Could you survive a week in a haunted house?
Mara is the daughter of spiritualists. Her childhood was filled with seances, scam mediums and talk of ghostly presences.
When Mara finally left her family's home, she vowed she would never allow superstition or false religion into her life again. Now she's ready to start over with her fiance, Neil, in a world based on rationality and facts.
But her past isn't ready to let her go just yet.
Mara and Neil purchase Blackwood House, a derelict property outside of town. They're warned about strange occurrences in the crumbling building. Doors open by themselves, voices whisper in the night, bloody handprints appear on the walls, and cold spots linger in the basement, where the house's original owner was murdered.
But Blackwood was dirt-cheap and came with a large plot of overgrown land. Mara loves her new home, and disregards the warnings.
Because ghosts aren't real...
©2015 Darcy Coates (P)2016 Darcy Coates
This is one of the most annoying books I have every listened to. I'm at chapter 28, and trying very hard to get thru it. EVERYTHING annoys me about this book, the narrator, the story...this is the most annoying female lead that I can think of of all the books I've read. And annoying doesn't even come close to covering it. For pete's sake, just let the guy buy you a decent surveillance camera!! And with all the evidence of a ghost that you are being presented with...what, still going to insist on no ghost? I won't give anything major away, but good grief, girl...get a grip!! I really can't recommend this book, and don't know if I'll finish it. I understand a woman being independent, but, please, this was ridiculous. Others have a different viewpoint on this story, but, to me, it wasn't worth the cost.
This book was annoyingly reminiscent of a corny romance novel. The story isn't a complete wash out, the premise is spooky but the author spends a lot of content devoted to Mara and Neil's relationship, how much of a perfect boyfriend he is, or how she feels every time Neil touches or kisses her. Unnecessary in a horror/suspense book if you ask me. Wished that the author would have focused more on the house history or nature of crimes involved. Every time you would get sucked into the story, you would be sideswiped by Mara and Neil's love fest...
This could be a good read for a teenage audience in my opinion.
Not likely. I may check out specific reviews to see if anything catches my eye, but I don't think the author and captured my interest to invest in another one of her books again.
One positive is that her book was an easy read/listen, easy to comprehend.
The performance was the highlight I would say. The performer did a good job of expressing the content and feeling of the dialogue. Some accentuation of words was very high schoolish...the main character didn't sound like she was an adult.
Definitely would minimize ALL interactions between Mara and Neil.
Great premise for a suspense/thriller book, but altogether disappointing and predictable.
First of all, great story.. really keeps you into it but the author writes with very female driven word play, it's not bad it's just a little too much sometimes.
Explaining every detail of every kiss and emotion that went on with every hug and kiss kind of annoys you as you're in the middle of the horror but u highly recommend.
Fantasy, Romance, Mysteries, History are among my favorites. I am a bit sucker for humor in romance books no matter the type.
Has everything a gothic requires.. Drama, romance, people doing stupid things in a haunted house... great suspense!
I enjoyed the creepy history of the house in this book, but I almost couldn't stand the two main characters. Mara was really immature/moody/ungrateful, and Neil was just stupid for dealing with her through most of the book. The way he spoke to her got on my nerves, too. Sweetheart this and sweetheart that. Over half of the book was about her throwing tantrums and him trying to soothe her like an idiot. Just shut up and get to the ghosts. I don't care about the forehead kisses or the way Neil's eyes look constantly.
I think the author was influenced by Asian horror and some films like the others. what made this book at times frustrating was the patronizing main character of course she is supposed to be that way. I thought the presentation of the ghosts excellent. it didn't really frighten me and the mediums felt weak which is sad BC it is central to the character. in my defense it is hard to scare me so that is rather biased on my end. I also wasn't fond of some of the dialogue but the absolute worse was the MCs sense of being smarter than others....but it is part of her character. she wasn't confident she was almost narcissistic. I would recommend it based on the history of the ghosts.
Started out good and thought it had potential but the main character and her bf had a no contact realationship which made it feel strange and like it was set in the 50's. The ending was very anticlimactic with little to no suspense and the last few chapters I found hard to finish and almost gave up on it. I do not recommend this book at all.
Mara's character was annoying and rude. I had to kept reminding myself she was a fictional character when I pondered if anyone was going to reciprocate or address her haughty attitude with nearly everone she encountered.
I couldn't finish this book. It started off okay but gradually the protagonist became more and more irritating. The dialogue and characters were somewhat jarring and came off as silly.
If you're a fan of The Conjuring then yeah go for this book, but if you're not into that type of over the top horror then don't.
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