Review: The Grip of It


Source: Goodreads

Title: The Grip of It
Author: Jac Jemc
Publisher: FSG Originals

My Rating:



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.





This book has a really good premise. A young couple moves into this haunted house and they have to deal with it. Can they make it?
I honestly didn't like how the plot developed, it was so heavy focused on the characters and how they dealt with the supposed hauting and eachother, that the haunting became secondary and you almost forgot about it. It felt like a couple going crazy and hating eachother way more than a couple dealing with a hauting. Also it felt like nothing really happened or their reactions to big things happening weren't appropriate. It bugged me the entire book.

Julie - I couldn't connect with her. I started really liking her but slowly that changed and I ended up disliking her so much, she was annoying to say the least.

James - I started with an odd feeling about James, knowing his struggles with his past I was always expecting him to slip up and do something bad but he never did. I couldn't really like him because he overlooked so many things that he shouldn't have... So frustrating.




Overall I didn't really like it. Mostly because I was expecting something else and I'm not a fan of horror books that completely overlook the horror aspect of it to focus on the characters. I would still recommend it to people who don't mind this.

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