The Birthing House: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Aug 4, 2009 - Fiction - 320 pages
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It was expecting them.

Conrad and Joanna Harrison, a young couple from Los Angeles, attempt to save their marriage by leaving the pressures of the city to start anew in a quiet, rural setting. They buy a Victorian mansion that once served as a haven for unwed mothers, called a birthing house. One day when Joanna is away, the previous owner visits Conrad to bequeath a vital piece of the house's historic heritage, a photo album that he claims "belongs to the house." Thumbing through the old, sepia-colored photographs of midwives and fearful, unhappily pregnant girls in their starched, nineteenth-century dresses, Conrad is suddenly chilled to the bone: staring back at him with a countenance of hatred and rage is the image of his own wife....

Thus begins a story of possession, sexual obsession, and, ultimately, murder, as a centuries-old crime is reenacted in the present, turning Conrad and Joanna's American dream into a relentless nightmare.

An extraordinary marriage of supernatural thrills and exquisite psychological suspense, The Birthing House marks the debut of a writer whose first novel is a terrifying tour de force.

 

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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

Another house, this time more “possessed” than haunted. It was a reasonably fresh idea, but I felt there was too much extraneous character development, some really interesting ideas that were ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rumpeltje - LibraryThing

Not as scary as I thought it would be, but a good effort for a first time novelist. The characters are rounded and you can sympathize with them and the concept of the Birthing House is interesting. It ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Christopher Ransom is a native of Boulder, Colorado, who has lived in New York and Los Angeles. He now resides with his wife and three rescued dogs in a 142-year-old former birthing house in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

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