[Review] Come On Up to the House by Dane Cobain


Doesn't life seem nasty, brutish and short?
This horror novella and accompanying screenplay tells the story of Darran Jersey, a troubled teenager who moves into a house that's inhabited by the malevolent spirit of his predecessor.
As time goes by and the family begins to settle, Darran begins to take on more and more of the qualities of James, the dead teenager who committed a bloody suicide.
As tragedy after tragedy threatens to destroy the family, Darran's mother Alice decides to leave the house behind and start afresh, but is it too late?
Find out when you Come On Up to the House...

 
**Book gifted in exchange for an honest review**
After having a few months off reading books I decided to start the year as I mean to go on.  Come On Up To The House was the perfect starting point.
I read this on New Years Day, night and although my it's been up as 'currently reading' for the past two months it was a short read which took a couple of hours. I loved both of Dane Cobains books even though they're not my usual genre.
The story starts with a look at the final hours of the previous owners lives within 'the house' and then we're transported on to the Jersey family.
It seems like a story that will grow more and more evil with each family.
They're a normal family. 2 parents and 3 children. They move in to the house and soon enough history starts repeating itself.
I just wish that as parents they'd seen the signs before it was too late.
The house is cursed by evil. I can't exactly say what that evil is though because it's such a strong entity within their lives.
It's not a ghost, just spooking them and it's not poltergeist because it's not tormenting them.
It's almost as though the dead is still living.
More like a zombie... but not one that you'd see in Thriller.
For someone who doesn't read horror it had the right amount of blood and gore, with enough detail to make me want to read through it quickly without scaring me poopless. What can I say I normally stick to mermaids and unicorns.
Unlike with the first family we see two deaths... no sorry, 3. Okay the dog death broke my fictional heart... as did the kick but I took a deep breath and continued. 
There isn't much personal information about the characters either which I guess is a good thing too because you're not attached to them. They're just pawns in the story. The story is the story.
There's nothing to cover their regular lives and routines. It's the evil through and through. As as I said above though, it's also the start of the cycle.
Whatever it is kills and immortalizes James and I think in a way giving it a body. At the end, we see that family loyalty can sometimes pull through and in the hope of saving his sister, regardless, we see Darren succumbing to that same fate... makes you wonder what the hell would happen after the next family-and so on.
If you'd like a quick read to tingle your dark side... download this book.



 




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