A House Out of Time by John Decarteret – Book Review

A House Out of Time by John Decarteret – Book Review

A House out of Time by John Decarteret

A House Out of Time

Author – John Decarteret
Publisher – BLKDOG
Pages – 45
Released – 11th March 2019
Format – ebook, audio
Reviewer – Cara
Rating – 3.5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Several people come across a house on a quiet road. They are immediately put on edge by the lady of the house who does not speak and sends them to a guest bedroom.

A window dominates the setting and the view with its ever changing landscape, sends the occupants of the room into a state of fear as their lives are threatened by different dangers. They try to find a way to escape, and survive the House Out of Time.

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A House Out of Time, is a short story based around, you guessed it!, a mysterious house and a few of its unfortunate guests.

We follow our characters as they encounter strange and unusual sights whilst staying at the house, as well as meeting the odd ‘silent lady’, the resident house keeper.

Although this is only a novella of forty-five pages, A House Out of Time, does keep you entertained and throws in a couple of interesting twists and at times felt very creepy. However, as it is a short story you don’t really have time to develop any attachments or feelings towards the characters, which meant for me that I didn’t really care what might be about to happen to them.

For me, the plot also felt a little rushed and I found the ending slightly confusing, perhaps because this is the first in a planned series and all will be revealed in the next book. All in all I though A House Out of Time was a good horror short story with an interesting outcome and I enjoyed reading it.

Book Reviewer – Cara

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About the Author

John Decarteret

I am John Decarteret, from Newcastle in the north-east of England. I have two children, Thomas and Harry who are 5 and 4 years old. I am a full time dad and carer. I write in my spare time for fun.

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30 Responses

  1. Bianca says:

    I misread the title as A Horse out of Time and I was really confused for a few moments? Great review though!

  2. Jo Linsdell says:

    Great review. Short stories can be hard to find with strong development. It’s not easy in such a short number of pages. I’m not a big fan of horror but sounds like this was enjoyable.

  3. Fee Kelly says:

    I love the cover and blurb, its sound like it would be hard to get the story over in such a short amount of pages. Thanks for sharing your review, its a book I will check out at some point.

  4. Great review!

  5. Fizah Saeed says:

    Confuse endings are worst…Great Review 🙂

  6. DJ Sakata says:

    Interesting premise, I have a love/hate relationship with short stories.

  7. Now that’s a whole different book. Thanks.

  8. Thank you. They can be hit and miss.

  9. You’re welcome. Glad you like the sound of it.

  10. I think it’s because it is part of a series. Thank you

  11. Emma Mane says:

    Superb review. Looks good.

  12. Tamara says:

    Thanks for the review. I’ll keep this book in mind when I need a quick short story!

  13. Lauren Elena says:

    Great review! Sounds interesting. I agree that it sometimes can be hard feeling invested in short stories. Interesting that it’s a series. Maybe it’ll end of being better if read all at once?

  14. Kathy West says:

    Such a good review!

  15. Really great review, sounds like one I’ll probably avoid because confusing endings frustrate me to no end usually. I don’t mind open-ended but not confusing.

  16. Ashleigh says:

    Awesome review ❤️

  17. Great review. I’ve come to enjoy short stories. Roald Dahl has a book of creepy short stories that were really good.

  18. I find a lot of novellas feel rushed, like they could’ve been just a little longer and felt paced better. But that cover looks super creepy! Great review!

  19. Thanks. I hope you get to read it.

  20. Thank you. It is very interesting.

  21. Thank you. I love Roald Dahls Books

  22. Thanks. I agree. Some also take too long getting into the story or describing the characters.

  23. John Decarteret says:

    Thanks for the review! And the kind and honest words from everyone. I appreciate it! ?

  24. You are very welcome.