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The Dead House

A Novel
Written by: Billy O'Callaghan
Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes the past endures and sometimes it never lets go.

This best-selling debut by an award-winning writer is both an eerie contemporary ghost story and a dread-inducing psychological thriller. Maggie is a successful young artist who has had bad luck with men. Her last put her in the hospital and, after she’s healed physically, left her needing to get out of London to heal mentally and find a place of quiet that will restore her creative spirit. On the rugged west coast of Ireland, perched on a wild cliff side, she spies the shell of a cottage that dates back to Great Famine and decides to buy it. When work on the house is done, she invites her dealer to come for the weekend to celebrate along with a couple of women friends, one of whom will become his wife. On the boozy last night, the other friend pulls out an Ouija board. What sinister thing they summon, once invited, will never go.

Ireland is a country haunted by its past. In Billy O'Callaghan's hands, its terrible beauty becomes a force of inescapable horror that reaches far back in time, before the Famine, before Christianity, to a pagan place where nature and superstition are bound in an endless knot.

©2017 Billy O’Callaghan (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • michael king
  • 2018-08-06

Gather round the fire for this one!

This one creeped me out. But it isn’t the books dreadful supernatural side or its finely realized characters that impresses me most; the book's setting wins out this time. Desolate and awful (archaic) and mysterious as the sea.

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  • Elyse M. Pastel
  • 2018-06-14

Disappointing

This book is fairly well written but never gets going. Very little in the way of a ghost story or character development.