The Dark House

The Dark House

A Novel

eBook - 2006
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Meet Edward Rollins, scion of one of Boston's more notable families. A diligent but uninspired employee at one of the city's finest investment houses, he is a man of means -- and of secrets. Each night, armed with a hand-held tape recorder, he randomly picks a car and follows it to a destination, cataloging the habits and peculiarities of its driver. A harmless obsession. But one night changes everything. Trailing a car to a remote suburb, Rollins follows it to a house that, he eerily realizes, was once frequented by his murdered cousin. Drawn into a mystery to which he unwittingly holds the key, he must unlock the secrets of his past to find the truth -- a search that could free him from his own dark house of despair.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061258770
0061258776
9780061258763
0061258768
Summary: Meet Edward Rollins, scion of one of Boston's more notable families. A diligent but uninspired employee at one of the city's finest investment houses, he is a man of means -- and of secrets. Each night, armed with a hand-held tape recorder, he randomly picks a car and follows it to a destination, cataloging the habits and peculiarities of its driver. A harmless obsession. But one night changes everything. Trailing a car to a remote suburb, Rollins follows it to a house that, he eerily realizes, was once frequented by his murdered cousin. Drawn into a mystery to which he unwittingly holds the key, he must unlock the secrets of his past to find the truth -- a search that could free him from his own dark house of despair.

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Feb 20, 2011

I wanted so much to give this four stars but its hackneyed and predictable ending stopped me. Still, it was a fun read. It's refreshing to have a protagonist who isn't a burned out ex-cop, private eye, or slick defense lawyer. Rollins is a victim of sorts, a rather weird, uptight, stultified preppie a bit past his prime. He has a "hobby" of conducting moving surveillances of total strangers picked at random -- until one of these episodes turns bad. The first half of the book was both unusual and well-written, conveying a spookiness that had me going for quite some time. Although the ending was telegraphed at least 100 pages too early, it was satisfying in its way.

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