Review: The Sick House by Ambrose Ibsen

The Sick House by Ambrose Ibsen, narrated by Jake Urry, 06:48h


Harlan Ulrich is an unsuccessful, lazy private investigator. He doesn’t like his clients, he is bored to tears with the cases that come his way –mainly observations of cheating spouses.
Enter Jerome, the nephew of Dr. Klein who has gone missing in the Sick House near a small place called Moonville.
Ulrich doesn’t want this job, but he needs money, not least to be able to buy special coffee, which is his passion.
Payment arranged, he sets out to search for the missing doctor.
The inhabitants of Moonville are very hostile, and the Sick House has a very bad reputation.
Soon, Ulrich feels watched and haunted, and he doubts what he experienced, but is inclined to go back home. However, he is too curious and too proud to drop the case, and so he returns to the Sick House to find all his nightmares come true.

My thoughts:

Ulrich isn’t a very likeable main protagonist, but I rooted for him. Maybe all his shortcomings are what makes him so very convincing. The story is creepy, the whole atmosphere — be it in the Sick House itself, or in Moonville — makes you want to run. However, the author doesn’t drown you in gory stuff, at least not too much. The ending is satisfying. You can choose what you want to believe — the creepy horror, or the scientific explanation.

This was the first time I strayed into the horror genre since I read IT (by Stephen King) decades ago and had nightmares for ages (and don’t remind me of The Silence of the Lambs, which I saw on the big screen). However, when I saw that Jake Urry was the narrator, I decided to give it a go. I didn’t regret it. In my opinion, Jake Urry was the perfect choice for this story. I can’t really describe it, but his voice seems to lend itself for creepy stuff (though I’m convinced he’s  just as good at whatever genre he chooses to read).
I’ll certainly follow this series up by listening to the next file.

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

About the Author: Ambrose Ibsen

Once upon a time, a young Ambrose Ibsen discovered a collection of ghost stories on his father’s bookshelf. He was never the same again.

Apart from horror fiction, he enjoys good coffee, brewed strong.

Ambrose Ibsen has penned numerous horror and thriller titles, including The Ulrich Files, Transmission, The Demon-Hearted Series and the Winthrop House Series.

About the Narrator: Jake Urry

Jake Urry has been narrating and producing Audiobooks since February 2016, and in that time has released 17 titles, including The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl, and the PI Harlan Ulrich series by Ambrose Ibsen. His narration work is often dark and suspenseful, and he developing a reputation for Mysteries, Thrillers and Horrors. In 2017 Jake will be working on more work by John Nicholl and Richard Storry, along with a sprinkling of Fantasy adventures.


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