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The Housemates

(Damienverse #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,985 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Ten days, twelve competitors, two million pounds cash.

What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine.

Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers, and a booming voice known only as 'The Landlord' controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life.

Paperback, 282 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 1st 2013)
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This was a gory romp into insanity!

What would you do for two million pounds in cash? Would you play an insane game of death defying tasks to win?

Damian Banks along with eleven strangers enter into what they think is a reality t.v. game show for the prize of two million pounds in cash. They all gather at a destination and then are blindfolded as the game show producers transport them to an undisclosed location. For ten days the game show contestants have to endure torturous tasks from a man call
Apr 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So Bad!

Seriously? This book actually exists and actually gets positive reviews?
The story is unoriginal and predictable. Whatever. It's the writing and the characters that are appalling. At least once per page I had to stop reading and laugh at how bad it all was. These people are meant to be adults caught in a life or death game but talk like a group of 11 year old boys playing Fortnite.
I've removed any other books by this author from my Want To Read list.
Courtney Wells
Some other reviewers have likened the premise of THE HOUSEMATES to SAW meets BIG BROTHER but I would add-on that there’s a little Agatha Christi’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE mixed in (no spoilers, just a reference).

The book delivers on desperation and gore while a group of strangers face their dwindling chances for survival. The hollow personas of the roommates match those you would expect to appear on reality television, making them seem less the cliché, but are further justified when the true n
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
The Housemates has been best summed up by many others as "Big Brother meets Saw", and I think that's very fitting, so I'll echo that sentiment, too. While this is an installment in a series, it can easily be read as a standalone, which is what I did — and I'm glad I just went straight for the book with the premise that interested me most instead of insisting on starting from the beginning, because while I was engaged enough to finish this in one go, I have to say that I was annoyed by more segme ...more
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
As the many others who have come before me have said:
If Big Brother, Survivor, Fear Factor, and SAW movies 1-1,000,000,000,000 had a massive love orgy, this book would come flying out like a buttered up turkey.

Listen, you won't solve world problems reading this book. You won't acquire massive amounts of new super intelligent brain cells traversing the pages. You won't even be surprised by anything in the plot and will totally see the ending from light years away. However, all that aside, you w
Sea Caummisar
I'm on the fence about how many stars to rate this book. It was entertaining, which is the goal, right? Basically, the story is a bloody version of Big Brother. I love that show, so that's cool to me. Based on the reviews, I was expecting the housemates to have to forgo much bloodier tasks and challenges. Once again, I was still entertained.
This is my first book by this author. Based on all the people who had recommended him to me, I expected something more. For example, I'm used to typos in boo
Andrew Lennon
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well thank you very much, Mr Wright!!!
I was supposed to go to sleep ages ago, but I just couldn’t put this book down.
I haven’t enjoyed a read like that in a long time. Right from the very beginning this book had me hooked.
As always, IRW, did not let me down.
Highly recommended!
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! This was freaky, visceral and yet riveting in the extreme! I'm beginning to wonder just how twisted Mr Wright is because he comes up with some absolutes corkers of plots.

In a nutshell this IS Big Brother for Sociopaths! But who really are the sick puppies - the contestants, the Landlord or the viewers?

"Just as he had dreaded .... the other housemates were a predicable mixture of wannabe celebrities and those who just wanted to get rich quick. They were vain and inwardly focused – possibly
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I suspect Iain Rob Wright likes reality TV about as much as I do. Watching a bunch of talentless nobodies hamming it up for the camera, all in effort to win some inflated cash prize is not my idea of entertainment. But add the threat of death to proceedings and I might be tempted to flip the channel ...

Wright crafts a very fast-paced and enjoyable read about a group of reality show housemates who quickly realise they've effectively been kidnapped and are being forced to compete against one anoth
Angel Gelique
Damien Banks believes that he's been given a fantastic opportunity to compete for two million pounds cash against eleven others in a ten-day reality show competition. But soon the sinister voice of "The Landlord" fills him and his housemates with dread as they realize that the stakes have changed and that they are now competing for their lives.

Fast-paced and incredibly entertaining, I really enjoyed this story. The characters are realistic and relatable. I pictured each one in my mind and quickl
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first of Iain Rob Wright's novels, and right from the start, I was hooked. His pacing was perfect, characterization--outstanding! There are always those characters you hate, love, suspect right from the beginning, but IRW spins the story so that each "subtlety" of character has you constantly reconstructing and second guessing your original views.

