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The Good House

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,816 ratings  ·  395 reviews
The home that belonged to Angela Toussaint's late grandmother is so beloved that townspeople in Sacajawea, Washington, call it the Good House. But that all changes one summer when an unexpected tragedy takes place behind its closed doors...and the Toussaint's family history -- and future -- is dramatically transformed. Angela has not returned to the Good House since her so ...more
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by Atria Books (first published August 25th 2003)
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Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Among a group I read about on Goodreads for great scary-house Halloween books, The Good House certainly lived up to that billing and then some. It is a fine horror novel, with wonderful, well-developed characters, especially the feminine half of this family. Grandma Marie and her granddaughter Angela are powerful spiritual guides for voodoo magic, but Grandma used her power for ill intent in the past and a demon has come to exact revenge on the family and only Angela can save it and her small to ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The blurb for this one sounded so interesting, and the line at the library for this book was so long that I thought it would definitely be the spooky ghost story I had been looking for.

Unfortunately it wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

Angela Toussaint is returning to the house of a terrible tragedy at her fourth of July party many years ago where her son Corey dies. The house has been deemed The Good House, partially because of its original owners, the Goodes and the fact that it was the only
Jessica Woodbury
Why isn't this a huge bestseller? As good as any popular horror novel, The Good House has great characters, twisty plot, very high creepy factor, great mythology, and stellar writing. I've seen people recommend this book for fans of Stephen King, and I'd agree. I'd also say it's great for people who don't particularly care for King, but who dabble in horror.

This isn't light or breezy, it's very dark, but I absolutely loved it.
Heidi The Reader
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
The Good House is a horror story spanning generations of the Toussaint family and their home. The family has a history of healing and mysterious vodun practices, or maybe they're just extremely lucky. Take, for example, a mud slide that destroyed every home in their part of town, except theirs.

"The mud's recent wrath had left their two-story house untouched, but sprays of buckshot fired at the house during cowardly moments, usually at night, had pocked and splintered the old door. The mere sight
Book Riot Community
I like to read horror during October, and I’ve been meaning to catch up with Due since I read her stellar story collection Ghost Summer in 2015. I’m sad I waited so long! The Good House is simply one of the best horror novels I’ve ever read. It’s thick and complex enough to satisfy fans of big, fat horror writers like Stephen King. There’s a unique and well-built mythology around the supernatural happenings in the book that won’t leave you rolling your eyes at the end. And the characters are ric ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I'm always afraid I won't be able to articulate its brilliance. This is the second book I've read by Due, and once again I was hooked from almost the very first page. There's something about her writing that makes you feel that your reading something important. You're reading a book that will stand the test of time and enchant readers years to come. This book was written 16 years ago, and it reads just like a book that was written today. And I actually can't belie ...more
In ‘The Good House,’ Tananarive Due, capitalizes on the element of fear, beginning with a super scary vignette occurring in 1929 when some men show up at Marie Toussaint’s house with a sixteen-year-old girl on the verge of death. They are begging for help. Marie is a healer, but do her powers come solely from herbs and teas? Her common-law husband, Red John, tells her that the healing will come at a price. Seventy-two years later, in 2001, her great-grandson, Corey finds Grandma Marie’s book of ...more
Tracy Darity
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tananarive Due is one of my favorite writers. I fell in love with her “Living Blood” series over ten years ago, and on occasion (as with this title) have strayed to some of her other works. The Good House is classified as “horror, and a terrifying story of supernatural suspense.” There wasn’t much horror in this book, so let’s go with supernatural suspense.

In a league of her own, I don’t believe Ms. Due could write a book that I would not enjoy. She is simply gifted at what she does. Her knack
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I purchased this book awhile ago solely based on the author who I love and the price. It was on sale for $9.00. But it sat on my bookshelf a long while. Maybe a year? Well that is not the important part of this review. I started reading this mega paperback book (496 pages) and I could not move very fast. *whisper* It was my fear of big books. (Something about them seem so daunting and I just stop.) So this time I purchased the audiobook from to help me out.
Now on to the review....
Joe Orozco
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been craving some good horror recently and not that sci-fi, thriller wanna-be horror, but good traditional horror of the things that go bump in the night variety. I was perusing Audible, naturally looking for the longest books in stock to make my credits worth it, and I came across an author who was said to be the equal of Stephen King. Well, that clinched it for me.

If the summary had mentioned someone like Dean Koontz I would have kept perusing. If they had mentioned someone like Richard La
Mike (the Paladin)
Again a book that I rate on a subjective (I just didn't like it) scale. I mentioned in a couple of other reviews that I'm faced with the need to "thin out" my book shelves as I've moved to a much smaller place. (My wife passed away and I just didn't need the large place, the landlady wanted to sell it and so, so here i am.) I sold and traded a lot of books when I moved, but since I didn't have room for nearly all my book shelves here the ones I have are all double loaded or at least as tightly l ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The Good House was a damn good book. Tananarive Due delivers a story that will make you have every single feel she can drudge up in you. From hope to horror, from tearing down to buildling up, and everything in between. This is a book that will have you going “Oh, Jesus,” and yet unable to look away. The deaths will haunt you. Angela’s journey will rock you.

