For more than three decades John Saul has haunted the New York
Times bestseller list-and readers' imaginations-with his chilling tales
of psychological suspense and supernatural horror. His instinct for
striking the deepest chords of fear in our hearts and minds is unerring,
and his gift for steering a tale from the light of day into the darkest
depths of nightmare is at its harrowing best in House of Reckoning.
After the untimely death of her mother while she is still in her early
teens, Sarah Crane is forced to grow up quickly-in order to help tend
her family's Vermont farm and look after her grieving father, who's
drowning his sorrow in alcohol. But their quiet life together is shattered
when her father is jailed for killing another man in a barroom brawl,
and injuring Sarah in a drunken car crash.
Left in the cold care of a loveless foster family and alienated at
school, Sarah finds a kindred spirit in classmate Nick Dunnigan, a former
mental patient still plagued by voices and visions. And in eccentric
art instructor Bettina Phillips, she finds a mentor eager to nurture
her talent for painting.
But within the walls of Bettina's ancestral home, the mansion called
Shutters, Sarah finds something altogether different and disturbing.
Monstrous images from the house's dark history seem to flow unbidden
from her paintbrush-images echoed by Nick's chilling hallucinations.
Trapped for ages in the shadowy rooms of Shutters, the violence and
fury of long-dead generations has finally found a gateway from the grave
into the world of the living. And Sarah and Nick have found a power
they never had: to take control, and take revenge. .