Clever. Thrilling. Mind-blowing.
Do not be deceived by the simple synopsis of The House. I love books that make me go back page after page to check out the clues that I missed while I was so caught up on going ahead. I double-checked the clues in The House as well, and let me tell you, I'm impressed.
The House starts with a written confession-kind-of document from Syd & Jack, explaining the events prior to the murder right behind the new house they've bought. It then lapses into first-person narratives after with eye-opening revelations. The best part about these narratives is that they have their own personality. With Jack, you'll notice a more formal tone trying to be rational. In Syd's case, she took me on a ride into her dark past that made my stomach churn and teeth grind. I was right there with her, feeling what she was feeling. Every. Damn. Second. In the beginning, you might get a very odd feeling about Syd, thinking why is she going on about her past and her connection with Elosie. But as the story progresses, you'll warm up to her personality.
What thrilled me, or rather raised the tiny hairs on my arms was the setting of this story. The House is set is a seriously creepy house that toyed with my mind. Simon Lelic's writing is nerve-wracking and it made me jump a few times in the beginning....almost borderline paranormal.
Every aspect of The House was well thought of and my mind was working in overdrive when I actually came face to face with the revelations. A hauntingly satisfying novel that's surely topped the thriller list for me.