Review: Murder House by C.V. Hunt

This one is wild.

Murder House by C.V. Hunt

Published May 2020

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It’s not the house you should be afraid of, it’s the people who live there.

Laura’s boyfriend, Brent, is an author and he’s writing a true crime book about the Hallows' Eve Massacre. The publisher has given Brent a tight deadline and the opportunity to stay in the house where the massacre took place. But the basement creeps Laura out and she’s left questioning her sanity after she sees things that may or may not be there. When Brent begins to act strange, Laura writes it off to the pressure of his deadline. Is Laura really losing her mind or is there something in the house that’s changing the couple?

My 2 Cents For Free!

Cockblock by C.V. Hunt is one of my favorite books. It’s a madcap adventurous tale about a very strange apocalypse with a brutally perfect ending and I highly recommend it. Murder House, the author’s latest book, is filled with rage and despair, and frustration but it didn’t quite come together for me in the end and some of that frustration ended up being mine.

And before someone comes over here to yell at me for my cruddy 3-star opinion, here's my disclaimer: "Three means I basically liked it per the Goodreads scale. Three is a good solid read. Three means I didn’t love and adore and want to marry it but I also didn’t want to murder it and bury it in the backyard either and that’s saying something. So I’m going to be brave and write another dreaded three-star review. "

Laura and her boyfriend of forever move into a murder house so he can write a true-crime novel. The rent is free for a few months and they appear to have nothing much else going on, so why not, right?

But it’s a bad idea (oh, really now?!) A truly terrible idea, actually. But not for the reasons most might think. Brent and Laura have some major relationship issues, Laura can’t afford her mental health medication and is struggling and they absolutely should not live together in any house never mind one where the floors still seem to be stained in blood.

What follows is a slow unraveling of reality. It’s painful to witness. I screamed at the book for both of these people to get the hell away from each other. Did they listen? OF COURSE NOT! They never do.

Some of the imagery here is bone-chilling, the descriptions of the decaying murder house were nightmare-inducing and beautifully written. I needed to know exactly what the heck was going on and this kept me going even when I was a bit exhausted by Brent and Laura’s hate-filled relationship dynamic and their toxic behavior.

There were some threads here that didn’t completely come together for me in the end but there were enough well-written unpredictable scenes filled with despair and desperation and wtf-ery to keep my attention until the final page.

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  1. Yeah, hard pass. You cannot pay me enough to live in a bloodfest of a house. Lol.

  2. I don't think you could pay me enough to stay in a house like that...unless it was just for one night.

  3. Yeah, when I scream at the characters in a book, they never listen to me either! Fun review!

    1. It's likely for the best because we'd have a lot of dull reads, I suppose.

  4. That house sounds...interesting. I would be stupid enough to want to check it out.


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