholson, I'll start off by saying I didn't know if I could read this book after JUST having my 15 yr old son placed in a residential treatment center ( he has multiple problems that I don't even pretend to be qualified to handle and THANKFULLY he is doing fine ) Scott's description of Wendover's beautiful scenery sounded all too familiar. But that's ALL that was the same, When you mix troubled but gifted children, mind reading, experimenting ...more
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I don't know how many horror books the other reviewers have read, but this novel is not all that it's cracked up to be. Ghosts are seen by characters in almost every chapter, so the excitment/terror/impact is lessened greatly. The children in this book seem more intelligent than the adults that supervise them -- doctors included. The real conflict doesn't come into play until 250 pages into the book, and the constant flowery descriptions became tedious very quickly. Now, don't get me wrong, I lo ...more
Scott Nicholson
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
re-release of 2005 paperback version
Marla Knaack

I like following the story of all the kids in the home, but nothing good ever happened. I'm sure the suspense will be thrilling for most people, but it's just not what I enjoy. I want "good" to win. So I was disappointed.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This novel represented a good ol' fashioned clash between what I appreciate as a reviewer and what I like as a reader. On the one hand, The Home starts well and sets up a few interesting tidbits about what might be to come. Getting to know Freeman, in particular, was an enjoyable ride (except for his annoying character trait of comparing himself to old movie-stars in various action roles). There was also a great early scene where one character comes across a spirit that inhabits the home for way ...more
The summary pretty much says it all so let's get straight to my thoughts.

I liked this well enough to listen to the whole book in the matter of days, which is good for me because it's over 10 hours long!! But one thing I didn't like was the narrator. He was very very dull. I found myself at times with my mind wandering, even though the story itself was intense. Daniel Dorse, while being clear and concise, was dull and boring. He didn't bring any life to the story and it felt like he read the who
Carl Alves
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Home, Freeman Mills is a twelve-year-old rebellious type who has gone through various homes until he reaches Wendover, a home for troubled children. After having gone through traumatic experiences as a child, his plan is to lay low, a task that isn’t so easy for someone with the ability to read minds, and as he soon learns, to see ghosts. Wendover is really a front for bizarre experimentation being funded by some shadowy government agency, that never got explained very well in the novel a ...more
This is a great story, interesting from the beginning with a great story, the characters are diverses and interesting and you want to know wht happens next, very like Stephen King but in ways better becayuse King can go way over the top. This is easy to understand and flows well but keeps you gripped.
Amy B
A mental institution is shut down and turned into an orphanage for troubled children. A doctor is using electromagnetism to "cure" the kids, a side-effect of the treatment being ESP...and ghosts coming out of the basement. If that's not enough, there's a secret government trying to control the whole thing.
It was interesting, but flimsy. Characters and plot left a lot to be desired.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of free ebooks. More often than not I find good ones, and new authors. This book and author are a good example of the diamonds I sometimes find. I could not put this book down. Gripping from beginning to end.
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wendover, a group home for troubled children,holds many secrets.The children residing here receive experiments to enhance their ESP. The characters are vivid. The evil that occurs within the walls of Wendover will frighten you.
Jeny Robertson
While entertaining, this book lacked something for me.
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review - coming soon!
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I have read a good horror-type book, and I am glad I found The Home - Nicholson has an engaging writing style that reminds me of a lot of Stephen King's work, complete with the not-too-gross or weird descriptions and situations along with light religious shadings that will get you thinking of things outside the context of the story. Once I started reading this one I didn't want to put it down, and I could see this one being made into a very successful movie that could s ...more
Jim Kratzok
Pretty darned good story

Frankly, I wish I could give this 4 1/2 stars. It was a very engaging book. The main characters - institutionalized kids were well portrayed and likeable, except for the obligatory nasty bully and his crew. The kids are being forced to undergo treatment with high tech equipment that bombards their brains with a variety of energies in the attempt to "heal" their mental illnesses with the added side effect of giving them a variety of ESPs. The bad guys were unambiguously b
Judi Kling
Other than the occasional Stephen King book, I'm not really a horror story fan, so take my review with a grain of salt. The book was enjoyable. The story was unique and interesting. The writing was solid. I liked the characters. Just not my cup of tea.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ABR's full The Home audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

First thoughts about the cover of The Home? Everything in the picture, except the person in front of the window and the chandelier, leans to the right. With the way it leans and the shades of blue set the tone for me to wonder if the story is going to be spooky/scary or coming of age/horror.

