Review: Things Heard & Seen 2021 By Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
If you set the reminder to be notified when the upcoming Netflix supernatural haunted house thriller Things Heard & Seen becomes available, you may have noticed the scary movie is based on a book.
Maybe you simply noted it. Maybe you thought it sounded familiar because you’d read a book with a similar plot. Or maybe you even went to look up the book but discovered it doesn’t share the same title as the movie.
Fan reactions on the trailer
Netflix’s official Twitter handle had previously announced that the film is heading to the OTT platform and would be released in the month of April. Their post read, “THINGS HEARD AND SEEN is heading to Netflix this April. Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, the chilling drama stars Amanda Seyfried and James Norton as a Manhattan couple whose marriage has sinister darkness that rivals their new home’s history.” A lot of people tweeted about how eagerly they were waiting for the horror film, while also praising Amanda Seyfried’s stellar performance in the trailer.
It’s possible you didn’t do any of those things but now you’re wondering what book Things Heard & Seen is based on. Let’s take a look!
The book received glowing editorial reviews, including from the following impressive people and places:
“Ghosts, murder, a terrifying psychotic who seems normal, and beautiful writing. Loved it.” – Stephen King
“This literary thriller’s complex narrative involves a cursed house, an unsolved murder and impeccable writing.” – The New York Times
“A classic murder mystery [combined] with a gripping psychological thriller, exploring the complexities of grief, relationships—romantic, familial and friendly—and small-town life.” – BookPage
Things Heard & Seen movie vs. book
How closely will the movie adaptation mirror the book it’s based on?
Well, we won’t know for sure until we can stream it, starting April 29, 2021.
However, the movie does seem to incorporate several aspects of the book’s plot, including the basic premise that Catherine Clare and her husband George Clare move to the tiny hamlet of Chosen, New York when George takes a job teaching in small Hudson Valley college.
This proves a great opportunity for George, but Catherine didn’t really want to move. She feels isolated and alone in Chosen. Plus, with nothing but time on her hands, Catherine gets to know her new house intimately as she tries to make it a home. This might not only prove a bad idea but also a fatal one when she discovers both the house and her husband harbor deadly secrets.
Be sure to check out Things Heard & Seen when it premieres on Netflix Thursday, April 29.