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The Threshold

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Spanning over a few centuries, this urban legend revolves around a mysterious house and its alleged secret treasure. The original owner is obsessed with the house, but once he enters it, he never leaves, till his death. Over a century, a creepy urban legend develops about it. But nobody tampers with it till a real estate mogul wants the property to build a business tower o ...more
Kindle Edition, 65 pages
Published November 5th 2016 by (first published August 20th 2014)
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Mark Fine
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Threshold" is a moral play so effectively told that it represents the substance of a fable or parable worthy of the Ages. In the characters that inhabit this thoughtful little book, we can, alas, see much of ourselves (or at very least people and celebrities we are acquainted with). Power, greed, and ego have the means to trap the arrogant in a web of their own demise; and this "The Threshold" establishes beautifully. I must also acknowledge author Anita Kovacevic's reverence for the Englis ...more
Deb McEwan
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A short book with a big punch.
Anita Kovacevic very cleverly draws the reader into the story about a deserted, mysterious house and the people who may decide to enter. Will greed, curiosity or the chance of fame tempt anyone inside? And if so, will they come out alive and win the prize?
For me, the real entertainment in this book was the moral dilemma faced by the characters and how they decided to deal with it. Thought-provoking and surprising until the end ‘The Threshold’ is an excellent read w
B.J. Tiernan
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Threshold takes us on a journey that shows just what can happen when we choose ‘self-importance’ over ‘existence.’ Clinging to the material riches he has acquired with his wealth, Josephus Clarence Tibedeaux decides to build himself a spectacular mansion that surpasses all others, isolating himself from the rest of the world. Ah, but life has a way of mirroring back to us our imperfect selves and our base ambitions. As Tibedeaux begins to discover the error
Rose English
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Creepy Mansions, Urban Legends and Reality TV Shows

The story begins many years ago with an elderly lady Mrs Poole taking her dog for a walk, wearing a brand new hat especially to show it off to the obnoxious Gertrude Bennet who had deemed to call her old hat "a dirty straw mess on a silly old head".

First however, she must pass the creepy house at the end of her street. She is stopped in her tracks as a piece of paper floats down from one of the windows. 'It seemed to have been enchanted the way
A. Moran-Soley
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly original and gripping from the first page. I wish I'd waited till the next day to start this, I couldn't really afford the late night! I defy anyone to stop reading, 'The Threshold' once they start.
The mysteriously tantalising opening chapter introduces the legend of 'The House' and captivates the reader from that point on.
The main character in the first part, Josephus Clarence Thibedeaux III, is elegantly created in a style reminiscent of Charles Dickens, 'and proceeded to hide his fals
Elizabeth Horton-Newton
The Threshold by Anita Kovacevic
Anita Kovacevic has packed a lot of punch in a little story. Some people are writers; a select few are “wordsmiths”. Kovacevic falls into the latter group. “The Threshold” is not a long book with thousands of overwhelming pages. It’s a compact and frightening tale of greed taken to its pinnacle. From the subtle pride of old Mrs. Poole to the massive ego of Ken Scott, Kovacevic shows how people never seem to see their own flaws however glaring. When five people win
Suzi Albracht
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars Mystery, Greed, Stubbornness and Fear

This book reminded me of an old horror movie that started out in black and white as it moved through the backstory and then morphed into exploding colors as it came to more recent times. The author has done a marvelous job creating believable, fully fleshed characters with human frailties. I liked very much the way the story kept me involved and how I almost felt I was participating in the story by the time I reached the contest. I would recommend thi
Joyce Brown
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Written in an old-time style with little or no dialogue, this story, nevertheless, grabs the imagination and keeps one in suspense until the end. Good vs. Evil and magic are the subject of fairy tales and of cautionary tales, and, reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe's "Telltale Heart," the story will leave you thinking about how the universe punishes and rewards.
The story could be the beginning of a detective mystery series delving into an investigation of what happened. The minutely-described side c
Molly Gambiza
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This riveting story started with Mrs Poole and her new beautiful flowery bonnet and the story surrounding her old hat. I have never read anything like this before but I have come across people like Josephus Clarence Thibedeaux, such an irritating individual but there is a lesson to learn from his behaviour. I was fascinated by the whole story especially the chosen five, brave enough to enter the Threshold. Anita Kovacevic delivered her message clearly, a lot of us can benefit from her message an ...more
Ica Iova
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What lucks in pages more than makes up in the storyline. When I first started reading I thought it would be a simple ghost story. I was wrong. This is a thought-provoking little story about greed and consequences. It makes you take a hard look at your own life and ask yourself, “Is it worth it?”
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
WoW! I read your book in one sitting because I didn't want to stop! I wanted to know more about what was happening in that house of intrigue. I really like how you wove the past, the present and the future around your main theme.
Marcia Martins
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting and well written story. Anita Kovocevic is an excellent storyteller.
Sandra Danby
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a refreshing tale, a modern-day parable, more novella than novel as it comes in at approx 65 pages [approx. because it is only available as an e-book]. In the Foreword, Kovacevic explains her inspiration for the story: one word read in one of her favourite stories, one word which was seemingly unimportant, but which inspired this story. Threshold.
From page one, the tone is unusual. It’s almost as if you are being told a bedtime story. An elderly lady takes her dog for a walk, past the gr
Aditi Kaushiva
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful concept by Anita, where she has effortlessly woven a tale filled with intrigue yet manages to send across a great message.

