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Summary

"The dead are restless here...." 

Remy is a tour guide for Carrow House, a notoriously haunted building. When she's asked to host seven guests for a week-long stay to research Carrow's phenomena, she hopes to finally experience some of the sightings that made the house famous.

At first, it's everything they hoped for. Then a storm moves in, cutting off their contact with the outside world, and things quickly become twisted. Doors open on their own. Seances go disastrously wrong. Red liquid seeps from behind the wallpaper. Their spirit medium wanders through the house during the night, seemingly in a trance.

Then one of the guests dies under strange circumstances, and Remy is forced to consider the possibility that the ghost of the house's original owner, a twisted serial killer, still walks the halls.

But by then it's too late to escape.

©2018 Darcy Coates (P)2018 Darcy Coates

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It's OK

Read the other reviews and thought I would read this, but as normal predictable again

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  • abi c
  • wiltshire
  • 14-07-18

Darcy Coates at her best

Another fantastic read and a book I found hard to put down. only problem is that it came to an end.

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Keeps you guessing!

Loved it. Kept me guessing all the way through.
Narration was good and writing brilliantly done.

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loved loved loved

If you want a real ghost story this is the author you need to listen too all of Darcy Coates story are brilliant I hope she never stops writing them .

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  • Loyia T. Lopez
  • 04-06-18

This Ones A Winner!

I read a few books from this author and they were ok. But this one, was a winner. The story, combined with the brilliant narration, I give it 5⭐s. The narrator, she was amazing. It was only her narrating but the way she switched between characters was flawless. The different voices, I could distinguish each voice from each character. To be perfectly honest, the way she narrated this book, she made the story come alive! what a talented blessing she has!🤗

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  • Uber Femme
  • 28-06-18

Uninspired

I keep searching for a scary haunted house book, and it's so hard to find a good one! Knowing that, I give them more leeway than other genres. This is my second (and last) Darcy Coates book; her writing is just not very good (apologies to Ms. Coates). I listened to ten chapters of this book and turned it off with an eye-roll.

THE SET UP
Haunted house with really interesting back-story used now only for guided tours. Tour guide asked to stay in the house for two weeks with a group of people for research.

WEAKNESSES
- Poor character development. Flat, cookie-cutter characters. Painfully stereotypical. Spongebob Squarepants' characters are more complex - and I'm not even kidding.
- Basic dialogue. Nothing interesting at all.
- Good story made boring: author glossed over the most interesting elements of the story (there *is* a good premise buried in there somewhere) and weighed the book down with boring details.
- Pacing. If anything scary happens, it isn't within the first 10 chapters.
- Narration. A professional-sounding voice actor, just not a good fit for the book. Chirpy tone better suited for a bodice-ripper, and over-done character voices (17 year old girl sounded 12; 60-ish woman sounded 95).


Just a heavy-handed and decidedly un-scary effort all around.

Check these out instead (not perfect, but solidly creepy):
Lineage - Joe Hart
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas
The Good House - Tananarive Due

Good Luck!

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  • Anna M Barbay
  • 08-06-18

Loved this story!

Incredibly well written and definitely a “page turner” (if I were reading it instead of listening to it, of course lol). I’d absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good ghost story!

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  • JC
  • 30-07-18

Loved It

Excellent Narrator. Immennjoyed this audio book. The narrator was just enough of everything and not too much of anything. Very Entertaining.

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  • kathy j.
  • 20-07-18

Loved it!

I can see it as a movie too! So good! It kept moving, good story and twists!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-18

Just enough spookyness

I really enjoyed the story. It had just the right amount of spookyness and was very well narrated by Amanda Leight Cobb. Very distinctive voices and built up suspense amazingly. Story had good twists and kept me interested until the very end!

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  • Beatrice
  • 17-06-18

3 and a half

I'm giving Carrow House 3 stars because it although it's a good story it goes on for too long.

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  • D.Birk
  • 16-06-18

meh

I opted for a good ol' tried and true haunted house story, and this is one of those. I probably should read it as a book rather than listen to it, because though the story is probably more entertaining than I rated it, the narrator, a woman with good attitude but not great reading style has let me down. Places where the story should sound creepy are read in a sort of "oh, goody" style as if she was reading about a birthday party. Her voice is limited as to range of voices for the characters, and is too high for the intended mood, which isn't supposed to be super creepy, but certainly not "let's party".
I will probably return the audiobook.

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  • Neona
  • 03-06-18

One of Darcy Coates better Books

I love Darcy Coates and have read or listened to all of her books and always am thrilled when a new book shows up on Audible.
Her past couple of books were a little on the blah side but this one was well written and hard to put down.

It was a little reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. But Christie is pretty tame compared to Coates' evil spirits and creepy atmosphere.

I thought the ending was a tad too "nice" and think I would have liked it better if the few remaining survivors came out of the nightmare traumatized. I don't want to spoil this for anyone but let me say, the ending could have been darker and the book would probably have been even better and more unsettling.

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  • Jon Deaux
  • 14-08-18

Scooby doobie doo, Where are you?

I was seriously waiting for a guy in a bad mask to pop up with "And I'd have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids". As a self styled haunted house fiction afficianado all I can say is BOO, there, I was just twice as scary as this boring tome. I wish I'd bought it on kindle, then I could have skipped 3/4ths of the book.

The story was very predictable, if you've never read horror fiction before and English is your third language and you're a little drunk you might enjoy it. The narration would have been ok but for the editing which left me wondering "who was she talking about".