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The Housemates

(Damienverse #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,462 ratings  ·  195 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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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
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
Timbre Wolf
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twisted game show from hell

Just when you think you're joining a game show for a lot of money, hell is unleashed. This was a fun ride of emotion, secrecy, betrayal, and murder. A bit like Saw, but better executed I think. Bloody, literally, fun ride
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

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
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
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.
Inn Auni
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller, horror
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
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
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.
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.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Do you like horror films like SAW or Hostel? Like reality shows like big brother? Well this book reminded me of all of those.

Much more detailed review coming soon!
Tracy Dobbs
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn't exactly like this book(in fact I told my girlfriend that it was "torture porn"), but it held me enough that I really wanted to finish it, so there is that. Perhaps part of it is my hatred of "reality" TV shows and general disdain for the people who use them to grub around for their fifteen minutes of fame. I was therefore predisposed to dislike all of the characters. To have it then revealed that the show was a hoax and that the participants were chosen to compete to the death due to ba ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016, own
The concept sounds straightforward enough - twelve contestants, stuck in a house together for ten days, fulfilling or failing various tasks to determine the winners. The last two men (or women) standing get to take home two million pounds. It's just another stupid reality show... until it rapidly becomes clear to the contestants that "expelled from the house" is a euphemism for "brutally killed" and what they're competing for is not just money but their very survival.

Big Brother meets SAW in a g
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I'll be honest, I found this book after searching horror on Amazon and deciding I liked the cover ( I heard that gasp! I know I'm not meant to judge books by the cover, but don't lie, you sometimes do it too)

I'd never heard of Ian Rob Wright, but after reading the housemates I really can't understand why he isn't more widely known, Basically, this story is almost like what you would expect to read if they wrote big brother rather than broadcast it. but don't let that comparison scare you away.
Shadow Girl
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BIG BROTHER - A hand-selected group of people living together in a large house, with cameras continuously monitoring their every move.
SURVIVOR - Contestants are forced to participate in Elimination Rounds to be able to stay until the next challenge.
JIGSAW, from the movie Saw - Watches and records as the contestant tries to complete [almost] impossible challenges.

HOUSEMATES - A hand selected group of strangers living together in one house are forced to compete in challenges, trying to win immun
Dave Pope
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very good page burner in same style and vein as Richard Laymon which means that I was in reading heaven for the duration. The cover and the name pretty much spells out what the book is about and although I've seen this type of story quite a bit on film I don't know of many novels that cover similar territory. Think of "Big Brother" with a deranged game-master and you just about have the story line although it is very well written with a few twists along the way which I didn't see coming. Iain Ro ...more
Mark Tilbury
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, horror
This is a horror that is brutal and violent, but also shows just how far some are willing to go to survive and win 1st prize. If you mix the SAW movies with Big Brother then that is what this book is like. The daily tasks are described in full gory detail, so I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is squeamish.

The horror is well written and there is a tense atmosphere throughout the book. The mix of housemates also works well as they each try to figure out who put them in the house. I did feel
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
M.L. Roos
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where can you find Saw mixed with Big Brother and Hostel all in one book? Right here. The Housemates is a brilliant tale of people going on a game show, with deadly consequences.

Loved the premise, the story, the characters, the flow. Everything works so well in this novel, I finished it in one sitting. The brilliance of this book is in it's simplicity. The characters are people you would know. The conversations sound real, and the story moves along with nary a glitch. This is a mark of a profess
Babus Ahmed
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this well constructed thriller through which the themes of retribution and ruthlessness run concurrently. This book is definitely not for the faint hearted and is gruesome in places. It's a well paced fast thriller but you don't lose any characterisations or atmosphere due to the pace. It's a bit like Big Brother meets the Running Man meets the Saw films.

I hope very much to read more from this author
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was wonderful. My very first five star read in 2015 and it earned every star right to the end.

Iain Robb Wright has the pacing thing down to a fine art - so much so that I couldn't really find a slow spot to stop reading (even though it was 2 or 3 in the morning).

For me to not recommend this author to my horror loving friends would be abuse on my part.
Thomas Hobbs
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reality Tv Show

This reminded me of U.S. reality show where people compete with other people tooth and nail to win a jackpot prize. But this had some unexpected twists that made me fly through the book. It was enjoyable and Damien was my favorite contestant.
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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.


Other books in the series

Damienverse (7 books)
  • Sam (Damienverse, #1)
  • ASBO (Damienverse, #2)
  • The Final Winter (Damienverse, #3)
  • Sea Sick
  • Ravage (Ravaged World Trilogy, #2) (Damienverse, #6)
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