House of Reckoning by John Saul
A Novel

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After the untimely death of her mother and the arrest of her father for killing a man in barroom brawl, fourteen-year-old Sarah Crane is forced to grow up fast. Left in the cold care of a foster family and alienated at school, Sarah befriends classmate Nick Dunnigan, a former mental patient still plagued by voices and visions, and the eccentric art instructor Bettina Phillips, a mentor eager to nurture Sarah’s talent for painting. But within the walls of Bettina’s ancestral mansion, Sarah finds that monstrous images from the house’s dark history seem to flow unbidden from her paintbrush—images echoed by Nick’s chilling hallucinations. It seems the violence and fury of long-dead generations have finally found a gateway from the grave into the world of the living. And Sarah and Nick have found a power they never had: to take control, and take revenge.

About John Saul

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House of Reckoning is John Saul's thirty-sixth novel. His first novel, Suffer the Children, published in 1977, was an immediate million-copy bestseller. His other bestselling suspense novels include In the Dark of the Night, Perfect Nightmare, Black Creek Crossing, Midnight Voices, The Manhattan Hunt Club, The Right Hand of Evil, Guardian, and Faces of Fear. Saul divides his time between Seattle, Washington, and Hawaii.
Published October 5, 2009 by Ballantine Books. 366 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Book Reporter

Sarah and Nick become the keys to unlocking the strange doors found.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of House of Reckoning: A Novel

Las Vegas Review Journal

The teens discover that what the voices tell Nick, Sarah spontaneously draws, and as they begin to piece together the meaning of their visions, they are drawn to Bettina’s ancestral home — a mansion with a violent history.

Oct 21 2009 | Read Full Review of House of Reckoning: A Novel

Peeking Between the Pages

John Saul has long been a favorite author of mine back from my teenage years when I first started reading his books.

Dec 10 2009 | Read Full Review of House of Reckoning: A Novel

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