The House that Jack Built


4.50 out of 5
(2 reviews)

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Published on: June 27, 2009


Jackson Leaves: an Edwardian house in Penylen, built in 1906, semi-detached, three storeys, spacious, beautifully presented, and left in good condition to Rob and Julia by Rob’s late aunt. It’s an ordinary sort of a house…except for the way the rooms don’t stay in the same places. And the strange man that turns up in the airing cupboard. And the apparitions. And the temporal surges that attract the attentions of Torchwood. And the fact that the first owner of Jackson Leaves in 1906 was a Captain Jack Harkness…

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Guy Adams


Andy Davidson, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Rhys Williams

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Between series 2 and 3



2 reviews for The House that Jack Built

  1. Syl Verne

    Another one where I was torn about the number of stars… but I decided to let the bad parts (Gwen being a bitch towards Ianto repeatedly (with bonus Janto-bashing!), and past!Jack being a grossly inconsiderate straight-up *idiot*) be forgiven in the light of the extremely interesting plot (haunted house WITH SEVERAL TWISTS) and the fun (if very grouchy) one-time character!!

  2. Xandra73

    I very much enjoyed this book. I loved the ghost story vibe of it, the explanation was a bit wild, but I didn’t mind. I love how it focuses on Jack and his past. Guy Adam’s wrote the characters spot on and everyone got enough time within the story. I especially enjoyed Ianto’s part. Other books sometimes neglect him too much.

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