The Unloved [NOOK Book]

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Lush, a deceptively tranquil, the secluded island  basks in splendid isolation off the South Carolina  coast--as does the Devereaux mansion, a once-great  plantation house now crumbling amidst the ancient  oaks. Now, for the first time in two decades,  Kevin Devereaux has returned here with his wife and  children to visit Kevin's hated, and frightening  mother. She said she was ill--but is that really why  the old woman has summoned ...
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Overview

Lush, a deceptively tranquil, the secluded island  basks in splendid isolation off the South Carolina  coast--as does the Devereaux mansion, a once-great  plantation house now crumbling amidst the ancient  oaks. Now, for the first time in two decades,  Kevin Devereaux has returned here with his wife and  children to visit Kevin's hated, and frightening  mother. She said she was ill--but is that really why  the old woman has summoned the son she has not  seen in so many years? Suddenly, horribly, one of  the Devereauxs is going to die. And now, all the  dark secrets of this once-proud family will emerge  to wrap their evil around the unsuspecting  children. Until, in the shadowed corridors and  dust-covered rooms of the decaying old house, they learn the  true terror of The Unloved.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
At the request of his dying mother, Kevin returns to his childhood home with his wife, Anne, and their children, but the brief visit turns into a nightmare when his mother's death is followed by seven more-including the demise of Anne. Was her death really accidental? Is the old homestead cursed? Is Kevin's sister insane? Using a wide variation in tone and pitch, reader Sandra Burr adds to the ambiance created by Saul's riveting and descriptive tale by conveying the distinctive voices of a wide cast of characters. Burr's speech is accent free with the exception of a Southern drawl for specific players, and her delivery is paced to match each character's mood and personality. Professionally produced, with no distracting background noises. Though expensive, this program will be in demand by horror and Saul fans; recommended for public libraries.-Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"Saul has the instincts of a natural  storyteller."--People
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307767974
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/20/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 133,152
  • File size: 3 MB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    John saul

    Why do people tell the story of the book when giving a review? Note to all people that do this. A REVIEW is to say wether u liked the book, not to ruin it for us readers, who dont want to know what happens before we read the book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Read Read Read

    This book will surprise and shock you. I love John Saul. His books always keep me on the edge of my seat and leave me wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

    A great tense, thrilling horror story!

    "The Unloved" is by far one of John Saul's best novels ever written! What starts out as sort of a slower, character developmental little tale, quickly plummets into true terror and insanity, leaving readers on edge till the last, chilling page. I, myself, could hardly ever put the book down, especially after getting towards the end when the horror turns into a thriller full of chases, death, and carnage. Don't miss out on this little gem of Saul's, you won't be disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    Big John Saul Fan

    I have every John Saul book except for the Presence and the new one, which I do plan to get. The Unloved is one of my favorites. Anyone else notice that this is one of the only books where the main character named Jeff actually survives to the end? Did Saul have a bully named Jeff in his past? Does he kill most of his Jeff characters as a writer's revenge sort of thing? Just a thought.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2000

    The best and first book I've ever read by John Saul

    This was the first book I read by John Saul and at first I thought it wasn't going to be that good. Up to the part where the wife dies I thought 'This is no different from Stephen King' and I put a bookmark in it and didn't read any more for about 3 weeeks. Then one night when I was bored to death I started reading and then I couldn't put it down. Every chapter got better and better with Maugerite Devereaux killing everyone and Emmaline revealing the story of Maugerite's insanity. The storm that came and trapped the children inside and the spirit of their evil grandmother being resurrected. After I read this, I didn't sleep for a few days, but that's what I like about reading something as horrifying as The Unloved. John Saul instantly became my favorite author after I read The Unloved. This book is a must for any John Saul fan

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    I have read 5 of Saul's books and I've liked one of them. The en

    I have read 5 of Saul's books and I've liked one of them. The ending of this book was pretty much the same as the other 4 books I read and didn't like; it just seems like there is no true ending. This is definitely going to be my last John Saul book. It starts off a little slow, gets a lot better, than starts to get predictable and of course the ending is disappointing. I wouldn't recommend this book unless you like to read the same general theme over and over in different stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Great read!!!

    I have read most of John Saul's books and the "The Unloved" is one of his best in horror and psychological thriller. His character development is terrific and the "unexpected" happens all through the book. Great premise for a "movie!" Be prepared to read it cover-to-cover without wanting to stop!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Love john saul books

    His books gets better and better

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    Boring

    This book was long, boring and predictable. This is my 2nd and probably last, John Saul book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    Kitschy

    The plot didn't really know where to go, and the writing was a bit kitschy. It tried valliantly to be scary and suspenseful, but it ended up sounding a bit pretensious.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2004

    A SINGULARLY SUSPENSEFUL READING

    Leave it to gifted voice performer Sandra Burr to deliver an appropriately chilling, suspenseful reading of this enduring tale by a master of the thrillers, John Saul. On what could be but definitely is not an enchanted island off the South Carolina coast is a once prosperous plantation. It is now inhabited only by the family matriarch, Marguerite Devereaux, and her middle-aged daughter who has discarded her personal dreams to care for the troublesome and sometimes frightening older woman. Suddenly Marguerite Devereaux summons Kevin, the son she has not seen in many years. Accompanied by his wife and two children he returns for the first time in two decades to see a mother for whom he feels nothing but acrimony. The older woman had said she was ill, but it begins to appear that was not her real reason for asking Kevin to return. When Marguerite Devereaux dies a dreadful death long held secrets are revealed which may shatter once tranquil lives forever.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    Lindsey, Sophmore

    I have read two books by Saul (Sleepwalk and The Unwanted) and I quickly became a big fan! The Unloved is one of his bests. I'm sure I'll read it again and again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    Another John Saul Success

    Not my favorite John Saul book, but still a great read. A very captivating plot, with an even better climax. John Saul can keep anyone reading more and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    Hard to put down!

    Over the past 2 summers (the only time I really like to read) I have become a huge John Saul fan. I am determined to read all of his books. This one, 'The Unloved' has got to be one of the best Saul books I have read as of yet. It takes place in the South and reunites a man and his family, with his mother and sister who have many skeletons in their closets. One by one his family comes to know the truth of the family legacy ... and, with that truth comes imminent danger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    More creepy feelings with this novel.

    This is a very interesting story of phsycological suspence and terror. I found the book terrificly horrid, and I do believe I had tears in my eyes as I finished the last page. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the secret world of phsycologial horror, murder, and a little mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2001

    Wonderful

    I have read a couple of John Sauls books and everyone gets better. I couldn't find a book to fit my liking until I read John Saul and now he is my fav. author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2000

    Great Work

    This was the first John Saul book I read and since then I have read almost every book he has written (except for the 2 newest which I plan on doing). I couldn't put the book down for a minute. This is a gripping novel that had me on the edge of my seat.

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