THE PATCHWORK HOUSE by Richard Salter centers on James and his girlfriend Beth, who have come back to England to assess a piece of real estate for his dad. The patchwork house is a mix of various architecture...and it's haunted. So, naturally, James invites his friend Derek and his wife Chloe to spend the weekend at the house for some ghost hunting.
Unfortunately, there is more to the house than just ghosts. There is an entity which can control time travel, and the couples soon find themselves trapped in a nightmare. If they want to survive, they have to sort out the different timelines inside the house, keeping them prisoners.
I'm a fan of Salter, and this is my favorite novel by the author. I read this book in one sitting, during the day, and it still scared the crap out of me. I don't frighten easily - I really don't, but the combination of horror, sci-fi and drama is absolutely terrifying and hopeless...and the relationship histories between characters adds that extra gut twist.
Horror fans have met their match in Salter.