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The Residence

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  486 ratings  ·  191 reviews
In this gripping and terrifying horror story based on true events, the President’s late son haunts the White House, breaking the spirit of what remains of the First Family and the divided America beyond the residence’s walls.

The year is 1853. President-elect Franklin Pierce is traveling with his family to Washington, DC, when tragedy strikes. In an instant, their train run
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Skybound Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Gallery Books
"You think you hold sole ownership over pain. Perhaps you believe you invented it... I have my arrogance. But this Jeannie-this is yours."

I've always felt horror is divided into two distinct parties: the gory, jump scare variety and the horror that plays upon grief and a person's worst nightmare coming true. I've always subscribed to the latter, as my worst fear is losing one or both of my children, and then having to survive that grief for the remainder of my "unnaturally" long life. Andrew Pyp
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was up all night, sleeping with lights didn’t work! The most disturbing thing about this book is not haunted, supernatural entities’ existence lurking inside the rooms of the White House or the thin line between reality and insanity! The sadness, bleakness of parents who lost their child and who are struggling to move on, slowly losing their realities and they let themselves be dragged to the other world with its entities part: that’s what kept me awake, bending my nerves, freezing my blood!

Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Residence by Andrew Pyper is a ghost story based on historical facts and characters. The year is 1852 and Franklin Pearce has been elected president of the U.S. On their train trip to Washington from New Hampshire to attend the inauguration, the President-elect, his wife Jane and young son Bennie are victims of a terrible crash. Bennie is the only casualty and the Pearces’ lives are changed forever. The First Lady returns to New Hampshire, refusing to attend the inauguration due to her overw ...more
Carolyn Walsh
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.
I wish to thank NetGalley and Simon& Schuster for an advanced electronic copy of The Residence in return for an honest review. Having read Andrew Pyper's terrific Homecoming, a superior thriller with surprising twists, I was anxious to read this new book but had some doubts, thinking the premise was unworkable and preposterous. I feared that a book bringing supernatural hauntings to the White House combined with actual historical persons stretched a premise too far, bu
Erin Clemence
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: Sept. 1, 2020

Franklin Pierce, his wife, Jane and their son, Bennie are on a train bound for the White House, where Pierce is set to become the new President. A tragic accident derails the train, leaving their eleven year old son dead, leaving Franklin and Jane to set out to Washington, D.C under the huge shadow of grief. Franklin atte
THE RESIDENCE by ANDREW PYPER was a book that I was extremely excited to read because I thought the premise of it sounded great. It started off a little slow and it was really hard for me to get into the story and stay focused in what I was reading. I also wasn't all that sympathetic for Jane and lost interest in her. Sadly this book just wasn't for me.

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada, Andrew Pyper, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
My thanks to Gallery/Skybound, Andrew Pyper and Netgalley.
So, just about the 60% mark I realized that I was done with this. I was majorly depressed. This was not scary. Mostly just awful sad and soon depressing. Those poor children. As a wife? I too would have been unforgiving. Not haunted, but...
I couldn't abide this story. I think that I've come to realize that Pyper is not for me! His scary is not mine.
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eerie, intense, and sinister!

In this latest novel by Pyper, The Residence, we are transported to the White House during 1852 and into the life of the newly-elected President Franklin Pierce has he struggles with the recent loss of his 11-year-old son, a wife enveloped by sorrow, a nation fractured and heading towards war, and one special room where grief is in abundance and terror seems to like to come and play.

The prose is dark and ominous. The characters are tormented, desperate, and troubled.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dec-20, 5000-2020
This is my 1st novel by Andrew Pyper and it definitely won't be my last.
Based on actual facts this spooky ghost story is set in the White House during Franklin Pierce's administration in the 1850's. The President's recently deceased son haunts the White House, threatening all who live in it.
In the face of overwhelming grief Franklin and First Lady Jane are plagued by bizarre and disturbing events. As the horrors quickly unfold Jane and Franklin hope to work together to rid themselves of this e
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advanced-copies
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Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to thank Netgalley & the publisher for a copy to review.
Previously I was limited in the Andrew Pyper novels I have read, but I loved Demonology so much as soon as I saw this title available on Netgalley I just had to request it. And in my opinion this book is even better, maybe Pyper's best yet.

The Residence is a historical biographical novel about President Franklin Pierce, or really about his wife Jane. The couple have to mourn their children's tragic deaths even as Franklin
Sadie Hartmann
I'm looking forward to writing my review for Cemetery Dance. Andrew Pyper is one of my favorite authors and THE RESIDENCE is a haunting, historical fiction ghost story that should make everyone's Fall reading list. Avail Sept. 1st, 2020 ...more
Steve Stred
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“My dear Clara, it seems that the White House is haunted.”
- Major Archie Butt, summer 1911.

The only written record of ‘the Thing’ that haunts the White House has always fascinated me. Growing up, my Grandma Hankins always had copies of the Weekly World News sitting around her house, and I remember one such story vividly – the ghost in the White House. Is it Lincoln’s son who died while he was in office? Is it Pierce’s son who died in a train accident prior to his presidency?

No matter what it is
Michael Hicks
The concept of an evil ghoul haunting the White House might not strike many Americans, who have been living in the dark and maddening shadows of the Trump administration for going on four years, as a wholly unique concept these days. The question, then, is whether or not Canadian author Andrew Pyper's premise can prove more horrifying than the real deal, or at least provide enough of a distraction from reality to entertain.

