|Homebody (1999) [Novel]|
by Orson Scott Card
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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.
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?
Since the tragic death of his wife and daughter, Don Lark has been moving from town to town, fixing up old houses and reselling them at a profit. He plans to do the same with the dilapidated mansion he's just bought in Greensboro, North Carolina, until the cheery neighbors, the lovely real estate broker, and even the old house work their charms on him and he decides to stay. But when he discovers a hidden tunnel under the cellar and starts asking questions, his welcome is suddenly worn out. There's more than a few skeletons in the closet in this distinctly modern variation on the haunted house tale.
Original title: Homebody
Genre: Fiction→ Horror→ Haunted Houses