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on June 22, 2018
This is not a book for folks without very strong constitutions. It is not really a horror story, though it is terrifying. It is a portrait of a deeply disturbed man, who carries out acts of torture he learned while a prisoner of war in Viet Nam. As a Pastor, I found the book appalling, but also revelatory. The victim, Malcolm, tries repeatedly to ask for help. Policemen turn a blind eye, allowing his grandfather's description of discipline and recitation of Malcolm's previous bouts with mischief to lull them into walking away. Children who report abuse must always have their reports taken seriously, and police, pastors, and social workers must be ever vigilant. In that respect, I suppose this book could be seen as a sort of "morality tale." Veterans who return home with visible wounds usually receive some sort of care, but what about those with hidden wounds? It used to be called "shellshock" but now is recognized as PTSD, but still is not often addressed adequately. And, like the numbers of professional athletes, particularly in American football leagues, who suffer traumatic brain injuries repeatedly and then go on to act out their illness with domestic violence, Malcolm's grandparents are deeply ill, deeply damaged, and deadly dangerous. This book will haunt me for some time to come. It is a work of fiction, but could be (and probably is) a reflection of reality for some poor unfortunates. Be on the lookout. Protect children. Read this book, if you are brave enough. It is well written, even given the extremely difficult subject matter. A+ Bravo! (But only read if you, yourself, are psychologically healthy and even then, clear your spirit and your energies afterward)
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on May 9, 2018
Grandfather's House is another winner from Jon Athan. A 16 year old boy pulls a stupid prank at his school. His mother sends him to live at his grandfather's house. Turns out grandpa is a sicko and an abusive man. Grandma is no better. Grandpa subjects the boy to horrific abuse and torture. Grandma plays a part in this too. Some scenes are very extreme, violent and graphic. Some are sexual in nature. Athan is an excellent author and proved it in this nail bitter. Moves along quickly. Kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to the last page. Well developed plot told as only Athan could tell it. Athan fans will love this. First time readers of his books will love this one and will want to read more. He is a great storyteller. Happy reading!
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on June 22, 2018
This was the 1st book I've read by this author & I absolutely was not disappointed! Each & every time I had finished my read for the night, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. And truthfully when I did finish it, I was somewhat sad it was over. At any rate, what a great story-line. I just downloaded another of his books "Cannibal Creek" & I'm very anxious to start it. But I would highly recommend "Grandfather's House" to anyone who likes a thrill ride that keeps going!
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on March 23, 2018
As usual Mr, Athan has written a grab you by the throat book and doesn't let go until you finish it. I love the way he keeps your interest through the whole story. You know the characters but you're not overwhelmed with too much information. Very scary because it is very realistic. Can't wait for the next book!
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on July 8, 2018
I've read many of Jon's books and while this might not be the "WOW-TERRIFIC" kind of read it was very good and held my interested, kept the pages turning......it started well, kinda ok in the middle and ended well for my taste...all in all, always glad to get more books from JON as long as he keeps writing!!!!!!!!!!!!
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on April 1, 2018
A white mother sends his half-Mexican teenage son to her racist father's house as punishment for getting expelled from school. The boy has always gotten into trouble and as a single mother, she's freaking out. The grandfather is a strict disciplinarian, he has a prison cell in the basement for punishment, a paddle under the couch, and he has a reputation as the boogeyman in the neighborhood, as someone who will slap anyone for even minor things, like playing music too loud.

However, he is somewhat fair, when the chores are done, when the boy behaves, he allows the boy to have a free day with a 5pm curfew. After all, you can't teach someone to follow the rules without giving them room to break them.

The reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because of the following.
1. They gave the main character abs- really? This guy is almost a school shooter, those rarely have abs, they're usually bag of bones skinny or scary looking.
2. He and a girl fall in love and she actually gets him a burner phone. That's so unrealistic! This guy is a whackjob, a weirdo, what are the chances he would meet a girl that understands him 90 minutes away from LA?

Honestly, I hate love stories, why can't horror writers just write horror? Why do they have to insert romance? Every time I have to read about kissing her, how she likes what he does with his tongue, getting to second base, it's freaking distracting. We read horror for HORROR, for example, grandfather forcing him to see his grandmother naked is horrible. See? That's the kind of horror we like! That's freaky! Kissing a pretty girl isn't freaky, it's boring, specially in a book!
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on June 27, 2018
This book gives the meaning of Grandfather a whole new meaning how about psycho, deranged, sick. Would recommend to anyone who likes horror. I will read more from this author. Some parts are really gross. How about Grandmother she was just as sick as the old man.
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on May 16, 2018
this guy is brilliant, if you love human horror, this will grab you. i had read a book prior of his and it was good, but .. THIS .. read it , the horrors this young man goes through , its Grandfathers house, but wait till you see what Gramdmother does.. it made my drop my jaw more than a few times
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on July 4, 2018
This book was really something! The content held my attention the whole time, and the unbelievable abuse this kid went through at the hands of his grandfather was very explicit and unreal! I read this book in almost one sitting and it really caught my attention!
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on April 29, 2018
not your typical grandparents house, the book was well written , Ronnie and Babs kept you interested , u didn't know what torture they would do next
for a while I thought they would win , but I love how Claire finally realized she better help ..
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