House by Frank E. Peretti and Ted Dekker || Book Review

There is something appealing about reading a book about a house that has a mind of its own.

I love paranormal books that have an element different to the standard used tropes in the genre and sometimes you’re lucky enough to find one.

This book had potential… and I almost gave it the highest rating I can except for a few details that swayed my decision a little. I also think that some genres just don’t glue together in a book.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Originally published: 2006

Pages: 386
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

Enter “House”-where you’ll find yourself thrown into a killer’s deadly game in which the only way to win is to lose . . . and the only way out is in.

The stakes of the game become clear when a tin can is tossed into the house with rules scrawled on it. Rules that only a madman-or worse-could have written. Rules that make no sense yet must be followed.

“One game. Seven players. Three rules. Game ends at dawn.”


I really enjoying the secrets unravelling as the book went along, although most of the big reveals happen in the last few pages of the book. The build up leading up to it is pretty chilling though!

The concept of the game the characters are forced to play is interesting and somewhat unique; the rules are pretty gruesome and at the end of the day, you don’t think anyone will be walking out of that house a winner.

The house in itself is cool yet creepy but still so fascinating. It took me back to reading The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes but the two books can’t be compared given their very different standards.

I found the religious aspects in the book to be a little forced and overbearing, and the book could’ve worked without adding the looming religious doom as a main theme. This could’ve been a pretty unique paranormal/horror/thriller novel that I could’ve given a higher rating even.

The symbology in the book was quite evident, especially at the end of the book and the climax wasn’t as great where the whole reveal was a few minutes long and then nothing more.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.57 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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  1. Oh wow, flashback! I read this book back when I was in high school! I loved it then and I remember thinking it was so creepy and Ted Dekker being one of my favorite authors. I haven’t read any of his books in ages, I wonder how I’d feel about it if I re-read it.


    • I’ll maybe have a look at his other books too.. Hopefully the overwhelming symbology won’t be in all of them.
      Worth a try to reread, I’m currently reading some old childhood books too 🙂


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