ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Spite House by Johnny Compton


Publication Date: February 7, 2023
Format: Audio
Genre:  Supernatural, ghosts
Narrators: Adam Lazarre-White

Publisher: Macmillan Audio 
 11 hours 15 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Eric Ross is on the run from a mysterious past with his two daughters in tow. Having left his wife, his house, his whole life behind in Maryland, he's desperate for money—it's not easy to find steady, safe work when you can't provide references, you can't stay in one place for long, and you're paranoid that your past is creeping back up on you.

When he comes across the strange ad for the Masson House in Degener, Texas, Eric thinks they may have finally caught a lucky break. The Masson property, notorious for being one of the most haunted places in Texas, needs a caretaker of sorts. The owner is looking for proof of paranormal activity. All they need to do is stay in the house and keep a detailed record of everything that happens there. Provided the house’s horrors don’t drive them all mad, like the caretakers before them.

The job calls to Eric, not just because there's a huge payout if they can make it through, but because he wants to explore the secrets of the spite house. If it is indeed haunted, maybe it'll help him understand the uncanny power that clings to his family, driving them from town to town, making them afraid to stop running.


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I love a haunted house story and this one was creepy good. Eric responds to an ad for someone to stay in a house and document any strange things that go on. He and his daughters are keeping a low profile and we don't find out until almost the end as to why. Eric himself has experienced ghosts and hauntings as a child and his grandfather has a strange connection to the dead as well.

I thought that this was a really unique story that not only incorporates haunted houses but also a family lineage of strange things. Which puts it somewhat in the magical realism category for me. Well narrated and a fascinating story of greed, ghosts and other interesting things. 

Definitely worth the read.  

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