Guardian

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"All the right scares in all the right places." The Seattle Times
A telephone rings in the dead of night with shocking news for single mother MaryAnne Carpenter: her friends the Wilkensons are suddenly, inexplicably dead, their only child, Joey, a sad and silent adolescent and MaryAnne's godchild, abruptly orphaned. But as MaryAnne rushes with her family to the Wilkenson's ranch to embrace her young charge, disturbing questions mount. Was it an accident that killed her friends? ...
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Overview

"All the right scares in all the right places." The Seattle Times
A telephone rings in the dead of night with shocking news for single mother MaryAnne Carpenter: her friends the Wilkensons are suddenly, inexplicably dead, their only child, Joey, a sad and silent adolescent and MaryAnne's godchild, abruptly orphaned. But as MaryAnne rushes with her family to the Wilkenson's ranch to embrace her young charge, disturbing questions mount. Was it an accident that killed her friends? Or murder?
Now, as winter transforms the ranch into a place of blinding, dangerous storms, a series of horrific murders, killings that suggest a raging animal and defy solution by the local police, draw ever closer to MaryAnne and her young family.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite the high death toll generated by some pretty nasty weapons claws, fangs, shotgun, fire poker, pitchfork, there's not much terror here because banal details and very ordinary people overwhelm the fear factor. MaryAnne Carpenter, trying to cope with the return of the loutish husband who earlier deserted the family, heads off to Idaho with her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son in order to comfort her recently orphaned godson. Joey Wilkenson's parents have died in mysterious accidents and his mother, MaryAnne's best friend, had named her Joey's guardian. Joey seems an average 13-year-old, if given to understandable bouts of moody withdrawal. But the apparently peaceful mountain valley becomes menacing when a camper is brutally killed, perhaps by an animal, and MaryAnne feels increasingly isolated as winter approaches. Rumors of a wild mountain man or sasquatch circulate, and Joey starts to exhibit strange behavior. Further horrifying events occur, but their final explanation is too pat. A sequel is threatened, but hopefully Saul Darkness who has done better, will reconsider. Aug.
Ray Olson
Not long after MaryAnne Carpenter's marriage falls apart, she gets a call from Idaho telling her that both her best friend and the friend's wealthy husband have died in mysterious accidents. She must fulfill her role as godparent to Joey, the couple's 13-year-old son (whose real father isn't the dead man--a very important detail). So, taking her two children with her in order to get them away from their father, she departs for the vast mountain-valley ranch the dead couple kept up pretty much as a private natural preserve. When she learns that as Joey's guardian she will enjoy a hefty income, it seems she's found a good new home. But tragedy still stalks the place as campers in nearby grounds are killed; MaryAnne glimpses a huge, shadowy figure lurking around the ranch; and Joey, a strange, lonely boy, repeatedly wanders away at night for hours. As usual, Saul tells a tale of terrors that seem to be supernatural but turn out to be the fault of evil science. It's 1950s grade-B sf-horror-flick stuff, and Saul does it well enough to keep pleasing his fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449223048
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 337,738
  • Product dimensions: 4.03 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

House of Reckoning is John Saul’s thirty-sixth novel. His first novel, Suffer the Children, published in 1977, was an immediate million-copy bestseller. His other bestselling suspense novels include In the Dark of the Night, Perfect Nightmare, Black Creek Crossing, Midnight Voices, The Manhattan Hunt Club, The Right Hand of Evil, Guardian, and Faces of Fear. Saul divides his time between Seattle, Washington, and Hawaii.
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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    A Twisted yet, Good Read

    I have to say, I never imagined this story to turn into a "warewolf" type story, but I def liked it. I thought some parts were a bit gory, other oarts had me on the verge of tears, but all in all its a supsenful and good read. Saul has a way of making his readers want more, and of course after reading this, and many of his other books im excited to pick up my next one. I recommend this novel to fans of the horror and suspence genre. The characters are believable, and you feel like your part of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    Not The Best

    This certainly wasn't one of Saul's better efforts but I found the book intriguing as the story lead me along toward a somewhat climatic ending. A creature stalking the woods in an isolated community is always compelling in a good horror novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2002

    I liked it...

    This was my first John Saul read, and I thought it was pretty good... It could have been more suspensfull and exiting, but it still had a good plot... The ending was...disappointing, and I hope he writes a sequel... I do recommend this book...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Fernkit

    Nibbles on the tail until its short and stubby then pushes the rest away

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Nyra

    Good to hear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Snowy

    Her wing should be healed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    The guardian

    Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    I love John Saul books - definitely my favorite author. But I ha

    I love John Saul books - definitely my favorite author. But I have to say, this book was terrible in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Rachel

    Sighs i hte my lge

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Samuel

    Thats the way it is sometimes. Im sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    My favorite John Saul book- so far.

    The excitement never quit. I looked forward to the next time I could read. What I enjoyed was that it was really close to believable,which is important to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2000

    Definately Recommend it!

    It took me a while to read this Saul book. I am a huge fan on John Saul and was surprised to see there was not as much suspense as usual. A lot of deaths but no suspense. I do recommend this book though. It is a great story, with a very sad twist. But I do recommend reading his other stuff first.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    Refreshing

    I haven't read anything from John Saul in about ten years. This book was refreshing because it is different from a lot of other books . I do recommend this book who hasn't read any of John Saul books in a long time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 1999

    disappointing

    I am a huge John Saul fan. This however was not one of his better works. Joey is the victim. Victim of science, nature, his biological father who has been lurking in the mts. throughout his childhood watching, and a victim by his abusive stepfather. Maryanne was a character I thought was weak and pathetic. She really did not explore what she was getting into in the Idaho mts. and her child pays the price. The only aspect of the book I appreciated was the backdrop of Idaho sounded quite lovely. susan

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