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House 23: A Novel of Horror

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Joseph Lee lost his wife, the love of his life. She was slain in their home, right under his nose. As if the grief weren’t enough, Lee was also blamed for her murder. At the end of the day, the detectives didn’t have any proof that Lee was the murderer, but that didn’t stop the community from shunning him or his friends from ignoring him. They didn’t need proof, they said. Joseph Lee lost his wife, the love of his life. She was slain in their home, right under his nose. As if the grief weren’t enough, Lee was also blamed for her murder. At the end of the day, the detectives didn’t have any proof that Lee was the murderer, but that didn’t stop the community from shunning him or his friends from ignoring him. They didn’t need proof, they said. Left to stew in his own self-loathing, a miserable existence of solitude and narcotics, Lee is alone with his regrets and his remorse. But his life is about to change—there is hope yet for this hopeless man. A beautiful woman who looks uncannily like his deceased wife moves into the vacant house across the road, sparking something in Joseph Lee that he thought was long dead. But after the light at the end of the tunnel there is even more darkness for Lee. This beautiful lookalike, and the house she now calls home, are hiding terrible secrets that will unravel everything Lee thought he knew about himself, his street, and his wife. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.


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Joseph Lee lost his wife, the love of his life. She was slain in their home, right under his nose. As if the grief weren’t enough, Lee was also blamed for her murder. At the end of the day, the detectives didn’t have any proof that Lee was the murderer, but that didn’t stop the community from shunning him or his friends from ignoring him. They didn’t need proof, they said. Joseph Lee lost his wife, the love of his life. She was slain in their home, right under his nose. As if the grief weren’t enough, Lee was also blamed for her murder. At the end of the day, the detectives didn’t have any proof that Lee was the murderer, but that didn’t stop the community from shunning him or his friends from ignoring him. They didn’t need proof, they said. Left to stew in his own self-loathing, a miserable existence of solitude and narcotics, Lee is alone with his regrets and his remorse. But his life is about to change—there is hope yet for this hopeless man. A beautiful woman who looks uncannily like his deceased wife moves into the vacant house across the road, sparking something in Joseph Lee that he thought was long dead. But after the light at the end of the tunnel there is even more darkness for Lee. This beautiful lookalike, and the house she now calls home, are hiding terrible secrets that will unravel everything Lee thought he knew about himself, his street, and his wife. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

30 review for House 23: A Novel of Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annerlee

    The book started quite well... was well written, the conversations flowed, I related to the characters, there was some mystery and suspense, the book had possibilities. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. The book fell flat from about half way through and deteriorated(view spoiler)[ into an unbelievably clumsy 'shoot em up'. (hide spoiler)] It was as if the author had lost interest and slapped on any old ending to get the book over with! I found myself skimming pages, waiting f The book started quite well... was well written, the conversations flowed, I related to the characters, there was some mystery and suspense, the book had possibilities. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. The book fell flat from about half way through and deteriorated(view spoiler)[ into an unbelievably clumsy 'shoot em up'. (hide spoiler)] It was as if the author had lost interest and slapped on any old ending to get the book over with! I found myself skimming pages, waiting for something to re-capture my attention. (view spoiler)[ For me, the problems started with the 'angel to demon' transformation of the 'leading lady' in an almost Dr Jeckyll / Mr Hyde fashion. The whole premise for her actions was weak and far fetched and the scam relied on some completely incredible co-incidences. (hide spoiler)] And the ending itself? Well - it did end - again, somewhat weakly. To be fair, there was a twist, but it was disappointing. Maybe I'd just lost interest by then and wanted to get it over with too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I got to page 65 before deciding that my life is just too short! So it's only fair to say that I'm reviewing only the first 65 pages. Whilst I imagine there's a good plot here and undoubtedly some twists along the way, I just don't care. The main character Joseph Lee is an insufferable and self-absorbed oik and I really couldn't care less about his fate. I had sympathy for his loss following his wife's murder, but he quickly forgot his grief at the appearance of a neighbour bearing an uncanny re I got to page 65 before deciding that my life is just too short! So it's only fair to say that I'm reviewing only the first 65 pages. Whilst I imagine there's a good plot here and undoubtedly some twists along the way, I just don't care. The main character Joseph Lee is an insufferable and self-absorbed oik and I really couldn't care less about his fate. I had sympathy for his loss following his wife's murder, but he quickly forgot his grief at the appearance of a neighbour bearing an uncanny resemblance to his late wife. The author left me with no compassion once Joseph called her his "ex-wife" in his mind, and why would a widower think of her by her Christian and surname? There were so many passages that not only didn't ring true, but beggared belief, and I did something that I so rarely do- I gave up on a book. I had another look at the reviews before abandoning it though, and once I realised that the same author wrote Fairwood another struggle, I decided not to waste any more of my time. It's interesting to see that Eli Yance is supposed to be a pseudonym of a best-selling horror writer- I'd like to respectfully suggest that Mr. Yance be consigned to the way of all things and the best-selling author be allowed to write his/her best-selling work.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judy Uckotter

