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The House On Rectory Lane: An absolutely chilling psychological thriller. Kindle Edition
A cross between Sinister, Vacancy and The Strangers.
Their dream home in the woods. Until found footage in the attic shows the previous occupants. It chills them to the bone. Now, their new house becomes a living nightmare...
The House On Rectory Lane won The International Book Award in Horror Fiction at The American Book Fest.
'Scariest thriller in years.'
'The most frightening book I have read in years.'
'By far, the scariest thriller I have ever read.'
Cate Quinn, author.
'A page turning thriller that keeps you completely gripped. Horrifyingly tense, this is a modern-day gothic treat.'
The Coycaterpillar Reads.
'The ending to The House on Rectory Lane is phenomenal, one of the best I've read in a long time.
An original and remarkable read that was fiendishly clever. This book has such a palpable sense of atmosphere – it fizzles with unease.'
'Spooky read that will grab your attention from the very first page.'
'The House on Rectory Lane is one of the darkest most terrifying stories I have read this year.....Bloodcurdling ...Terryfying ..Creepy and Dark.'
'This was a sinister and teasing game of cat and mouse with a constant threat slithering throughout that chilled me to the bone.'
'Be prepared to stay awake at night.
Stuart James you are a master at thriller writing.'
'Bam .... It blows your mind. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Amazing.'
A family move into their dream home in the woods.
They find a homemade video recording of the previous family.
What they view, chills them to the bone.
They've been missing for over a year.
Now, they could be next...
Jake and Kate live in Camden, London and have had enough of the hassle with parking, overbooked restaurants and burglaries. After an altercation with a stranger who pulls a knife on Jake, they take their son Sean, and move to a house in the woods.
It’s their dream home, or so they think. People in the village warn them they shouldn’t have come. Neighbours are over friendly and who was the face at the window Kate saw late at night?
They find a DVD hidden in the loft of their new house, a home made video recording of the previous family, the Prescotts. What they view, chills them to the bone. They realise that the family living there before them have disappeared and now, they could be next......
The House On Rectory Lane, recently won The International Book Award in Horror Fiction.
His other Amazon bestsellers include:
Turn The Other Way.
Creeper is released on 27th December 2021 and it hit number 1 in the horror category on pre-release.
- ASIN : B09C1KTPQC
- Language : English
- File size : 4247 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,406 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It was all too contrived and too rushed, especially the ending. And what was the dog, Hugo all about? Why on earth would a ruthless killer keep a dog and it's tennis ball at an empty cottage? I can't say too much without giving the story away but I'll not be reading anything from this author again. A very disappointing read.
Why did Jake do nothing when he saw Punchy man attacking a woman until much later? Who would say “ nothing to do with me”?
What was the purpose of Hugo the dog?
Why no mention of the cleaner going missing ?
What was the deal with the rather cliched old hag sitting in the house?
Why did the town’s residents make pointed remarks but not mention that two families had gone missing?
Why did they return to the house and live there despite all the murders?
Who actually posted the video through the letterbox at the end? Police surely wouldn’t return it?
All very far-fetched -don’t know why the old couple were killed- surely not just to frame Jake as they intended to kill him
Why was Jake willing to take Kate back anyway? I don’t think so!
Why were they wanting to kill Kate’s family anyway? She had kept her bargain.
What was the deal with the underground tunnels when actually they had a key to the house?
Stuart is a brilliant author!! He really knows how to draw his readers in and make them feel what the characters feel. Fur example, fear and anxiety!! Honestly, I was glued to the edge of my seat with nerves constantly asking that nagging question of 'who done it?' There were a couple of people I suspected but when the truth came out I was absolutely shocked! So clever and well thought out. I never saw it coming. Stuart is very good at surprising his readers. So many twists I never could have guessed.
Reading it whilst home alone with the lights off was definitely a bad idea! At times you could tell something bad was about to happen and Stuart built up the tension so well. I felt like I was there with them! It was very well written!
The book instantly drew me in with it's suspenseful prologue. It had me hooked! The rest of the book was just as tense, exciting and thrilling. I could not put it down!
If you are looking for your next creepy and chilling read, look no further! I highly recommend The House On Rectory Lane!
In The House on Rectory Lane by Stuart James, readers are introduced to Jake and Kate, and their son, Sean. The story follows the married couple as they finally find their dream home and proceed to make the move from London to Ramsbury. Although in need of a little bit of TLC, the house on Rectory Lane is perfect for the family, and they’re overjoyed to be starting afresh in the countryside with nothing but endless possibilities ahead of them. As they settle into their new life, it isn’t long before strange events begin to occur, odd warnings to leave while they still have chance. And once aware of mystery surrounding the previous occupants of the property on Rectory Lane, the Prescott family, things begin to get even stranger for Jake and Kate.
From the get-go, Stuart James ensured there was more than enough interest and intrigue to keep me turning those pages. Although the sale for the house on Rectory Lane seemed to go through smoothly enough, and coincidentally the house popped up at just the right moment, I had numerous questions surrounding the property and how moving their was a complete uproot for the family. When Jake and Kate go to view the property for the first time, it’s quickly apparent that it’s an impressive home. With electronic gates and a magnificent fireplace, it’s a house that stands out and is easily set apart from the rest, and though it’s in need of a little restorative work, Jake is not put off and is certain it’s the perfect home for himself, his wife and their son. They make the move swiftly and, soon enough, they’re unpacking and making the house their own. Despite this obviously being a happy moment for the trio, the author ensures that there’s still a pinch of hesitation towards the move from the couple. Although it’s grand and impressive, the couple are aware of how different it is to their London home. It’s deathly quiet, very rarely does traffic pass through, and they know nobody. Stuart James captures the loneliness that a person would feel in a place like that perfectly. If you were to scream, no one would hear you, and this certainly adds a sinister tone to the unravelling of the plot as the days slip by and the house on Rectory Lane is settled into.
When the strange goings-on began to occur, the tension of this story certainly heightened for me. My nerves were on high-alert and I felt as though I was catching my own breath each time something untoward took place. I began to feel as though each time something happened, the evilness was becoming deeper, and more personal, and I found myself beginning to wonder just what sort of place Jake and Kate had come to. Their neighbours seemed friendly enough, but even the happiness of making new friends is unable to dull the subtle threat aimed at the family of three and I felt my grip on my Kindle growing tighter with every change of a chapter. The author certainly knows how to grab the reader and scare them enough to ensure they sit tight for the duration of the story. This is exactly the effect that Stuart James had on me.
The characterisation in this story was great. The author manages to switch the narration frequently throughout, while still maintaining Jake and Kate as the main voices. This was done smoothly and introduced me to many, many lively and enjoyable characters, from the detectives who work with Jake when things begin to take a much a darker turn for the family, to the ‘watcher’, who we find out more about as the plot progresses. I loved this switching and really enjoyed the wider circle of observation it gave me as the reader. We’re not only in the house with Jake and Kate, but we’re in other places too, watching this story unfold from many different places and alongside many different people.
It’s fair to say that Stuart James takes his readers on a rollercoaster ride of a thriller within The House on Rectory Lane. I could never be certain of where this story would end up, which direction I would be taken in, or what the characters would discover or do next. It was thrilling and exciting and had me constantly on the edge of my seat from one page to the next, always keeping me on my toes and my suspicions on constant high-alert. This was a sinister and teasing game of cat and mouse with a constant threat slithering throughout that chilled me to the bone. I’m looking forward to reading more from Stuart James in the near future.