The Grip Of It

The real estate agent, with his waxy hair and perm-smile, keeps stopping to listen, waving his hand, saying, “That’s just the house settling.”

New house owners Julie and James weren’t electing the move to be an easy one. A relocation from city to countryside prompted by James’ penchant for gambling – his inability to keep his impulses in check – is, in actuality, quick and seamless. Both find themselves relieved to leave behind their old haunts and habits as they settle into a quiet life in their new house between the lake and the woods.

But their new house has other plans.

The architecture becomes unrecognisable, decaying before their eyes. Stains contract and explained, mapping themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mould taints the water that James pours from the sink. As the couple search for the source of their mutual torment, they become mired in the history of their peculiar neighbours and the mysterious previous residents of the house.

The Grip Of It, Jac Jemc

The Grip Of It starts with James and Julie looking for a new home, an escape from the city, and the chance to put their problems behind them.

But like all new homes, there are things to get used to. Strange noises, that could be the house settling. Weird mould in the water, could be from old pipes. Growing damp, maybe the real estate agent want completely honest with them.

Growing bruises, mysterious rooms, old journals, ok maybe that’s not normal.

The stress of James’ gambling and the new house are enough to put strain on any relationship. Add in the oddities and the secrets of this house and it will keep you up all night. As the chapters alternate between both Julie and James, the suspense builds, each discovering new mysteries and eerie events that they hide. Can their marriage survive the haunting of their home, and more importantly, can they?

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