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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 7 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159554156X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595541567
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Couldn't put the book down since starting it. It has so many horror themes packed into one story. I've read other books by the same author and haven't been able to sleep after- this one is more good, clean fun.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wilson on Oct. 24 2006
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House by Peretti and Dekker is a fast-paced, page turner. I read this in a day. Not for the conservative Christian reader!!! If you're a fan of modern movie thrillers, you'll like this. I was guessing most of the way through. What exactly is going on? How much of this is real and how much is perceived? How will they escape from the bowels of the house? The spiritual parallels are obvious, at least they were to me, but compelling. If you like novels that are action packed, full of the blatant spiritual truths found in Peretti's works, the plot twists and turns in Dekker's - you'll like this one.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PAULA on June 4 2008
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This was my first Ted Dekker book and it was excellent. I couldn't put it down. It has a hold on you right from the start...A must read.
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The House That Jack Built April 6 2006
By Gregory Hart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been anticipating House for quite a while. I hadn't read any of Peretti's recent books, so while waiting for House to arrive, I read Monster in anticipation. I will have to review that one too. But it reminded me of Peretti's style enough to where I was able to pick out Perettisms and Dekkerisms in House. More on those later.

A lot of people may be surprised when I say that I enjoyed House even more than Showdown. Not that Showdown was bad, because it certainly wasn't, but to me, I related to House a lot better. I read the book in about 8 total hours. I couldn't put it down.

I have also read comments from people that didn't like the character development in House, but I loved it, though I would have liked to know a little more about Randy, the other three characters were developed quite well in my opinion.

As for the twist that one user said didn't exist, there was a twist, but maybe not the kind of twist one would come to expect. I have a feeling that the twist will likely be missed by some, as it requires a slight familiararity with other works by Dekker.

I also loved the explanation for the House and why it was the way it was. That was original.

Now, on originality...I must say, this was the most original book with unoriginal ideas I have ever read. No offence to Mr. Dekker or Mr. Peretti, but this book had elements of "Saw", "The Cube", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and some older Haunted House movies whose names elude me right now, but all dealt with living, breathing houses. However, I loved the way that Dekretti took these old, tired ideas and gave them a new coat of paint. Even the ending was "standard horror fare" but still made me smile because any other kind of ending wouldn't have fit.

All in all, I loved this book. I couldn't put it down.
52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Thought Provoking, Makes You Reflect..... April 17 2006
By Tim C. Sanderford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The "House" reader is handed a seemingly unwinnable game with 4 main characters that almost everyone can identify with. The only problem is this is a very serious game, and for three of the characters to win, one of them must die. Otherwise, they all die. And the clock is ticking.

This is my first Ted Dekker novel, but it won't be the last. Dekker and Frank Peretti have woven a script which is a combination of film noir, and the horror movies of my childhood. It reminds me of Stephen King, with the exception that Dekker takes the high road when it comes to language and sexual situations. While some might say this makes the story less realistic, to me it makes the reader use his brain more. What happens, or doesn't happen between the lines is up to you.

I won't give away the ending, except to say no matter what your station in life, you will do some serious personal reflecting. I have a sneaking suspicion that is what Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti were aiming for all along.
58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Two authors, one exceptional story Feb. 9 2006
By Illuminating Fiction - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Kill or be killed.

It was hardly the advice Jack and Stephanie Singleton were looking for to save their marriage. A road trip to a counselling session in Montgomery, Alabama goes drastically wrong and finds them lost in the backwoods. As night sets in, the "Wayside Inn" seems a godsend to the weary couple.

The Singletons' enter the genteel Inn, hoping to find help for their desperate situation. Instead they meet Randy Messarue and Lesley Taylor, who are also road trip causalities.

With no host in sight, the couples follow the instruction note attached to the front door and sign themselves in. As the foursome contemplate the dining table lavishly set for four, the lights flicker and die, leaving the guests in the dark. When the lights mysteriously come back on, the Inn's hosts also appear; Betty, Stewart, and Pete.

It soon becomes apparent that this is no ordinary Inn.

Welcome to White's house.

