Summary

Damaged Houses
A master craftsman, Don Lark could fix everything except what mattered, his own soul. After tragedy claimed the one thing he loved, he began looking for dilapidated houses to buy, renovate, and resell at a profit, giving these empty shells the second chance at life he denied himself. Damaged Souls
Then in a quiet Southern town, Lark finds his biggest challenge: a squalid yet sturdy mansion that has suffered decades of abuse at the hands of greedy landlords and transient tenants. While two charming old neighbor ladies ply him with delicious cooking, they offer dire warnings about the house's evil past. But there is something about this building that pushes Lark on, even as its enchantments grow increasingly ominous. Will finishing the house offer Lark redemption, or unleash the darkest forces of damnation upon him?
©1998 Orson Scott Card; (P)2006 Audible Inc.
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"A powerful tale of healing and redemption that skillfully balances supernatural horrors with spiritual uplift." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Andy Parsons on 21-02-07

Card in King country!

This really is very Stephen Kingish, I mean that in a good way!
It takes quite a long time before it becomes apparent that this is anything other than an interesting, if a little dark, romantic comedy with an historical dimension.
When the surprises come they add darkness and light.
Strangely there are many Card themes that fans of the Ender/Shadow books will be familiar with?Knowing what is right when nothing is wholly right, and the moral ambiguity of doing unconscious bad.

The other things that will be familiar are excellent, intriguing plotting and a sense of pace that draws you on through the book.

Less familiar is that it quite a sexy book especially at the beginning but there is an interesting twist to all the relationships the raises the book above run of the mill fiction.

Scot Card is really on great form in the more or less here and now and demonstrates again what a very good writer he is.

More King than Ender but very good for all that.

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5 out of 5 stars
By DMHVetSurveyor on 11-01-07

What a Home Indeed!!

Wow, this was an excellent book. Great descriptions and storyline. Nice surprise ending. Out of 200+ audiobooks I've read this one moves up to the top 20 (at least in the suspense genre). Don't expect Ender's Game or something like that. This is more in the Koontz catagory. Buy and enjoy!!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 17-03-12

Bob Villa writes a book

If you like Bob Villa and home fix it shows you may love this. If you are a fan of Lost Boys the novel not the short story you will like this. The first half of the book is all about renovating an old house and you get much of the detail.

The main character Dan Lark is a no nonsense he-man. He wants to be a hermit and just work. He can not escape society though and people are consistently tangling themselves in his life. I thought this was an interesting lesson. Many times we may want to ignore the world and other people, but that is not as easy as it sounds.

Most of the characters in the book are women and they are some of the most flawed women you will ever meet. Dan comes off a little too perfect, almost a super hero. The whole book reads like a romance novel written by a man. Even though Dan wants to avoid women he finds himself kissing them almost as soon as he meets them and they love it and him, but he always does the right thing and he never sleeps with them.

I like Card's writing and he can write about anything and I would enjoy it. This is proof as I did enjoy the book, but very little happened, especially the first half. I would have loved the book, if he would have put more fantasy into it and I feel kind of cheated that he didn't.

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