The House that Fell from the Sky by Patrick R. Delaney is an Adult Horror novel of a mysterious house showing up in the middle of town..
When twenty-nine-year-old Scarlett Vantassel comes to the conclusion that her life doesn’t resemble any of the things she actually wanted for herself, she drops out of school and moves back home, attempting to reconnect with the people she left behind. But a shadow falls over her return one early October morning when a sinister house miraculously appears in the center of the city, sparking a media frenzy that attracts attention nationwide.
Soon after the newspapers label it, “The House that Fell from the Sky,” Scarlett’s childhood friend Hannah becomes obsessed with the idea that the house holds the key to discovering whether there really is life after death. Undeterred by her friends’ numerous warnings, Hannah becomes increasingly consumed with the desire to enter the house, convinced it would allow her to reconnect with her recently deceased mother.
Despite a series of escalating events suggesting that the house may be more dangerous than anyone ever thought possible, a privately owned company seizes control of the property and hosts a lottery to lure the city’s residents, promising the winners a large cash reward if they dare to enter the house.
To Scarlett’s horror, Hannah uses her vast wealth to secure a spot among the winners to gain access to the house. Now, it’s up to Scarlett, her older brother Tommy, and her friend Jackson to face their fears and journey into a place where nothing is ever quite as it seems, and decide if they can help a friend in need, or if Hannah truly is lost.
This one really had me intrigued. A house that randomly comes into a town? What couldn’t be more creepier??
I will say, that as this is a clunker of a book, there is a ton of buildup until the actually “good stuff” takes place, and there were points in reading in that had me wondering if it was worth the wait..
But when it all finally picked up, the content had the ups and downs.
While I enjoyed the dark, gothic vibes of the writing, I felt like this wasn’t as creepy of a story that I originally thought. When the town creates a game out of the situation, I felt like it sort of lost the momentum of scary and turned more of a repetitive, ‘who will survive‘ theme.
I knew that a lot of readers compared this to a haunted, wild, adult Willy Wonka trip, and I do have to agree with them. The events inside the actual house had that never-ending scenario coupled with the creepy crawlies of a more classic (and somewhat unrealistic) vibes that we tend to see with the older horror movies.
Overall, I think that this author is one to watch grow into the horror genre. I think the buildup he had just took a different direction than what I initially expected, but also creating a solid 3 out of 5 star book.
Published: 1 September 2020
Publisher: Oblivion Publishing
Genre: Adult Horror
How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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