The Grip of It: A Novel by Jac Jemc

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Read The Grip of It: A Novel Online Free - A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house. Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home.

Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.

Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cherish.

Title : The Grip of It: A Novel
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ISBN : 0374536910
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Kevin rated it ★★★★☆

September 03, 2017

Posted at Heradas Review This short novel thoroughly creeped me the hell out. It’s been a few years since I’ve read anything that maintains this level of unease throughout. It’s not intended to be outright scary, instead it maintains an eerie tone (think VanderMeer’s Annihilation) and punctuates i...

Jac rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2017


Abby rated it ★★★★☆

August 29, 2017

Read my full review here: I couldn't put this read down! It's a smart and surreal literary horror novel that incorporates themes readers might expect to find in a domestic thriller. This won't be the right choice if you're looking for bloody/gory horror, b...

Ashley rated it ★★★★★

September 03, 2017

I was really unsure what to expect when I started this and I honestly think that's the best way to go in to reading this book. It allowed me to be drawn into the story in a way that made me feel like I was PART of the story. It takes a lot for me to be creeped out enough to want to sleep with the...

Sadie rated it ★★★★☆

September 01, 2017

"Well You and I both know that the house is haunted And you and I both know that the ghost is me You used to catch me in your bed-sheets just a-rattling your chains Well back then baby, it didn’t seem so strange."--Shaky Graves/Dearly Departed I don't typically do song lyrics with my book reviews (see...

Stephanie rated it ★★★★☆

September 04, 2017

House of Leaves meets Fates and Furies. A couple buys a seemingly underpriced house as an attempt to deal with their issues with a "fresh start." The house, with its secret passages, inexplicable growing mold, and mystery drawings on the walls, threatens to push a wedge further between them. I li...

Samantha rated it ★★★★★

June 08, 2017

(Review from Feels like: Seeing something out of the corner of your eye, but it’s just a hat rack. Wait, you don’t have a hat rack. Meet James and Julie. They live in the city, work semi-professional jobs, and are married for a blip before James’ gambling addiction drains him...

Lena rated it ★★★☆☆

August 13, 2017

"We can lose ourselves behind a trap door, whether in our mind or in the house." Part haunted house, part psychological thriller, all three star. Couple with issues buys underpriced house in the suburbs. Creepy things happen. They blame each other, they blame themselves, they get sick. The nei...

Trin rated it ★☆☆☆☆

April 06, 2017

Effective horror is incredibly difficult to write. How do you sustain the suspense, let the terror build? Jac Jemc can't seem to with The Grip of It. This is a classic haunted house story, with some decent ideas -- (view spoiler)[I liked the mold (hide spoiler)] -- but I feel like the author runs out of steam a third of the wa...

Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

August 07, 2017

I don't keep ARCs so I'll be giving it away to anyone in the US who wants it. ** The official blurb for this book calls it "a literary horror novel about a young couple haunted by their newly purchased home," which is definitely the case, but it is not at all your standard haunted house fare, and...

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