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No one lives for very long in the houses they buy from Mr Vane. Neighbours complain of noises that chill the blood, and then deathly silence. Maybe the occupants have moved away. But then maybe they haven't... John has just joined Mr Vane's estate agency. He thinks houses are for living in happily-ever-after. He has no idea about the hidden forces inside Mr Vane's properti No one lives for very long in the houses they buy from Mr Vane. Neighbours complain of noises that chill the blood, and then deathly silence. Maybe the occupants have moved away. But then maybe they haven't... John has just joined Mr Vane's estate agency. He thinks houses are for living in happily-ever-after. He has no idea about the hidden forces inside Mr Vane's properties, nor about their strange appetites. But he's about to find out...


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No one lives for very long in the houses they buy from Mr Vane. Neighbours complain of noises that chill the blood, and then deathly silence. Maybe the occupants have moved away. But then maybe they haven't... John has just joined Mr Vane's estate agency. He thinks houses are for living in happily-ever-after. He has no idea about the hidden forces inside Mr Vane's properti No one lives for very long in the houses they buy from Mr Vane. Neighbours complain of noises that chill the blood, and then deathly silence. Maybe the occupants have moved away. But then maybe they haven't... John has just joined Mr Vane's estate agency. He thinks houses are for living in happily-ever-after. He has no idea about the hidden forces inside Mr Vane's properties, nor about their strange appetites. But he's about to find out...

30 review for House of Bones

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    A quirky horror mystery with a fascinating premise where houses are absorbing their occupants. John starts working for a London estate agent as soon realises that something is not quite right with some of the properties on the company’s books. Whilst trying to get to the bottom of the mystery, John heads to one of the houses in Brighton. I always like stories that are set in my home town, so i really enjoyed this segment of the story. It really raised the stakes as the threat wasn’t just contained t A quirky horror mystery with a fascinating premise where houses are absorbing their occupants. John starts working for a London estate agent as soon realises that something is not quite right with some of the properties on the company’s books. Whilst trying to get to the bottom of the mystery, John heads to one of the houses in Brighton. I always like stories that are set in my home town, so i really enjoyed this segment of the story. It really raised the stakes as the threat wasn’t just contained to London. A highly enjoyable read. This book was originally published under the Point Horror Unleashed range, it’s perfect for young teenagers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    I really liked House of Bones but I think that the sentences could've been less choppy and the dialogue less juvenile. It was still a very good story though, creepy and worth reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    When working within horror genre (and I specify this because I didn't really didn't care for his latest environmental thriller) Masterton really brings the goods. Even with this horror lite or possibly YA novel of his, it's still very good entertainment. John tries to be a responsible young man, getting a promising employment at 18, but first jobs can really be a killer, especially when dealing with hungry (literally) hungry houses. One of the best things about Masterton's horror is that always When working within horror genre (and I specify this because I didn't really didn't care for his latest environmental thriller) Masterton really brings the goods. Even with this horror lite or possibly YA novel of his, it's still very good entertainment. John tries to be a responsible young man, getting a promising employment at 18, but first jobs can really be a killer, especially when dealing with hungry (literally) hungry houses. One of the best things about Masterton's horror is that always solid backstory and this one doesn't disappoint either with some heavy Druidic lore. This book is very pun friendly, so at the very least...it's all about location, location, location. Lot of fun and a very quick read, only a couple hours.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Kiernan

    This is a good book, it reminds me of a YA goosebumps and that's why I gave it five stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Philip Lindsay

    Another good but eerie tale This story grows and grows. Towards the end I couldn't put it down. Intriguing and quite fascinating. He thinks strange does Masterton

