The House of Lost Souls

The House of Lost Souls

Book - 2009 | 1st U.S. ed.
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Just weeks after four students cross the threshold of the derelict Fischer House, one of them has committed suicide and the other three are descending into madness.

            Nick Mason's sister is one of them. To save her, Nick must join ranks with Paul Seaton--the only person to have visited the house and survive. But Paul is a troubled man, haunted by otherworldly visions that even now threaten his sanity.

            Desperate, Nick forces Paul to go back into the past, to the secret journal of beautiful photographer Pandora Gibson-Hoare and a debauched gathering in the 1920s, and to the dark legacy of Klaus Fischer--master of the unspeakable crime and demonic proceedings that have haunted the mansion for decades.

            Because now, the Fischer House is beckoning, and some old friends have gathered to welcome Paul back. . . .

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312544324
0312544324
Branch Call Number: FIC COTTAM
Characteristics: 343 p. ; 22 cm.

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EllenS_199
Aug 06, 2013

I agree that this dragged on about seemingly unnecessary detail and left out things I'd like to know like why did they abandon the property? How did they use the beast? I mean, were they successful in their power? Maybe the information is there and I just fell asleep while reading!

sjmitra Jun 27, 2011

Inspite of the historical background and period details, it drags and the characters are not relatable. I was unable to finish this.

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HylaryL
Jun 07, 2010

I absolutely loved this book! I'm very sorry the previous reviewer didn't care for it, but I thought it was a very quick, intriguing and entertaining read. Cottam's descriptions of events and places set up a truly creepy tone that was perfect for the plot. The characters were all well-developed and interesting. I highly recommend this book if you like ghost stories!

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kramirez
Jan 20, 2010

This book was soooo bad! It was only 343 pages, but it felt like 3,000 pages! His descriptions were so boring and dry, but added nothing to the actual plotline. He spent so much time explaining the streets of the cities the characters were in that the climactic ending was just crammed into about 6 pages. I do not recommend. When explaining the story to my husband I realized how many plot holes, continuity errors and just too many vague references that were never explained or tied up in the end. It was horrible.

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HylaryL
Jun 07, 2010

Violence: Some violence, but not much.

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HylaryL
Jun 07, 2010

Coarse Language: Some bad words, but not much.

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HylaryL
Jun 07, 2010

Sexual Content: Some sexual content, but not much.

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HylaryL
Jun 07, 2010

HylaryL thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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