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Sally and David Curtiss are a newlywed couple with some problems in their relationship. They are also parapsycologists, who have recently purchased a house which is rumored to be haunted. They plan on studying the house and trying to find any evidence of supernatural activity there. Sally is a reluctant psychic, so when none of the Curtiss' hi-tech equipment shows any signs of supernatural activity, David suspects that Sally senses something in the house.
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Secretly, David is jealous of Sally's psychic ability and wants to have a psychic expierence himself. As the Curtiss' research the house's strange and mysterious history, the house itself becomes a kind of character in the novel. It induces dreams that reveal the Curtiss' hidden fears and desires, and the novel eventually builds to an ambiguous and disturbing climax.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%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!


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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   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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