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Psycho House

Psycho House

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by Robert Bloch
     
 

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The Bates Motel is now a tourist attraction, re-creating the famous murder scene, but there's a new, unexpected exhibit: the bloody corpse of a teenage girl. Reporter Amelia Haines sees the investigation as a golden career opportunity—if she can survive it.

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The Bates Motel is now a tourist attraction, re-creating the famous murder scene, but there's a new, unexpected exhibit: the bloody corpse of a teenage girl. Reporter Amelia Haines sees the investigation as a golden career opportunity—if she can survive it.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bloch's latest horror story is a disappointing effort, despite his attempt to exploit the character of Norman Bates of Psycho fame. Having decided to write a book about Bates, Amy Haines travels to Fairvale for material. She arrives in the wake of a young girl's knife-murder at the ``Psycho House,'' a tourist trap re-creation of both the infamous Bates Motel and ``mother's house.'' The murder serendipitously provides an angle for Amy, who has been casting about for a theme for her book. Enlisting the help of a demonologist, a newspaper publisher and a psychiatrist, Amy starts snooping around the once-sleepy community. Predictably, the townsfolk, including the sheriff, do not appreciate the intrusion. After several other victims are attacked with a knife and the tires of Amy's car are slashed, she is convinced that the murderer is closing in on her. But Amy's sleuthing has no real focus beyond her determination to find the killer, so we simply follow her around and wait for something to happen. Though Bloch provides all the elements of a horror story, they fail to coalesce into a truly frightening yarn. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Its been ten years since Norman Bates died, and a local entrepreneur has rebuilt the Bates House and Motel as a tourist trap. Then the murders begin. While not quite as good as Psycho (Warner, 1982) or The Night of the Ripper (Tor, 1986), Bloch's superb storytelling skills, combined with his masterful use of tension and suspense, make for excellent reading. The subject matter and Bloch's name alone should ensure the book's popularity among the YA horror crowd. --John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743475303
Publisher:
ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Series:
The Pyscho Trilogy Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.61(d)

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Psycho House 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though not as exciting and thrilling has the original novel, ' Psycho House' brings us back to the small home town of present Norman Bates and Mother. Amy Haines, a reporter is brought to the small town when the townsfolk decides to rebuild the Bates House and Motel and use it for tourist attractions. Yet something goes terribly wrong... a young teen girl is found stabbed to death in the front hall..... Amy goes to find the answer. Yet someone wants her to leave the mystery alone, more victims show up and Amy's tires are slashed, the killer wants her gone... or else. Amy ignores the warnings. The killer quits giving warnings and takes the matters into there own hands...... Amy is soon to be the new exhibt to the tourist attraction, falling victim to the knife, unless she can survive the wrath of Mother!