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Was really fun. Reminded me of British horror movies from the 70's.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    It has taken me a little while to write this review and I'll tell you why. 1. This book taps into a fear that stays with you. I mean, finding something that we, as house dwellers, need and think of has harmless into... oh, I don't know.... something that will suck your whole being, slowly allowing you to understand what's happening and still be able to do nothing. The feeling of helplessness of those who see it and those to who it is happening triggers a deep sense of fear. 2. I only just moved It has taken me a little while to write this review and I'll tell you why. 1. This book taps into a fear that stays with you. I mean, finding something that we, as house dwellers, need and think of has harmless into... oh, I don't know.... something that will suck your whole being, slowly allowing you to understand what's happening and still be able to do nothing. The feeling of helplessness of those who see it and those to who it is happening triggers a deep sense of fear. 2. I only just moved out of home for the first time. So it was only three weeks total that I had been living with the safety of my father's snoring and my mother leaving lights on. Now I live with my two friends who go to bed early and don't snore or leave lights on. So as I was reading this book in bed I couldn't help but inch away from my wall, it didn't help.... my bed is against the wall. So when it became scary I ended up like this: Stay away from the walls bitch! 3. This book is just as amazing as it is scary. Masterton manages to create a story in which a naive young man makes one little mistake that opens his eyes to a whole new, horrifying world. He discovers that there are houses in which soon after people have moved in they simply disappear and no one knows where to. Whole families just gone, they leave all their gear behind and are never seen again. While poor young John discovers there isn't just one house in which the walls are filled with bones or even two, but more and countless people have fallen prey to them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This one was very tame for what I expect from a Masterton book, but it was a great story with a lot of historical background to it. I really enjoyed where the origins for the story came from, and felt that Masterton took a unique approach in regards to the plot of this particular novel. The research was fantastic--as expected--and the supernatural thread really brought the book together well. I highly recommend this book to fans of supernatural horror fiction, and natural mysteries combined!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    This book took me awhile to get into. I wasn't ready for such simplistic writing and was a little disappointed at first. Luckily, what seemed like a book based on simple scares turned into an interesting, somewhat creepy read centered around Druidic lore. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned scare.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    I loved this book, especially as it was based on the Druid mythology and was based in England - a lot of the Point Horror books are based our Amercian High School Students.

  11. 4 out of 5

    A

    so unbelievabley scary! dont read by night!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

    Kept me interested throughout. Quick and fast paced listen.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Neil Davies

    Written originally for the young adult market - just proves that Graham Masterton is a brilliant horror writer, even without the extreme gore and sex he is more than capable of. Great story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barry Rosenberg

    An intriguing beginning but then becomes a bit ho-hum. I've since read that this was meant as a YA book. That may explain the quick fade away.

  15. 4 out of 5

    SenoraG

    Creepy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raimondo

    This is the most thoroughly British horror novel I've read yet. It's not just in the expressions (Oi!) or the food (ice lollies and fish & chips), but more importantly in the subject matter, dealing as it does with (view spoiler)[bloodthirsty Druidic spirits that traverse ley lines across the British Isles. It has at its heart a grand magickal conceit, where manifold houses built along the said lines act as profane temples of human sacrifice. (hide spoiler)] Our young hero John is the newest This is the most thoroughly British horror novel I've read yet. It's not just in the expressions (Oi!) or the food (ice lollies and fish & chips), but more importantly in the subject matter, dealing as it does with (view spoiler)[bloodthirsty Druidic spirits that traverse ley lines across the British Isles. It has at its heart a grand magickal conceit, where manifold houses built along the said lines act as profane temples of human sacrifice. (hide spoiler)] Our young hero John is the newest recruit in a real estate agency. He uncovers sinister hijinks involving several properties in their boss's special listing, and it's up to him and his pals to stop a vast and primal force that spans millenia from claiming more victims. I think a more accurate title would be Houses of Bones since we're dealing with more than one murderous residence here. This is an exceptionally enjoyable romp, except maybe for modern-day Druids because it casts the past practitioners of their order in a most unflattering light. It's a solid offering with an intriguing ending that leaves the door open for a sequel. I'm rating it 7.5/10 or 4 stars out of 5.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joe Stamber

