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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 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 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 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 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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on May 8, 2018
Read through it. Realized I didn’t enjoy it.
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on April 15, 2018
I enjoyed this book. Although it was a quick read, it was a disturbing one. Like THE ABUSE OF ASHLEY COLLINS, GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE deals with subject of child abuse. The focus, though, is on character rather than out and out violence, and it's a better novel because of it. It felt much more realistic, which gives it a stronger impact.

Our protagonist isn't especially likeable at the beginning of the story, but he's a teenager. Teenagers aren't likeable in the first place. But his grandparents are so disturbing right off the bat that you're immediately behind him. Athan takes the stereotype of the sweet grandparent and flips it on its head. There's a good amount of tension throughout the book from beginning to end--and while this is definitely horrific, I wouldn't classify it as extreme horror because more attention was paid to characterization than ripping people apart. GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE was like a V.C. Andrews book on speed.
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on May 12, 2018
This is a tale about a set of grandparents who take tough love to the past of Vietnam War torture tactics. A gripping well written novel about a young man who is in trouble in school quite a bit. But bringing a water pistol gun to school and acting as if it were real was the final straw for his mother who is on her own and trying to raise a teenage boy with no father figure. She has had it and as a last resort decides that he will go and stay with his grandparents for a couple weeks to get his head on straight. His grandparents are far from any everyday grandparents as he finds out.
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on March 22, 2018
Jon just keeps getting better. I have never read an author who consistently digs in and tears apart the dark side of family relationships like Mr. Athan can. The characters are well developed and I could see their interactions in my head as the story progressed. Dark and disturbing to be sure (see Jon's warning) but REAL...not so far out there that the reader is thinking what the heck - no way. Things like this happen every day which only makes it more disturbing.

Why 4 stars? I believe Jon is on the cusp of his best work in the near future and I, for one, can't wait.
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on April 10, 2018
I believe we are living in a world full of hidden sadistic folks. People might be offended by certain contents of this story, but let's be real. There's so many nut jobs running the streets of Chicago, New York, etc... including those spooky rural areas in this world. I'm so glad that there are authors not afraid to tell them, not to just open the eyes of the naive but to scare us into reality. Rather read these horror stories than pretend books containing sci-fi garbage or zombie trash or stories that are so unrealistic they bore me to tears.
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