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CBR5 #4: The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons

Aaaaand we're back to horror stories.

Bet you didn't see that coming, huh?

The House Next Door is the tale of Colquitt Kennedy and her husband Walter, a very WASPy, fairly average couple. They live in an upscale neighborhood in the South, the kind of place where everyone knows each other, and most know one another's business, though they're usually too polite to mention it. One day, someone buys the long-empty lot next to the Kennedys and begins to build a new house. As you may have inferred from the title of the book, the house has some issues.

This isn't really a gory tale--there are no madmen with chainsaws or bleeding walls or be-tentacled monstrosities. Saw IV it is not. This is a story of anticipation, anxiety, fear, and destruction. Colquitt figures out pretty quickly that something isn't right, then must struggle for the length of the book to decide what she might be able to do about it, if anything.

I'm a little torn about this book. On one hand, th…