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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  81 reviews
"It was a kidnapping, but in all the wrong ways. No ransom, no demands; there was nothing they wanted--other than to observe."

When Blake Crochet and his family are taken hostage in their own home, they are forced to act out their everyday lives under the observance of two psychotic kidnappers. Each moment Blake must pit the decision to follow their captors' rules against
Kindle Edition, 335 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Kindle Press
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Montzalee Wittmann
Housebroken by The Behrg is one of the worst books I have read. If someone wants to read just torture and cruelty, this is your book. No plot, flat characters, and inhuman atrocities. Two guys invade home. Hold family captive to observe them. Any of them break their rules they are violently punished. Violent is not even a strong enough word. They burn the dog up, set the wife on fire...and so much more. Yeah, this kind of book. No plot. You never find out why the guys are there. You find out a l ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, well, well...
What a heartwarming, family friendly story about family ties. What movie does this book bring to mind? Hmm...have you seen IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE?
Like that, only the opposite.

Cue the speed-metal!

This story was in your face. No, I don't think you got it. In your FACE! The author went for full-frontal extreme, the way this story was meant to be told.
Want a comparison?

It's like grabbing a four year old girl by the ears and screaming in her face: SANTA DOESN'T EXIST! NEITHER DOES T
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
You know you love a book when you start it and before you blink you are nearly at the end of the book. The world might have vanished whilst you read it but you HAD to read to the end. This is one of those books. How to express how much I loved this book? Let's give it a go...

The pace in this book is cracking! Once it grabs on to you it does not shake you off, it's not a book I needed to put down at anytime. It was a fascination with a really interesting and brilliant plot, some outstanding chara
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
. . . with time, even the most grotesque of horrors could become commonplace.

Meet Joje, a young man with orange-ish hair, freckles, a speech disorder straight out of Looney Tunes land (think Elmer Fudd), with the muscles of his face crawling with tics and twitches. Lest you begin to grin, stop it. He is in your house, and he is a psychopath. On the upside, he promises his stay is for one week only and that he is only there to "observe". Your family is on the line here, and all you have to do to
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up.

HOUSEBROKEN is the first novel written by The Behrg. this book was terrifying not only for some of its horrendous scenes, but even more so because of the psychological aspect to it.

Blake Crochet, his wife, Jenna, and son, Adam are taken prisoner in their own home–forced to go about their everyday routines as if psychopaths weren’t watching their every…single…move at ALL times. The violence was quite brutal at points, but what was even worse was the mental and emotional abus
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hours after finishing this book my brain is still trying to figure out what I just read...what a ride!!!

I'm not going to burden you with what this book is about as I think the synopsis does a great job of wetting your appetite, and I'm not sure how I can get into too much more without revealing spoilers. What I will do is share a bit of my experience about how this book will make you feel, and how to get the most out of this ride.

The first thing I quickly realized is that this is one of those bo
4.5/5 stars!

A home invasion story which differs in the fact that in this case, the invaders are actually moving in for a week or so.

I've been wanting to read something from The Behrg, and since I pre-ordered his latest book, I was eligible for a free download of one of his previous books-I chose HOUSEBROKEN, and here we are.

This story had so many twists and turns I had a hard time keeping up. This villain stood apart from the many hundreds of villains I've read about previously-that and the extr
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

Thrillers can be a dime a dozen. I’ve read so many over the years that I hesitate half the time to start a new one, fearing it will be the same old rehash as the last one. Housebroken looked different enough to be promising, holding something fresh and twisted, so I hopped on it with hope, and let me say that I’m glad I did, because I haven’t read anything quite like this one.

It almost feels like a lifetime is covered in this novel, so much happens in so little time, yet it doesn’t quite cross t
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Housebroken is an action packed horror thriller about a family who are held hostage in their own home, and much, much more!

I found this book so hard to put down, eager to find out what was going to happen next. It was tense, very tense, scary, sometimes terrifying, occasionally graphic and most certainly claustrophobic at times. While my own mind was desperate to get out of this book, my hands refused to let go of my Kindle.

