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Secrets of the Greek Revival

The Mystery House Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Eva Pohler
Series: The Mystery House Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Summary

Ellen and her two best friends share a mid-life crisis by hatching a plan to renovate an 1860s Greek revival in the nearby historic district of San Antonio. 

Although Ellen isn't one to believe in ghosts, she comes face to face with something inexplicable in the attic. Her ghost-enthusiast friends convince her that they must help the spirit find closure, and as they dig deeper into the past, they uncover a shocking history that someone in the neighborhood doesn't want exposed. 

But Ellen and her friends don't give up easily. They realize they've been called to give voice to the invisible women who suffered behind the walls of the house for decades.

©2017 Eva Pohler (P)2017 Eva Pohler

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Lovely story

I wasn't sure what to expect as few reviews said it was scary and when I first started listening I didn't listen when I was alone in the house as it was a bit spooky.
But it's a lovely story about 3 friends who are feeling a bit lost and lonely. Their children have left the nest and they're trying to find purpose in their lives.

While trying to find themselves they also help to solve a mystery. They decide to buy an old Greek revival house that's been on the market for many years and no one seems to go through with buying it as its supposedly haunted. Ellen, Sue and Tanya decide to buy it but first research and find out the history of the house.
I really emphasised with these women having 2 children who have flown the nest. It is a struggle when they leave. They're best friends and in the book they have a few sad times that bring them closer together. It's narrated by the author in a texan drawl (I think) and it totally fits with the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You actually believe that she is all these women. Highly recommended.

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3 semi-secretive STARS

This book is for you if… paranormal mystery with a very local dimension hits all your buttons. The resolution might be disappointing to some.

⤐ Preface.
I sencerely appologise for the very thin reviews past, present and future. I'm neither in the mood nor can I afford the time to to my usual glorious stuff. (Does self-praise stink? I'm a firm believer it shouldn't. Know your talents and cherish them.)

⤐ Overall.
I've listened to another audiobook by this author before and was pleasantly surprised to move away from the long exhausted YA genre. The story was interesting from minute one on but disappointed further down the road.

Characters. Relatable and diverse if looked at in their context, but overall unremarkable. Typical housewives of the US, the MCs contributed to the all-American flair of the audiobook.

World(-building). Decent and quick - everything came together nicely and quickly.

The arch of suspense. It rose and rose. I was so on board with this until it suddenly plummeted, never reaching the actual peak. That was the most disappointing part and also the main reason I couldn't give this a higher rating.

⤐ What’s happening.
Imagine you want to open up a BnB with your best buds and the targeted object turns out to be haunted. I for one would've skedaddled the heck outta there. Not so our three MCs. They decide to get to the roots of the haunting - which will, in turn, haunt them long after the seances have ended.

Con:
⇢ not all spirits are benign
⇢ seriously underequipped
⇢ life already problematic as it is
Pro:
⇢ ghost apparently is a crazy cat lady
⇢ supportive friends can surpass all evil
⇢ unexpected help

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writing quality + easy of reading = 3*

pace = 3*

plot/story in general = 4*

plot development = 4*

characters = 4*

enjoyability = 3*

insightfulness = 1*

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  • 08-10-19

Didn’t Work For Me, And Not As Cozy As I’d Like

This was not for me. I wanted to like it, and I enjoyed the first half, but I just don’t think it all worked. Some things seemed shoehorned in, trying to relate the main characters stories to the story of the house. It was unnecessary, and like I said, it just didn’t work. I was also confused about the three main character’s ages. I spent a long time thinking they were in their seventies or something, but I think they’re closer to my age. I’m still running around my town on the weekends, seeing bands, and having fun. These ladies seemed more like my mom.

