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  1. says:

    Posted at Heradas ReviewThis short novel thoroughly creeped me the hell out It’s been a few years since I’ve read anything that maintains this level of unease throughout It’s not intended to be outright scary instead it maintains an eerie tone think VanderMeer’s Annihilation and punctuates it with some genuine goosebump moments that snuck up on me The narrative plays the POV characters’ relationship woes something we can relate to against a supernatural backdrop something we cannot Juxtaposing the relatable with the unrelatable works so well here and serves to pull the unrelatable closer until it feels solid foundational and within the realm of possibilityThis narrative tactic also got me heavily invested in the characters and their troubled relationship; rooting for them to find a way out of their situation together; to come out the other side a entwined singular team They’re two people who in a misguided attempt to navigate up out of a downwardly spiraling situation inadvertently ensnare themselves into another accelerated deadly one I love the way that these events escalated and built on one another The way that they dealt with that escalation also felt incredibly like actual human behaviorThe story found its way to a terrific resolution I imagine it’s difficult to end a haunted house novel in a way that is satisfying to the reader but doesn’t undercut the creepy tone that built it in the first place with too much clarity Do you completely explain the haunting and lose all the mystery or do you leave it entirely unknown by ending in an ambiguous manner? The finale of The Grip of It finds that perfect middle point between these two extremes balancing resolutionirresolution to both fulfill my deeply rooted desire for closure as a reader and keep the eeriness fully at playWe’ve all got that old lizard brain resting below our rational one nearly all that it understands is fear and it love a good poking Logically I know none of these supernatural events are real or even remotely possible but my lizard brain doesn’t care about logic it likes being afraid It wallows in the macabre and thrives in the unknown terrors that might lurk in the shadows residing just at the periphery of my vision I mostly read this right before going to bed and I found myself double checking silhouettes in my bedroom as I lay there imagining how the strange sensation of seeing my wife’s face but not recognizing her would feel; finding patterns where none exist and missing patterns previously obvious The whole affair put me on edgeThe prose is clean the chapters short and the pacing tight You could even read it in a single sitting if you wanted and it’s engaging enough that the decision to do so might end up outside your control It might just happen you looking at the clock afterward and wondering where the time disappeared to


  2. says:

    But what if those buried fetid stories are the ones that have bubbled to the surface? What if they're right there balanced on the edge of our teeth ready to trip into the world without even our permission? And what if you have practically no idea what the bloody Hell you're actually reading curled up in your sofa and yet you cannot help being hypnotized chapter after chapter? Because this is what happened with The Grip Of It This book does grip you and leave you wondering and when you reach the last page you're still uncertain but you know you've enjoyed the journey This is how I felt about the novel that kicked off my Halloween readsJames and Julie are our protagonists A young couple that decides to leave the big city and start a new life in a small town and a new house They want to mend certain unhappy choices of the past and look to a cleaner innocent future Their house however is anything but innocent It seems alive inhospitable So far there is nothing groundbreaking in the plot the virtue of this novel isn't its originality but its powerful writing This book is like a good ghost film that we watch again and again always closing our eyes hiding behind a pillow in the same jumpscaresAfter a striking Prologue we enter the heart of the action right away The narration is told in both James' and Julie's point of view in Present tense like a voice over The chapters are like snippets from the couple's life in the house The foreboding images are plenty There is the constant presence of woods and waves the earth and the water elements both risky symbolic and powerful Voices of happy children can be heard but they're not seen Ever In fact the town seems almost deserted and the few residents seem to know there is something amiss but are unwilling to get involved The forest surrounding the house seems to move closer somehow There is a constant humming noise there are cracks drawings on the walls appearing out of nowhere and an old weird neighbour who may be an intruderJames and Julie are very sympathetic characters flowed and realistic The phenomena largely affect Julie as is often the case in supernatural occurrences I can't begin to tell you how sorry I felt for her and I believe James was a fine euivalent to her strength no matter his flaws And there were many Connie on the other hand is insufferable A nosy hysterical who pretends to be interested in Julie's welfare Why does every mystery seem to need an irritating busybody? I think we'd be much better without their ghastly presenceI can't say and I fear I've already said too much What is so engaging even frightening if you like is the psychological effect of the haunting The book passes beyond the supernatural thriller and becomes a psychological observation Yes at certain times it becomes a bit repetitive and unnecessarily wordy but overall it is a very satisfying effort In my opinion this is everything The Upstairs Room wasn'tMy reviews can also be found on


  3. says:

