Read advance reader review of The September House by Carissa Orlando, page 2 of 4

Summary | Reviews | More Information | More Books

The September House

by Carissa Orlando

The September House by Carissa Orlando X
The September House by Carissa Orlando
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' rating:

     Not Yet Rated
  • Published Sep 2023
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

    Publication Information

  • Rate this book

Buy This Book

About this book


Page 2 of 4
There are currently 24 member reviews
for The September House
Order Reviews by:
  • Cindy R
    Unwelcome Guests
    Victorian, with a wrap around porch, a sprawling lawn and a real turret. Margaret and her husband, Hall believe they have found their dream home. Its somewhere they can put down the roots they didn't grow up with.

    They aren't concerned when the realtor tells them about the multiple murders that have happened in the house. Margaret believes it's 150 years old, so of course the house would have a history. It's not long after they move in, that they discover there are other "occupants" that want them out, especially in September. The walls drip blood, ghosts of former inhabitants cause trouble and forget about going down into the basement.

    THE SEPTEMBER HOUSE (Berkley) is marketed as a horror story, but it's too funny and exaggerated to fill that genre. I believe if you go into THE SEPTEMBER HOUSE expecting horror, you'll be disappointed.
  • Judy M. (Millwood, NY)
    Stretches the premise a little too far
    Lots of humor in this - descriptions of the creepy characters is excellent. However, I think the premise is overworked and, by the end, it had gotten too absurd
  • Charla Wilson
    Best Haunted House Story
    Margaret and husband Hal finally were able to buy their own home. The home was a beautiful, old Victorian house. Margaret loved the house so much so that even after discovering that her beautiful house was haunted, she refused to leave it. The month of September was always dreaded because during this month there was always more blood, more ghosts, and more chaos. As September approached again Hal suddenly disappeared and their daughter Katherine left her job to help Margaret find him. Margaret works diligently to keep Katherine from being affected by the ghosts and all the terrible things that take place in September. This is a huge undertaking for Margaret because the house is constantly being pounded by birds that pile up on the ground dead, blood flowing down the walls, a ghost that bites, and so much more. The story is well written and full of surprises. If you love haunted houses stories then this is the book for you.
  • Cathy T. (Attleboro, MA)
    A raging house in September
    I love horror novels, so this was right up my alley. However, this book sits apart from the usual horror stories. The people in it. There is true horror in the inhabitants of the house that Hal and his wife, Katherine purchased. The couple hoped to enjoy their long-sought-after dream of owning their own home. The house of their dreams. But their dream soon turned into a nightmare of unexpected terror.

    As the tale continues, we learn that along with a changing home, the people therein also change. The couple, Hal and Katherine, are not who we thought they were. The house is not the dream they thought it would be. And the inhabitants are totally unexpected.

    And the writing is not as I expected. While the horror is well described and presented, and the apparitions are certainly frightening, the humor and pathos are unexpected. Katherine is a unique individual with a quirky understanding of her circumstances. Hal and Katherine's daughter, Margaret, is not like most people and could be as off-putting as anyone you have ever encountered.

    And that, fellow reader, makes for a frightening, fascinating, fun read. Be prepared for the unexpected and enjoy the ride.
  • Jennie W. (Denver, CO)
    September House
    A very entertaining book. I found myself wanting to keep reading, even late into the night. The relationships between the characters are realistic and the backstories unwind in a satisfying read. There were times that I knew what was going to happen, only to have the story turn right around and go in a completely different direction. This is a horror book that is not overly scary and just the right amount of gore.
  • Norma R. (Secaucus, NJ)
    The September House
    Hal and Margaret buy their dream house. But the house has a scary history, violent deaths have occurred there. At first the couple is very happy but then strange things start happening. Is the house haunted? Hal and Margaret have very different ideas about how to deal with the occurrences. Hal disappears and their daughter Katherine arrives to help find him. Is Margaret imaging all of this or is it really happening? As I read, I kept changing my mind about what was going on. It made the novel enjoyable. It would be a good book club selection, interesting to see what readers thought.
  • Amber H. (Asheville, NC)
    Great fall read!
    I really enjoyed September House. The story is unique and tackles mental illness, family drama, love & loss - several topics. Margaret, the main character, is likeable. The other characters, including the dead ones, were interesting. This will be the perfect read during spooky season, but this book isn't too terrifying in my opinion (a benefit!). I'm not a big fan of super scary books and found this one to be just right.

More Information


Join BookBrowse

For a year of great reading
about exceptional books!

Find out more

Top Picks

  • Book Jacket: Crossings
    by Ben Goldfarb
    We've all seen it—a dead animal carcass on the side of the road, clearly mowed down by a car. ...
  • Book Jacket: Wifedom
    by Anna Funder
    When life became overwhelming for writer, wife, and mother Anna Funder in the summer of 2017, she ...
  • Book Jacket: The Fraud
    The Fraud
    by Zadie Smith
    In a recent article for The New Yorker, Zadie Smith joked that she moved away from London, her ...
  • Book Jacket: Wasteland
    by Oliver Franklin-Wallis
    Globally, we generate more than 2 billion tons of household waste every year. That annual total ...

Book Club Discussion

Book Jacket
Fair Rosaline
by Natasha Solomons
A subversive, powerful untelling of Romeo and Juliet by New York Times bestselling author Natasha Solomons.

Members Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    The Wren, the Wren
    by Anne Enright

    An incandescent novel about the inheritance of trauma, wonder, and love across three generations of women.

  • Book Jacket

    The September House
    by Carissa Orlando

    A dream home becomes a haunted nightmare in this compulsively readable, twisty, and layered debut novel.

Win This Book
Win Moscow X

25 Copies to Give Away!

A daring CIA operation threatens chaos in the Kremlin. But can Langley trust the Russian at its center?



Solve this clue:

A M I A Terrible T T W

and be entered to win..

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.