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Laurel and Jeremy Calloway have longed for a new life away from the chaos and confusion of New York City. Driving along a country road in New Jersey with a young real estate agent in the back seat, they almost miss it: a small house in the woods for sale. 

Laurel immediately thinks this could be the house for them - the house of their dreams, where a simpler life awaits. Laurel can finish her debut novel. Jeremy can look for a job in Philadelphia, just an hour away. 

Stopping to take a look at the property, they meet the house's caretaker, Eileen, and within a few weeks, they find themselves the very lucky owners of their ideal home. 

But who are the mysterious old couple who'd put the house up for sale, having moved out months ago? Is Eileen more than a friendly neighbor? Who are the townspeople they meet, who all seem aware of the young couple now living in the house in the woods? And is it the house of their dreams, or of their nightmares?

©2019 Mark McNease (P)2020 MadeMark Publishing

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Loved The Story.😱Terrible Narration. 😣

This is the first book I've purchased and listened to from this author. The story was very enjoyable and keeps you engaged + spooky. But, the narration was terrible. The only reason I continued listening was I wanted to find out the ending, if it wasn't for that fact I would have stopped listening. The only characters voice that you can distinguish was the main female character. All the others sounded the same. The male voice still sounded female it was like she didnt even try and change voices. She needs to really work on her different voices and not making characters exactly the same. A book can be awesome but with not the right narrator it can kill the story. It almost happened with this story. I wanted to follow this author and to listen to more of his stories, but when I browsed his catalog I see she narrates them, so for that reason, I'm 99% sure that I wont. Its unfortunate because I truly think that Mark McNease is a talented author.

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Old School Haunted House Story

As the title suggests, this story is about a house.... in the woods. A spooky one!

A classic set up, two city-dwellers hope to escape the chaos of their current lives by fleeing to the country where they can just barely afford a whole house. Once relocated, they find that life isn't what they expected it would be as spooky things happen in increasing frequency inside their new home. You get the idea. It wasn't the best story like this I've ever listened to, but I'd definitely say it's worth the time.

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

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Kept me intrigued

This book kept my attention from the very beginning. I couldn’t stop listening, I needed to know what was happening to Laurel. The narration was a little slow at times but overall I enjoyed the characters.

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wow!

i would definitely recommend this book. in my opinion the only flaw was the 1st narrator’s voice really grated on my nerves and then in the last 5-6 chapters it was a totally different narrator, other than that it was definitely worth listening to.

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Just couldn’t do it

The story may be ok, I couldn’t get far enough in to find out. The narrator is so incredibly bad, I couldn’t concentrate on the story itself. Bad bad bad! I don’t know who previously reviewed this book and gave it 4.3 stars, but they must be a custom to Siri reading from Wikipedia.

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Wow!

I could not breathe by the end of this book. I love Jersey, but the woods will now always freak me out.

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Good Plot

Erie feeling after you think you found your dream house, the peace and quiet settings. That change all to sudden when things began to look different with the neighbors, the noises Good to the end, enjoyed the narration by Daniela added to the creepy feeling. Given audio for my voluntary review

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Eerie!

suspense, thriller, psychological

Eerie but not supernatural. First there's the odd real estate agent who wants to keep them away from a property they noticed and decided to tour, then there are odd noises in the house, and the locals start seeming odd. the curiosity and suspense keep ramping up until the surprising ending. The characters are all too real!
Daniela Acitelli really knew how to differentiate characters and intensify their responses.
I won this audiobook in a giveaway!

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Annoying characters perfect for this creepy story

I got this audiobook from the author several months ago and just got around to listening to it. I can't say I "enjoyed" it because the characters became quite annoying but I couldn't stop listening. Laurel was the entitled little princess who wanted to move to the woods of NJ so she could write her book while Jeremy gives up his dreams of being an actor to get a job and commute to Philadelphia to support them. She finds the perfect house in the woods and railroads Jeremy into buying it. So I sort of felt sorry for Jeremy, until he becomes a ass. Laurel starts hearing noises and Jeremy rather callously tells her she is hearing things, it's just stress, and she needs to go back into therapy like before. After all, she was the one who wanted this house so badly. The stranger things get to Laurel the less understanding Jeremy becomes. I wanted to smack him! Laurel finishes her book and it gets rave reviews, and Jeremy signs with an agent and begins to break into acting. If there just wasn't that scratching noise in the basement..... The book builds on the tension to a satisfying and twisted ending. The mark of good characters is that they seem real, not necessarily your best friends and not perfect. Laurel and Jeremy were perfect for this story. The neighbors and townsfolk added to the creepiness. The setting was perfect, an old house in the woods in the middle of nowhere. I thought the story was a great variation on an old theme and I really liked it. Thanks to Mark McNease for allowing me to listen. Sorry it took me so long to get to it.

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Had me at New Jersey

Laurel and Jeremy want to move from the city and are drawn to this home in New Jersey. Their real estate agent tries to steer them clear of it, But Laurel is determined this is her perfect home. there are hints throughout the story that there is something just not right, but Laurel pushes through and starts to make the house her own. Living in NJ all my life, I know there are many strange stories, and this could almost be one of those strange stories. It felt like I was listening to one of those stories that are meant to scare people. The build up is intense, and I felt my hair stand up a few times. I loved that suspense. I got so lost in the story that it felt as if I were right there with Laurel and Jeremy in the story. Mark McNease is a new author to me and I cannot wait to read more from him.

Daniela Acitelli was amazing in this performance. Ms. Acitelli brought this story to life. She easily narrated the suspense that had me hanging on the edge of my seat at times. SHe has an easy to listen to voice. Her transition from female to make voice is smooth and distinguishable. It was easy to follow the story. I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Acitelli.

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  • Woozle_Wuzzle
  • 01-19-21

People are strange, when youre a stranger

New to town, with husband alone. Laurel is having a bit of a time settling in to her new home. For the people around town seem to be acting kind of strange, and talking as if theyre hiding something unsettling and dangerous from Laurel. But she has a neighbor that's very kind! Right.....? And to top it all off, there's something in the basement ....

This was a spooky one. Which means, of course, that i loved it ! :-D
Its quite short, almost a short story. But I'd contend that it just didn't wear out its welcome. I feel it didnt need anything more. I mean it could have, but it was not necessary in this instance.
Idk. I always have a tough time going into "characters" and all that stuff in great, clinical detail. I just know that i really liked it and none of the characters got on my nerves at all so thats awesome.
Plus, theres a sweet pupper in the story as well :)
The narration was good. It fit well.
So Id say, pick this one up. Its pretty cool, evil in a small town story. :)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Debbie McLean
  • 05-11-20

wow

what a great suspense thriller, I was gripped by this audiobook from the pen of Mark McNease and narrated by Daniela Acitelli xxxxx

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  • Neil Armstrong
  • 02-07-20

A psychological haunting

I received this a free book form the author and wasn't sure what to expect but I can't resist a freebie.
A house in the woods is a 'haunted house'/psychological thriller of a book with (small) traces of Amityville and the atmospheric strangeness of 'Stepford' all emotionally read by a good narrator.