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Summary

When their mother is hospitalized, Tara and Kyle are sent to stay with their only remaining relatives, their grandparents.

It's their first time meeting May and Peter Folcroft. The elderly couple seem friendly at first, and the house, hidden in the base of the mountains, is full of nooks to explore.

But strange things keep happening. The swing moves on its own. Peter paces around the house late at night and seems obsessed with the lake where his sister drowned. Doors slam and curtains shift when no one is inside. And one room is kept permanently locked.

When a storm cuts the phone line - their only contact with the outside world - Tara and Kyle must find a way to protect themselves from their increasingly erratic grandparents...and from the ghosts that inhabit the Folcrofts' house.

©2017 Darcy Coates (P)2017 Darcy Coates

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  • 26-09-17

Confused

I'm really not sure what to make of this. It's not scary at all which is disappointing for a book in the 'horror' category. It desperately wants to be frightening, and it really, really tires, but it fails miserably. The characters are okay but you don't find yourself feeling particularly enamored with any of them. I'm also not sure where this book is supposed to be set. The narrator is British but the language used makes it seem like the book is set in another country. For example we don't have bears or cougars in the UK. On the topic of the narrator I have to say she isn't the best. Her voice is clear but her reading style is horrible and the story is delivered in a weird mix of monotone and strange emphasis.

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  • risca, United Kingdom
  • 03-07-17

TERRIBLE

Its read by a bland annoying reader, the story is flawed, the whole experience was a waste of time and money.

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Much like the film The Visit

So much like the film The Visit that I wonder if one or the other was deeply borrowed from or an adaptation of whichever came first (which I'm assuming was the book).

I enjoyed the first third or so of the book, the writing was okay, if a little meandering in places, and I was eager to see what was going to happen. When the big reveal came, though, like a lot of unfortunate modern horrors it descended into a plot that was absurd and bizarre rather than scary or exciting.

There's a lot of points that make the story a bit jarring after the first third and the action scenes stumble over themselves. Lost its way a bit. Got a bit silly.

Better haunted house scenario than a lot of books in which the family could easily have moved out or escaped the situation. But, saying that, the story would have been far more interesting and chilling if the ghosts were removed altogether.

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  • Dana
  • 21-02-17

Spooky

It was a very enjoyable ghost story, if you like ghost stories. I enjoyed the reader very much! I liked it even more because they didn't use bad words. It was something I would even let my 12 year old listen to. It is worth a try if you are looking for a great story with enjoyable language. It is so hard to find that now a days. It was really nice. Proof that you don't have to have foul language to be an excellent book. I hope more people take a chance on this book! I hope this author continues to write more like this one.

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  • Marcus
  • 11-04-17

An extremely well-executed take on the familiar

Right off the bat, you know something is up with the grandparents of these kids, and they do too. Though they try to accept it all and fit in, small things begin to occur to them (some of which, admittedly, didn't occur to me) and they begin to question more than accept.

Several times during the story, you're thrown a slight curve and wonder if what you "know" is really it or if there is more. There's almost always more, and there's several times during the tale that you'll likely be creeped out or in suspense.

More impressively, I didn't find any of the suspensful or "scary" moments to be derived from any of the usual cheap tricks that tend to dominate stories like these. The author really put in work to craft situations that had you just as confused and concerned as our poor little protagonists.

I felt the narrator did a great job here as well. Pleasant accent that wasn't hard (for this American) to understand and added to the atmosphere of the story.

I'd definitely recommend this book and will look for more from both this author and narrator.

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  • Heather
  • 24-02-17

Spooky!

This is my first book from this author. Darcy Coates knows how to tell a story! Very entertaining and creepy. Believable story line. At first I thought it was going to be like "The Visit" but it's not. Had me guessing all different senerios. Fun listen. Great narrator! Flawless!

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  • N. Orth
  • 01-06-17

On the edge of my seat!

Excellent book. When I thought I had it figured it out, I discovered that I was wrong and another twist would take place. I liked this one better than the others I have read so far.

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  • Neona
  • 30-05-17

Not Coates Best Work but Still Good

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I am a big Darcy Coates fan and have read all of her books. This one isn't quite on par with some of her other books, The Haunting of Gillespie House and The Haunting of Blackwood House are probably my two favorites by her. If you enjoy haunted house, ghost stories that are usually not too violent or too gory, you can't go wrong with any book by Darcy Coates.

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  • Jennifer Moreland
  • 17-03-17

Great story

With a surprising twist and nearly touchably real characters, this book will keep you at the edge of your seat the whole time

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  • Debra R. Bianchi
  • 27-04-17

Creepy indeed!

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I enjoyed this book and found the main characters, the siblings to be likeable and interesting and I cared about their outcome. The author did a great job of keeping me guessing about the outcome, there was a lot of information that came at the last 1/4 of the book that really put it all together very well for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-18

A good ghost story for all ages

This was a good solid ghost story that moved at a good pace. suspenseful and believable.

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  • Melissa Hunt
  • 22-10-17

Scary!!

Twists and turns around every corner, reminded me of the movie The Visit but turned out very differently!!!! Wonderfully spooky read!!!!!

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  • Lori
  • 12-09-17

The FolcroftGhost Ghost

I really liked this ook, it was a scary, but it kind of reminded me of the fairytale Hansel and Greta. I liked the ending ,but I'll leave that a secret. I enjoy the audible books because they let my mind take a break from reading and the narrators are great.