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Here is a house of ruin and rage, of death and deliverance.
Here is where I live, not living.
Here is always mine.

When Connor's family moves to Amity, a secluded house on the peaceful banks of New England's Concord River, his nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons, destruction, and revenge. Dreams he kind of likes. Dreams he could make real, with Amity's help.

Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start. Instead, she's haunted by lurid visions, disturbing voices, and questions about her own sanity. But who would ever believe her? And what could be done if they did?

Because Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a violent end as she's done before.

Inspired by a true-crime story, Amity spans generations to weave an overlapping, interconnected tale of terror, insanity, danger, and death.

-- "Journal"
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 362 pages
  • 150 x 206 x 38mm | 454g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1606841564
  • 9781606841563
  • 878,736

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An evil house manipulates its residents to dark ends in this novel inspired by The Amityville Horror (1977).
Connor's family moves into the odd, old house--Amity--for a fresh start after the family patriarch's sketchy business practices force their move. Ten years later, Gwen's family seeks a new start after a mysterious incident Gwen was involved in, hoping country life will help stabilize her. They both have a close relationship with an opposite-gender sibling and enough personal issues to make them unreliable narrators. The split first-person narrative shows the parallels between their experiences, occasionally repeating revelations, but the protagonists fit into different parts of the house's pattern of violence and horror, which keeps the two stories from feeling stale. The house shares its bag of tricks with the famous Amityville incident--flies, specific and significant numbers, the basement's hidden red room, and of course dreams of grisly crimes. The narrative consists of very many short chapters that are most effectively deployed in the rapid acceleration to the climax; earlier, they feel jarringly jumpy. The dark history of the house isn't kept a mystery--the object is dwelling in the horror, not uncovering it--and the house's nature is openly evil from the start. The refreshing lack of romance enhances the claustrophobic atmosphere, and while the foreshadowing gives away a lot, the conclusion still surprises.
A dark read for a darker night. --Kirkus Reviews

-- "Journal"
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About Micol Ostow

Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 40 published works for young readers. She started her reign of terror with Egmont with her novel "family," which Elizabeth Burns named a favorite of 2012 on her "School Library Journal"-syndicated blog, A Chair, a Fireplace, a Tea Cozy. Micol's graphic novel, "So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother)," was named a 2009 Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth Selection, a "Booklist" Top Ten Religion Books for Youth Selection, and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and currently teaches a popular young-adult writing workshop through
She lives and works in New York City, alongside her Emmy Award-winning husband, their daughter, and a finicky French bulldog. Visit her at The author lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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1,347 ratings
3.32 out of 5 stars
5 19% (257)
4 25% (336)
3 32% (436)
2 16% (212)
1 8% (106)

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I really like horror which is weird because I scare easily and I let myself get so freaked out I sometimes canâ??t sleep at night after reading or watching a horror. Every noise I hear has my imagination running wild. The stories about Amityville and the infamous house there do scare me, I guess this is because they are supposedly true (did you know the owners who suffered through the most famous haunting there both took lie detector tests and passed?) and because a few years back I experienced something pretty damn frightening. So I was kind of dreading reading this book but at the same time quite excited. Amity is a strange book. It is about some really freaky stuff but it didnâ??t actually scare me. There were times when it bored me a little and other moments where I felt it went too far but for some reason it gripped me. when I had to stop reading to get on with real life I couldnâ??t stop thinking about it, this books deranged darkness seemed to reach out and touch me which was more than a little uncomfortable. Micol Ostow has done a great job at mixing fiction with the history and past story of the actual house in Amityville. It is a clever book not only in terms of its mix of fiction and fact but also in the choice of its narrators. Amity is told by two teens, Connor and Gwen who live in the house 10 years apart. Both have a history of violence and mental instability which makes the reader question whether what is happening is real or not. The writing is atmospheric and eerie. Ostow has done a good job at building this famous and legendary house and making it feel, sometimes literally, alive. She knows how to make the reader uncomfortable and uses this talent to good effect. There is no holding back and although this is a YA book I wouldnâ??t give it to someone under the age of 15 without having a parent check it first, some parts are truly grim. The weakness in this book comes from the characters. Connor is just impossible to like and his reaction to things, especially in the beginning, were unbelievable. Gwen was better I quite liked her but felt the more â??magicalâ?? elements to her personality were not needed. One thing I did like was that Connor was physically and mentally stronger than Gwen yet she is the one with the most courage and power to resist Amity. Beyond doubt the main character is Amity itself. The house is manipulative and deranged in the most glorious yet disturbing of ways. What Amity lacks in good characters it makes up from an eerie storytelling. I didnâ??t love it but thought it was a clever way of bringing an old legend to a new and young more
by Kate Phillips
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