The Homing

The Homing

by John Saul
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The Homing by John Saul

Young widow Karen Spellman and her two daughters are leaving Los Angeles to return to the lush countryside of Karen’s childhood, where she plans to marry her high school sweetheart. But something sinister awaits the Spellmans. For here, long ago, a shadowy menace once stalked the innocent. Dormant, it waits–waits for summer’s heat to shimmer over the valley in a suffocating wave; waits for the arrival of its perfect victim.

And now, with the dizzying descent of a nightmare, Karen’s homecoming will become a confrontation with evil, as she struggles to protect her vulnerable daughters from a menace that seems to rise from hell itself–a malign, preternatural force that must satisfy its gruesome thirst for its unsuspecting prey. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449908631
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1994
Pages: 400

About the Author

JOHN SAUL’s first novel, Suffer the Children, published in 1977, was an immediate million-copy bestseller. He has since written twenty-three successive bestselling novels of suspense, including The Manhattan Hunt Club, Nightshade, The Right Hand of Evil, The Presence, Black Lightning, and Guardian. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling serial thriller The Blackstone Chronicles, initially published in six installments but now available in one complete volume. His most recent novel is Midnight Voices. Mr. Saul divides his time between Seattle, Washington, and Maui, Hawaii.

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The Homing 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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This is the book that convinced me I will never understand why John Saul is so popular and to quit trying. I place it as the worst book I've ever read. Luckily it was at the bottom of a box of books from a yard sale so I didn't feel I wasted too much money on it. The characters are weak and one dimensional. I had more empathy for the animals in the book than any of the children. It seemed to me that the story was too all over the place and not one character could make an intelligent decision. I suppose in another author's hands the concept could have been an excellent thriller, but Saul executes it so poorly that I can't believe I managed the entire book. I guess I'm just a masochist.
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Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Im a big fan of John Saul. All of his books are origional, so you never have to read the same stuff over and over. The Homing was pretty good, and interesting. The whole concept of "killer insects" makes your skin crawl as your readining. The vividness of the insects sticks in your brain making you scratch your skin when nothings there! So, all in all, I enjoyed it. I think any fan of Saul should read this book. Not many people gave it a lot of credit, but I think its pretty good!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book of Sauls that I read. It was suspensful, and I liked it. But then I read more of his books and I am hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a pretty good book. I didn't like the ending, because it was sad. At least, I think it was sad. I haven't read it in a year.
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Outstanding horror book that deserves more than 3 stars & more credit to John Saul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A definite John Saul read. I was not impressed with Nightshade, but this book brought back my faith that John Saul is the best author around. Every book he writes has a new, original storyline. This reminds me of the children of the corn, but with insects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kept my attention and was a good read...not outstanding but still a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't read many horror books, but picked this one up to round out my reading for the year. This book absolutely terrified and captivated me at the same time. I can say that as a work of literature, Saul's story was unique and interesting and his characters very well-developed. As for being a horror book, I literally had nightmares for two nights after finishing the book (hence the four stars). I might be morbid enough to go back for more later....
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Saul pulled me into his world of horror with his book Second Child. I found this book to be lacking character that his other books have had in the past. The bug idea was a good one, but for those of us who have seen Creepers... its been done!!! Is his work becoming a production of middle material??? Mass horror never becomes classic scare tales. I hope his novels can bring themselves up to speed with his competition and his original work that I so greatly love.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If this wasn't the worst novel I've ever read, then it had to be close. Where to start... For one, the characters were so ridiculously unbelievable it was laughable. The emotions, thoughts, and dialogue were simple, trite, and horrifyingly bland. I've seen more realistic personalities and emotional reactions from professional wrestlers than I found from the individuals in this book. I¿m amazed at how unbothered some of these peeps were despite grisly, and quite super-super-natural happenings. The story ¿ which in another¿s hands might have had potential ¿ sloshed through some pretty well worn territory and, I thought, was predictable before the first 100 pages and was ultimately crippled by the generic prose. The only way I¿d ever recommend The Homing is if a person had never read a book in their entire life and, being that this would be their first experience to popular fiction, I could confidently say that everything else they read from then onwards would be vastly improved. Not to belabor my point (which bitters and sits in my mouth like battery acid), but if this book were a movie, then it be going straight to video. Granted this was the first Saul novel I¿ve ever read so I can¿t speak to his other work, but I¿d need some thorough convincing before I ever pick up another one of his books again. My final recommendation: Unless you¿re a glutton for punishment, don¿t buy or read this book. There are way too many good ones out there waiting for your time and attention.