You know that on edge feeling that horror films in the 80s and 90s used
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rating 5 Stars!

Wow!! This book definitely deserves a resounding (and clichéd) WOW! I LOVED this book, it had me at by the end of the first page and I couldn't put it down. Really one the best books I have read in awhile. Housebroken is the debut novel from The Behrg. It is a unique take on a classic plot: a family is kidnapped. Nothing about this book is predictable ! Just when I thought all the plot twists had been revealed, WHAM! I was hit with another one. This is certainly an edge of your se
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Aditi by: Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
“Better be the devil you know than the devil you don't.”

----Jack Heath, an Award-winning Australian author

The Behrg, an American author, pens his debut thriller, Housebroken that accounts the story of a family who are taken hostage by two psycho kidnappers who only wanted one thing from that family- observe the normal daily routine of that family for a week. Sounds weird as well as thoroughly creepy!

Warning: This book is not for those who have a faint/weak heart that can't handle too much c
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is not your average home invasion and kidnapping story. Not by a long shot. It is pure 100% “cwaziness.” 1 family. 2 psychos. 3 rules.

The Behrg did a very good job building a palpable sense of tension and dread in this one. There is a lot going on and it would have been easy to get lost in all the action, but somehow it all held together and flowed smooth.

Very well done. Solid 4+ Stars and Highly Recommended!
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blake Crochet was a very successful business man. Crochet and his family were taken prisoner at their own home. The two kidnappers wanted the Crochet family to follow there daily routine, so they could observe them. The kidnappers had a set of rules and you better not break them. Blake and his family broke a few of these rules and they paid dearly. The violence was very brutal at time and the emotional abuse that the family was put through was unbelievable. This Psychological/Thriller was jammed ...more
Liz Barnsley
Housebroken is a horrifyingly excellent fast paced thriller, dealing with a uniquely styled home invasion and with tension that never lets up.

Gripping from the very first page, it is relentless in it's descriptive prose and utterly engaging - with a nop notch "bad guy" some elements of family drama and a seriously evil ironic edge to the writing style. I was completely enthralled from beginning to end. I literally couldn't look away.

Yes there is a high level of violence here - if you are senstiv
Vicki Willis
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2018, horror
This book was horribly disturbing in the best kind of way. A story of domestic terror when a family is kidnapped in their own home, forced to do unthinkable things. It makes one think about how far one would go to protect his family.
The characters were good and the action non stop. It was hard to put this one down. There was a psychological tension that kept me on edge. Lots of WTF moments.
A must read for those who like it over the top.
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
This is a book that is absolutely not for everyone. Honesty, I feared it wasn’t for me because I have a weak spot when it comes to animals being harmed but I kept going because my friends' reviews convinced me not to be a quitter. I’m going to warn you though if you cannot handle (view spoiler) please be very careful when picking this up. I nearly put the audio down forever after a certain scene because it was graphic and it hurt me to the very core.

With that said, this
Renita D'Silva
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this amazing book. Could not put it down. A page turning, addictive, action packed thriller, this book burrows into your imagination, takes it captive. I could see events as they unfolded, participate in the horror. I was taken captive along with the Crochet family and felt every emotion personally. Scary, terrifying, chilling , amazing. This is so much more than just a story, it is an experience. Loved it, although I emerged more than a little shaky at the end. Please read this. A wonderf ...more
Scott Hale
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“If God created Earth in seven days, Joje had learned to destroy it in six.”

*edit* I found myself thinking a lot about this book. While it's flaws stand, after time has passed, I feel comfortable giving it five stars. Nothing is perfect, and we shouldn't expect things to be.

Thank you to the author and the publicist for this copy and the chance to provide an honest review of the novel.

