Accompanied by his American girlfriend Beth, British ex-pat James Randal has come home to assess his father's latest real estate venture. The house at Binsham Park is an enigma of patchwork architecture from various eras, nestled in the remote Herefordshire countryside.
And it is haunted.
The ghosts of Binsham Park have never harmed anyone before, and the chance to stay the weekend in a real life haunted house is too great to pass up. Having invited James's old school friend Derek and his wife Chloe to join them, both couples prepare for two days of ghostly adventure and excitement.
But something is waiting for them inside The Patchwork House. Something so powerful it can move pieces of the house back and forth through time at will. Something so malicious it will tear apart reality to isolate and torment its victims. Something so terrifying it will push James and his friends beyond the limits of sanity.
When time yields to the will of something truly evil, you're in for the longest night of your life...
"Richard Salter has written a nail-biting horror story as original as it is terrifying. The Patchwork House takes the traditional haunted house tale and flips it on end, keeping the reader guessing at every turn. Realistic characters to root for, a twisted and fresh plot with mounting dread and suspense, and a riveting ending make this an easy one to recommend." - Jeremy Bates, author of Suicide Forest
"Salter casts aside the quiet, elegant haunting for something truly gripping and visceral." - Peter N. Dudar, author of A Requiem For Dead Flies
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I read the synopsis, I really thought this book might have a bit too much going on. It just seemed like there might be an element or two too many. Everything came together, though, and I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of chaos and confusion in the writing itself. Beyond the writing, there was no shortage of chaos and confusion. This is written in such a way, that you don't just read what the characters are going through, you go through it with them –so, yes, chaos and confusion everywhere! Even after several “a-ha!” moments, I was still as lost and fumbling in the dark, trying to figure out if I was right or how it would work –could it work? Just like the characters, I had no way of knowing until the moment when it'd be too late to change anything. The time-travel was a spot of concern for me, but I love the way it was done. It wasn't always the easiest to keep track of (which just made the book come to life even more), but it also wasn't done in any way that I could have predicted. It really was done with quite a stroke of genius. The haunting part is … haunting. My mind must have changed about a hundred times in reference to the “evil entity,” which was just plain spooky as I was left depending on the characters to put it together with me as, one by one, my theories were shot down. The characters are real. They are likable and unlikable –often at the same exact time. They do some “stupid” things. They formulate plans. They react without a plan. They hate. They love. All around, they are just very human -even the ones that are not so human. All around, I loved reading this book. It truly did come to life and may or may not have given me a fear of the dark.