The Birthing House

The Birthing House

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Hoping to save his troubled marriage by moving with his wife into a rural home that served as a nineteenth-century birthing house, Conrad Harrison receives an album of photos taken at the house and descends into madness upon seeing its images of pain, fear, and anger.

McMillan Palgrave

It was expecting them.

Conrad and Joanna Harrison, a young couple from Los Angeles, attempt to save their marriage by leaving the pressures of the city to start anew in a quiet, rural setting. They buy a Victorian mansion that once served as a haven for unwed mothers, called a birthing house. One day when Joanna is away, the previous owner visits Conrad to bequeath a vital piece of the house’s historic heritage, a photo album that he claims “belongs to the house.” Thumbing through the old, sepia-colored photographs of midwives and fearful, unhappily pregnant girls in their starched, nineteenth-century dresses, Conrad is suddenly chilled to the bone: staring back at him with a countenance of hatred and rage is the image of his own wife….

Thus begins a story of possession, sexual obsession, and, ultimately, murder, as a centuries-old crime is reenacted in the present, turning Conrad and Joanna’s American dream into a relentless nightmare.

An extraordinary marriage of supernatural thrills and exquisite psychological suspense, The Birthing House marks the debut of a writer whose first novel is a terrifying tour de force.



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Hoping to save his troubled marriage by moving with his wife into a rural home that served as a nineteenth-century birthing house, Conrad Harrison receives an album of photos taken at the house and descends into madness upon seeing its images of pain, fear, anger that he associates with his wife. 150,000 first printing.
Much to his wife's dismay, Conrad Harrison buys a large, old house in Wisconsin. After a few paranormal incidences in the new house, Conrad's wife returns to her life in California. His neighbor, Nadia claims to have been victimized by the eerie house and Conrad discovers a body hidden within his home's wall, they begin a terrifying investigation into the house's history.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312385842
0312385846
Branch Call Number: FIC RAN
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,25 cm.

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kol
Aug 21, 2012

a must read, twists and turns and edgy

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erinsnest
Jan 12, 2012

This starts out FAST....got a little wierd in the middle......now 3/4 of the way and is a page turner again. Started it Monday (Jan 9-12)...will probably finish today (Thursday Jan 12-12) or tomorrow if life gets in the way. Having trouble keeping my hands off! So wierd it's kinda wonderful!
Finished (Sat. Jan 14-12) (life got in the way!) .....um.......eww.....a very wild ride at the end........kinda like a roller coaster that never ends.....I'll be reading his next one for sure.

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KarenW
May 05, 2010

A man and his disinterested wife move to a small town to start over after he has discovered her affair. They pick a house that was once a home for expectant mothers. But when the wife leaves to try a new career, the husband is given a photo album of the past occupants only to find his wife's face in one of the century old pictures. How this happens is explained by a series of confusing conversations that may or may not happen in his head, but definitely happen in the readers head. What starts out as a wonderful premise turns into a cheap horror film script with lots of sex and crummy scares. What a true talent could have done with this, I can only imagine!

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