Housebroken is an incredibly well-written and fast-paced horror/thriller that will continually surprise and distu
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from the author and his publicist in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, The Behrg!
This book is not recommended for people who read while their spouses sleep. The bags under my hubby's eyes can only be explained by an inordinate amount of yelling, gasping and almost jumping out of my skin. It begins as the kidnapping of a whole family inside their own house, but it is so much more. All the twists and turns are just unexpected and very well thought out. Nothing is wha
Reeda Booke
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will never look at a person selling door to door magazine subscriptions in the same way again! This was a horrifying home invasion tale with plenty of twists that keeps you guessing until the end.

I got this free through the Kindle Scout program after having been selected for publication. Recommended for horror fans.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, horror
This book was so very awesome. Stirred a lot of emotions in me. The characters were pretty vivid, except the ones it was scarier to know in less depth. Lots of unexpected twists and turns. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a thriller!
Karl Drinkwater
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot, and impressing me is not easy. I read this book in two sittings reading until 2am (there's symmetry for you). I hadn't felt such a compulsion to finish a book for some time. It was particularly refreshing after reading a few books recently that were slogs to get through, including a novel by one of the world's most famous authors.

Housebroken by The Behrg is controversial. It has many great reviews. Also some that warn of cruelty, toxic scenes, and people who stopped reading before
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Review: HOUSEBROKEN by The Bergh

When I was a kid, I was scared of a lot of irrational things; my constant consumption of horror fiction, "true supernatural," and B-grade horror films I'm sure didn't help. Then I grew up and switched my focus to serial killers, both fictional and real, and to studying the psychology of human nature. Now at my advanced age, I don't worry about axe murderers or serial killers lurking in the hedges; other than asteroids, meteors, and EMP' s, my one remaining phobia
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Maxine for a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

So quite an entertaining read. Like other reviews this reads like a film and is jam packed with violence, torture, tension and twists and turns. Keeps you turning the page though for me it dragged a wee bit in the middle, like there was just a little too much packed into it which made it lose a bit of its shock value, however the story did pick up again towards the end. Whilst I get the driver of the book, it reli
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!! This is definitely probably 1 of the best books I've read this year definitely in my top 10 list & definitely one of my favorites now. There was sooo much action & suspense & twists & turns!! IMO there wasn't a dull moment in the book & it keep you on the edge of your seat mouth open the whole time. The characters were great & very believable. The story is just intense & scary & as the book goes on the more detail it gets into. There are so many twists & turns that it makes you want to go ...more
Babus Ahmed
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blake Crochet is a successful business consultant who has just moved to Malibu and is about to start a new job when his family is held by a couple of interlopers in their own home, who are brutal and violent. However, it's not clear what these men want and Blake has to do as he is told if he doesn't want his wife, Jenna and son, Adam harmed.

Fast-paced and full of action this mystery thriller kept me glued to its pages until the early hours of the morning. There are twists and turns you won't se
Shannon Mcfarland
Housebroken is a gets you thinking thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were written with such depth that you had sympathy for Blake's family. This book takes you through every family's worst nightmare with numerous psychological twists and turns. A great read.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: May 31st 2016
Rating 4,5qqq

"I guess in the end our lives are nothing more than dates and numbers on a scrap of paper," Joje said. "All that blank space on the page? The details of our lives between the numbers? No one remembers that. They're just locked up in some forgotten vault."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Linda Strong
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Another new author to me .. another author to watch for in the future.

A family is taken hostage in their own home. But there is no ransom to be demanded. The hostage takers have their own agenda and the family will soon learn that no matter what .. there are always consequences for your actions .. or inactions.

First ... the good things. It started out really good! Made me want to forget everything I had scheduled and just sit and read. (which I did). And then it kind of bogged down for me tempor
Misfits farm
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book I would normally have picked up but was intrigued by the synopsis. Day one and 30%+ through speaks for itself. I have to confess I cried at one point- there are a few scenes not for the feint hearted. So well described that nothing is left in doubt. That said this is a beguiling book. The characters are a little thin in the beginning but develop as the plot develops and it hooks you in from the start. There are twists and turns that you don’t see coming and I found it hard to ...more
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