The Switch House
“CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve won a role
on LET’S SWITCH HOUSES! Your life is going to change. We promise. Your dreams
will come true. Everything you’ve ever wanted, we have it. This is a chance of
a lifetime. Come inside. Switch with us.
Angela and Terry return home after several grueling months of filming the popular television show, LET’S SWITCH HOUSES!, only to find their residence in ruin. Sure, the décor and framed photographs are the same; the color of the walls hasn’t changed; the furniture sits unmoved. But something is off. Their quiet New Jersey home feels tainted. Angela can sense it. Crawling inside her. Infecting her mind. Poisoning her thoughts.
Then the nightmares begin. Awful, lucid visions that cause her to question her own reality. What happened at 44 Trenton Road while she was gone? Just what did she do, that bizarre woman who claims she can communicate with the beyond? Who is she exactly? Angela aims to find out, but the further she investigates, the deeper into madness she descends. How far will she travel before she loses the trail of clues? Or worse—before she loses her mind.
THE SWITCH HOUSE is a short novel for fans of supernatural thrillers with a dark twist.”
I wasn’t too sure what too make of this one at first, I found the premise interesting, a reality TV show called ‘Let’s Switch Houses’. I am happy to say that I stuck with it and rather enjoyed it.
Angela and Terry have had some problems, a terrible tragedy has driven a wedge between them and they hope that the distraction of the reality show that they have been signed up for will help them move on with their lives. After it’s over and they finally return home, things seem to be better, they seem to be getting back to their marriage. Sadly though, it doesn’t last long. Angela is having bad dreams, hallucinations, nightmarish visions that are disturbing her life, making her question her own sanity. She doesn’t know who she can trust, even her husband Terry is at question. She heads out to investigate these visions, determined to find the answers. She is desperate to know if what she hopes to be true might be or if she really is just losing her last grip on reality. Angela was most definitely not expecting what she found.
Let’s Switch Houses is an imaginative delve into the blackness of tragedy, enveloping the reader in the harrowing life of a married couple who have lost their only child. It’s a sad vision of the developing madness within as the couple just cannot come to terms with their loss, and it’s an insight in to the lengths that we will go to in convincing ourselves of what we want to be true.
This is a great short story, both moving in places and frightening in others. The characters are both interesting and engaging, with great pacing throughout so we are not learning the gritty details too quick.
Highly recommended reading.
Thanks for reading this
Lesley-Ann (Housewife of Horror)