A little hokey for me but it was well written and I did enjoy the history about the Birthing House itself. I'm not usually into ghost stories, but I was creeped out quite a bit with this one. The reason for three stars however is I felt a lot of things were left unresolved, and I hate that feeling. I like to end a book feeling complete, having all the pieces fully come together for me. And while the writer did attempt to do just that, I feel he fell short. I also though some parts were just really unbelievable (granted it IS a ghost story) but I felt some parts just really went over a line into the corny, unbelievable area. Aside from those two things it was an enjoyable read and if you can get past that, I'd suggest picking it up!
The Birthing House starts really well. After the first few chapters, I was really into the whole story and thinking to myself how great it will be to read something that's a bit different from a new and exciting author. The first half of the book is fairly good. We learn a lot about the main character, and a little more about the house. However, it seems the second part of the book just fizzled. The ending was rushed, and like many others, the I have only my imagination as to what happened at the … more
The debut novel from Christopher Ransom, The Birthing House, is quite a blend of tension, suspense, horror, and mystery. But mostly horror. For a debut novel, it is quite good but, at times, difficult to follow. Conrad Harrison heads out of Chicago, travelling the wrong direction, and finds himself in Black Earth, Wisconsin. It is there that he finds a stately old home that he absolutely must buy. Without talking to his wife, he impulsively purchases the house and then … more
Did you ever meet anyone intent on his/her own destruction? Where the perusal of pleasurable things comes secondary to the desire to recreate moments in the past that caused great pain? Perhaps this obsession to look at the dark side originates from a need to control a situation that was not mastered in the past and so the participant relives it over and over again in his/her mind with the intent to change the outcome--in Freudian terms, `morbido' (the drive towards death) usurps and conquers `libido' … more
Don't get me wrong; I enjoy books of terror and horror, having grown up on that type of literature. I was quite excited when I read about this book, since it sounded really interesting, but I was very disappointed. Perhaps it was because the author telegraphs the ending (sort of) in the first sentence, which really destroyed any suspense I had. Additionally, I really just couldn't get interested in a plot that never seemed to be able to move forward. The author appeared more … more