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HOUSE OF PAIN - 2000
by Sephera Giron
PB - $5.99 US / $6.99 CAN
does a dream . . . become a nightmare? Alice Cooper sang these words
in an early 80s song called "I Am The Future." These are the most apt
words I can think of in describing Sephera Giron's debut mass-market release, HOUSE OF
has become a dream for Lydia; a New York web designer who's past as a
tormented outcast has left her shy and lonely. Now she has a handsome
and successful husband, Tony, a new dream house in the country, and the
promise of a happy future. The only flaws in her perfect new life are
her homesickness for the city, and the horrors in her new house's old
cellar*. After settling in
to their new home Toni's lifelong night terrors finally end, and her nightmare
by waking nightmares and visions, all centered around the basement of
her new home, Lydia searches for the cause of the haunting and uncovers
a horrible past that was hid from her. The old house on the very foundation
where their new one was built, torn down years ago, was the site of unspeakable
pain and death, and that the beautiful young couple who lived there were
kidnappers, torturers, and killers. She also discovers the secret place
beyond the cellar, and the reason why the people in her new country home
are disappearing again. HOUSE
OF PAIN is a story about magic, paranoia, and betrayal, and realizing that sometimes
it is you against the world.
Giron's prose is smooth, so easy to read that you fall into it. Her slick
blend of erotica and horror (this isn't one of her
more erotic tales, but it does get the blood pumping a time or two)
will make you shiver one moment and shudder the next. Though not a writer
who depends on wall to wall gore to get a reaction, when it's time for
the blood and guts, she pulls no punches. I finished this book in two
sittings with three kids running, screaming, and hollering around me most
of the time, not something that happens often. HOUSE
OF PAIN does more than hold your attention; it grabs it by the collar and throttles
would say HOUSE
OF PAIN is an event driven story, and though I wouldn't disagree, it would have
fallen short with anything but a strong and believable lead. Lydia, despite
the personal weaknesses that allow her to become bound in the twisted
games in the House of Pain, is a strong character. Her strength and her
growth as a person throughout the story is what kept me reading when there
were a hundred other things I could have done, rooting for her when all
seemed truly hopeless.
most books, I can usually find at least onto thing to gripe about, but
there was no point in this book where I felt let down. Simply put, HOUSE
OF PAIN is an extremely entertaining and satisfying read. Bravo Sephera!
hoping this is just the start of a long and productive career. I'm eagerly
awaiting the release of her next book. I'll let you know what I think
when it comes out.
give Sephera Giron's HOUSE
OF PAIN 4 BookWyrms
review copyright 2001 E.C.McMullen Jr.
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