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Someone in the House
     

Someone in the House

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by Barbara Michaels
 

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An English Gothic mansion, transported stone by stone to the isolated Pennsylvania hills, Grayhaven Manor calls to Anne and Kevin. Here is the ideal summer retreat—a perfect location from which to write the book they have long planned together. But there are distractions in the halls and shadows of the looming architectural wonder luring them from their work&

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An English Gothic mansion, transported stone by stone to the isolated Pennsylvania hills, Grayhaven Manor calls to Anne and Kevin. Here is the ideal summer retreat—a perfect location from which to write the book they have long planned together. But there are distractions in the halls and shadows of the looming architectural wonder luring them from their work—for they are not alone. Something lives on here from Grayhaven's shocking past—something beautiful, powerful, and eerily seductive—unlocking the doors of human desire, of fear ... and unearthly passion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061844850
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
125,643
File size:
537 KB

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Someone in the House

Chapter One

God only knows how it all began. After all the searching and seeking, the rational debate and wild, intuitive guessing. I'm not sure we really arrived at the truth. If there is such a thing as truth. We poor humans are so imprisoned in narrow boundaries of space and time, so confined by five meager senses. We are like ants, running frantically back and forth on meaningless errands that consume our years, taking a few square inches of earth for a universe.

Father Stephen would say that God had nothing to do with it. In the early centuries of the Church he'd have been excommunicated for the error of Manichaeism. That's one of your classic, recognized heresies—the idea that the powers of good and evil are equal in strength, waging an unending war for the salvation or damnation of the world. His God is an aristocratic, bearded old gentleman in a nightshirt, and the Other One is a cross between Milton's lofty. tormented dark spirit and a Hallowe'en devil with horns, tail, and pitchfork.

Father Stephen believes that he and the old gentleman in the nightshirt won this fight. Bea agrees with his general premise, but takes a little of the credit to herself. Roger thinks he won, by strictly logical, rational methods. Me? I got away. That's not victory. That's strategic retreat. He who fights and runs away ... But I won't be back to fight another day. At least not on that battlefield.

If I didn't exactly lose, I certainly didn't win. My adversary is still there, undefeated, strong as ever. The winter storms have come and gone, and the house still stands. It has endured worse-fires and floods, siege and invasion,enemies internal and external-for a thousand years; and I have no doubt it will still be standing a thousand years from now, when the slender silver ships pierce the sky on their journeys to the stars. Who will be living in it then, I wonder? Descendants of man, if there are any left, or buggy-eyed monsters from far-off worlds, alien aesthetes who admire the quaint architecture of the ancient humans? Be sure of one thing: if there is a sentient creature alive in that distant age, it will protect the house. The house will survive. It has its defenses, and its Guardians.

Joe left for Europe on Friday the thirteenth. He didn't have to he picked that date deliberately. Joe likes to throw rocks at the goddess of fortune.

That's why I remember the date. On Thursday the twelfth I was in my inconveniently tiny kitchen mincing and chopping and braising and doing a lot of other things that do not ordinarily constitute my preparations for a meal. I should not have been cooking. I should have been correcting final exams ...

Someone in the House. Copyright © by Barbara Michaels. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Peters (writing as Barbara Michaels) was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grandmaster at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986, Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar® Awards in 1998, and given The Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic in 2003. She lives in an historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

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Someone in the House 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found my first Barbara Michaels book in a small secondhand shop in TN and was hooked! I spent years collecting all of her books because her characters and plots are vivid and engaging. Character interactions are satisfying, and the action has just the right heebie-jeebie factor. Michaels' books were written before Americans developed a taste for gratuitous violence and gore, but they'll still affect you. True, many are set in what must be the 60s-70s, so references to clothing, etc., date the books, but the stories still stand on their own. These are quick reads that will give you goose bumps and have you hearing things go bump in the night. And you'll return to them time and again.
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Unsatisfying plot and dull characters.
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