Barsidious White has three simple rules for his house:
1) God came to my house and I killed him.
2) I will kill anyone who comes to my house as I killed God.
3) Give me one dead body and I might let rule two slide.

Jack, Stephanie, Randy, and Lesley are soon caught up in a cruel game in a house that seems to know their every move.

But this is not your average haunted house story. When you combine the minds of two of the masters in the supernatural thriller genre, you expect something beyond typical. Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker deliver an edge-of-your-seat plot encapsulating a theme that will leave you reflecting on its ramifications for a long time after.

Peretti and Dekker refuse to whitewash the true nature of evil or their villains. In HOUSE, Barsidious White is the embodiment of evil. As far as White is concerned, the guilty must die, and everyone is guilty. In White's house, evil is pitched against evil.

HOUSE sets out to epitomise the human heart. Nothing we do can clean our hearts of the evil that resides within. So if the wages of sin is death, and we have all sinned, then why should we be allowed to live? This is the question Peretti and Dekker tackle in this enthralling novel that touches the very heart of its readers.

As a reader more familiar with Dekker's past work than Peretti's, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed with this collaboration. The writing is smooth, flawless in fact. The seamless continuity of this novel is testament to the two creative minds behind it and their commitment to a quality story.

Dekker fans will not be disappointed. HOUSE is tied into his current Project Showdown series by expanding on one of the characters from SHOWDOWN. Readers concerned about the violence depicted in SHOWDOWN shouldn't have a problem with HOUSE. The violence is still there, it's no less evil, but I found it more toned down.

Peretti and Dekker invite you to enter HOUSE, where losing your life could be the only way to win.

A mini interview with Ted Dekker can be found on my review site:
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
From an avid Peretti fan . . May 25 2006
By Crazy Curly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book disappointed me greatly. At first I thought that maybe it was Ted Dekker who spoiled the book. (I had never heard of Ted Dekker before I read this book!) But then I read the chapter of "Showdown" that was included in the back, and decided that was not the problem at all.

Part of the problem was the editing. Or lack thereof. It wasn't horrible, just distracting. Certainly not enough to spoil the whole book.

I realized that the ending was too abrupt for my taste. And not in a way that makes me want a sequel to explain it either.

I finished the book in one day and spent the next day and a half trying to figure out why I disliked the book so much.

Then I remembered the ad for the movie. Something about that ad bothered me too . . . . AHA!!! The movie was being released too soon after the release of the book. I now have a sneaking suspicion that the movie idea came first. A book is a great way to generate publicity for a movie.

But I think it could make a really good movie. I just don't think I will be reading this book again any time soon and I certainly will NOT reccomend it to any of my friends!
36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
House Changed My Life April 24 2006
By Kelli Standish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a huge fan of things that go bump in the night. And this book sounded like it was full of more bumps and night than anything I'd ever read. I was afraid of it, but I read it anyway.

And it changed my life.

Right now, a monster more terrifying, more evil, and more devastating than anything I've ever encountered is devouring my marriage. The story of House helped me understand more clearly than any counseling session what needs to be done. And what I've done that does not matter.

I realized, after reading this book, that if I hurl myself at this monster with my fists flailing, attacking it with all MY strength, I have nothing to boast about. If I try to defeat this beastly devastation on my own, with my own wisdom and efforts, I will end up foolish, ineffective, and...dead. The only course of action worth anything is to throw myself to the floor in complete, utter humility, crying "Son of Man, have mercy on me a sinner."

Nothing-- not friends' advice, not my devotional reading, not my fervent prayers-- helped me see this with more clarity than the story of House.

If you take this book for its technical merit alone, then yes, there are some problems. Yes, the middle sagged a bit. Yes, some of the dialogue is repetitive. Yes, the ending left some strings untied. But come on, if flawed humans were able to create perfect things, who would need humility? Or God?

The reality is, Dekker and Peretti's story is a delivery vehicle for a metaphor so powerful, it could only be painted by the hand of God Himself. Rather than dissecting the book's mechanics, I challenge readers of House to see the story as a movie projector, and look for the vivid, vital message it projects.

Bottom line? For this broken-hearted girl who fears monsters and thrillers, Dekker and Peretti have just made a difference. (Again)

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