House of Echoes Book Summary and Study Guide

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When Joss Grant learns that she is adopted, she tracks down her biological family and learns that she is the heir to an old family mansion in Essex, Belhadden Hall. Though villigers warn the Grant's of hauntings, Joss moves into the house whith her husband, Luke, and her son Tom. Pretty soon stranges phenomena occurs. Ghostly laughter is heard and roses are left on pillows.
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The events become sinister when bruises appear on Tom's body. Luke suspects Joss, but Joss decides to further investigate the house's history. In the 15th century a powerful witch lived in the house and cause king Edward IV to fall in love with her daughter, Katherine. A distraught Katherine still menaces the house, and King Edward still lusts after all of the female descendants of the witch (including Joss). Joss becomes increasingly terrified when she learns that no male heir has ever survived to inherit Belhadden. This makes her fear for Tom's life. As events push Joss to the edges of sanity, she must find a way to break the spell.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the haunted house chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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