Black House

Black House

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories "twinner" from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real-life madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed "The Fisherman" and Jack's buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him. But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack's inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are, of robins' eggs and red feathers? It's almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As that message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2001.
ISBN: 9780375504396
Characteristics: 624 pages ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Straub, Peter 1943-


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Feb 19, 2018

Years after the release of <i>The Talisman</i>, Straub and King got together again to write <i>Black House</i> its sequel. I loved this book until about halfway through, and then it disappointed me greatly. But my disappointment won’t be everyone’s, so read on.

It’s years after <i>The Talisman</i>, and its protagonist has reached unprecedented heights as a police officer and then homicide detective. Now he wants to retire early and move to Wisconsin - but the place he likes so much has a serial killer with a literal taste for children haunting its streets and forests. The local police are begging him to help, and he finds himself drawn unwillingly into the investigation.

Only in the world of fiction and fable would you find some of these characters actually used, although I would not be surprised to find brewer-biker-fighter-Blake fans among some of the geeks I know. (Real life often is stranger than fiction!) And here, once again, we have The Bad Place, a motif King and Straub both love. So far, so good.

The disappointment, for me, was that this book Yet Again ties in with The Dark Tower series. King does that halfway through, and it took away from the rest of the book for me. Up until that point, I was enjoying it more than its prequel, but at that point to me it stopped being a sandbox they created together and started being Straub being allowed to play in King’s. Feh. And it was unnecessary - the book was going along just fine until then!

If you like that series, I am confident you will love this. If you don’t care for it as much, you may or may not enjoy having it brought in. Four of five stars, but it could have been five of five.

Oct 04, 2017

I felt this book had a much slower start than the talisman, but it did have a great story.

JamesBayRidge Apr 06, 2015

Took me about two hundred pages to get into this book, but it took off pretty well after that. Read the Talisman first.

Dec 02, 2013

Sequel to The Talisman which I thought was a better story

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Jack Sawyer is now an adult with no memory of the the trama he went through in the horrific world he was cast into in "The Talisman". A serial killer has invaded his midwestern town and Jack must recapture his memories and re-enter this terrible world in order to stop the killings.


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