The House of Twelve by Sean Davies – A book Review

#1 of the House of Penance Series

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Blurb: Twelve strangers wake up in a strange house with no memory of how they got there, and barely any recollection of who they are. They quickly learn that there is no way out, scarcely enough food and water to go around, and eerie music plays constantly in the background of every room. There is nothing to explain their mysterious incarceration except for a few scattered clues, a strange clock with twenty-four numbers and one single hour hand, and a leather-bound sheet of rules that makes their situation all the more fatal.

The House Rules:

Rule one: No escape. You can’t leave, plain and simple. Try to escape and you won’t like what you find on the other side.

Rule two: Make what you have last. Whatever food and water you currently find in the house is all that you will be provided with during your stay. No more will be given to you under any circumstance.

Rule three: When the music stops, someone must die. The music you can all hear in the background will cease between the hour of twenty-three and twenty-four; when this happens someone must die. Failure to comply with this rule will result in everyone’s death.

Rule four: Only one, and only when the music stops! One death, and only one death, must occur in the allotted time between the hour of twenty-three and twenty-four. Again, failure to comply with this rule will result in everyone’s death.

We hope you have a pleasant stay, and don’t forget: Redemption is the key to escape.

My thoughts:

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.

House of Twelve is a short novel and so was a quick read. What a fantastic story, and different. I like different. The twist at the end was great too!

The description of the house was on point, I could envision it in my mind. To be honest, the layout sounded like a typical terrace house from my home town which probably helped me understand the layout more. The only difference was, there was no escape from this house – the doors and windows had been completely bricked up.

I was worried about there being so many characters and not remembering who they were but it helped that each one had a personality type e.g. crazy person, slut, womaniser etc, to go with their name and therefore were easier to remember. More character development would have been nice but likely difficult as each person wakes with amnesia so a background story for each person wasn’t always possible.

I really enjoyed the twist at the end of this book. I would love to talk about it more but for me it made me actually say ‘Oh My God’ out loud, and I really don’t want to ruin it for anybody.

I think this book has a good enough premise to make it in to a movie. I’m not sure if I’ve just been watching too much American Horror Story recently or what but I could see Sarah Paulson taking the lead.

I would recommend this book and look forward to reading the next instalments in the future.

Interested in purchasing this book? Currently available for £0.99 on Kindle UK, Free on Kindle Unlimited, or £4.99 for Paperback. Follow the link below:

The House of Twelve (The Houses of Penance Book 1) eBook: Davies, Sean, Costa, Laura: Kindle Store

If you are in the US, the book is currently available for $1.38 on Kindle or $5.95 for Paperback. Follow this link: The House of Twelve (The Houses of Penance Book 1) eBook: Davies, Sean, Costa, Laura: Kindle Store

Thanks again for reading my review. Do you want to read this book or have you read it already? What did you think?

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