    “We can lose ourselves behind a trapdoor whether in our mind or in the house”A couple Julie and James move into a new home as a means of getting away from James’ gambling problems Pretty uickly the couple are tormented by strange occurrences stains appear on the walls bruises form on Julie’s body and they keep finding hidden spaces within the walls of their home Together they try to investigate what is happening as and strain is placed on their relationshipIf I had to use one word to describe this book it would be MEH I was pretty excited for a haunted house tale and at no point did I feel anything other than ambivalence It wasn’t creepy it wasn’t scary it was just monotonous The characters themselves didn’t help – boring bland unlikeableShort chapters are a great way of flying through a book but in this instance the short chapters were just too short? The narration went back and forth with the story being told from both Julie and James’ perspective – and usually I dig this but combine it with the extremely short chapters and I just felt like I was constantly being taken out of the story I couldn’t get absorbed and therefore could not care less about what was going on or what happened to these charactersI often give off about how I don’t like ambiguity when I read a book – and that’s an unfair generalisation because in some cases it can be done right In this book it is not There’s TOO MUCH ambiguity and too many uestions left unanswered and it just left me extremely frustratedIt just wasn’t for me I guess And in this situation I was actually thankful for those ridiculously short chapters so that I could just get it over and done with 25 stars out of 5 Rounded down for goodreads because it doesn’t deserve a 3 from me SAVAGE


  4. says:

    If you are thinking about picking up this book please do yourself the favor of listening to the audio version The narrators are beyond excellent and I feel they played a huge part in the success I felt while reading this story Readers looking for violent graphic and disturbing horror won't be the right target audience for this book but THE GRIP OF IT will be a huge hit to those looking for a dark and chilling form of literary horror and slow building suspense What really put this in 4 star territory for me was the interest the author extracted from me within the main couple's everyday drama and exchanges It takes a bit for the unsettling bits to pop in so this was a nice touch while waiting for the horror to build I'm not even 100% sure what I read and exactly what the ending implied but I got the gist and I know I liked it This ambiguous sense of horror worked well for me and the idea that the strange happenings were mirroring the destruction of James and Julie's relationship was pretty genius It does take awhile to get there and it was slow going for the first 30% but once I hit that point I could hardly put this down Even though this is being pushed as horror I really feel it was of a psychological suspense that featured a haunting Again fans of hard core horror likely won't appreciate this unless looking for a change of pace but I think fans of domestic thrillers wanting a uniue approach will really love this


  5. says:

    This book is so spooky Perfect pick for these days Julie and James are married and looking to start fresh in a new home In the past they've had some marital woes because of James' gambling problems They find what seems like the perfect house close to the ocean and cannot believe their luck when their offer goes through very uickly Once they start settling in strange things start to happen they also start getting lost in the hidden rooms within the house The novel is narrated from the alternating points of view of Julie and James It is set in a small town and fast paced The novel has beautiful writing and is dark engaging and haunting Overall I enjoyed the novel and recommend it to all thrill and chill seekers Thanks to the author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review


  6. says:

    I loved the premise of this book and borrowed the audio from library because it sounded so good The Grip of it deliveredThis audio follows Julie and James as they buy a new home to begin their fresh start Almost immediately creepy things begin to occur Their new neighbor only adds to the uncomfortable atmosphere not to mention the stories of the townspeople When mysterious bruises begin to appear on Julie's body they both have to admit there is some kind of problem but how are they going to deal with it? You'll have to read this book to find out I loved how the chapters alternated between the viewpoints of James and Julie This worked very well on audio with two narrators I also enjoyed the slow burn of the stories and how the characters reacted to each occurrence though at one point I will admit to just yelling at my phone it's time for you to move out Surprisingly I liked the ending too which is where almost all haunted house stories fall apart for me I thought it believable and reasonable What could I ask? Oh I know More Jac Jemc pleaseHighly recommended but beware this is uiet creeping chilling horror Not in your face blood everywhere type of horror and to that I say Bravo


  7. says:

    WellYou and I both know that the house is hauntedAnd you and I both know that the ghost is meYou used to catch me in your bed sheets just a rattling your chainsWell back then baby it didn’t seem so strange Shaky GravesDearly DepartedI don't typically do song lyrics with my book reviews seen that over it wink but this was just so damn appropriate that I had toSo here we have a very moody atmospheric setting for our story A Haunted HouseAnd we have a typical slightly dysfunctional married couple moving into itAnd then all that ensues is just a reader's delightThe narration is perfect Jemc eases us right into to the intricacies of the couple's relationship with a very natural dual narrative His Hers if you willThe whole thing reads like a movie pictures in your mind as the story played out And lately I've been a fan of this trend of doing short punchy chapters Yes Short chapters are GREATI loved the way the creepy stuff just kind of crept up on me There were little mysteries to figure out little guesses I had going theories It was fun to see what was going to happen next to our unsuspecting protagonistsThe last 50 pages or so was pretty wild leading up to just sort of an OK ending to be honest I felt like I wanted but it was fine Overall I enjoyed this book very much I'll be looking for books from this author in the future


  8. says:

    A spooky read The Grip of It has many vile images that stay with you and cling under your skin just like the unexplained bruises that the young wife keeps getting A couple buy their first house hoping for a new start out of the city and its temptations which for the husband means compulsive gambling It's not uite what they expected the house has its own baggage which tends to take over its inhabitants Written in a stream of consciousness style that starts to get annoying after a while The Grip of It never has a resolution They don't learn the complete story of the house only bits and pieces and even these are never coherent Worth a read for the startling imagery such as the wife digging in the earth and the earth starts pulling her in It is scary but it is also discursive confusing and unsatisfying


