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The House Next Door
The House Next Door | Anne Rivers Siddons
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The house next door to the Kennedys appears to be haunted by an all-pervasive evil, and the couple watches as a succession of owners becomes engulfed by the sinister force, until the Kennedys set out to destroy the house themselves.
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DavidDiamond
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I could not put this book down that came highly recommended by Stephen King.
Because it was written in the 70's some of the attitudes & social norms are a bit dated &out of touch for our woke times, but that did nothing to damper the experience in reading this story about Colquitt (seriously, is that a real name or a collection of Scrabble tiles), her husband Walter & the various families that move into THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR! (see what I did there?)

batsy Her name! Yes 😂 I enjoyed this one a lot, too. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😁 Love your review. I‘ve already got this stacked! 1mo
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batsy
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Faves of 2019 #adventrecommends Dec 13 & 14

Two very different but incredibly creepy & effective haunted house books. For me, Jackson edges out with the sheer quality of her prose & vision, but the Siddons book is also well-written & constructed. Both leave you with a sense of dread because of the ever-relevant questions about the nature of ghosts/hauntings/darkness, & how the mind works.

@emilyrose_x

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batsy
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I only learned about this book after the author's recent death. It's the perfect follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House. It's unnerving & progressively creepy/sad, & without revealing too much it raises questions about class war & 70s suburbia. It's like WASPy horror/Southern Gothic; the fear of the outside invading a life of comfort. The story is a slow-burn; reads like cosy middlebrow fiction about the well-to-do, then smacks you in the face.

batsy I love the incongruity of this cover and the actual story. 3mo
Cathythoughts Your review has sold me ... stacking 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
rubyslippersreads I didn‘t realize she‘d died. I read a lot of her books years ago, but I think I missed this one. 3mo
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KathyWheeler Stephen King said this was one of the best haunted house books he‘d ever read. I‘d never heard of it until then. I liked it too. 3mo
cathipink What a fantastic review - never would have gotten any of this vibe from the cover or title. I'll be looking for this one! 3mo
Lcsmcat What @cathipink said. I‘ve read Siddons back n the day too, @rubyslippersreads , but hadn‘t heard of this one. Stacked. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I like the sound of it! 👍 That cover would have fooled me. 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @cathipink @Lcsmcat @erzascarletbookgasm I hope you guys like it if you give it a go! 🙂 One of those stories that kind of stay with you for awhile, and kind of a different take on the haunted house trope. 3mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads I've heard of her but have never read any of her books; I know she used to be very popular. Only found out about this one because of twitter :) 3mo
batsy @KathyWheeler Oh, that's cool! I think I saw a blurb by him on one of the editions I looked at online but didn't know that he said that. 3mo
saresmoore Lady, you know how to make me read a book! 3mo
KathyWheeler @batsy He wrote a non-fiction book about horror fiction — Danse Macabre. He talks about that book in there. 3mo
LeahBergen I read this years ago! And another great review. 😘😘 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you 💜 3mo
Reggie How funny, I was checking out a list of the 10 best haunted house books earlier tonight and this was on there. I admit I laughed a bit because of the cover but now your intriguing review has made me stack it. (edited) 3mo
batsy @Reggie I know, I hadn't heard of this before but now that I've googled it I see that it's very well-regarded. I laughed at the cover too! And then story is just like, WHAM SHIT GOT REAL. Lol 3mo
mcipher I *love* this book - I think I‘ve read it half a dozen times! Her others are pretty standard sweeping Southern family/romance, but this one is so different and so very creepy and unsettling. I really want to read it again now!! 3mo
Sace Your post reminded me I had one of her books on my shelf. Peachtree Road is very different but I read a page yesterday and I loved the writing. 3mo
batsy @mcipher I love hearing that! This seems to be the only horror/creepy book she's written, if I'm not mistaken? It's so well done from start to finish! 3mo
batsy @Sace Yes, it seems like the rest of her oeuvre is pretty different from this one haunted house book ? I enjoyed the slow, meticulous build-up of her writing. Very detailed but not "crowded". 3mo
rohit-sawant This has been on my radar ever since I read about it in King's Danse Macabre and it kinda took a back seat, as often happens, but reading your review has catapulted it to the front again. Wow. 🙌🏼 3mo
batsy @rohit-sawant I'd love to know what you think of it! It's just so weird and strange and there's a lot of stuff percolating in the book's "unconscious" mind, if that makes sense. I was thrilled to learn that SK rated it quite highly ? 3mo
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lahousewyfe
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A couple watches a beautiful house bring built next door, not knowing what horrors lie within. The slow burn of this book slipped into my mind and will stay with me for a while. Not scary or spooky, but definitely horror.

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catsuit_mango
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I had not done this for a long time but back to bed after breakfast to get back to reading... Lazy saturday

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BooksBikes12
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Starting this one next. Will this be a buy or sell of a book ? We will see !

MStew This is awesome, and this is actually supposed to be a really good read!!!!! King added it to the "Stephen king library editions" you found a awesome retro paperback?? 1y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 4! Don't let the bright, pretty cover fool you into thinking this could be a Hallmark movie! It's a tale of Gothic horror and suspense. Colquitt and Walter enjoy lazy weekends and neighborly gatherings on manicured lawns and patios. A beautiful home gets built on the empty lot next door. And that's when the strange accidents & inexplicable happenings begin. It's as if the house drives people...mad. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Alfoster I love her!😍 2y
Pamwurtzler @Alfoster I do too!! 2y
Alfoster @Pamwurtzler I met her at a book signing and she was SO gracious! 2y
Gissy Yes! 😍 2y
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nikirtehsuxlol
The House Next Door | Anne Rivers Siddons
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Reading a haunting book, waiting for my bibimbap before I go see Solo solo.

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nikirtehsuxlol
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This book cover does it no favors, but I‘m really loving the story and characters. I love a book with great characters 😍

RaimeyGallant Nice to know. :) 2y
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Hyzie
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Things I learned from this book:
1. Haunted houses do not like animals. :(
2. Upper middle class people basically did nothing but sit around and drink genteelly in the '70s, even when horrible stuff was happening.
I did enjoy this, but it was one of those "scary if you were there" books versus being scary to actually read.

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ApoptyGina69
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Straight up analog, y'all. #tbt from this time last year. Restaurant industry around the holidays=lucky you can remember your own name. I remember grabbing this scary old favorite for a re-read to get through the madness.

RealLifeReading Thanks for sharing this! Love seeing people's reading lists, especially when it's handwritten! 3y
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mollymay
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Haunted house books for October! If you're looking for something scary but not gory, The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons is an underrated classic.

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For a Monday #spookyoctober book, try The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons. The only spooky, horror type book by this author, who usually can be found telling tales of the Low Country. This is classic Southern Gothic, written in the '70's, and praised by Stephen King in Danse Macabre. It is seriously creepy - can't tell if the house is haunted or the residents and neighbors are imagining things. Recommended! #scaretober #spookyreads

Samantha.1020 Yes! I read this one a year or two ago....very good! 3y
BlogginBoutBooks I've read a lot of books by this author but never this one. Looks like a good Fall read! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 @Samantha.1020 Wasn't it though! @BlogginBoutBooks This is very different from anything else she has written. It's fun and very creepy! 3y
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