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Summary

Laurel and Jeremy Calloway have longed for a new life away from the chaos and confusion of New York City. Driving along a country road in New Jersey with a young real estate agent in the back seat, they almost miss it: a small house in the woods for sale. 

Laurel immediately thinks this could be the house for them - the house of their dreams, where a simpler life awaits. Laurel can finish her debut novel. Jeremy can look for a job in Philadelphia, just an hour away. 

Stopping to take a look at the property, they meet the house's caretaker, Eileen, and within a few weeks, they find themselves the very lucky owners of their ideal home. 

But who are the mysterious old couple who'd put the house up for sale, having moved out months ago? Is Eileen more than a friendly neighbor? Who are the townspeople they meet, who all seem aware of the young couple now living in the house in the woods? And is it the house of their dreams, or of their nightmares?

©2019 Mark McNease (P)2020 MadeMark Publishing

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People are strange, when youre a stranger

New to town, with husband alone. Laurel is having a bit of a time settling in to her new home. For the people around town seem to be acting kind of strange, and talking as if theyre hiding something unsettling and dangerous from Laurel. But she has a neighbor that's very kind! Right.....? And to top it all off, there's something in the basement ....

This was a spooky one. Which means, of course, that i loved it ! :-D
Its quite short, almost a short story. But I'd contend that it just didn't wear out its welcome. I feel it didnt need anything more. I mean it could have, but it was not necessary in this instance.
Idk. I always have a tough time going into "characters" and all that stuff in great, clinical detail. I just know that i really liked it and none of the characters got on my nerves at all so thats awesome.
Plus, theres a sweet pupper in the story as well :)
The narration was good. It fit well.
So Id say, pick this one up. Its pretty cool, evil in a small town story. :)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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wow

what a great suspense thriller, I was gripped by this audiobook from the pen of Mark McNease and narrated by Daniela Acitelli xxxxx

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A psychological haunting

I received this a free book form the author and wasn't sure what to expect but I can't resist a freebie.
A house in the woods is a 'haunted house'/psychological thriller of a book with (small) traces of Amityville and the atmospheric strangeness of 'Stepford' all emotionally read by a good narrator.

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  • Loyia T. Lopez
  • 08-02-20

Loved The Story.😱Terrible Narration. 😣

This is the first book I've purchased and listened to from this author. The story was very enjoyable and keeps you engaged + spooky. But, the narration was terrible. The only reason I continued listening was I wanted to find out the ending, if it wasn't for that fact I would have stopped listening. The only characters voice that you can distinguish was the main female character. All the others sounded the same. The male voice still sounded female it was like she didnt even try and change voices. She needs to really work on her different voices and not making characters exactly the same. A book can be awesome but with not the right narrator it can kill the story. It almost happened with this story. I wanted to follow this author and to listen to more of his stories, but when I browsed his catalog I see she narrates them, so for that reason, I'm 99% sure that I wont. Its unfortunate because I truly think that Mark McNease is a talented author.

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  • Simone
  • 03-04-20

Old School Haunted House Story

As the title suggests, this story is about a house.... in the woods. A spooky one!

A classic set up, two city-dwellers hope to escape the chaos of their current lives by fleeing to the country where they can just barely afford a whole house. Once relocated, they find that life isn't what they expected it would be as spooky things happen in increasing frequency inside their new home. You get the idea. It wasn't the best story like this I've ever listened to, but I'd definitely say it's worth the time.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Kim
  • 14-02-20

Kept me intrigued

This book kept my attention from the very beginning. I couldn’t stop listening, I needed to know what was happening to Laurel. The narration was a little slow at times but overall I enjoyed the characters.

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  • Amie
  • 08-02-20

wow!

i would definitely recommend this book. in my opinion the only flaw was the 1st narrator’s voice really grated on my nerves and then in the last 5-6 chapters it was a totally different narrator, other than that it was definitely worth listening to.

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  • Tori G
  • 05-07-21

Quick Listen! Great Beach Read!

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this author and the description was intriguing so I figured I’d try it out. I listened to the first chapter last night before bed and it kept my interest. The narrator wasn’t horrible as others claimed but l found her over-pronunciation of some words like environment slightly irritating.

To be honest, Laurel was an extremely hard character to like for most of the book. She was self-centered and hypocritical however she does grow on you as the book progresses. I finished the rest of the book today. I found as I kept listening I kept wanting to find out what happens next. The townsfolk were creepy and I didn’t know if Laurel was crazy or something nefarious was really going on. Overall, I was really pleased with this book and I would definitely try another book by this author.

I requested this book from the publisher or author directly in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Deedra
  • 04-07-21

A house in the woods

This was an excellent story! A couple on their way to see a house with a realator spy an old house for sale. At the wifes insistence,they go look around.Their life picks up and things are great,until they aren't.A Twilight Zone type story that pulls you in. Daniela Acitelli was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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  • Norma Miles
  • 30-04-21

"Why did you get a dog?"

Lauren and husband, Jeremy, are house hunting when they spot a 'weird American's little house, small but on several acres of land, just 15 minutes drive outside a tiny town in New Jersey. And Lauren falls in love with it despite the urging of the estate agent to look elsewhere. After they move in, life seems to take an upturn for them, despite the father freely locals, but strange shuffling in the basement awaken paranoid fears in Laurel...

Beautifully wrktten, A House In The Woods becomes increasingly disquieting as Lauren, despite all going well for them, increasingly feels anxious, a state which has seriously plagued her life previously, and she feels increasingly threatened and alone. This is an excellent horror story which brings chills to the reader even as Laurel begins to unwind. Narration by Daniela Acitelli is warn, well modulated and helps carry the sense of the sinister by the very normalcy of her presentation.

My thanks to the rights holder of A House In The Woods, who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiofreebies.com. Not usually a fan of horror stories which tend to be too over the top, this one pressed all of the right buttons to make me really uncomfortable. My only reservation? A tiny part of the conclusion and the personality of the main prktagonist. But I loved the author's writing and will certainly read more. Recommended

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  • ron meece
  • 15-02-21

Just couldn’t do it

The story may be ok, I couldn’t get far enough in to find out. The narrator is so incredibly bad, I couldn’t concentrate on the story itself. Bad bad bad! I don’t know who previously reviewed this book and gave it 4.3 stars, but they must be a custom to Siri reading from Wikipedia.

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  • Yvonne M
  • 05-01-21

Wow!

I could not breathe by the end of this book. I love Jersey, but the woods will now always freak me out.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 07-11-20

Good Plot

Erie feeling after you think you found your dream house, the peace and quiet settings. That change all to sudden when things began to look different with the neighbors, the noises Good to the end, enjoyed the narration by Daniela added to the creepy feeling. Given audio for my voluntary review