    House of Bones is a horror/paranormal thriller that is tame by Graham Masterton's standards. The novel starts with the discovery of a large quantity of human remains walled up in a demolished house. We then meet the main character, John, as he starts work at an Estate Agent's that turns out to have a number of properties in its portfolio that have a disturbing secret. John talks his new colleagues into investigating the mysterious houses and opens the expected can of worms. Being a Graham Master House of Bones is a horror/paranormal thriller that is tame by Graham Masterton's standards. The novel starts with the discovery of a large quantity of human remains walled up in a demolished house. We then meet the main character, John, as he starts work at an Estate Agent's that turns out to have a number of properties in its portfolio that have a disturbing secret. John talks his new colleagues into investigating the mysterious houses and opens the expected can of worms. Being a Graham Masterton novel, House of Bones is an easy read and entertaining enough. However, there is nothing ground breaking here and Masterton has written many better novels with a lot more graphic content than this. Regular readers of horror and/or Masterton will find House of Bones a bit lacking as far as thrills go. For anyone who likes an old-fashioned fairly gentle horror, it's a quick read that might fit the bill.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alex Stoiche

    A pretty light read will a bunch of Masterson cheesiness and lore. Some surprisingly creepy sequences considering how light on the book is, which is probably a testament to the authors skill. Fun for something quick

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Ridge

    Again Graham Masterton delivers the goods. Over many years he has never lost the horror writing skill. He was one of the first I read and have been a fan ever since Recommended for when you need a good old-school horror story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hermann

    Wow. I can't say enough good things about this book. It was a quick and fast paced tale that definitely kept me guessing and not wanting to put the book down. If you want an entertaining quick read that will creep you out, definitely give this book a shot.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Mullane

    I used to absolutely LOVE the Point Horror books! I would go through each of them in one sitting, for the most part. They definitely tweaked my interested in the horror genre.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Micky Parise

    Really enjoyable book. Great characters and plot and story just flowed along nicely. Recommend highly.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Dean

    I could see this being an excellent movie. Parts of the book just didn't connect for me but overall, a scary and exciting story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    If you've read the reviews on this website before, you'll know we're die-hard fans (no pun intended) of Graham Masterton. Masterton is grossly overlooked and definitely deserves the title "King of Horror" more than Stephen King. Don't believe me? Just give his novels a try. Start out with Feast (review here: Dreamworld Book Reviews - Feast), THEN think about challenging this statement. Graham Masterton is also extremely prolific, so you'll find a horror novel that covers just about every nightma If you've read the reviews on this website before, you'll know we're die-hard fans (no pun intended) of Graham Masterton. Masterton is grossly overlooked and definitely deserves the title "King of Horror" more than Stephen King. Don't believe me? Just give his novels a try. Start out with Feast (review here: Dreamworld Book Reviews - Feast), THEN think about challenging this statement. Graham Masterton is also extremely prolific, so you'll find a horror novel that covers just about every nightmare you've ever had. House of Bones originally came out in 1998 but was re-packaged in 2008 with Severn House. The novel is about a young realtor named John who discovers that the office manager, Mr. Vane, is in charge of several spooky houses with walls that seem to "eat" people. Bones -- both new and old -- are found mysteriously behind the walls of these houses and people who view the properties are disappearing. When John witnesses a colleague undergo a horrifying, freakish death, he heroically begins to investigate with intentions of putting these nasty "house demons" to rest. Graham Masterton is such a master storyteller. No matter how ridiculous the premise of his novels may seem at first, you'll enjoy yourself regardless. With a people-eating house and a murderous, marble statue that comes to life in House of Bones, you'll truly shiver with disgust and horror while devouring this book. Masterton also weaves in some ley-line history which really adds to the overall creepy effect of House of Bones. The novel is engrossing, but really short. I love Masterton's dark humor, classic style and of course the doomed, unhappy endings. What more could you want from a true horror novel? Fans of this genre will really enjoy it -- although if you're a true horror fan, I'm sure you're already enjoying works by Graham Masterton. In addition to Feast (AKA Ritual 1988), my other favorite novels by Masterton include Prey(1992), Master of Lies (AKA Black Angel 1991), and Death Mask (2009). Read more book reviews at http://dreamworldbooks.com.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This book, GRABS you and pulls you right in on the first page. This was a quick fast paced read. I had it done in 3 days and loved all of it. It is mysterious from every angle, lots of facts from the past and just things to really make you think. Wow could this REALLY HAPPEN? What a fantastic read. I gave this 5 stars for its story line, for its excellent writing, and holding my attention for the whole book! I loved that when someone in the book told someone else about what had already happened This book, GRABS you and pulls you right in on the first page. This was a quick fast paced read. I had it done in 3 days and loved all of it. It is mysterious from every angle, lots of facts from the past and just things to really make you think. Wow could this REALLY HAPPEN? What a fantastic read. I gave this 5 stars for its story line, for its excellent writing, and holding my attention for the whole book! I loved that when someone in the book told someone else about what had already happened that the author didn't write what already happened yet again. I have seen that in alot of books and this author says it all perfectly. There were just enough characters and a ton of SPARKS!!! A must read. This was my second book to read from this author and I loved the first "WALKERS" I just picked up "SWIMMER" by the same author. Look out! Keep reading!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is the first Graham Masterton book that I have read. The story centres around a teenager called John. He gets a job in an Estate Agents because his family need help to pay the bills. On his very first day he makes a mistake. It is a mistake that leads him to discover that things are not what they seem at his workplace. When I started this book I was really intrigued and could not wait to discover what may happen next. The story gets strange very quickly and although I still wanted to find o This is the first Graham Masterton book that I have read. The story centres around a teenager called John. He gets a job in an Estate Agents because his family need help to pay the bills. On his very first day he makes a mistake. It is a mistake that leads him to discover that things are not what they seem at his workplace. When I started this book I was really intrigued and could not wait to discover what may happen next. The story gets strange very quickly and although I still wanted to find out what happened at the end of the book, the middle part just did not hold my attention. This book is aimed at a younger audience than me which is one of the reasons I chose this book. I get scared very easily and thought that this book would be okay for me to read at night. I was right, this book did not scare me at all.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kinksrock

