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House with No Doors by Jeff Noon

House with No Doors

Jeff Noon

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2 reviews

Imprint: Doubleday
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 14 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9780857525635

And all featuring a rip across the stomach, smeared in blood. As the investigation continues and the body count rises, Hobbes must also deal with the disappearance of his son, the break-up of his family and a growing sense that something horrific happened in the Graves' household.

4 stars out of 5
9 Jan 2021

"The novel sounds all the tried and tested noir notes — the brutal, rain-drenched city, the divorce, the obsessive work and professional conflicts — but it makes them chime"

A glance at Noon’s bibliography reveals he produces books quickly, and occasionally it shows: the odd line of action sticks out awkwardly, or a piece of dialogue clunks very slightly. But these are minor quibbles, and this an excellent book — an original plot, a character it’s a pleasure to spend time with, and the deployment of the author’s clever, ranging talent to freshen up a great genre. Best of all, it’s a novel drenched in that most elusive and valuable of literary elements — atmosphere.

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4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
5 Jan 2021

"a genuinely creepy exercise in neo-gothic that flirts with the supernatural and horror genres"

House with No Doors is a genuinely creepy exercise in neo-gothic that flirts with the supernatural and horror genres — “we are born from the night flesh” — yet always retains at least one flat foot on the ground. Many of the characters are haunted by past events; others, refusing to live “beholden to our hearts”, suffer in their own way. A sad tale, certainly, but also a rousing hymn to the capital: “Dark, overcrowded, noisy, vibrant, dangerous, a poem of good and ill.”