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House Next Door
House Next Door
Author: Anne Rivers Siddons
It is a sad day for Colquitt and Walter Kennedy when construction begins on an elegant new home on the formerly empty lot next door. It signals the end of an era of blessed tranquility, of sipping drinks on the porch in the quiet of a warm southern afternoon. But Colquitt and Walter are losing more than a view. With a new house come new neighbor...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780937036044
ISBN-10: 0937036048
Publication Date: 6/1993
Pages: 346
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Old New York Book Shop Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 4
Interesting twist on the "haunted house" story. Though it made more sense to me to read it symbolically. The setting: an upper middle class neighborhood. Those who live there are very comfortable with their lives. They live a cocoon-like existence where the evils of the world don't touch them. Those who have children send them to the best private schools and the best colleges. They have frequent parties where they get together with likeminded people. The story centers around Colquitt and Walter Kennedy, a couple in their 40's, no children, both owning their own businesses, both wrapped up in each other and their lifestyle. One day, construction starts next door to the Kennedy's and they learn that a new house is getting built there. The house turns out so stunning, that the Kennedy's forget about their objections. However, this house destroys everyone who lives in it. Seeing the house as a soul, it has some sort of malignant power over the couples who end up living there. Colquitt is the first to realize that it's the malignant force in the house that destroys everyone who lives there. She tells one of her friends her theory only to be thought of as crazy. This friend starts gossiping about Colquitt which turns most of the cocktail crowd against her. Even Walter thinks she's off and keeps trying to get her to see everything rationally. It is only with the last killing that Walter acknowledges Colquitt's beliefs about the house. The Kennedys do a 180degree turn. They decide to tell as many people as they can to prevent anyone else from moving in the house. I didn't find this turnaround believable until I saw how foolishly the Kennedys were approaching their solution. If they had been used to helping others instead of living their cocoon-like existence, they would not have told so many people so boldly. Not only were they looked upon as insane, they were avoided, even shunned by people in the neighborhood. Colquitt's best friend turns against her. She loses all her clients. Walter is bought out by his partner at the ad agency he founded. Still, the Kennedy's persevere. They now feel they have a purpose in life - to keep people from buying the House. By the end of the story, we see a very different neighborhood, including the Kennedys. They have left their cave behind but have not yet made a successful transition towards the light.
Sherre avatar reviewed House Next Door on
Helpful Score: 3
This is one of the best books I've read recently. In fact, it is so good that I read it twice - something I very rarely do. The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you want to lose sleep because you can't put this book down, read it!
zreader avatar reviewed House Next Door on + 51 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Love this one, a departure from Siddons normal style, although perhaps that is because it is a very early novel of hers. Sort of a Stephen King style book about a haunted house.
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Helpful Score: 2
It was an architectural masterpiece every young couples dream house. Suddenly, within it and everywhere around it. Families began to suffer, to go die.
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Helpful Score: 2
A young couple moves into their dream home, an architectural masterpiece. Suddenly, within it and everywhere around it, families began to go die. Their neighbors realize their only hope for survival was to enter and destroy the house...
A chiller.
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This is one of Ms Siddon's better books. Unfortunately I had already read it. It's to be enjoyed.
SutterTom avatar reviewed House Next Door on + 191 more book reviews
A supernatural thriller about a husband & wife confronting the constant series of horrors associated with the house next to theirs.
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Wow, this is a fantastic book. It is a truly scary story, with supernatural happenings that will creep you out and make you wonder. I have read this book over and over and still love it.
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Excellent. Tension builder!
angelheart avatar reviewed House Next Door on
I absolutely LOVED this book and could NOT put it down!

I just rec'd it this past Friday afternoon. Began reading it Fri evening and finished it Sat AFTER not being able to stop reading it until I was finished with it and by THAT time, it was about 3:00 a.m. Sat morning!

THAT is how GREAT I think it is!

I love ARS's work anyway but this was such a departure, I wasn't sure that I would care much for this one. Boy was I ever wrong!

It's scary as heck though because it does deal with horror and horrible things from the standpoint of a first-person account, but it's typical of Anne's incredible talent even if such a radical departure from her usual novels. ALTHOUGH underneath the horror, there is still a thread of romance believe it or not for two of the main characters so it's not without a little romance

I doubt I would have been able to sleep (for two reasons - #1: because it was too GOOD a read to put down without finishing it and I couldn't even had I tried to stop and #2: because I was scared to after reading the thing right before bedtime) anyway so I finished the entire thing

If you love Ms Siddons work and you also love a departure from an author's usual writing style, as well as a good horror/paranormal story, then this book is for you

Just be warned! It will scare you if you're anything like me AND you won't be able to put the thing down until you finish it so don't start it when you have only a few minutes to read something. AND if I were you, I wouldn't read it right before bedtime either lol

I devoured it so quickly I'm thinking of putting it on my bookshelf here within a day or two because as good as it is? It won't be as much fun next time for me after knowing how it ends and besides, I'm not sure I could handle the terror again anytime soon
Ariadnae avatar reviewed House Next Door on + 356 more book reviews
This haunted house story ignores the normal formula of this type of story. We are slowly led into the story, characters are introduced and we are lulled by the scene of southern gentility. That this house is evil, there is no question, it seeks out the darkest secrets of it's occupants hearts and rips them out for all to see. An excellent, highly recommended read.
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i really enjoyed this book. it was a nice creepy read.
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Easy read, satisfying thriller by one of the best Southern writers in my opinion.

When the empty lot next door to Walter and Colquitt Kennedy is sold, an architectural wonder is built. But the beauty of the house masks an evil that touches everyone that comes into contact with it.
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Ann Rivers Siddons is consistently good at telling a story with twists that always catch you when you least expect it. This book is as good as all her other books, and she remains my favorite author.
MOMSBOOKS avatar reviewed House Next Door on + 64 more book reviews
This is an early (1978) book by Anne Rivers Siddons. It is eerie and scary and set in Ms Siddons usual choice of settings, in affluent suburbia. When a new very modern house goes up in a staid conservative neighborhood, strange things happen to the folks who move in...all of them bad. Even the architect has a black cloud hovering over his head...or is he the cause of all of the problems? Colquitt and Walter Kennedy, live next door to this new house, and they tell the story. Are they crazy or is there a forboding mystique surrounding the house? You won't want it to end!


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