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The Grip of It

A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met The move prompted by James’s penchant for gambling his inability to keep his impulses in check is uick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh But this house whi. Posted at Heradas ReviewThis short novel thoroughly creeped me the hell out It s been a few years since I ve read anything that maintains this level of unease throughout It s not intended to be outright scary instead it maintains an eerie tone think VanderMeer s Annihilation and punctuates it with some genuine goosebump moments that snuck up on me The narrative plays the POV characters relationship woes something we can relate to against a supernatural backdrop something we cannot Juxtaposing the relatable with the unrelatable works so well here and serves to pull the unrelatable closer until it feels solid foundational and within the realm of possibilityThis narrative tactic also got me heavily invested in the characters and their troubled relationship rooting for them to find a way out of their situation together to come out the other side a entwined singular team They re two people who in a misguided attempt to navigate up out of a downwardly spiraling situation inadvertently ensnare themselves into another accelerated deadly one I love the way that these events escalated and built on one another The way that they dealt with that escalation also felt incredibly like actual human behaviorThe story found its way to a terrific resolution I imagine it s difficult to end a haunted house novel in a way that is satisfying to the reader but doesn t undercut the creepy tone that built it in the first place with too much clarity Do you completely explain the haunting and lose all the mystery or do you leave it entirely unknown by ending in an ambiguous manner The finale of The Grip of It finds that perfect middle point between these two extremes balancing resolutionirresolution to both fulfill my deeply rooted desire for closure as a reader and keep the eeriness fully at playWe ve all got that old lizard brain resting below our rational one nearly all that it understands is fear and it love a good poking Logically I know none of these supernatural events are real or even remotely possible but my lizard brain doesn t care about logic it likes being afraid It wallows in the macabre and thrives in the unknown terrors that might lurk in the shadows residing just at the periphery of my vision I mostly read this right before going to bed and I found myself double checking silhouettes in my bedroom as I lay there imagining how the strange sensation of seeing my wife s face but not recognizing her would feel finding patterns where none exist and missing patterns previously obvious The whole affair put me on edgeThe prose is clean the chapters short and the pacing tight You could even read it in a single sitting if you wanted and it s engaging enough that the decision to do so might end up outside your control It might just happen you looking at the clock afterward and wondering where the time disappeared to

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Ch sits between ocean and forest has plans for the unsuspecting couple As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings The architecture claustrophobic riddled with hidden rooms within rooms becomes unrecognizable decaying before their eyes Stains are animated on the wall contracting expanding and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the. This book is so spooky Perfect pick for these days Julie and James are married and looking to start fresh in a new home In the past they ve had some marital woes because of James gambling problems They find what seems like the perfect house close to the ocean and cannot believe their luck when their offer goes through very uickly Once they start settling in strange things start to happen they also start getting lost in the hidden rooms within the house The novel is narrated from the alternating points of view of Julie and James It is set in a small town and fast paced The novel has beautiful writing and is dark engaging and haunting Overall I enjoyed the novel and recommend it to all thrill and chill seekers Thanks to the author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review

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Water that James pours from the sink Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and JamesWritten in creepy potent prose The Grip of It is an enthralling psychologically intense novel that deals in uestions of home how we make it and how it in turn makes us mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cheris. try hard A person who puts a large amount of effort into achieving a certain image or counter image to the point where it is obviously contrived Rather than achieving an image through genuine personality the try hard consciously attempts to fit a certain style through deliberate imitation forced style or scripted behavior That is to say heshe is trying hard to create an imageA person or in this case a book


10 thoughts on “The Grip of It

  1. says:

    Posted at Heradas ReviewThis short novel thoroughly creeped me the hell out It’s been a few years since I’ve read anything that maintains this level of unease throughout It’s not intended to be outright scary instead it maintain

  2. says:

    But what if those buried fetid stories are the ones that have bubbled to the surface? What if they're right there balanced on the edge of our teeth ready to trip into the world without even our permission? And what if you have practically no idea what the bloody Hell you're actually reading curled up in your sofa

  3. says:

    “We can lose ourselves behind a trapdoor whether in our mind or in the house”A couple Julie and James move into a new home as a means of getting away from James’ gambling problems Pretty uickly the couple are tormented by strange occurrences stains appear on the walls bruises form on Julie’s body and they keep finding hidden spaces within the walls of their home Together they try to investigate what is

  4. says:

    If you are thinking about picking up this book please do yourself the favor of listening to the audio version The narrators are beyond excellent and I feel they played a huge part in the success I felt while reading this sto

  5. says:

    This book is so spooky Perfect pick for these days Julie and James are married and looking to start fresh in a new home In the past they've had some marital woes because of James' gambling problems They find what seems like the perfect house close to the ocean and cannot believe their luck when their offer goes through very uickly Once they start settling in strange things start to happen they also start getting lost

  6. says:

    I loved the premise of this book and borrowed the audio from library because it sounded so good The Grip of it deliveredThis audio follows Julie and James as they buy a new home to begin their fresh start Almost immediately creepy things begin to occur Their new neighbor only adds to the uncomfortable atmosphere not to mention the stories of the townspeople When mysterious bruises begin to appear on Julie's b

  7. says:

    WellYou and I both know that the house is hauntedAnd you and I both know that the ghost is meYou used to catch me in your bed sheets just a rattling your chainsWell back then baby it didn’t seem so strange Shaky GravesDearly DepartedI don't typically do song lyrics with my book reviews seen that over it wink but this was just so damn appropriate that I had toSo here we have a very moody atmospheric setting for our story A Hau

  8. says:

    A spooky read The Grip of It has many vile images that stay with you and cling under your skin just like the unexplained bruises that the young wife keeps getting A couple buy their first house hoping for a new start out of the city and its temptations which for the husband means compulsive gambling It's not uite what they expected the house has its own baggage which tends to take over its inhabitants Written in a stream of consc

  9. says:

    try hard A person who puts a large amount of effort into achieving a certain image or counter image to the point where it is obviously contrived Rather than achieving an image through genuine personality the try hard consciously attempts to fit a certain style through deliberate imitation forced style or scripted behavior That is to say hes

  10. says:

    As an atheist and a horror fan I find myself liking haunted house and ghost stories that do not really on a God Solution Like religio

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