A group of inseparable childhood friends are now adults, physically and psychologically devastated by war…
A horrifying creature emerges from a sandstorm just before Ricky Smith dies in battle. Forced to leave base housing, his widow Maggie buys a home on Oak Lee Road in the town of Jotham. Maggie is isolated in the historic house…and disconcerted by strange clicking sounds inside the walls.
Jonathan Steele attempts to drink the painful past away… Jonathan was wounded in that fateful battle and now suffers from PTSD. He wants to put the nightmare behind him, but when Ricky’s ghost appears with cryptic warnings about Maggie’s house, he begins to question his sanity.
Bobby Weeks is a homeless veteran struggling with a lycanthropic curse… Afraid of bringing harm, Bobby stays far away from those he loves. But after a full moon, a mysterious woman approaches him and reveals a vision about a house with a sinister presence, and he realizes staying away might no longer be an option.
Minister Jake Williams lost his faith on the battlefield… While Jake will do anything to reconnect with God, he turns to vices to fill the religious void. But a church elder urges him to take a sabbatical, and a ghost tells him to quit the ministry, and his life is more out of control than ever.
When Maggie wakes in a strange subterranean cavern, she can’t deny her home harbors dark secrets. Desperate, she sends letters to her old friends to reunite in Jotham, and events conspire to draw them all to the house…unaware of the danger awaiting them.
The friends have already been through hell, but can any of them survive the evil dwelling beneath the House on Oak Lee? – Goodreads Synopsis
Dwelling is not a comfortable book to read. Jonathan, the character with PTSD, is written really well. The thoughts that he has about suicide… honestly, does anyone with PTSD not think about suicide frequently at times? From personal experience, I’d say no. Anyways, his pieces are definitely the most realistic and gripping, but not what I would call ‘entertaining’. I think for the same reason I avoid memoirs and stuff. I don’t need to read about real life issues! However, the realistic solemnness of Jonathan’s issues are pushed to the background by some of the more unusual things the other members of the Suicide Squad are going through.
At the halfway point in the book, I felt like it still hadn’t gelled for me. Yes, I’d been introduced to the main characters, and I knew it was definitely building to something, but I didn’t care. I didn’t feel like the throwbacks to the Augustus character were necessary, as we were already following a few viewpoints to begin with. Still, I hung in there because while it still hadn’t totally hooked me, it’s not like I wanted to walk away from the story either. There were occasional flashes of brilliant writing that swept you into the scene, especially in the beginning.
Finally, around the last quarter of the book, it looked like things were really starting to come together, and you knew that the author was finally getting to the good stuff. Unfortunately, it’s the last quarter of the book and the author is just now getting to the good stuff. That’s a little too much (more than a little, actually) time spent on set-up and character establishment. It definitely needs tightened up a bit, and some of the repetition done away with. And, I’m sad to report, the author never actually gets to the good stuff.
It feels like the entire book was one gigantic build up with absolutely no satisfactory climax. On one hand, I was really dissatisfied with it because I felt like with all the build-up, he had to be taking it somewhere awesome, but on the other hand it didn’t leave me screaming at the book about how cliffhangers were evil. So… it is what it is, and it’s not terrible, but it’s not nearly what it could have been.