May 17 2018

Review for The Dead House: A Novel by Billy O’Callaghan

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 14 Comments

Review for The Dead House: A Novel by Billy O’CallaghanThe Dead House: A Novel by Billy O'Callaghan
Published by Arcade Publishing on May 1st 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Psychological, Thriller
Pages: 224
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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This best-selling debut by an award-winning writer is both an eerie contemporary ghost story and a dread-inducing psychological thriller. Maggie is a successful young artist who has had bad luck with men. Her last put her in the hospital and, after she’s healed physically, left her needing to get out of London to heal mentally and find a place of quiet that will restore her creative spirit. On the rugged west coast of Ireland, perched on a wild cliff side, she spies the shell of a cottage that dates back to Great Famine and decides to buy it. When work on the house is done, she invites her dealer to come for the weekend to celebrate along with a couple of women friends, one of whom will become his wife. On the boozy last night, the other friend pulls out an Ouija board. What sinister thing they summon, once invited, will never go.

Ireland is a country haunted by its past. In Billy O'Callaghan's hands, its terrible beauty becomes a force of inescapable horror that reaches far back in time, before the Famine, before Christianity, to a pagan place where nature and superstition are bound in an endless knot.




This story will you through a haunting tale of the Maggie and time in a cottage set in the beautiful countryside of Ireland. Maggie and Mike and a few of their friends while at a friendly get-to-together, they decide to live a little. Mix in some whisky and a Ouija board, what could possible go wrong. It’s just for fun right? Wrong…

Maggie has went through a horrible break up, and needs some time to herself, and what better place than alone in a place that appears to be one of solitude. The thing is, this land has seen terrible loss, and it’s ghosts come to play a part in Maggie’s time there. While the party and the Ouija board was such a fun idea, they didn’t realize what or shall I say who they summoned.

I felt awful for what poor Maggie had been through, and thought being out the countryside would be perfect for her, but this beautiful landscape was down right creepy, and their so many times I found my self with chill bumps on my arms. “The Master” was the epitome of scary but the story a whole was completely captivating.

This is my first book from O’Callahan and boy was it a good one. So many error moments, left me Turing the pages faster! It was just that good! Fans of gothic, psychological thrillers will definitely like this one.





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14 Responses to “Review for The Dead House: A Novel by Billy O’Callaghan”

  1. Stephanie @ Bookfever

    Ouija board… oh god. If there’s anything that really scares me it’s books or movies involving Ouija boards. I do feel like I want to read it but I’ll also be so freaked out if I do, I just know it.

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