The House That Jack Built

A Humorous Haunted House Fiasco

Fiction - Paranormal
326 Pages
Reviewed on 06/12/2016
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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

The House That Jack Built is a novel written by Jonathan Paul Isaacs. Nate Merritt is having a very bad day ... or is he? After being randomly fired from his job and being unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend, Nate is advised that his Great-aunt Edna died and has bequeathed her Louisiana mansion to him. When he learns that the mansion is in a state of disrepair, Nate decides to pack up his cat, Gilligan, along with the rest of his life and move into the mansion in order to restore and sell it for a profit. Nate meets Anna, the real estate agent, as well as Elvira, the town’s supernatural specialist, as soon as he arrives in town. Once at the mansion, Gilligan runs out of the car to stretch his legs and get some air. Not wanting to waste any time, Nate gets busy breaking up antique furniture and knocking out walls with a sledge hammer, before realizing he is in over his head and needs help. When Gilligan returns with Rufus – the ghost of the mansion’s original owner – cat and ghost put their heads together to concoct a plan to stop Nate’s madness before there is nothing left of Rufus’s legacy. With each attempt to stop Nate in his tracks, Rufus thinks he has won, but he underestimates Nate’s determination and, with the help of professional builder, Matt, not even an angry ghost is going to stop Nate until he finishes what he'd set out to do.

Jonathan Paul Isaacs has pulled out all the stops to present a humorous tale of a man whose cat is befriended by and communicates clearly with a ghost in order to stop a disaster waiting to happen. With every swing of the sledge hammer, especially into furniture which is possibly worth more than the house, due to its age, The House That Jack Built shows how determination to do something yourself, regardless that it cannot be done without a professional’s input and help, is sometimes a very expensive mistake to make. The added element of potential romance flickering between Nate and Anna is a treat, especially in order to put Anna’s ex in his place when he comes stalking. I very much enjoyed this delightfully entertaining supernatural tale and recommend The House That Jack Built to lovers of tales of spooky, hilarious happenings which include our fabulous, furry friends.