  9. says:

    try hard A person who puts a large amount of effort into achieving a certain image or counter image to the point where it is obviously contrived Rather than achieving an image through genuine personality the try hard consciously attempts to fit a certain style through deliberate imitation forced style or scripted behavior That is to say heshe is trying hard to create an imageA person or in this case a book


  10. says:

    As an atheist and a horror fan I find myself liking haunted house and ghost stories that do not really on a God Solution Like religion most haunted house stories stem from madness a willingness to believe in the unbelievable simply because you don't have another explanation or completely ignore facts that do not fit your beliefs For all of these reasons do I love this book The characters disbelieve up to the very end They constantly uestion because what they are faced with simply cannot be So what do you do when faced with the unanswerable? Jac Jemc does a fantastic job of asking just that uestionThe writing in this novel is awe inspiring This is easily the best literary ghost story I've read Nothing even comes remotely close to it The prose is machine gun uick and deeper than some philosophy books I've read Even the weird bits where the characters are speaking in what the reader might first perceive as gibberish are layered and meaningful You just have to actually read the words on the page and absorb them Which brings me to my next pointThis is not a book you skim It is not a generic haunted house story It is not a mindless thriller And if you treat this work of art as such you're gonna have a bad time This novel is richly textured and perfectly written I respect the economy of words the author managed and the brief chapters which I normally dislike but here they work because this book is heavylifting and you're gonna wanna pace yourself But even with my pacing I still managed to read the book in two days It's a short one trust me Now I have to buy everything else Jac Jemc has ever writtenIn summation If you're looking for a richly textured haunted house story that works its way inside of you and takes root you're unlikely to find better than THE GRIP OF ITFinal Judgment Where has Jac Jemc been all my life?Many thanks to my good friend Thomas Strömuist for reading this one with me


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The Grip of It

A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met The move prompted by James’s penchant for gambling his inability to keep his impulses in check is uick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh But this house whi “We can lose ourselves behind a trapdoor whether in our mind or in the house”A couple Julie and James move into a new home as a means of getting away from James’ gambling problems Pretty uickly the couple are tormented by strange occurrences stains appear on the walls bruises form on Julie’s body and they keep finding hidden spaces within the walls of their home Together they try to investigate what is happening as and strain is placed on their relationshipIf I had to use one word to describe this book it would be MEH I was pretty excited for a haunted house tale and at no point did I feel anything other than ambivalence It wasn’t creepy it wasn’t scary it was just monotonous The characters themselves didn’t help – boring bland unlikeableShort chapters are a great way of flying through a book but in this instance the short chapters were just too short? The narration went back and forth with the story being told from both Julie and James’ perspective – and usually I dig this but combine it with the extremely short chapters and I just felt like I was constantly being taken out of the story I couldn’t get absorbed and therefore could not care less about what was going on or what happened to these charactersI often give off about how I don’t like ambiguity when I read a book – and that’s an unfair generalisation because in some cases it can be done right In this book it is not There’s TOO MUCH ambiguity and too many uestions left unanswered and it just left me extremely frustratedIt just wasn’t for me I guess And in this situation I was actually thankful for those ridiculously short chapters so that I could just get it over and done with 25 stars out of 5 Rounded down for goodreads because it doesn’t deserve a 3 from me SAVAGE

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Water that James pours from the sink Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and JamesWritten in creepy potent prose The Grip of It is an enthralling psychologically intense novel that deals in uestions of home how we make it and how it in turn makes us mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cheris try hard A person who puts a large amount of effort into achieving a certain image or counter image to the point where it is obviously contrived Rather than achieving an image through genuine personality the try hard consciously attempts to fit a certain style through deliberate imitation forced style or scripted behavior That is to say heshe is trying hard to create an imageA person or in this case a book

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Ch sits between ocean and forest has plans for the unsuspecting couple As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings The architecture claustrophobic riddled with hidden rooms within rooms becomes unrecognizable decaying before their eyes Stains are animated on the wall contracting expanding and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the I loved the premise of this book and borrowed the audio from library because it sounded so good The Grip of it deliveredThis audio follows Julie and James as they buy a new home to begin their fresh start Almost immediately creepy things begin to occur Their new neighbor only adds to the uncomfortable atmosphere not to mention the stories of the townspeople When mysterious bruises begin to appear on Julie's body they both have to admit there is some kind of problem but how are they going to deal with it? You'll have to read this book to find out I loved how the chapters alternated between the viewpoints of James and Julie This worked very well on audio with two narrators I also enjoyed the slow burn of the stories and how the characters reacted to each occurrence though at one point I will admit to just yelling at my phone it's time for you to move out Surprisingly I liked the ending too which is where almost all haunted house stories fall apart for me I thought it believable and reasonable What could I ask? Oh I know More Jac Jemc pleaseHighly recommended but beware this is uiet creeping chilling horror Not in your face blood everywhere type of horror and to that I say Bravo

  • Paperback
  • 276
  • The Grip of It
  • Jac Jemc
  • English
  • 19 February 2018
  • 9780374536916