I’m not a fan of child death in horror. Pretty much anyone who knows me and has listened to me talk about horror knows that. I consider it t
Essi | morrisongrl
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I loved this book! It wasn't a quick read,but there wasn't a boring moment. I don't know why this book isn't more popular,why I've never seen it on bookstagram. It deserves more hype! It really is a seriously good story.
I knew nothing about this before starting it,and it surprised me in such a good way. The story is so beautifully written and it really shows that the author did lots of research. There was so much history,culture and mythology. It was really interesting and I found myself readin
Michael Jensen
I'd actually give this four and a half stars for falling into my least favorite horror trope: a character refuses to acknowledge something supernatural is happening even though THERE IS NO OTHER POSSIBLE EXPLANATION. But Due is such a strong writer and creates vivid characters with unique settings and wonderfully storytelling that I have to round up to five stars.
Tracy Robinson
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shame on me for not finding and reading this book until SIXTEEN YEARS after publication. Earlier this year I read Dr. Due’s book, THE BETWEEN, and I loved it. My bookish pals Mindi, Emily, and Audra loved it too, so we immediately made plans to read more of her work. The Good House was the perfect choice. While I loved The Between, I think this one has edged it out as my favorite of hers so far.

As far as craft goes, Due is a masterful storyteller. She blends atmosphere, dialogue, and pace in
Mocha Girl
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Tananarive Due gets better and better with each release! Her latest novel, The Good House, examines the consequences of misusing magic and the power of heritage and family.
The story is set in the remote town of Sacajawea, Washington where in the early 1900's, Marie Touissant relocates from Louisiana guided by her inner voice to a place that can be described in modern terms as the "epicenter of the sprit world". Marie is a trained, experienced, favored vodou priestess and often uses her powers to
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enchanting story that gives expression to a supernatural pattern of actions which are unbroken since time began. A story that takes inspiration from from vodu, the masters of horror, and the Bible.
It invites the reader to carefully consider the importance of rituals that connect the everyday world and the world of spirit, be they praying and/or casting spells. Just remember, it’s not wise to fool with things you don’t understand. Who knows what forces you might let loose in the world? These r

Honestly, I think horror explores family better than any other genre. The switching perspectives of seemingly mild interactions between Miles (a teenager) and (Angela) his mother, were honestly beautiful. Well-described and honest. The ideas of inherited guilt, trauma, and burden are wonderfully woven throughout.

Its a slow build horror/mystery and its one no one should skip.
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect from The Good House, but ended up really enjoying it. The mix of haunted-house themes, Vodou ritual and lore, and interesting characters kept it interesting, and for a longish novel it chugs right along at a frantic pace. Due can write, too. I read this back-to-back with Ghost Story, and she measures up nicely with Peter Straub.

In the beginning, especially, she assumes a bit too much of a chick-lit tone for my tastes, with the protagonist dishing with her actress pal
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rated-3
From the start i knew i was going to give this one a 5 stars, then i read the ending and it just ruined it for me.
Still a good read.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-tbr
"Then, as if to prove its mean core, life became a horror."

The Good House is my second read by Tananarive Due, and I absolutely love her books. This is a solid haunted house book, and I highly recommend it if you need a good creepy summer read.

In addition to being about a haunted house, this book covers a wide range of topics like family, friendship, suicide, romantic relationships, divorce, and more. There's a lot of good content packed into this book.

There are some good spooky scenes in this
This is more suspense than horror, despite the predominant categorization, though personally speaking, I didn't get overly spine-tingly over the tense moments, despite my very visual mind letting me picture everything.

This is my first book by Due, and I am going to say that I love her writing style. I particularly love hearing a voice and dialects that aren't your typical American or British fare. Listening to the audiobook certainly helps and let me tell you, Robin Miles is amazing. Another add
Definitely a page-turner. The audiobook narrator is one of the best I've heard so far, which certainly helps. My only complaint would be the ending.
Lis Carey
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, f-sf, fiction
The first thing you need to know is that I don't read horror. I don't read anything really dark. I just don't.

Except sometimes I do. Usually because someone said, oh, this is good, and I didn't ask enough questions. A bunch of people said this was good.

They were right.

It's very, very good.

It's also every bit as dark as you'd expect from something entitled The Good House, and maybe a bit darker than that. Lots of really bad stuff happens. And I kept listening to the audiobook, all the way to the
Andi M.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Worth all 700+ pages. This big, scary novel was a delight to chew on, and I’ll read anything I can get my hands on by Due going forward.
Bryan Cebulski

Middle-class, ordinary-people horror fiction is an intriguing breed. You know those horror novels that seem more concerned with the day-to-day lives of their protagonists, sidestepping it with scares only on occasion? That is what I'm talking about here.

Molded into its shape by a million Stephen King novels, this type of horror seems almost more slice-of-life than actual fright fest. King's own It is oftentimes more a chronicle of small time living than i
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
rating: 2.5 rounded up.

I really wanted to like this book more. I truly did. That's why I rounded up.

I loved her voice and many of the characters. The horror elements that are in the book are unnerving. It reminded me of Stephen King in some aspects: mainly, the ability to turn normal into horror.

The problems were several, though, and they kill the enjoyment of it.

1) The Length: This book is WAY too long for the actual plot that in it. You could cut this in half and be fine. Hell, you could cut t
Miss Michael
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miss Michael by: Softweargirl
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Tim Childree
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible, incredible, incredible book. If you appreciate horror at all, you must read it. The "possessions" in the novel felt real in a way that no possession story you've ever seen or read can. Far too many authors/writers try to force possession to be scary with bizarre acrobatics and contortions or inhuman, supernatural feats, and they end up creating scenes that are, at second or third glance at least, more funny than fearful. By keeping the actions of those possessed thoroughly within the ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK - this book officially had me a little scared. And not because it was gory and bloody, but because it had some seriously creepy vibes. The author managed to write this story beautifully, keeping me in just the right amount of suspense, not giving much away at first, and then a little at a time.
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Tananarive Due is a novelist and a creative writing teacher who has worked as a journalist. She won the American Book Award in 2002 for her novel The Living Blood.
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