The Riverhouse

The Riverhouse In the wake of his divorce and the loss of his New York art job Shane Bellamy is bereft and directionless The remote cottage on the Missouri river provides the perfect escape small picturesque and

  • Title: The Riverhouse
  • Author: G. Norman Lippert
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 207
  • Format: ebook
  • In the wake of his divorce and the loss of his New York art job, Shane Bellamy is bereft and directionless The remote cottage on the Missouri river provides the perfect escape small, picturesque, and lonely There, Shane becomes fascinated with the history of the cottage, and that of its larger sister property, the Riverhouse, now demolished Inspired, he embarks on an uIn the wake of his divorce and the loss of his New York art job, Shane Bellamy is bereft and directionless The remote cottage on the Missouri river provides the perfect escape small, picturesque, and lonely There, Shane becomes fascinated with the history of the cottage, and that of its larger sister property, the Riverhouse, now demolished Inspired, he embarks on an unusual art project, one that almost seems to have a life of its own As the painting develops, surprising Shane both with its style and its strange, silent strength, he finds that the image is a sort of portal, inviting him into the Riverhouse s past He learns of it owners, portrait artist Gustav Wilhelm, known for his arrogance as much for his genius, and of Wilhelm s wife, the beautiful but ignored Marlena His painting progress, and the story blooms in Shane s mind like a dark rose, full of deepening mystery and harrowing secrets Gradually, Shane comes to realize that the decades old drama isn t yet finished Ghosts haunt the cottage, particularly the intriguing Marlena, and Shane cannot help being inexplicably drawn to her, despite her obvious dangers As a result, Shane finds himself caught in the spiraling collision course of his own life and that of the Riverhouse He knows he should escape, and yet he cannot seem to walk away After all, he thinks, ghosts can t harm the living Can they In the end, the power of the story draws Shane into its embrace, like a man walking right up to a cliff s edge, believing he can stop anytime, not knowing that there is someone behind him, sneaking up, waiting for just the right moment, the perfect moment, to give one little push.

    581 Comment

    • Marianna says:

      Yesterday morning I started the tenth chapter, and I ended up with finishing the whole novel last night.In a way, I was happy to be done with it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I didn’t like it – I was utterly impressed by it, actually – but it wasn’t exactly what you would call pleasant reading. If I was to find an adjective fit to describe it, according to my first impression, I would say “convincing”. This is among the features that I recognize and appreciate the most in th [...]

    • Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson says:

      I'm finding it hard to know where to begin hereThis is one of those books that just surprises, in a good way.I began this book somewhat slowly, and right from the start we get to it's one fault. It is a slow read, and I can understand impatient people that simply give up on the first half of the book.It isn't a particularly long book, mind you, at only 420 pages, but reading it takes time. More time than I'm used to at least. I am certain that some descriptions and character development COULD ha [...]

    • Jeannie Sloan says:

      This was a very good haunted house story.The characters were sympathetic and believable.The only criticism that I have it is that it was probably a few pages loner than it had to be and dragged just a little bit in the middle.Otherwise a very solid book and who can beat the price of 99 cents on Kindle?

    • Irenic says:

      Devastated by the double-whammy loss of both his wife and his job, commercial artist Shane Bellamy retreats to his summer home in Missouri to regain his bearings. He's aware he's sharing the cottage with a harmless but mischievious ghost, but he soon finds there's another being hanging around, perhaps not so harmless. He is suddenly compelled to create a painting that's definitely not part of his freelance art job; in fact, it's a portrait of a house that no longer stands - the "sister" house of [...]

    • Diane says:

      I'm giving this a horror tag because it involves ghosts -- the whole story is about a haunting -- but it's not horror in the slasher vein. This was a 99cent book that I downloaded to read on Jet's kindle while awaiting the shipment of my replacement kindle and access to books I already had.The plot is good, sometimes verging on VERY good, but the writing is a bit simplistic and that takes away from the book as a whole. It did keep me interested until the end, however, and I was curious about how [...]

    • Nikki says:

      I think this is my favorite Lippert. You can't get in a hurry when reading one of Lippert's books, but for me, this is part of their charm. Rest assured, he is going somewhere, and when he gets there, you'll be glad you went along for the ride.