As many readers already pointed out, the basic premise is a cross between a "reality TV show", and the "SAW" movies. If you love your horr
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a good horror
Shelves: favorites
5 stars isn't enough of a rating for this book

Iain Rob Wright just got himself a new fan, I freaking loved this book could not put it down and didn't want it to end

Reeda Booke
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Think of the reality show Big Brother mixed in with the movie SAW and you get this scenario. I hope there is a sequel because there was a bit of a cliffhanger at the end.
✟Roxanne✟(Death by Book Avalanche) ☠
Big Brother meets Saw. A very good, twisted, dark, gory read.
Is part of a series but can be read as a standalone novel.
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My review for: The Housemates by Iain Rob Wright
Narrated by Chris Barnes
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Shanna Roberson

Blurb taken from Goodreads:

TEN DAYS, TWELVE COMPETITORS, TWO MILLION POUNDS CASH. What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine.

Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers, and a booming voice known only as 'The Landlord' controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in the mood for some mindless fun and this fit the bill perfectly. I suspected it would after reading Wright's Final Winter. This is quite similar in a way (borrowed from several books and movies, whatever happened to genuinely original ideas), although the editing is much more on the level here, although note to author...vegetarians eat eggs, vegans don't. Agatha Christie has done it first and best as far as I know with the premise of strangers gathered in the same house and then eliminat ...more
Inn Auni
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, horror, mystery
1. Cover. It was what attracted me to get this book.

2. Damien. There's something about him that made me wanted to get to know him.

3. Gore + reality tv. The former, I watched a lot. Some could be mistaken as snuff film. The latter, not so much. Cliche for some but, refreshing for others.

4. Narrative. It hook me. Towards the ending it was a bit abrupt but, maybe a sequel? (I want me more Damien).

5. Exciting. The last time I felt like this was with Liar Games. That was ages ago.

And now it's time fo
Jen from Quebec :0)
Wicked. This is like the reality show BIG BROTHER - but from Hell. Basically, 10 people are chosen 'at random' to participate in a Big Brother like competition for 2 million pounds. There will be challenges and voting, and cameras. Lots of cameras. Soon, though, it becomes clear that these people were all selected for a reason. Each participant has committed a crime for which someone wants them to pay. So, their victims have paid for these criminals/contestants to enter into this hell house wher ...more
Chris Torretta
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not many books have me bowing to the author... I grew up on Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Anne Rice, and you have to be a special kind of writer to obtain a horror bow from me. With doing this blog I've met so many great authors, but some just get to that point that is so far and away that you just have to bow to their special type of writing. A writer so profound, so intense that you are left speechless while reading. Speechless or writhing in your seat from fear or agonizing pain as your bra ...more
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Damien. Given the chance to appear on a reality TV show to win 2 million pounds, he readily agrees in order to help his close friend and work partner, Harry, who is terminally ill. Shrouded in secrecy, he and the other contestants make their way to the house they will be staying in for the next 10 days. Once there, they are introduced to the mysterious 'Landlord', known only by a voice over a loudspeaker. made to do tasks and elimination challenges, it soon becomes clear tha ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Get ready for the big show - 12 people, 10 days and 2 million pounds. Not a bad deal. The game is not it what it seems, however, and the challenges are going to be killer. The last one standing gets the cash. Not as easy as it sounds…really. Let the games begin.

I listened to this one on audio and it was excellent. The pacing was perfect and the action kept the story moving at a brisk pace. I have a hard time with some audio books because they are too complicated and I get lost sometimes. Not so
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Sounding like a broken record here perhaps but there was really nothing scary a little I would deem disturbing or otherwise. Starting to think my scare thingy is broken.

That being said, I did enjoy the book. Fun and easy read, well worth the time. This was the second free title I got off of Amazon, a far better pick than the first.
An ok read, kinda like Big Brother with gore and death...

Could have used an editors touch in places, but not a bad choice for wasting some time if you're into horror and gore.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really intense, pretty gruesome, totally engrossing bit of horror.
Oh my god that was the most brutal thing I’ve ever read. Semi spoilers ahead.

I don’t know if extreme horror is for me. I mean, I’m a big fan of movies like Saw and Cube, but this just made me squirm in all the (right? wrong?) ways. I was so on edge for the entire book. One thing’s for sure - Wright knows how to write a page turner.

Honestly, I really enjoyed this, although there were a few scenes that nearly pushed me over the edge and I had to stop reading for a while. Imagining myself in this s
Alicia Huxtable
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disturbing yet unputdownable

The cover of this book is what caught my attention. Little did I know what I was up for was a disturbing ride through acts of revenge in the way of 'games'. Although I had an idea about the ending, it was getting there that shocked me.
William Mills
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Typical Iain rob Wright book, another quality story that mixes big brother with the film saw. I love how Iain reworks great ideas and crafts an awesome fast paced easy to read book. If you've never tried him I suggest you start right now!!!! He is awesome. ...more
Karmellah Howlett
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my fav books I've ever read. I couldn't put it down and when I did put it down, I was thinking about it. it was a very clever premise. If you like horror and suspense, you'll love this ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kristy Simpson
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this was so good! Big brother and Saw put together, it was brilliant. Never read a book so fast, could not put it down!
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Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, THE FINAL WINTER; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, THE HOUSEMATES.

His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and a massive animal lover.


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