House of Reckoning by John Saul was a return to his older style of writing when he wrote about kids as his main characters. It’s a welcome return and House of Reckoning certainly kept me turning the pages especially in the spooky parts. John Saul has long been a favorite author of mine back from my teenage years when I first started reading his books. This is his thirty-sixth novel and I’m still hanging in there anxiously waiting for the next one.
In House of Reckoning, our main character is fourteen year old Sarah Crane. Sarah is one of those kids who has had to grow up in a big hurry after losing her mother. Her father is a basket case and barely able to see past the bottle he’s been drinking out of. Sarah is trying to hold things together as best she can when her father gets into a drunken brawl one night and ends up killing someone. To top it off, that same night, he severely injures Sarah on his way home when he hits her on her bicycle as she’s riding to the bar to bring him home.
Sarah’s life is turned upside down. She has a bad leg now and is ridiculed by the other school kids where she has been going since being placed with an awful foster family. Sarah is miserable until she meets two people – one of her teachers Bettina and a schoolmate Nick, who is also shunned by his peers for being different. These three people together manage to change each other’s lives in ways that they hadn’t known were possible.
So as not to give away the story I will say that Bettina owns an old ancestral home and in a very interesting way Sarah has a very deep connection with this home and it’s people as does Nick in a different way. Something happened in this house long, long ago and the spirits dwelling within it’s walls want revenge for their suffering and they are using both Nick and Sarah to get it.
This is another good one from John Saul and I really enjoyed it as I have most of his novels. I had started it a while back but didn’t get a chance to read more but when I picked it up again, I never managed to put it down until I was finished. If you’re a fan of horror, check out John Saul’s books.
My Thanks…To myself. This book was purchased by yours truly.