    What can I say about this book. For starters I felt like it was written on a grade school level. Found numerous misspellings and words omitted, way more than in any other book I have read. Did anyone bother to proofread this book?! The story itself just seemed silly, slow to get going and when things started happening, it was just too unbelievable. Don't know if I would try this author again or not.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    What happens if you live your life in a bubble: you never put yourself out there, you don’t take chances? You don’t pay attention to the world around you, and you never build relationships? Are you safe? This book explores that theory that if you decide to live your life outside of the norm and inside of your very small comfort zone, you are seemingly safe. That is, until you slowly open yourself up to the outside world and begin to build relationships. The main character suffers a tremendous los What happens if you live your life in a bubble: you never put yourself out there, you don’t take chances? You don’t pay attention to the world around you, and you never build relationships? Are you safe? This book explores that theory that if you decide to live your life outside of the norm and inside of your very small comfort zone, you are seemingly safe. That is, until you slowly open yourself up to the outside world and begin to build relationships. The main character suffers a tremendous loss and isolates himself into his small, self-destructive world. The reader cannot blame him for his choices, as he is acting naturally to what has happened. When a charming couple befriends him, he slowly warms to the possibility of healing and moving on. Be warned that the first half of this book is very slow. The writing is descriptive and emotional, but devoid of action and excitement. This half of the book could probably be trimmed up quite a bit as to not bore the reader so much. It wasn’t painful to read, just very sleepy to read. The second half of the book has more action and more thrills. The storytelling is weaker here as the author kind of throws in the kitchen sink to conclude the book. It is very graphic and not for the squeamish. You’ve been warned. I found it hard to really like the book because of the dichotomy of the two parts. I also didn’t like how messy (story-wise) the ending became. Two many characters and motives with previously unknown information. The reader is caught as unawares as the main character is. A confusing thing throughout the book is why the author chooses to address the main character by his last name, rather than his first name. No other character is addressed by their last name. It was distracting. Also confusing is why it took the police so long to appear at the end of the book. The title and picture cover are a great sell for the book, but have nothing to do with the book until the very end. It’s very misleading. I definitely felt misled until about 80% of the book was read. Above all the criticisms, I did enjoy the writing style and choices of words. It made the book easy to read and boosted my rating to 3 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Injoy

    I received a free kindle copy of House 23 by Eli Yance in an Amazon promotion. I gave it five stars because it kept me guessing the entire time. I like a mystery, a suspense thriller that can entertain me. This one qualified! Joseph Lee was falsely accused of murdering his wife but couldn't be convicted because of lack of evidence. His life plummets into despair. Then new neighbors show up at House 23 & it seems his life will improve. Unfortunately things are not always what they seem. Twists & tu I received a free kindle copy of House 23 by Eli Yance in an Amazon promotion. I gave it five stars because it kept me guessing the entire time. I like a mystery, a suspense thriller that can entertain me. This one qualified! Joseph Lee was falsely accused of murdering his wife but couldn't be convicted because of lack of evidence. His life plummets into despair. Then new neighbors show up at House 23 & it seems his life will improve. Unfortunately things are not always what they seem. Twists & turns abound & the characters are well fleshed. I recommend this novel. Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darkie

    The cover of this book was so lusciously ominous looking, you know that saying, don't judge a book by its cover, that term described this book perfectly, this book was so amazingly boring, I knew where this story was going, I still dragged myself through it though just to see if at some point the author would redeem himself, but no, boring and predictable to the end

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Loved this one, kept me interested all the way through, and got it while it was free on Amazon so even better!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    FREE ON AMAZON 23/08/2014

