Published by Evil Epoch Press on July 26, 2018
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Haunted House, Horror, Mystery, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Thriller
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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. Includes three bonus short stories.
THE SWITCH HOUSE, by Tim Meyer, originally caught my attention with the synopsis, but even then I didn’t expect it to become such a compulsive read! The premise was a reality TV show called: LET’S SWITCH HOUSES! The contestants are usually chosen from those that are trying to move on from a tragedy of some sort–of course, the more extreme, the higher the ratings. Angela and her husband, Terry, are selected to switch houses with a Ms. Rosalyn Jeffries for two months of filming.
Angela and Terry are hoping the change will help them to heal from a “tragedy” in their lives, whereas Ms. Jeffries is an altogether different . . . character.
“. . . Divulging secrets exhausted her until she had no more emotion left, went home feeling like a husk of her former self . . . “
Back at their own home at 44 Trenton Rd., NJ, Angela can’t help but feel something has fundamentally . . . changed.
Tim Meyer weaves this dramatic tale of suspense, secrets, and psychological horror together so flawlessly that I drifted into the storyline and felt myself effortlessly carried along from scene to scene. This book would have been a one-sitting read if I didn’t have to feed my own kids occasionally–that’s how real it felt to me. I just didn’t want to disengage from it at any point.
“. . . I think you understand my meaning. . . “
The descriptions of what Angela sees are so detailed, that even the most observant reader will have difficulty in assessing whether or not these are “real” or delusions of her mind. It’s precisely this type of writing that keeps you needing to turn those pages, unable to stop. Meyer captures our attention, and he doesn’t let go.
“. . . the truth didn’t come out that easily . . . “
The dramatic shifting of atmosphere–both visual and mental–had me constantly on my toes, having to go on gut instinct alone on what I felt was the actual “reality”. Even then, this novel was nowhere near as simple as that.
“. . . Maybe her actions opened a locked door, let in whatever was waiting on the other side.”
Overall, this story impressed me considerably in all areas. The characters were complex and–whether we believed in what they thought or not–THEY believed, and this made them very grounded and “complete” to the reader. The atmosphere and various points-of-view that showcased different, distinct impressions of it, came off as authentic from the individual sources.
“. . . Dreams don’t lie. Not in this house . . . “
The intricacy of this novel was phenomenal, and therefore kept my mind going over its different areas long after I’d finished the book. I couldn’t stop obsessing over the characters and scenes here, and that–for myself–is a sign that I’ve read a really great story.