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Publisher's Summary

Something has always lived in Winthrop House.

After his book becomes a best seller, novelist Jack Ripley moves into a house on the edge of Cutler Harbor with his wife and two daughters. Nearly a century old, Winthrop House is newly-restored and boasts a gorgeous oceanfront view.

But everything is not what it seems.

Though picturesque, Jack learns that the house has been shunned for decades by the locals, owing to a number of mysterious disappearances and inexplicable deaths on the grounds.

The Ripleys begin to grapple with the property's vile reputation, learning more about its sordid history and experiencing strange things within its walls. What was once a dream home quickly becomes a nightmare for the family as they encounter the terrifying presence that has existed there since times immemorial.

A House By The Sea is a full-length novel of supernatural horror and suspense by Ambrose Ibsen.

©2016 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2016 Ambrose Ibsen

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Pretty creepy

I like books that are scary enough to make me uncomfortable but that are not gruesome. This book is creepy enough but not gross in any way, sometimes the characters do things and make decisions that seem unadvisable,( like leaving their daughters alone in parts of the house even after they know its haunted)...however the book did not drag out too long, the characters were mostly likable, the narrator was not at all annoying. Overall I would give this 3.5 stars as a good book. If book 2 becomes available on audible I will listen.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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The Haunting Of Winthrop House.

Jack and Darcy RIpley had moved from Sacramento, .Ca to Cleveland, Ohio to Cutler Maine, with their two daughters, Amy, fourteen and Abegaile, six. Today the Realtor was running low on houses and he slowed them a house, Winthrop House on Winthrop Road, by the sea that had been recently restored. He told them it was besutiful, but had a not too pleasing past. The people in town considered it haunted because of strange happenings reported by past occupants and reports of disappearances. Jack and Darcy didn't believe in ghost stories so he bought it, they moved in and began a new life by the sea. Jack had written a few books that hit the #1 on the list, Darcy had always wanted a Colonial house by the sea and now her dream was coming true. It was after lunch, Jack suggested they go check out the town and have dinner. In town everyone shunned away when they found out where the lived. Later that evening they stopped in at the towns only Itilian restaurant for dinner. After asking if they were just visiting? Darcy said no we Bought a house on Winthroup Road the waitress and restaurant customers stared and shuned them too. Hearing this a old man named Benjamin, a retired Lawyer, came over and introduced himself with a apology for the disturbance. Jack offered him a seat and asked if he had any knowledge as to the reception his family was receiving when their house was mentioned? Ben began his story. He said his Father told him their was something strange phenenom surrounding the land his house was built on. Both the Native Americans and Colonist wounln't bury their dead there. He said it was built before the Great Depression, but the mysteriousness began much eairler. Ben said during the constructing of the house the contractor discovered a large cavity while digging the foundation. They just filled it in, fortified it and built the house over it. He said after the market crashed in 1929, it was deserted and only occupied by drifters and hobos who seemed to vanish, never seen again. Other people seemed to die there under strange circumstance, but had terrified looks on their faces. The last ones to occupy the house in 1963 were Franklin and Roberta Standbar. They had a little girl vanish without a trace in 1963. Roberta moved into town, but Frank stayed there. Did Jack and Darcy find her dream house, start a new life, live happy ever after or was this their worst nightmare? This is a great horror keep you wanting to keep this audio book running. It is like a TV series that you have to watch more episodes because if you stop it keeps you hanging. It is not suitable for under teens. It will keep you up all night checking the closets, rooms and under the beds of the youngsters. Well written and narriated. Enjoy!

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Ghosts by the Sea!

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I always love a good ghost book and this one takes the cake! Ambrose has this kind of supernatural horror nailed to the floor - he never disappoints. A great mix of mystery, spooks, fueled characters and a solid dose of generally fantastic writing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a ghost story!

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

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scary

took a while to get into but once it got going it was good. scary.

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Just a good book

I m so glad I found this writer. He's one the few that can make me cut a light back on if I'm listening to the book in the late dark night.

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Loved it!

I absolutely loved it and I will definitely be following it up with Book 2! 🙂

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Ambrose has done it agian

I am a true fan of Ambrose Isben and his haunting books. He brings so much to his books that touches on all things weird and scary. This book is no different.

Up and coming star author Jack Ripley has promised his wife a house by the sea for years. After his first books goes best seller he finally has the money to make their wishes come true. They find the newly renovated Winthrop house, that has everything they want. Plenty of room and its on its own private beach. Little do they know this house hs been shunned by the community for years and has a strange past of people coming up missing. Will Jack and his family become another part of the legend or will they be able to survive the legend with their lives?

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An edge of your chair good read!

The story starts innocent enough, happy and full of hope to a new beginning for Jack and his family. But slowly crescendos to an eerie and very terrifying story. So as not to spoil it I will live at that. It will not disappoint and you will be wanting to read its sequel immediately. Highly recommend to all those who are into the paranormal and... Ghosts!

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Original and Terrifying!

If you could sum up A House by the Sea in three words, what would they be?

Original, Terrifying and Unpredictable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Psychic. She's trying to help the family and the husband was being a predictable ass about it, even though in some ways he believed it as much as the others

What does James Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's a million times more spooky listening to this man whisper the story right in your ear. He did a fantastic job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Believe in the Impossible

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I'm a haunted house addict, but my one complaint of the genre is too many ghosts stories are predicable and not always scary. This book took me by surprise and the ending gave me chills! I'd like to see a sequel to this. Amazing book, money well spent.

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loved it 💜

Really liked this and love this genre.... will look for more from this author 😊

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  • Victoria Schwimley
  • 08-09-18

OMG I have to read book 2!

I was completely entranced with in this story. This is a fabulous ghost story, and to think it's not finished. Jack's children are in danger after he moves them into a haunted house. Jack, the non-believer, won't listen to the warnings people are giving him about the house being haunted, even after strange things start to happen. His wife and children want to leave, but it is the house he has always dreamed of, and there's a reason the asking price was so cheap; the money he paid was only a down-payment. The real cost of buying the house is his children. Will Jack open his eyes in time to save them? Listen to the story to find out. Fabulous narrator too.