The Birthing House

The Birthing House

Book - 2009
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It was expecting them.

Conrad and Joanna Harrison, a young couple from Los Angeles, attempt to save their marriage by leaving the pressures of the city to start anew in a quiet, rural setting.  They buy a Victorian mansion that once served as a haven for unwed mothers, called a birthing house.  One day when Joanna is away, the previous owner visits Conrad to bequeath a vital piece of the house's historic heritage, a photo album that he claims "belongs to the house."  Thumbing through the old, sepia-colored photographs of midwives and fearful, unhappily pregnant girls in their starched, nineteenth-century dresses, Conrad is suddenly chilled to the bone: staring back at him with a countenance of hatred and rage is the image of his own wife….

            Thus begins a story of possession, sexual obsession, and, ultimately, murder, as a centuries-old crime is reenacted in the present, turning Conrad and Joanna's American dream into a relentless nightmare.

            An extraordinary marriage of supernatural thrills and exquisite psychological suspense, The Birthing House marks the debut of a writer whose first novel is a terrifying tour de force.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312385842
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 15, 2018

I could not finish it--the characters were so disgusting. The couple deserve each other--immature, shallow and selfish. The other characters are weird and ignorant. The only characters I liked were the 2 dogs.

Aug 21, 2012

a must read, twists and turns and edgy

Jan 12, 2012

This starts out a little wierd in the 3/4 of the way and is a page turner again. Started it Monday (Jan 9-12)...will probably finish today (Thursday Jan 12-12) or tomorrow if life gets in the way. Having trouble keeping my hands off! So wierd it's kinda wonderful!
Finished (Sat. Jan 14-12) (life got in the way!) very wild ride at the end........kinda like a roller coaster that never ends.....I'll be reading his next one for sure.

May 05, 2010

A man and his disinterested wife move to a small town to start over after he has discovered her affair. They pick a house that was once a home for expectant mothers. But when the wife leaves to try a new career, the husband is given a photo album of the past occupants only to find his wife's face in one of the century old pictures. How this happens is explained by a series of confusing conversations that may or may not happen in his head, but definitely happen in the readers head. What starts out as a wonderful premise turns into a cheap horror film script with lots of sex and crummy scares. What a true talent could have done with this, I can only imagine!


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