By the end of the book, I didn’t like the Main, main character nearly as much as I did in the beginning, and the woman next door side character became my favorite. If you took away the unneeded extras, this was an interesting story, and the idea of the ghost was very original, but the subject matter was too dark for what I prefer. I had an idea from the trigger warning, but there could have been 75% less terrible things, and it still would have been enough to warrant a story. I would have been happy to give the second book in the series a try, but I see from the descriptions each book will probably be about past atrocities. It’s just not my reading (listening) preference, so that’s the only reason I won’t be giving book two a chance.

Most of this comes down to personal preference. Anyone else might thoroughly enjoy this book. The writing and narration is up to par, I just would have left a few things out.

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flipping haunted houses

Loved the story, wish the ending concentrated more on the people rather than the house.

Narration done by author and tends to be read a bit quick in places and character voices are sometimes forgotten. She has a nice voice so not too much of a problem.

looking forward to her next book

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  • Crystal Gray
  • 20-01-20

Enjoyable

I listened to this on Audible at 1.25x speed and really enjoyed it!

The story line, flipping a haunted house, kept my interested. The twists at the end, holy cow! I did not see that coming. I only stopped listening long enough to throw dinner together.

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  • Mona Brown
  • 06-12-19

interesting story

This is a very interesting story that will keep you entertained. It's very well written and the descriptions are very good, it makes you feel like you are a part of it.

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  • Natasha
  • 02-12-19

Interesting and relatable at any age

I really enjoyed this story and the narrator. The story was incredibly interesting and had twists I didn't expect so I was interested throughout the entire book. The characters were well rounded and felt real. I felt invested in the book throughout the entire thing. I was initially worried that I wouldn't connect to the characters since they're significantly older than I am but it was completely the opposite. I found them relatable because it became obvious that no matter our age or life experiences, we all have hopes, dreams, insecurities, and fears. It also highlighted how quickly time passes as you get older which is something I've noticed year after year as well.
My only problem with this book is the audio quality. It sounds like a recording of a recording. When I'm listening to it for awhile I get used to it but each time I started it I would need to take time to adjust.
Overall I'm happy I listened to this book and I will listen to again in the future.

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  • Yolanda
  • 20-11-19

Delightful Cozy Mystery

I always enjoy an intriguing mystery mixed with humor and this title delivers. The author does a fantastic job with the narration! :)

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  • Amanda S
  • 19-11-19

excellent

great story. excellent characters, good pace. author does a good job with the narration. will definitely look for more from this author.

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  • Tamara
  • 14-11-19

Cool story

I really enjoyed Secrets of the Greek Revival. It was interesting to have the main characters be older women trying to restore an old house while uncovering the secrets that occurred in the house. I am fascinated with asylums and how women in the past were treated so the "rest treatment " that Ellen and her friends learned about that happened in the Greek Revival was really interesting.

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  • Cyndy
  • 13-11-19

Captivating and entertaining!!!

She doesn't disappoint with this book everyone!!!

This captivating tale of three friends setting out to renovate and flip a house is definitely not your regular haunted house story. The three lead characters are so carefully and creatively narrated by the author. The story is mesmerizing with all the details of the characters’ lives and especially with the history of The Gold House (the house purchased by our leading ladies). This is one of those stories that is hard to put down at night...It really is that good. I read this book as well and it was just as amazing. The author is a talented writer and a performer of audio entertainment. Very suspenseful story and Well-written and narrated. Highly recommend this book!

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  • Cheryl
  • 07-11-19

Loved it

Really love the fact that they were women in their prime. They set out for an adventure and didn't let anything stand in there way

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 02-11-19

A Unusual Mystery story, kind of a Cozy Mystery

The main characters a a group of 3 Southern women who do not know what to do with themselves after they become empty nesters. The narration was good but the extremely long pauses btw Chapters keep having me check to see if my Audible device stopped working!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-19

Loved it!!!

This story was fun to read. The characters had their own funny and cute personalities. Some had little quirks that were all their own.

I am usually really good at figuring out what will happen next in a story and their were a couple of surprises that popped up I was not expecting. I am excited to read the next book in the series.