Book Review: The House That Horror Built by Christina Henry


My Review of The House That Horror Built by Christina Henry. A story that offers chills, but falls short of a full scare.

Title: The House That Horror Built

By: Christina Henry

Genre: Horror

Pages: 336

Release Date: May 14th, 2024

Publisher:  Berkley

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

A single mother working in the gothic mansion of a reclusive horror director stumbles upon terrifying secrets.

Harry Adams loves horror movies, so it’s no coincidence that she accepted a job cleaning house for horror-movie director Javier Castillo. His forbidding gray-stone Chicago mansion, Bright Horses, is filled from top to bottom with terrifying props and costumes as well as glittering awards from his career making movies that thrilled audiences—until family tragedy and scandal forced him to vanish from the industry.

Javier values discretion, and Harry always tries to keep the house immaculate, her head down, and her job safe. Then she hears noises from behind a locked door, noises that sound remarkably like a human voice calling for help. Harry knows not asking questions is a vital part of keeping her job, but she soon discovers that the house may be home to secrets she can’t ignore.


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Christina Henry's "The House That Horror Built" promises a spine-tingling journey into the depths of terror, but ultimately delivers a mixed bag of frights and frustrations, earning a modest three-star rating.

The story itself gave more of a fiction vibe and not a horror vibe. The story of Harry the house cleaner seemed to overshadow anything creepy. It was a slow moving plotline that didn't come to a head until the very end, but by that point I was far from thrilled with finishing the book and really only did to tie up lose ends.

I love Christina Henry, but this story was not her finest. 3 out of 5 stars.  

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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