Friday, November 8, 2013

The House in Wales, by Richard Rhys Jones

During World War II, often children were sent to live in the countryside, away from the bombing.  This was especially common if they were orphans, like Danny.  Sent to live with a vicar in Wales, Danny has no idea what he has gotten himself into.  He has had run ins with the woman who acts as the live in maid, as well as her beastly dog.  Danny tries running away, and is branded as a delinquent.  When he senses there is evil in the house, no one wants to believe him, thinking he is just another troubled youth.

This book is certainly not for the faint of heart, or for anyone who is squeamish when it comes to reading about the occult.  The characters are deliciously deceptive, and concentrated evil.  I personally loved the back story of the Vicar.  It was my favorite aspect of the book.  While he is far from a good man, he was actually a victim in the whole situation.

The story moves along at a fast pace, which I enjoyed.  At times, I was not sure I understood how all the pieces fit together, but they eventually all came together for me.  Some of the minor characters were actually really enjoyable, like the other children in the village.

The book pulls heavily on paranormal and occult themes.  There is also moderate sexuality in the story.  When you combine those things together, you get a book that is probably most appropriate for adult readers who like a good scare (think a sexed up version of Stephen King).  All in all I enjoyed the book.  It left me feeling unsettled in the exact way a horror story should.

I received a review copy courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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