*First Line Friday* 2/15/19 The House- Christina Lauren

Happy Friday! The weekend is a few hours away and I couldn’t be happier.

This weeks book is something that I currently read this week and it was quite bizarre. Enjoy!

24885831     Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.

Delilah is instantly smitten.

Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.

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“Places with boys always seem so dirty.”

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The Grip Of It- Jac Jemc

“The bed is hotter when he’s in it, and I hate that, but it’s a hate I’d rather not do without. In other words, I love hating his presence when it means a few degrees under a blanket. Even if I don’t recognize him right now, I can recognize the heat coming off his body. Even though I don’t recognize him, I am growing to recognize myself. I say, Tell me how you’ll hurt me and I’ll tell you how I’ll respond.”

Buying a house should be a joyous occasion. It should mean a start for a new and better life for yourself and your family. And when something tries to come between that, you fight with every once of fiber you have to keep it that way.

Julia and James find the house of their dreams. It’s out of the city and surrounded by a lake and a wooded area. It fits them perfectly and they get it at a bargain. Moving in, they find hidden rooms and compartments which intrigue them even more about their new house.

Things aren’t as they always seem. At first they hear it, like the house is breathing and it is followed by a smell so rancid and then the shadows come out to play.

With every waking moment they feel uneasy. Their next door neighbor seems to be watching them every chance he gets. When they go searching around the house, a hidden room they find and explore the first time seems to disappear. Then Julia has horrendous bruises appear in her body.

As they dig deeper into the mysteries of this house/neighbor, the creepier things become for Julia and James.

I’m not usually one to get freaked out by a book, but this one hit too close for comfort. The way the presence breathed, growled, and snarled, my husband and I know that all to well. Every time something made itself known, I would relive memories of when I first moved to IL. They weren’t happy memories, but ones of a true haunting.

This book had me hooked automatically, it takes a bite out of you very quickly and doesn’t let up.

The one thing that bothered me was that it leaves you in the dark about a lot of things. I want answers and I need them now. I have so many alternative ideas running around in my head.

What dropped my rating down a bit was the stereotypical horror setting. Married couple buys new house, they get it for a bargain, and strange haunting start to proceed. Just give me something different to play with here, but it was still a great read.

What stood out was some of the apparition scenes. James is walking in the hallway and spots Julia wearing a Mardi Gras mask in the guest bedroom, but Julia is actually in the main bedroom……

If you are looking for blood and guts, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for alternative/domestic horror, then you have found your match.

4/5