Name: House with a Blue Door
Author: Nick Wisseman
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Genres: Fiction, Drama, Medical, Psychological
Setting: Chicago, Illinois; the 2010s
Opening Lines: ““Japs gonna do for you, boy!” screamed Dan, spraying spit like buckshot.”
Favorite Quote: “There was no avoiding the frequent discussions of “Mo-Mo,” but I did my best to steer them towards how she’d lived (rather than how she’d died)”
Rating: 1 out of 5
House with a Blue Door is about a social worker, Charles, who begins working at a geriatric house called Jarvis House. Readers see what Charles does every day, mainly every shift during his stay. While we’re reading about Charles’s routine, we meet characters that are preferred and all the more energizing over him. We meet mentally disabled characters such as Julia, Kate, Dan, Carter, and Lisa. We see what they do on a daily basis, for example, taking pills, and that is basically it.
The main reason why I disliked this book is because there is scarcely any plot and character development. I think House with a Blue Door went from the exposition point to the resolution point right away. There was no rising or falling action and doubtlessly no climax. The plot was just flat throughout the book. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. I am not saying that I was expecting one of the rationally impaired characters to attempt to kill someone in the story out of the blue, but if the book was really just about a social laborer doing his occupation every day, it should have been more medical. The writer ought to have composed more in insight about what a social worker does consistently other than giving pills to the residents and log information in some binder. This is why I found this book extremely boring.
Another reason is that there is barely any character advancement in this book. The book blurb states that a “young man grows up” but Charles is and stays as a standout amongst the most egotistical and judgmental characters I ever read about. All through the book, Charles is simply ridiculing the patients’ identity and looks. When he first sees the Jarvis House’s occupants, he depicts them in a fouled up manner, for example, specifying that the characters resemble a “dwarf zombie” and “gargoyle.” The creator ought to attempt to depict characters as individuals and not as articles to ridicule. The staff workers and the residents are all one-dimensional; there’s no intense back-story or inner demons that the characters had to defeat. I would have loved if we knew more about the patients and even the main staff workers such as Charles, Allison, Tamika, and Jacob. I just couldn’t connect with any of them.
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I also wasn’t fond of the author’s writing style. I detest how the story doesn’t flow at all. Each chapter starts out of nowhere. It generally begins with somebody saying something irregular and after that a couple of lines later Charles begins clarifying why they said that and who said it. After the irregular character says something outside of any relevant connection to the subject at hand, the main character begins to specify what happened that day/shift. Out of all the eleven chapters of this book, ten of them start like that. There was just no flow of the main plot and time. I also noticed how there is such a great amount of obscenity for reasons unknown. I wouldn’t fret if there are curse words in the novel as long as it’s relevant to the plot and/or character. But in this case, Charles and the other characters had no motive to curse so much whatsoever. Some parts of this book were just so gross and perverted. The author also invested a lot of his time thinking what pop culture reference he should use in each page instead of thinking a superior plot and character development for his novel.
I hope this review helps the author to write a better novel; to keep writing and refining. The author should try to shift his novel in another direction such as going medical or suspense and not something as plain as seeing what a guy does shift after shift. House with a Blue Door has so much potential, but it was just too disorganized.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nick Wisseman lives in Bear Lake, Michigan with his wife, daughter, and his many pets. He cherishes composing twisted fiction. Besides writing House with a Blue Door, Nick Wisseman has written Love and World Eaters, The Red Wraith, and other books.