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bill Davis

    Too much gratuitous violence.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This was a quick read, only 200 pages. A man's wife was murdered in their home, while he was in the shower. He was suspected of killing her, but no proof. He becomes sort of a hermit, not going out, ordering what he needs online. One day, a beautiful couple move in across the street, and the female looks so much like his ex-wife! It brings him back to life, in a way. They become very friendly, having dinner together, watching movies. Then, it happens. The true story of who this couple is, who ki This was a quick read, only 200 pages. A man's wife was murdered in their home, while he was in the shower. He was suspected of killing her, but no proof. He becomes sort of a hermit, not going out, ordering what he needs online. One day, a beautiful couple move in across the street, and the female looks so much like his ex-wife! It brings him back to life, in a way. They become very friendly, having dinner together, watching movies. Then, it happens. The true story of who this couple is, who killed his wife, all the answers come out. I liked it, but the story could have had a better ending, in my opinion. Not a bad story, pretty good. Read it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Unnecessary Dragging This story really didn't pick up until the end. There were details I could've done without. As I was reading I felt like the title wasn't very fitting at least until I got to the end. In the beginning I can def say I struggled to continue reading but it's overall a good read. Just be prepared to read a lot of extra details.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Kerwin

    This was a really good book. Yes, it did start out a little slow but after I got into it a bit I was hooked. All the twists and turns baffles me. I had no idea how or why they were all doing. I also loved that it was short enough to really move along.i was really impressed, but not a blockbuster. Would make a good movie.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    Intriguing & incredibly twisty House 23: A Thriller will keep you guessing and take you by surprise. The characters are relatable, the storyline incredible & scary and I had a hard time putting it down. I enjoyed this book very much! Intriguing & incredibly twisty House 23: A Thriller will keep you guessing and take you by surprise. The characters are relatable, the storyline incredible & scary and I had a hard time putting it down. I enjoyed this book very much!

  14. 4 out of 5

    J.S. Ellis

    This book started really well but it kind of lost the plot in the middle but it started to make sense when the story moved on. What annoyed me was the adjectives "psychopath" 'Sociopath" "manic" "lunatic" I am able to know they are "evil" you are showing me. It was entertaining though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gwen Schwartz

    Good read This book was very slow moving, yet enough happening in the storyline, to keep your attention. I would never have guessed who the bad guys were, with all the twists and turns. Kept my interest until the last page.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Douglas

    I was put off this book by the number of negative reviews, but there's a reason I don't take heed of other people's opinions. I enjoyed the book tremendously and there were several twists to keep you guessing

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debra Barstad

    This was an ok book. not one of my favorite but It did have some twists in it towards the end that I did not see coming.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Pretty predictable tale....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mom

    I liked this short book, but it only deserved a 1 star. The reason it earned a two star was the last 30 pages.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pat Turner

    Bad language!! Good story line, but would not give any thing moor due to the foul Langue. Would not recommend to anyone because of the bad language!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    Predictable thriller. Lonely widower is befriended by nosy neighbors.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meg Harrison

    Not a psych thriller. Basically a short story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Good book You people should just read this novel yourselves and I really enjoyed reading this novel very much so. Shelley Ma

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I found it really slow going, and got past half the book before anything exciting started to happen. Once the story started then it got interesting

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judy Conway

    Interesting It was a different type of read, it towards the end- came more mysterious- outcome was a surprise..A good read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robin Ross

    The best thing I can say about this one is I'm glad it's over. Seriously terrible. The one star is generous,

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie W. Piaget

    Not worth reading One of the worst books I have read.In fact i didn't read it After a third through I just skipped to the end.Uneven and no likable characters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine

    Very good writing, I dropped a star because the story just didn't quite deliver...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Misti

    Just okay; not that thrilling. The ending was over-the-top ridiculous.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Roberson

    Joseph Lee's wife is murdered and he was assaulted. He is the prime suspect for the murder, but the police don't have any evidence to charge him. He eventually moves back into their home and becomes a hermit. Then he meets the new neighbors, one of whom is a dead ringer for his wife. This thriller was a slow starter. There's a lot of talking and very little action for the first part of the book. It will at first make you think that it will be about a wife cheating on her husband with the neighbor Joseph Lee's wife is murdered and he was assaulted. He is the prime suspect for the murder, but the police don't have any evidence to charge him. He eventually moves back into their home and becomes a hermit. Then he meets the new neighbors, one of whom is a dead ringer for his wife. This thriller was a slow starter. There's a lot of talking and very little action for the first part of the book. It will at first make you think that it will be about a wife cheating on her husband with the neighbor across the street. It was full of twists and turns and it kept me wondering where this story was heading. Having worked for a newspaper I am highly aware and more lenient than most people about typos. I have never read a book that didn't have them. You also have to keep in mind the nationality of the writer. What to an American is a typo might not be for a foreigner. However this is another book that took liberties with foul language. Foul language + long drawn out story = 3 stars.

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