This book is about a twelve year old boy named Freeman Mills. The story starts with Freeman arriving at Wendover Group Home. He’s trying
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in. - Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man

Freeman Mills finds himself at Wendover - another group home for troubled children. he thinks that the place looks like any of the other homes he had spent time in before. Freeman finds out quickly how very wrong he was...
author Scott Nicholson's novel is a creepy descent into madness and the paranormal. the atmosphere and the characters he has created combined with the fast-pa
Freeman Mills is a troubled kid. After bouncing around through a variety of foster homes and institutions, he finds himself at Wendover, yet another home. Unfortunately for Freeman, Wendover has a lot of secrets. Most of them are unpleasant. Some of them are dead. And for a kid with ESP, all of them are dangerous.

I liked this book a lot. It was part of a bundle I picked up via Kindle for $.99, and I didn't have a lot of expectations about what I'd be getting. The Home turned out to be a gripping
Dan Hart
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading this, I was certain I would be rating it a five. This story has everything I love in a book. Freeman is awesome, and in many ways reminded me of Killua (who is quite possibly my favorite fictional character.) The setting and atmosphere were great, and the plot did its job.

After I finished and looked back, however, I started to see the scaffolding, and a couple things didn't really seem to click right in my head. Most of all, however, I just didn't find Freeman's relationship wit
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I started this book thinking it would be a bit formulaic, but boy was I wrong! It begins creepy and just gets creepier the more you read. Such a smorgasbord of horror: kids with telepathy and clairvoyance, not to mention their bad behavior; ghosts, evil doctors and a very evil father, and a staff you don't know are good or bad, are just some of the twists and turns in the Wendover Home for troubled children that Scott Nicholson so deftly takes you through. The book begins by the arrival of ...more
Laura Laporta
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An original, clever, psychological thriller. If that's your kind of book, I suggest you read it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and couldn't put it down. The story had a good plot and interesting characters. A lot of twists, turns and surprises and had me trying to guess what was going to happen all the way to the end! I was a little confused at times and I still have a couple of questions though, but I believe that If a few specific characters had the chance to add even a little more detail to ...more
Terri Weitze
I liked this okay. I'm just wondering - what is the deal lately with all the books where the story goes back and forth between religion and science? Seems it's everywhere; including this book. Not sure which side it landed on either. So if the author intended to get a message across one way or the other, it didn't work - at least not for me. Anyhow, a decent horror YA novel. Deals with kids in a home for disturbed children; and the question seems to be what is more horrific - what happens the ho ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott Nicholson will always be one of my favorite go-to authors for books full of creepy chills. The Home is definitely one of his better ones. Freeman Mills, is a 12-year-old troubled boy, the main character, who ends up at a home for disturbed youth, run by psychiatrists who are using their young patients as guinea pigs for their horrible experiments. The side effects open their minds to all kinds of things—ESP, clairvoyance, and plenty of sightings of ghosts that haunt the institution. Poor F ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this one hard to put down. I love these psychological scary stories without the gratuitous gore. Mr. Nicholson has created a whole world of ghosts in another dimension which intrudes upon our own because of shady government experiments. The plot was well-defined, the action fast-paced. Each character was well-developed - even secondary ones, including a couple of the spirits. I was left hating some, feeling sorry for some and loving some, like the main characters - Freeman and Vickie. I ...more
Jennifer Giles Hinojosa
Another great read by Nicholson! I found myself completely absorbed in the story of these forgotten kids and rooting for them from the first page. More psychological than all out horror, this book will keep you guessing until the end. The imagery is beautiful and helps to immerse you deeply into the story and the characters carefully crafted to invest you in there fates. The horror didn't so much come from the ghosts that haunt the children's home but from what a parent can do to a child. This i ...more
Frank Pero
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A couple of nights ago I finished reading THE HOME by Scott Nicholson. I found it very hard to put this novel down. A wonderfully scary story told without a lot of needless gore. Take a home for "troubled" kids, ghosts, a battle between religious and scientific points of view, ghosts, the dimension somewhere between "the living" and "the dead", ghosts, scientists/researchers who go to the extreme to prove their own points of view, and (did I mention) ghosts...and you have a great story with very ...more
Ju lit les Mots
Cela faisait un moment que ce livre trônait dans ma pile à lire ! j’ai longtemps hésiter avant de me lancer….

Quelle ne fut pas ma déception ! malgré cette 4ème de couverture très prometteuse, je me suis ennuyée ! j’ai été déçue par le style ! la traduction pour moi est de qualité plus que moyenne et les fautes d’orthographes (pourtant je suis loin d’être une experte) sont impardonnables dans un livre grand public ! je ne parle pas de coquilles bien entendu…

L’idée de départ était très bonne mais
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“Then he knew what hell was like. It wasn't a hot place where a pointy-tailed beast poked you with a pitchfork. Hell was inside your own head, where the doors were closed, where hope never knocked, where darkness and pain and self-pity were the only companions. Forever.” 1 likes
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