Noting that book blogging onften focuses on new releases, here’s how Throwback Thursday works:
- Pick a book released more than 5 years ago.
- Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it.
- Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
- Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
It is a sad day for Colquitt and Walter Kennedy when construction begins on an elegant new home on the formerly empty lot next door. It signals the end of an era of blessed tranquility, of sipping drinks on the porch in the quiet of a warm southern afternoon. But Colquitt and Walter are losing more than a view. With a new house come new neighbors — with their secrets and fears and frailties that will not be contained within four strong walls, reaching out instead to wreak havoc with other lives and relationships. For there’s something about the house next door that seems to bring out the worst in those who live there. And soon, nothing in the Kennedys’ once-idyllic neighborhood will ever be the same again. (via Goodreads)
My initial post, 01/06/05:
“I believe I came across reference to [this book] in an article about Gothic horror in The Internet Review of Science Fiction. It’s good, thus far, but not quite what I expected. Siddons is not a “horror” writer and The House Next Door has the feel of a 1970s made-for-TV-movie where bad things suddenly happen to slick, happening, rich people. Don’t get me wrong, some of those 70s TV movies were decent, relying on suspense instead of budget. (Or maybe that’s just my memory of those movies since I was a kid at the time.) It will be interesting to see if she gives any explanation for what events are occurring.”
Follow-up post, 01/12/05:
“The story wasn’t overly complex, but the thing that really impressed me was that the story ends in the only way it could… and it isn’t pretty. I think sometimes a writer will shy away from the unhappy ending. They try to force a better feeling ending on and it comes out wrong. This is a first book I’ve read in a while with an ending I was happy with. That said, the page and a half epilogue could have been left out. The one thing that did occasionally yank me out of the story were some of the character’s judgmental attitudes. The book was written in the late 70s and the characters are all upper class. There’s several statements about lower classes and minorities that are kind of surprising, but probably wouldn’t be out of character for those characters.”
I haven’t given this a re-read since I read it the first time, but I still own the book and consider it to be among the best “home and hearth” horror. Also, I really miss The Internet Review of Science Fiction.