The Birthing House

Friday, September 25, 2009

I read The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom as part of my R.I.P challenge. The plot synopsis had me intrigued every time I looked at it at Barnes and Noble so I finally caved and bought it. A couple moves into a new home that was previously used in the past as a “birthing house” where mothers stayed during their pregnancy. (I’m not sure on how far in the past but I’m thinking a hundred years?? I’m sure it said and I didn’t catch it). The husband then finds an old picture of some of the pregnant women and notices his wife is one of the girls. More strange things start to happen in the house and the husband starts to unwillingly learn more about the history of the home and its inhabitants. This includes some supernatural things that happen in the house as well as some creepy information he learns about what happened to the people he bought the house from.

I have to say this book definitely fit the theme of the challenge I used it for. It was scary, yes… (some of you saw my comment on Twitter
that I was reading this before bed and it freaked me out so much I pulled out a chick lit, Shoe Addicts Anonymous, to ease my mind before going to sleep, lol). I want to say I don’t really scare easily, but it’s possible the book had this effect on me because it had an overall somber tone to it that I wasn’t necessarily expecting. I thought it was about a happy couple buying a new home and then, wham, all that happens. But in actuality, the storyline is pretty gloomy. The husband and wife are having problems. The husband buys the house sort of on a whim to get away. His wife goes away for a while and he stays home, depressed. Then things start to get creepy and all that. I don’t want to give too much away.

This wasn’t the most professional of reviews, but basically that’s all I’ve got in me today and I really wanted to get this posted. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the book because it wasn’t what I initially expected. But once I got a little further into the storyline I enjoyed it. The writing was good and flowed well. Some parts were definitely strange but it all came together fairly well in the end. I am glad I read it because I was very curious and I would have always wondered about it if I hadn’t just finally bought it and read it.

11 comments:

Amanda said...

Woah, this sounds excellent! I'm adding it to my list!

Sarbear said...

Oh, this sounds good! I haven't read a lot of scary books but I want to : ) Just in time for Halloween!

Melissa said...

This really sounds good, and scary. I'm also adding this to my reading list.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Something for those special times...not dark, rainy nights, though!

Lisa said...

This does sound good! Adding it as well. AND it reminds me, I better get crackin' on MY RIP challenge reading!!!

:)

Jenny said...

I don't usually read scary books either but it's sort of fun for this challenge. I even agreed to go to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal this year and I have NEVER had any desire to go b/c I'm usually too scared... so we'll see how that goes.

Laurel -- I agree about not on the dark, rainy nights, lol!

Lisa -- haha! Yeah I got this one done for that challenge but that's it and I've still neglected all my other challenges, hehe. oh well..

booktumbling said...

I am going to have to check into this one. If it was scary enough to drive you to a chick-lit book, that is good enough for me!

Jenny said...

LOL! I just hope I haven't gotten too many hopes up about the scariness, but it really did creep me out!

thetruebookaddict said...

I have had my eye on this one. Now I really want to read it! I love to be scared =o)

I have an award for you over at my blog:

http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.com/2009/09/superior-scribbler-award-part-deux.html

Jennifer said...

I keep hearing about this book and now I really want ot read it. I am adding it to my ever growing TBR list.

okbolover said...

I want to read this book. It's creepy book season time!

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