Left in the cold care of a loveless foster family and alienated at school, Sarah finds a kindred spirit in classmate Nick Dunnigan, a former mental patient still plagued by voices and visions. And in eccentric art instructor Bettina Phillips, Sarah finds a mentor eager to nurture her talent for painting.
But within the walls of Bettina's ancestral home, the mansion called Shutters, Sarah finds something altogether different and disturbing. Monstrous images from the house's dark history seem to flow unbidden from Sarah's paintbrush - images echoed by Nick's chilling hallucinations.
Trapped for ages in the shadowy rooms of Shutters, 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.
©2009 John Saul; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Excellent John Saul Book"
Very exciting, and even though I have read many of John Sauls books, this was the first Audible book of his. The narration was excellent added greatly to the story.
"Just Too Real it was spooky"
The characters were so real and the problems faced by a children in foster care was so accurately depicted, it was spooky. Saul somehow manages to keep all the characters real to life while taking you down a journey to a dream like ending. A must read!
"A good book"
Not high on the list but a decent story with a really good performance.
Not really, the last few chapters seem to be just kind of thrown together.
No, but I would again in a heart beat, she make a 'okay' story really good.
"An entertaining read, but that's about all"
Just like the title says. It is entertaining, but very predictable, especially the ending. Some of Saul's novels that I have read have given me the shivers, but this doesn't even tickle.
"I'm hooked. Loved it.."
Great story, the mystery drives the adrenaline; very captivating. Ready to download next book. Exciting and desccriptive.
It was okay. A bit dull at certain points, and it could've had a better ending. I did, however, like the characters
"Kept me on the edge of my seat."
This book defiantly kept my interest and my day flew by with the anticipation of what horror could be next. I would recommend this book to my friends who do read horror. Admittedly there was some holes in the plot line but I enjoyed the book enough that I overlooked them. Sarah and Nick sure got the bummed deal with foster parents/parents and kids at school. I loathed the foster parents and I so wanted to bring Sarah into my home for a better life. I would have also liked to have known more of the history behind the house and an explanation of why some of the events that happened in the story. Narrator was good, she not my favorite but I like her well enough.
"Started slow then wow!"
Did not sound like Ms Dawe, great narrator read. Started slow, I don't usually stay with a book when that happens. However I was on a long journey and had nothing else to listen to. Glad I did. Fun and surprising
Maybe my expectations were much higher, but I felt let down by this author's characters and plot. All the characters were drawn one-dimensionally, either really good or really bad. The whole business with the house seemed sketched and told instead of fully explored and shown.
There were a number of plot points with holes that you could drive a truck through even if suspension of disbelief is usually needed for paranormal stories. Spoiler Alert: One example would be the fate of all the bad guys. All legalities and investigations of the real world were just swept aside as everyone agrees case closed. There was just a mention that some deputies would return to look around. Oh, okay. A lot of people have just disappeared, but oh well.
Angela Dawe's narration was fine, if uninspiring.
This is the first book I've ever listened to by this author so I have nothing to compare it to. I would like to give some other of his books a chance.
"Good story, but just felt unfinished."
It was worth the credit, but it didn't really wow me.
It was interesting, but to me it just felt unfinished. It never really explained what the end game was and why the house was only selectively evil.
It was a solid performance.
This story was quite good. I wouldn't say it's anything fantastic, but it's was enjoyable.
It had its brutal parts which I enjoyed and I also love a good dose of karma so the ending pleased me as well.
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