Black House by Stephen King Book Summary
From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Talisman, “an intelligent…suspenseful page-turner” (The Wall Street Journal) from “two master craftsmen, each at the top of his game” (The Washington Post).
Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her Territories “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories, and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.
When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades ago by a madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed “the Fishman,” and Jack’s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help the inexperienced force find him. But are these new killings merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack’s inexplicable waking dreams—if that is what they are—of robins’ eggs and red feathers? It’s almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As this cryptic message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted tract of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.
Black House (Stephen King) Book Reviews
Unfortunately, I was able to buy itIt was NOTHING like The Talisman which I've three times over that 20 years. The voice artist as usual was superb and the only saving grace as far as I was concerned. Too much time in the 'real world' and not in The Territories made it a lukewarm murder mystery..Jenatolla007Score: 3/5
Sequel to The TalismanNot as good as The Talisman but good to read after The Talisman and learn about Jack as an adult. The Talisman is like Homer’s Odyssey. It is an epoch journey. The Black House is more like a mystery story with elements of The Talisman intertwined in the mystery..Meblair76Score: 4/5
Strange business!Something strange is happening with this book. Having been a HUGE fan of The Talisman and wanting to read this sequel to that book, I decided to buy and download The Talisman here in iBooks a couple of weeks ago. I did so and just recently completed that reading, loving every page of it as I did some 20+ years ago. So then I came back to buy and download this sequel, and all of sudden the book was not available. I could pre-order it for just $16.99 and get it in November, some 5 months from now? REALLY? A book that was published in 2001? And now, you can longer buy and download the Talisman, which is now also available only as a pre-order. Even though it is sitting in my iBooks library, it says it's not available still for a few months. That book was published in 1984. So what gives? I written to iBooks Support twice now and have not yet been given any answers about this bizarre occurrence. In the meantime, I've downloaded a copy of Black House for my Kindle app ... for $7.99. You'd think there would at least be some sort of an explanation for such craziness. But nothing..Moderate readerScore: 1/5
The Black HouseIt was wonderful to see a King book I had missed Stephen King is my all time favourite author! I can’t wait to read the next book!!! Liz32906.Liz32906Score: 5/5
Why...?Very weak sequel lacking all the magic of the first segment (The Talisman) and straining to keep readers reading by throwing in a gruesome murder every hundred pages or so. I don't know, all the ingredients seemed right but it was just missing that vital SOMETHING. Kinda like Godfather Part III ! It's been a decade since I read it and still have no desire to try it again. Be interesting to see how the SHINING sequel stacks up later this year..CopperBlue77Score: 2/5
Awesome Page Turner!Great book, I’d probably give it a 4.5 out of 5 rounded up because of the deep ties to the Dark Tower Universe. While you don’t need to read the DT series to enjoy this, I believe it reaches new levels of excitement by reading the Talisman and probably the first 7 of 8 DT books beforehand. Without knowledge of the full storyline I can see why others could rate this lower, however this story paints the worlds of dark tower so well that it really helped create new visions of what mid-world looks like. So happy that I read this one when I did in the flow of my DT reading journey.Iceman255Score: 5/5
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One of his bestI personally thought this was one of his best works..EccodolphinScore: 5/5
Black HouseBlack House was like getting to know a good, close friend that you haven’t heard from with tales of wonder you can’t wait to hear. King, and Straub come home with the goods... John Wilde....John WildeScore: 5/5
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