Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Review: The Night House by Jo Nesbø

The Night House

by Jo Nesbø

Published: October 3, 2023

Publisher: Knopf

Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Suspense, Supernatural, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Fiction


From the internationally best-selling author, a chilling fresh spin on the classic horror novel • When the voices call, don't answer.

In The Night House, the horror begins immediately. And it only keeps calling from there.”—Josh Malerman, New York Times best-selling author of Bird Box and Spin a Black Yarn

In the wake of his parents’ tragic deaths in a house fire, fourteen-year-old Richard Elauved has been sent to live with his aunt and uncle in the remote, insular town of Ballantyne. Richard quickly earns a reputation as an outcast, and when a classmate named Tom goes missing, everyone suspects the new, angry boy is responsible for his disappearance. No one believes him when he says the telephone booth out by the edge of the woods sucked Tom into the receiver like something out of a horror movie. No one, that is, except Karen, a beguiling fellow outsider who encourages Richard to pursue clues the police refuse to investigate. He traces the number that Tom prank-called from the phone booth to an abandoned house in the Mirror Forest. There he catches a glimpse of a terrifying face in the window. And then the voices begin to whisper in his ear . . .

She’s going to burn. The girl you love is going to burn. There’s nothing you can do about it.

When another classmate disappears, Richard must find a way to prove his innocence—and preserve his sanity—as he grapples with the dark magic that is possessing Ballantyne and pursuing his destruction.

Then again, Richard may not be the most reliable narrator of his own story . .

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My Review:

The Night House started off with a blast and never let up from beginning to end it had me in its claws racing to the end to see what it was all about and to see how it all would turn out.

The Night House is a very scary story that is sure to hit number one on the charts. The whole time I was reading it I kept thinking that this reminds me of a Stephen King book as it had the same atmospheric feel to it.

Fourteen-year-old Richard Elauved is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in a town called Ballantyne after the death of his parents in a house fire. Right from the beginning Richard is made an outcast by his classmates. The only friend he had was a girl Karen who is also an outsider.

When one of his classmates, Tom goes missing no one believes Richard when he tells them that Tom was sucked into the phone receiver in the phone booth out near the Mirror Forest.

Everyone believes that Richard must have something to do with his disappearance. Richard must investigate Tom’s disappearance on his own as it sure doesn’t appear that the police or anyone else is going to look into it.

In the meantime, another one of Richard’s classmates disappears. The same thing happens again. Everyone thinks Richard is responsible. No one will believe what he is telling them.

Richard knows he had nothing to do with their disappearance so must prove his innocence on his own. No, Karen believes him and will help him find out what happened to Tom and Jack. Can Richard and Karen find out what happened to both boys before it is too late?

The Night House is the first book by Jo Nesbø that I have read but I sure hope that it will not be the last as I sorely enjoyed reading this one. The Night House had this scary Halloween, haunted house sort of feeling to it. The Night House drew me in with the summary and once I picked it up I couldn’t lay it down again until the last page was read.

I highly recommend The Night House to all horror fans and anyone who likes reading Stephen King novels. Be sure and grab your copy of The Night House today for a fun scary read!

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