    • Bettie☯ says:

      Description: In the wake of his divorce and the loss of his New York art job, Shane Bellamy is bereft and directionless. The remote cottage on the Missouri river provides the perfect escape: small, picturesque, and lonely. There, Shane becomes fascinated with the history of the cottage, and that of its larger sister property, the Riverhouse, now demolished. Inspired, he embarks on an unusual art project, one that almost seems to have a life of its own. As the painting develops, surprising Shane [...]

    • Carissa Crabb says:

      The Riverhouse is a really great ghost story that really keeps you guessing. I love Lippert's writing style, and his likable characters. Shane Bellamy is trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life after losing, both, his job and his marriage in one day. He moves in to what was he and his wife's former vacation home outside of St. Louis, Missouri. He quickly learns that living in the house full time is quite different from the occasional week-long vacation. His property is haunted by a sa [...]

    • Kelley Bernardi says:

      I always enjoy reading a good mystery, a good ghost story, a good horror story, a good love story--this book had it all. In addition, I like that it is set in and around St. Louis, where I live. I could picture the art museum, galleries, the river and a house such as the one described in the book.The author takes care to give us the back story about the former owners of the house, in addition to the current inhabitant(s), before getting into the heart of the ghost and horror portions of the book [...]

    • Andrea McFetridge says:

      Glad to see Lippert isn't a one trick pony. This book is utterly different from the JP series & Ruins. It's a bit slow in the beginning, but not boring-slow. More like a glimpse into the aftermath of a poor guy's life as he starts over. Shane is relatable and likable. I loved reading about his painting technique (foreman vs muse). The relationship between Christiana & Randy was frighteningly accurate. There are no wizards in this book, but there are some pretty creepy ghosts, so my fanta [...]

    • Robin says:

      This story had many of the standard elements you see in ghost stories but used them to good effect. The story takes place in a cottage which was affiliated with the "haunted house" but wasn't known to be haunted itself. When the house is torn down, that's when the cottage gets active.I liked that little twist and have always like stories where the house itself seems to have a personality. I also like not knowing exactly how many ghosts are involved. The author manages to keep you guessing on tha [...]

    • Liz says:

      I would actually give this book 3.5 stars. I would have given it 4 stars until I got towards the end of the book. At that point it just got a little too weird and I really didn't like the fact that a certain character was killed off. Otherwise, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It moved a little slow at times but it had some nice plot twists and suspense.

    • Donna R. says:

      I tried to like this book but I thought it dragged. It was scary in parts and I wanted to see how it would end. So I kept on reading and then was very disappointed. Most of the characters were thrown in at the end in a jumble. The ending was just too weird for my liking. So, 2 stars.

    • Ruchi Kumar says:

      This is an excellent novel, and definitely a must read for Stephen King fans. I have loved Lipperts narration in the James Potter series. But this one makes me appreciate the variety in his writing styles even more.

    • Jill says:

      If I could give this 3.5 stars, I would. But since I can't, I'm rounding up and giving it 4. This book dragged a bit in places, but it was so different from anything I usually read and I found it intriguing.

    • Bambi Unbridled says:

      The book wasn't bad - but I felt it was a slow read. It took me a week to read the whole thing, and that is pretty unheard of for me. I normally finish books in a day or two. That being said, there were some unexpected twists once the action did start towards the end.

    • Tifflovesbooks says:

      ***Spoiler*** I'm giving this 1Star because of a character he killed at the end. Really just made the whole book a waste of time! Come on, really? I liked all his other books, and I liked this one, but for the character that he killed. It did not have to end that way.

    • Tamara says:

      A good, old fashioned ghost story.

    • Kathy Spence says:

      This was such a great book to read. It really keeps your interest peaked from beginning to end.

    • George Noland II says:

      Since I liked the author's fan fiction James Potter series, I thought I'd try one of his original works. "The Riverhouse" is a fun, ghost story.

    • Stacy says:

      This was a great book! It was perfectly crrepy and full of unexpected plot twists. Loved it!

    • Valerie says:

      I don't usually read ghost stories, thank goodness I finished this during daylight hours! Freaky, creepy, psychologically weird! I think I would have left a lot sooner than the characters!

    • Michelle K says:

      I don't generally read ghost stories, but this one kept me interested. It was an enjoyable read.

    • Michele says:

      I enjoyed this book. It had a good twist at the end.

    • Ryan Burt says:

      Just not my type of book. Not much for a ghost or horror story.

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