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House Of Echoes Mass Market Paperback – Aug 25 1997

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (APB); Reprint edition (Aug. 25 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451181956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451181954
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #551,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Supernatural chills and romantic sighs are Erskine's (Midnight Is a Lonely Place) stock in trade, but this outing finds her deficient in both categories. She concludes her latest romance-cum-spook story with a book review praising a first novel by protagonist Jocelyn "Joss" Grant for "leaving the reader clinging to the edge of his chair," but that's wishful thinking as far as this novel is concerned. Adopted as a baby, Joss tracks down her biological mother and learns she has inherited an ancient house in Essex. Ignoring the villagers' superstitious warnings, she moves into Belheddon Hall with her husband, Luke, and her two-year-old son, Tom. Unfortunately, the ensuing strange phenomena?roses left on pillows, and ghostly giggles?frighten Joss more than the reader. Then bruises appear on Tom's arms. Joss suspects ghosts, but Luke suspects Joss. Determined to discover the house's secrets, Joss researches her blighted family tree only to find that no male heir has ever inherited Belheddon. The problem, it turns out, stretches back to the 15th century, when a powerful witch, who lived in the house, cast a spell on King Edward IV that caused him to fall in love with her daughter, Katherine. Over 500 years later, the spell still binds an armor-clad King Edward, who spends eternity making love to all of Katherine's descendants (including Joss), while the bitter Katherine menaces the men of Belheddon. Just when Joss is on the verge of losing her sanity, a village psychic conveniently breaks the ancient curse with surprising ease, forcing an ending that is as illogical as it is happy. Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club featured alternate.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Faced with financial ruin, Jocelyn and Luke Grant at first view the surprise inheritance of an Essex manor house from Joss' birth mother as a godsend. But who really sent the centuries-old house where boyish voices echo, drifts of icy rose petals appear and then vanish, and a chilling shadow threatens the safety of Luke and his toddler son? When Joss' second child is born, also a boy, it becomes apparent that only the males in the Grant household are threatened, and suspicion falls on Joss. To clear her name and save her family, she must confront and defeat a powerful, ancient presence. Without being overly graphic or ghoulish, Erskine's third novel of the supernatural provides a sensual, shivery thrill ride through a classic English country house. Roberta Johnson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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<b>Barbara Erskine</b> appears so prolific, I imagined a phenomenal author I would love. Perhaps I will love the Egypt-themed novels I have savoured. I hope their writing differs greatly from <b>House Of Echoes</b>. This haunted house treatise is full of ingredients I should have loved. The way a story is told matters, with no better proof of that than this. A young Mother wants to acquaint her birth Mother through personal anecdotes and inheritance of her ancestor's mansion. The first problem was people hesitating to provide the wholly pertinent information about the late Laura.

Her husband Luke and sister, Lyn, called her "obsessed" for gleaning any ounce of information. Who would begrudge learning one's heritage and ensuring her living family isn't in peril? Thirdly, Lyn made inappropriately critical and possessive remarks about Jocelyn's care for her children and immaturely accused her of not loving her adoptive family; parents she begged to stay at her mansion. Lyn was a bitch whose help was not worth it. Lyn and Luke disrespected Jocelyn's beliefs and acted like jail wardens, when she took her children for walks, or shared closeness with three open-minded friends: Janet, David, and the old pastor!

Compounded with such numerous examples of reprehensible behaviour: very stilted, factory-made dialogue and narration, along with extreme redundancy of vocabulary words I happen to detest; degraded enjoyment badly. "Gently" "stared", and "shook their head" occurred about ten times PER PAGE! Someone frowned about four times per page and <b>Barbara</b> kept using a peculiar expression: "stared around". What the heck is that?! How about looked around? Peered, glanced, gazed?
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By A Customer on May 8 1999
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I have enjoyed every book by Ms. Erskine and this one was no exception. As with "Midnight is a Lonely Place", I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. However, as with "Midnight", I was disappointed in the ending. After building up such tension throughout the story, both books ended with a, well, splat. It was like one reviewer commented, it seemed that Ms.Erskine went on a vacation and never took the time to develop an ending consistent with the wonderful story she told throughout the rest of the novel. I do recommend this and any of her other works, just be prepared for a wimpy ending to otherwise engrossing novel.
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By A Customer on Dec 20 2003
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I'm a huge fan of Barabra Erskine and this book does not disappoint in any way!
Joss, a young woman with a new family, inherits an estate from her mother. She wants to make the fresh start and here is a place where she can learn about the family she never knew.
The only problem is that with the land and the house, Joss also inherits a legacy of revenge, passion and fear.
Erskine continues her usual fabulous writing to create scenes that jump out off the page and become so real you could swear you were there. Full of suspense, you won't be able to put this book down, so make sure you've got a free evening when you start this book!!
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By A Customer on Feb. 21 2000
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I've enjoyed some of Erskine's work in the past, but this one was awfully dull. The characters were vapid, the story lacked suspense, and I found myself putting the book down about twenty-five pages from the end... and never picking it up again.
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This is a story about a woman and her family who are haunted by several ghosts in Belheddon Hall. It's very well-written as far as the different reactions by her family and guests who experience the supernatural. The history of the house and it's ghosts is slowly revealed throughout the story and made me want to continue reading until the very end, even though it gave me goosebumps. Definitely the best novel I've ever read about a haunted house.
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I am a big fan of Barbara Erskine's. She really spooked me with this one! Naturally enough the only times I could find to read this one, were at night, husband asleep, the kids in bed, the wind blowing outside, and bringing with it the odd noises...
I ended up finding time to read it during the day, so I could concentrate on sleeping at night, rather than wondering what those 'creaks' and 'thumpings' were!
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By A Customer on Aug. 29 1999
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I have enjoyed all of Erskines books and this was no exception, at times it scared the hell out of me, who would stay in a house like that?? What made it more interesting is that it is set in the area i was born and brought up and Erskine captured this perfectly. I reccomend this book but maybe agree with the earlier comments about a very weak ending which left the story rather hollow.
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I absolutely loved this book. It's suspenseful and a lot of fun to read. You can't put it down! I love the descriptions of everything! A great book to read on a cold, dark night. The characters and story are most interesting! If you like suspense, you'll love this one. I recommended it to a friend and she loved it too! It's one I keep on my bookshelf to reread in the future!
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