Saturday, July 13, 2019

Blind Walls by Conrad Bishop & Elizabeth Fuller

I have a lot of mixed feeling about this book. I can't say that I really liked it but I didn't not like it either. It is a strange book. The story line is very slow moving. It is not the typical haunted house and ghost story either. It is a bit confusing at times too. The timeline in the book bounces all over and some things just don't mix. One example is Chuck. Mrs. Weatherlee (the owner of the house) passed away in 1922, Chuck (a newly hired construction worker) meets her on his first day on the job, but yet his time in the house is in the 1970's or 80's, with a paycheck of $600 a week for a construction worker which is not conceivable until into the the 21st century. I personally know many construction worker's who make no where near $600 a week today. 

The book is also a kind of adaptation to the real Winchester house. The Weatherlee Mansion is a huge sprawling mansion with many rooms, with stairways and doors that go no where. Mrs. Weatherlee's husband and young daughter passed away and a spiritualist advised her that the only way she would continue living is to continue to build onto the house. Sound familiar?

The main character of the book Raymond Smollet. The story is written with his narration of his life and career as a tour guide through the Weatherlee Mansion. Raymond is also totally blind. This is his last tour before retirement. As he is taking his brood as he calls them through the house he is gifted with second site. As he goes into the rooms he sees images of Mrs. Weatherlee as well as other people like the construction crew and Mrs. Weatherlee's niece/secretary and hears their conversations. All the while going through his tour spiel without missing a beat. Personally I would be speechless and unable to continue the tour.

In my honest opinion while this is not a terrible book, I don't see myself running out and buying copies of this book for my friends and family. It was a hard read and did not hold my attention very well either. I found myself struggling to get through this book honestly.  

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