The short answer on both accounts, unfortunately, is no, it can't. Pyper'
Kat Dietrich

3.5 stars

The Residence by Andrew Pyper is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Simon & Schuster Canada, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

In 1853, Franklin Pierce was headed to Washington with his family, shortly before his inauguration.  On the way, his train crashed, and his son was killed.  This was
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, horror
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Although I was a big fan of Andrew Pyper’s The Damned, after a less-than-stellar experience with his next two novels, I was seriously on the verge of parting ways with the author once and for all. But then all of a sudden, The Residence came along and made me glad I decided to give his work one more try. Unlike The Homecoming or The Only Child, whose stories gravitated heavily towards mystery and thriller-driven themes, I
Donna Hines
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
The setting is in the White House during Franklin and June Pierce's presidency.
The drama unfolds the minute they set foot on the train to travel to DC as it runs off the rails causing their son Bennie to perish.
Now he's taken ownership over the White House with glaring detail.
As the story progresses we are entrenched in the descriptive nature of the time and setting in which American Indians, slavery, feminism, and politics all played a central role.
It's a story told from the third person narrat
Toni Osborne
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
This latest by Andrew Pyper really pulled me out of my comfort zone…”Moi” reading a supernatural horror thriller really????

This ghost story based on true events tells the story of a marriage and is set at the most famous building in the world: the White House during the time of President Franklin Pierce’s tenure. Jane his wife was a charming First Ladies and Frank a leader whose inaction set the course toward civil war... a president almost forgotten by historians.

The “Residence” is the story of
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Spooky and unsettling, The Residence is full of subtle, chilling moments that sneak up on you.

Do you enjoy atmospheric ghost stories with a literary bent to them? Then you will not want to miss The Residence , Andrew Pyper’s latest. I have only read one of Pyper’s books— The Damned— but I loved it as well. The Reside
Ray Palen
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One thing that great speculative historical fiction does is to fill in those gaps and answer questions that remain a mystery. In some cases, the fictional suggestions may end up being closer to the truth than readers might have ever expected. In recent years, author Dan Simmons has done this to perfection with his novels DROOD --- which explained how Charles Dickens's final novel was completed --- and THE TERROR, which provided a supernatural and horrific reason for the complete disappearance of ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved a good old-fashioned spooky ghost story, so it takes a lot to get under my skin, but The Residence did just that. It’s the story of Franklin Pierce who became the President of the United States in 1853, but the start of his term was overshadowed by the tragic death of his son, Bennie, who was then said to haunt the White House, putting everyone within in danger. Right from the beginning the atmosphere was such that I felt continually creeped out and unsettled, which is exactl ...more
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
I have a list of authors who have pulled me into one of their stories; I can’t wait to get my grabby fingers on their next new release; Andrew Pyper got on this list with The Homecoming.

I have spent months looking forward to reconnecting with Pyper’s writing, ever since I saw that The Residence was set to release. I know that I like his style, who doesn’t love an old-fashioned ghost story?

Unfortunately, I just didn’t connect with Pyper’s characters this time around.

I like to figure the how and w
The Residence is a chilling story that surrounds President Franklin Pierce and his wife, Jane. En route to Washington for President Pierce's swearing-in, their son, Bennie, was killed in a train crash. Inconsolable, Jane sets up a bedroom for Bennie, complete with toys, at the White House. She spends countless hours in the Grief room and she may not be alone.

This is a tragic story based on history. The Pierces lost two other sons before Bennie's death. It is difficult to fathom the devastation.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely magnificent, and completely unique and not at ALL what I had anticipated it was going to be! I love books that surprise me and this one fits the bill.

Andrew Pyper writes such incredible spooky content in completely new and unnerving ways. I LOVED that this was set so many decades ago and Andrew nails it with the sound and tone in this book. More than that I love that this book still felt completely contemporary and relevant to today's society. That is no easy feat and And
Lisa Henderson-Farr
Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Franklin Pierce and his wife are about to become the newest President and First Lady to reside within the walls of the White House. The year is 1853 and during a train trip to Washington, DC, the train derails , their son Bennie is the only fatality. Jane, the First Lady, spirals down into a well of sorrow, nothing can console her. She begins a foray into the occult hoping to connect wit
Claire- Louise
I didn’t overly get in to this one and I didn’t find much horror before I found my attention fading.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On January 6, 1853, Franklin Pierce, the newly elected President of the United States, his wife Jane Pierce, along with their 11 year old son Bennie, their only child; embark on a train trip back to Washington, DC. A terrible tragedy occurs and Bennie dies from his injuries.

Weird things start happening. Jane hears things and receives messages in her mind. In the Whitehouse, some workers and servants are fearful and hesitant to go into certain areas. Could there be ghosts?

Both President Franklin
lexi ✨
Aug 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Marjorie DeLuca
This gothic tale based on real persons—in this case Franklin Pierce the 14th President of the United States and his wife, Jane—is a disturbing and sometimes chilling story of powerlessness in the face of overwhelming grief and an exploration of the dark forces we may open ourselves up to when we wish to resurrect our deceased loved ones.
On their way to the White House, the couple suffers unimaginable tragedy—a train accident resulting in the death of their only surviving son, Benny. Jane is cas
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Andrew Pyper is the author of ten novels, including the forthcoming THE RESIDENCE (September 2020). Among his previous books, THE DEMONOLOGIST won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. LOST GIRLS won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Yea ...more

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