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


Jac rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2017


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...

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...

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...

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...

Jessica rated it ★★★★★

August 03, 2017

"I search for proof that the world is one way rather than another, but it doesn't matter what is coming from inside us or around us. Our brains allow it either way. We can lose ourselves behind a trap door, whether in our mind or in the house." This eerie literally horror novel transcends what the...

Timothy rated it ★★★★★

December 15, 2016

I read this book in two days - including staying up late last night to finish it! I just couldn't put it down. Thrilling, unsettling, wonderfully paced - there's a real horror in the uncertainty. This old house our young couple (Julie and James) moves into is filled with secret passageways, stran...

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

August 20, 2017

A fantastically creepy novel. I admired Jemc's sparse prose and her ability to weave such an interesting story. SO GOOD.

Casey rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 27, 2017

While the writing was interesting and I was intrigued by the cause of the horrifying incidents around the house, I was disappointed with the last quarter of the book. While there were a handful of answers dropped amongst the convoluted narrative it was left too open ended for me to be happy with...

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

August 21, 2017

Who doesn't love a good haunted house story? Especially an incredibly eerie and scare filled one. THE GRIP OF IT by Jac Jemc is a quick horror story that is packed full of scares and creeps. If you like unsettling paranormal encounters, then this is one you'll have to pick up. Julie and James are...

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