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...

Amalia rated it ★★★★★

October 08, 2017

"But what if those buried, fetid stories are the ones that have bubbled to the surface? What if they're right there, balanced on the edge of our teeth, ready to trip into the world without even our permission?" And what if you have practically no idea what the bloody Hell you're actually reading...

Carol (Bookaria) rated it ★★★★☆

October 19, 2017

This book is so spooky! Perfect pick for these days. Julie and James are married and looking to start fresh in a new home. In the past they've had some marital woes because of James' gambling problems. They find what seems like the perfect house close to the ocean and cannot believe their luck when...

Jac rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2017


Chelsea rated it ★★★★☆

September 25, 2017

If you are thinking about picking up this book, please do yourself the favor of listening to the audio version! The narrators are beyond excellent, and I feel they played a huge part in the success I felt while reading this story. Readers looking for violent, graphic, and disturbing horror won't...

Johann (jobis89) rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 13, 2018

“We can lose ourselves behind a trapdoor, whether in our mind or in the house.” A couple, Julie and James, move into a new home as a means of getting away from James’ gambling problems. Pretty quickly, the couple are tormented by strange occurrences - stains appear on the walls, bruises form on Ju...

Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ rated it ★★★☆☆

October 13, 2017

3 Stars

Edward rated it ★★★★★

October 19, 2017

As an atheist and a horror fan, I find myself liking haunted house and ghost stories that do not really on a God Solution. Like religion, most haunted house stories stem from madness, a willingness to believe in the unbelievable simply because you don't have another explanation, or completely ign...

Janelle rated it ★★★☆☆

November 13, 2017

It took me one day to read THE GRIP OF IT by Jac Jemc. The chapters alternate between the point of views of husband and wife, James and Julie, as they describe their experience moving into a new house, in a new town. There are some trust issues between the couple because of James’ gambling proble...

Char rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2017

I loved the premise of this book and borrowed the audio from library because it sounded so good. The Grip of it delivered! This audio follows Julie and James as they buy a new home to begin their fresh start. Almost immediately, creepy things begin to occur. Their new neighbor only adds to the u...

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