The Residence

The Residence

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First Skybound Books/Gallery Books hardcover edition.
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"In this gripping and terrifying horror story based on true events, the President's late son haunts the White House, breaking the spirit of what remains of the First Family and the divided America beyond the residence's walls. The year is 1853. President-elect Franklin Pierce is traveling with his family to Washington, DC, when tragedy strikes. In an instant, their train runs off the rails, violently flinging passengers about the cabin. But when the great iron machine finally comes to rest, the only casualty is the President-elect's beloved son, Bennie, which casts Franklin's presidency in a pall of sorrow and grief. As Franklin moves into the White House, he begins to notice that something bizarre is happening. Strange sounds coming from the walls and ceiling, creepy voices that seem to echo out of time itself, and visions of spirits crushed under the weight of American history. But when First Lady Jane Pierce brings in the most noted Spiritualists of the day, the Fox sisters, for a séance, the barrier between this world and the next is torn asunder. Something horrible comes through and takes up residence alongside Franklin and Jane in the walls of the very mansion itself. Only by overcoming their grief and confronting their darkest secrets can Jane and Franklin hope to rid themselves-and America-from the entity that seeks to make the White House its permanent home."--
Publisher: New York : Skybound Books/Gallery Books, 2020.
Edition: First Skybound Books/Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781982149055
Branch Call Number: PYPER
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 18, 2020

The Residence by Andrew Pyper is a ghost story based on historical facts and characters. The year is 1852 and Franklin Pearce has been elected president of the U.S. On their train trip to Washington from New Hampshire to attend the inauguration, the Président-elect, his wife Jane and young son Bennie are victims of a terrible crash. Bennie is the only casualty and the Pearces’ lives are changed forever. The First Lady returns to New Hampshire, refusing to attend the inauguration due to her overwhelming grief. When she finally moves to the White House, it becomes clear that the mansion is not an ordinary house. There are loud noises in the walls and ceilings and strange occurrences day and night. The couple begin to realize that their deceased child and others are haunting the residence. They will need to overcome their grief and face up to the ghosts and rid them from the people’s house. Apparently, in real life, there have been sightings of ghosts and visitors have refused to spend the night in the White House. The telling of this tale is historically interesting but I was underwhelmed by the horror portion of the book. I prefer a little fright with my horror but, all in all, it was a good yarn. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

debwalker Sep 02, 2020

Horror in the White House! Like that could ever happen!

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