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The dwelling : a novel
Susie Moloney
Adult Fiction MOLONEY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

It's not your typical haunted house: 362 Belisle Street, the central "character" in Susie Moloney's second novel (after A Dry Spell), is a two-story property with a Murphy bed, a working fireplace, phantom music that tinkles faintly at night and a collection of manipulative demons that play to the residents' vulnerabilities. The first buyers are a young couple whose marital tensions and financial strains leave them susceptible to the building's malevolent spirits. Then a divorced mother and her overweight, introverted son are seduced by the apparition of a playful orphan called Mariette. A near-alcoholic writer recovering from an intense break-up is the next to move in, only to suffer hallucinations of his dead father swinging from the ceiling. Moloney attempts to depict 362 Belisle as a being with a mind of its own, beckoning realtor Glenn Darnley throughout her multiple showings of the house, and claiming or rejecting its inhabitants. The tenants seem quite ordinary until mysterious events begin to occur, each episode terminating at a horrifying moment before Moloney launches into the next inhabitant's story. Newly widowed Glenn's travails connect the sagas of her three buyers, as her thoughts of her dead husband fill the gaps between stories. The perspective of the narrative similarly jumps, alternating between the fears of the three residents and the desires of this dwelling, a living and breathing macabre personality. Moloney manipulates the tension artfully, giving the reader glimpses of the house's history and leading to a suitably grotesque ending. 5-city author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The house at 352 Belisle is strange, and realtor Glenn Darnley has had trouble selling it all three times it has come on the market. It is hard to understand why so many people have found it unpleasant, but it could have something to do with the noises from the attic or the cold draft from the closet. In this thrilling read, the tension between the lives of those living in this haunted house and the deaths of those no longer living (but still present) keep the pages turning and all the lights in the house on. As in Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and Anne Rivers Siddons's The House Next Door, the house here is a character in its own right, but Moloney (A Dry Spell; Bastion Falls) has thankfully peopled the narrative with other well-developed characters as well, ones with such recognizable strengths and weaknesses that the reader actually cares about their outcomes. The ending is horrible but poignant and exactly fitting. Recommended for all public libraries.-Kim Uden Rutter, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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