'Threshold' as the author describes in her foreword is about change; a change that is always consistent with our decision on how we choose to react to that change.

Fast paced, well narrated and tightly woven prose, this tale will engulf the reader right from the go.

Whether its the main protagonist, Thibedeaux III or the character Mr. Scott whose pride, ego and over
T.M. Raskin
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Threshold" is centered around a magnificent mansion and how it's opulence and extravagance led to its capricious allure. For decades the mansion remained, but it became more and more shrouded by evil. From inception to demolition the mansion burdened the people closest to it with their inner demons. After years of delapidation and neglect the mansion still drew a morbid couriosity. Eventually it caught the eye of a millionaire who had big plans for it.
The creator of "Urban Ledgen" millionai
Glen Barrera
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A tantalizing dip into the supernatural.

The writing is well-done crisp, the characters intriguing, and the storyline enticing. I couldn’t help but get lost in this story. It begins with an older woman on her way to a park, and a luxurious, mysterious mansion along the way, seemingly empty – until a note flutters to the ground. It details the last will and testament of the man who once owned it, the hint of the great treasure within, and a challenge to anyone who dare cross the threshold. The hou
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A book with a soul!

When I was a young girl, I had to pass a large old mansion (haunted, I was told) on my way to school every day. I always ran past it, scared to death the ghosts inside would see me through the trees and come after me.

As I read “The Threshold,” by Anita Kovacevic, that feeling of fear of the unknown came back, tantalizing me with what could be lurking in the dark mysterious mansion. The author used her amazing imagination to create a thought-provoking horror story about greed
Georgina Makalani
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Threshold starts with the last will and testament floating into the street from a house thought to be long abandoned. It is the owner’s last day and he has no one to leave his house to. His note states that the first person to spend a night in the house and leave it again will inherit. And it mentions treasure.
This is a well told tale about knowing who you really are and what people will do to get what they think they deserve. I couldn’t put it down, desperate to know what happened next or
Rebecca McCray
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting story with a strong message.

When I first started reading it, it felt something like a fable in the manner in which it's told. I'll admit, I wasn't sure it was my 'cup of tea', but I found I really struggled to put it down. I can't say I'm particularly enthralled with any of the characters and yet, I'm tempted to read the story again. Trust me, there aren't many I read twice.

I believe it's the combination of the writing style, the content, and the tension that really makes
Wolf Schimanski
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ah you think, another spooky house and a challenge to stay in it for a period of time for money story, right? Well… yes and no. Author Anita Kovacevic has certainly done that and so much more weaving a tapestry of mystery, suspense and human shortcomings into this well-crafted and extremely well written novel. It said to me there are always consequences for stepping over any Threshold and that is certainly something I will pay a lot more attention to especially after reading this gripping story. ...more
Robert Lalonde
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you like surprise endings, you’ll like The Threshold.

A quaint elderly lady named Mrs. Poole and an infamous creepy house at the end of the street set the scene. A note appears to float down from that house and.. well, I can’t tell you the entire story.

The Threshold is an interesting read that delivers a message along with the story.
Glennis Browne
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A quickly read, engaging story.

Questions, questions, questions! Where is this story heading? Finally the plot is exposed and I was engaged. Didn't put the book down until I had the answer...which strangely, was predictable - although not disappointing. Recommended it for readers like myself- who don't like sci-fi or horror but enjoy a good well written, yarn.
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Storytelling and poetry have always been my passion. Teaching English for over twenty years has inspired me to write, illustrate and publish my stories.

Today, my list of published books, in multiple genres and age groups, has grown to a list I am proud of. I participated in a charity anti-bullying e-book project Inner Giant, both the Awethologies (Light volumes), story collections by a worldwide
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