Thursday 28 October 2010

Family Complexity: A Book Review of The House

My Review of  The House by Anjuelle Floyd:

The House by Anjuelle Floyd is an intricate book that deals with the myriad emotions that come with family. It spirals through complicated relationships as they display across the pages in the wake of a tragedy.

Anna is trying to divorce her husband, Edward, but he is fighting her over the disposition of their house. When he suddenly capitulates on everything, she discovers he is dying of cancer. This revelation comes as a shock and she halts the divorce and moves him back into their house. With this decision, Anna must face her buried feelings, her past and decide her future.

The House is a well-written novel with vibrant characters. The book deals at its heart with the most basic of subjects: family relationships. The complex interaction between the characters as they confront their history and the death that surrounds them is what keeps you reading. I can’t say I always liked the characters, or agreed with their choices, but that’s what made them compelling; they felt real and that is where the true strength of the novel lies.

The book isn’t perfect, however. Its weak points fall in the plotline, which sometimes stretches itself a bit thin, especially toward the end. I felt there may have been a few too many convenient happenstances used; it felt, to me, as a bit unnecessary and sliding to improbable.

Still, overall The House is captivating, and I can recommend the novel as a satisfying read.

You find more on The House here:

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Ms. Floyd's website:

Just a note:  I received a free copy of this book for review.

Another of Ms. Floyd's books:
Keeper of Secrets: Translations of an Incident


Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I purposely didn't read your review because I have The House, but haven't read it yet. I think the cover is stunning. I did sneak a peek inside, and Anjuelle's style is captivating and beautiful.

Thanks, Anita for showcasing such great talent.

Sheila Deeth said...

Good review. I've already read and reviewed it. I'd agree with your comments, and with Joylene--it's a stunning cover. And a fascinating story.

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