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Monday, July 27, 2020

Review: The House That Fell From The Sky by Patrick Delaney #nightwormsbookparty

The House That Fell From The Sky 
by Patrick Delaney

Thank you to the author for this copy! And to the Night Worms for the book party. 

Publisher: Oblivion Publishing
Publish Date: September 1, 2020
532 Pages
Genre: Horror

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.

My Review:

With the title of The House That Fell From The Sky, I wanted more of the house!  For a book that's a little over 500 pages, we finally get this unknown in all its glory around the 300 page mark.  I feel the book would've benefited had we had this sooner within the read.  HOWEVER, the opening with the house arriving was a great intro and it's looming presence even within the first 300 pages and how it affects each of the characters over time simply by being there, with tiny movements that keep the neighborhood on their toes is a nice touch.  Maybe if certain parts had been condensed a bit, it would've kept the pace and tenseness at a higher level.

Once we do get into the house, I do wish that we still had more of it!  While we get vast descriptions that were fun, there were a lot of flashbacks riddled within.  And don't get me wrong, I understand why the author did this, but I think maybe the over descriptions and too many things in between just took away from the continuity in feel of the atmosphere.

Honestly, this was a fun read for me.  Though the characters are in their late 20's/early 30's, this reads like a YA novel.  Personally, it didn't bother me at all.  While I might have forgotten what age bracket these characters were supposed to be in, who cares?  Maybe the dialogue felt a little juvenile at times but hell, I'm 45 and have some conversations that don't feel so "adult" all the time. *shrug*  I liked this unique take on a see if you can survive the night in a house that wants to eat you alive.  I mean, if a house just landed in your neighborhood one night, wouldn't YOU be curious?  I certainly would be....especially if it was a potential to a promise I really wanted.


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