    I don't want to give anything away, but I'll just mention that the plot involves the mystery over human bones found in the masonry of a house; some of the bones are old, but many are new, and so could not have been there when the house was built. This book is creative and creepy, and kept my attention for the whole read. I'd say this is as good as "The Hell Candidate", but not as profane (if HOB was originally written for a teenaged audience, I understand why), and much, much better than "Basilis I don't want to give anything away, but I'll just mention that the plot involves the mystery over human bones found in the masonry of a house; some of the bones are old, but many are new, and so could not have been there when the house was built. This book is creative and creepy, and kept my attention for the whole read. I'd say this is as good as "The Hell Candidate", but not as profane (if HOB was originally written for a teenaged audience, I understand why), and much, much better than "Basilisk", which I thought was pretty lame. I have already recommended this book to one of the librarians in my town, and I'm recommending it to anyone who likes a good, creepy novel!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Wow i did not expect this from this book. I thought it was just a good old horror novel. To see that it involved druids and lore was surprising. This was an amazingly quick read due to the fact that I just had to keep reading so I could find out what the heck was going on. I totally felt sorry for John with the way he was thrown into everything especially since it was his first job. The storyline wasn't bad but there almost seemed like there was something missing. I don't regret reading it as it Wow i did not expect this from this book. I thought it was just a good old horror novel. To see that it involved druids and lore was surprising. This was an amazingly quick read due to the fact that I just had to keep reading so I could find out what the heck was going on. I totally felt sorry for John with the way he was thrown into everything especially since it was his first job. The storyline wasn't bad but there almost seemed like there was something missing. I don't regret reading it as it gave me a couple hours of thrilling enjoyment.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Used to read the point horror's as a teenager, picked this up at a swap and wanted to pass on for halloween. Really interesting to read as more of a grown-up ... 1) wow the late 90s date! 2) we gave 'kids' a lot more credit for intellegence than the obvious stuff shoved on them these days. Good plot, occasionally veres into the silly but overall it's cleverly worked and paced. Far better book than people would consider probably.

  30. 4 out of 5

    T

    Read it in one day. Very entertaining story that was not too wordy or dragged out, and that kept me on the 'edge-of-my-chair'. There were moments when it got a bit creepy, with the statue being central to several of those moments. The story didn't have a really tidy ending as it literally ended with a cliff-hanging three dots. Not sure if this was the first installment in a series or if it was done so that the story could 'live on' after its conclusion. Overall a good and quick read.

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