Posted by mikeb on December 29, 2008
I’ve mulled this over for some time. I’m even putting this post on a “delayed” entry status so that it posts in the afternoon after I have had a chance to decide if I want it to post or not.
I usually don’t do “book reviews” as it were here on this site. I share insights with friends about authors, content, etc.
This time, however, I feel drawn to write a review of this particular book I have recently read.
“The Dwelling” by Susie Moloney is a great book. A haunted house/horror fiction read that kept me turning pages until it was complete. I must admit that it has been a long time since a book has had such an affect on me. I started reading Steven King when I was in the 3rd grade (Ricahrd Bachman too! ) and this was the only other author that has ever been able to give me nightmares. Those happened when I was a kid!!
Now I’m a bit older *ahem*. However, this was the first time, when I finally went to sleep, since 3rd grade, I had nightmares. IT WAS GREAT!!
I know sounds twisted right?
I’m one who likes to get into my reading. I like when an author can draw you in and just when you think that you can find a point to stop because the read is “ebbing” out of you you’re inexorably drawn back in. If a fiction book can make me think “outside of the box” we put reality in; I greatly enjoy it. If a horror book makes me check the closet before going to bed, or look for “Chucky” under my bed, it was a great read. However, if a book can induce me to dream in it’s context … I don’t dream; there was a period in life of nightmares of remembered past … but I haven’t “dreamed” since I was a kid … that book is stunning and a world apart.
“The Dwelling” by Susie Moloney is one such book that is a world apart. I personally was drawn in by the first family’s experience moving into 362 Belisle street and how the realtor is interwoven throughout the whole story. The second part where divorcee Barbra and Peter (he prefers being called Peter and not Petey you know) is riveting and in the end somehow touching; albeit in a disturbing way for most. The third person to move in is Mr. Bramley and he is hit full force with his past and present circumstances. Of course there is also the realtor and the house; let us not forget their tales.
After reading “The Dwelling” I have asked that my local library place a hold on Susie Moloney’s other two books she has written: “A Dry Spell” and “Bastion Falls”
I eagerly hope that each of the other books she has written entice me such as “The Dwelling” has done.
I’ve been looking for yet another good author to read!