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A Connecticut housewife finally has the house of her dreams. Yet there is something about the basement that troubles her. Researching the history of the house, she learns that a witch was buried there over 200 years ago and becomes convinced that its revenge-seeking spirit torments her. HC: William Morrow....

Title : The Basement
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ISBN : 9780688133511
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 326 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Basement Reviews

  • Mary
    2019-05-27 01:57

    Wealthy Connecticut housewife Myra Ludens is well aware of the inexplicable fear most people experience upon entering her cellar. While she knows that other people may feel dread, Myra truly believes that she is living in her dream house. However, her dream is about to turn into a nightmare...For what Myra doesn't realize is that the recent remodeling of her basement has reawakened an evil presence that demands vengeance. Researching the history of her house, Myra discovers that in 1695, a woman by the name of Elizabeth 'Goody' Redman was hanged for witchcraft. Goody Redman's body was subsequently buried on Myra's land. To release the tormented spirit, Myra performs an impromptu exorcism - to her detriment.In my opinion, this was an excellent book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Ms. Wood really knows how to create a chilling atmosphere, and I also appreciated the slow and steady increase in the horror - which was sustained throughout the story. I give this book a definite A+! - it's certainly a keeper for me!

  • Gilda Felt
    2019-06-23 20:07

    Ooh, spooky! Myra Fox loves her house. Well, except for the basement, which creeps her out, especially after she learns who's buried underneath it. Things really get weird after Myra and her friends try to exorcize the troubled spirit. Suddenly, anyone who has crossed either Myra or one of her closest friends (it's a group of six that have been friends since they were children,) had better watch out.I was surprised, sort of, at the ending, which takes the book in an entirely different direction. Still, it was a real page-turner and a very good read. My only complaint is that the spouses of the six aren't well drawn. They're more background stick figures than fully formed characters. Perhaps they're supposed to be that way in order to focus the story on Myra and her friends, but I would have liked if there had been more about them. I think it would have added more depth to the main characters.

  • Nora Peevy
    2019-06-21 19:53

    This ghost story followed the classic 80s feel of things that go bump in the night. When a falsely accused witch's bones are discovered in a rich debutante's remodeled basement, strange deadly accidents happen to people that cross Myra Fox. Is she possessed by the ghost of the witch in the basement or is she simply gifted with psychokinesis? I recommend this book for a weekend getaway or the first day back to school, when your house is quiet and you don't know what to do with yourself, if you're a parent. It's predictable, but entertaining, with a few heart chilling and creative death scenes. However, from the title and blurb on the cover, I was slightly disappointed because I expected a better basement monster and got less than I bargained for.

  • Kim Smiley
    2019-05-28 22:16

    This was a weird book I came upon due to my friend offering a stack of books she bought at a library sale. The book's main character is Myra, who was always unhappy with her basement; the dirt floor and cement walls, and no one was ever comfortable down there. So, she spends $30,000 remodeling and still, no one wants to go down there. She's friends with an elite group of 8 people, all of whom she grew up with. Once the basement is remodeled, strange things start to happen. She gets a full blown panic attack when the door is stuck and she can't get out. Worse, she's having visions of "something" down there. After a bit of research she finds that in the 1800's, her house was where a woman lived who the town hanged as a witch. Now Myra believes her basement is haunted by this woman. Every person she comes into contact with that "isn't the nicest person" ends up dying a hideous death. Soon she finds that the bones of the hanged "witch" were buried in her basement.The book has a lot of characters and a lot of drama along the way. It was a good read for someone who just finished every single V.C. Andrews book out there and wasn't quite sure who the new author of choice would be. I'd recommend it, but it didn't really scare me, as I thought it would.

  • Kristi
    2019-06-03 18:58

    This book held my interest, but about 3/4 of the way through, it seemed the author opted to explain the "twist" starting with some behavior that made no sense and didn't fully fit with the story up until that point. So the climax of the book proved itself to just be irritating and ultimately silly. Disappointing.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-24 23:02

    I can't give this book more than 3 stars, because I was never actually scared while reading it! No racing pulse, sweaty palms, not even a glance over my shoulder when I took the dog out at midnight. It's not hard to scare me, either. It was a good book, but not what I hoped for in a horror novel.

  • Linn
    2019-06-03 21:16

    I read this book more than a decade ago, and all I really remember is that it was terrifying. And the bees, oh god the bees...

  • Samantha
    2019-05-28 02:14

    I really enjoyed most of this book. However, I found the ending to be somewhat of a let-down. I wouldn't read this book again.

  • Patience
    2019-05-24 20:08

    Fun to read...stupid ending. The possibility was there for a way better ending.

  • Carol
    2019-06-12 00:11

    Bari Wood is a very talented writer. I enjoyed the book but was not sure if I cared for the way it ended..Very entertaining...

  • John
    2019-06-16 22:03

    Very surprising book.

  • Gretchen
    2019-06-06 00:58

    Exceptionally disturbing, and with an unsettling ending promising whatever you want it to.

  • Susan
    2019-06-13 23:03

    It's been a long time since I read this, I couldn't give a fair review. All I remember was loving this book!

  • Darlene Grant
    2019-05-29 01:11

    strange little story...but fun to read