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The Good House

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  4,474 ratings  ·  698 reviews
Working to rebuild her law practice after her son commits suicide, Angela Toussaint journeys to the family home where the suicide took place, hoping for answers, and discovers an invisible, evil force that is driving locals to acts of violence.
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by Atria Books (first published September 2nd 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
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.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want a sweeping saga of family wrapped in a brilliantly written horror setting, this is for you.
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
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.5 Stars
This was a slow burning, character focused horror novel with some wonderful fantastical elements. While this could be classified as a haunted house story, this one was so much more about the characters than the physical property. I thoroughly enjoyed the inclusion of witchy magic, which is not something I see enough in horror. This was a fairly long novel, yet it didn't feel bloated. I did prefer certain perspectives over others, but the stayed invested throughout the entire story. I al
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Heidi The Reader
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
Alex (The Bookubus)
4.5 stars

After a period of time following a family tragedy, Angela returns to her Gramma Marie's home in a small town in the Pacific Northwest.

The story is told over different timelines and multiple perspectives. It features a fantastic cast of characters, a compelling story and some very effective creepiness. There is also some sex and violence thrown in for good measure, all of it well written. This was a thoroughly compelling read and such a richly detailed and many layered story that I coul
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
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
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....
A majestically crafted, terrifying horror novel with incredibly real characters. One summer in Angela's grandmother's old house in the Pacific Northwest, she doesn't realize her son Corey has found her grandmother's book of vodou spells, and reawakened a horrifying demon.

Two years after, following Corey's suicide in the very same house, Angela returns and finally starts to unravel what happened and put things right. Chilling reimagined vodou, a narrative that flips back and forth in time, chara
Sci-Fi & Scary
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Monica **can't read fast enough**
This was such a good read! Since there are lots of good reviews out there already for this one I won't do a full review. I'll just say that this is one that I'll be recommending to other readers.

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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
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. ...more
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two good friends of mine and I regularly do a buddy read where we'll read a female horror author and Tananarive Due's The Good House was my contribution to these reads. I was constantly hearing it is a great book and thus had it on my radar for quite some time.

Well, it isn't enough to say that it is a good book, I found the story of Angela, who, having lost her son and divorced her husband, returns to the house of her grandmother Marie Toussaint, is so abysmally frightening that I am genuinely a
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
4.25 stars

This was a great haunted house story, the only thing that's keeping me from giving it a full five stars is the ending. The characters were well-drawn and the moments of grief hit me hard, especially as a mother.
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
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
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
Adam Cesare
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sharon :)
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This title was a little long for my tastes and to confusing toward the end but when 85% was good you get 4 stars :)
What did you call a miracle in reverse?

Three stars. Minus one star for the ending and another for Myles' entire character.

This was creepy and just what I was looking for as we head into the fall and Halloween. The lore and the characters are richly developed, and there is a sense of dread that hangs over everything that makes for some great, terrible scenes. My only critiques are:

Myles. Myles was completely unnecessary and quite annoying. I cringed every time Angela interacted with him or had t
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it to be a really good, creepy story that could have done without so much explanation…but overall I have to say that I really enjoyed the book…and I loved the house. The story has a family tragedy…a culture that may be reflected as different to some readers… relationships, both good and bad…a missing dog…an old flame…voodoo… and last but not least, a great supernatural element. There’s a lot thrown into the mix with a lot to take in. With almost 500 pages the story becomes a bit of a dr ...more
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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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