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Sophie's world is shattered when disaster bankrupts her family. She's still reeling from the news when she's offered an unexpected solution: Mr. Argenton, a wealthy stranger, asks for her hand in marriage.

Marrying Mr. Argenton will restore her family's fortunes and save them from scandal, but condemns Sophie to a life in Northwood, a vast and unnaturally dark mansion situated hours from civilization.

Sophie struggles to adjust to her new position as mistress over the desolate house. Mr. Argenton's relatives are cold, and Mr. Argenton himself is keeping secrets. Even worse, the house is more than it seems.

Mr. Argenton's young cousin, Elise, draws terrifying images. Doors slam. Inhuman figures slink through the forest surrounding the house. A piano plays in the middle of the night. Blood drips from the ceilings.

Sophie is inevitably pulled towards the terrifying truth: Northwood's ancient halls are haunted by the family's long-dead ancestors. The malevolent spirits - produced by grisly deaths - resent her intrusion into their home.

Trapped in Northwood and desperate for an escape, Sophie's fate is further complicated as she finds herself irrevocably drawn to the tall, dark-eyed man she married. She suspects her feelings are returned, but Mr. Argenton is hiding the truth about the house - and his secrets are so dangerous that they might just be unforgivable.

©2016 Darcy Coates (P)2016 Darcy Coates

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Engrossing

It's not the best book ever written, but it was highly entertaining and I enjoyed it. I'd say it was about the same quality as a melodrama like "Dark Shadows".

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Too much romance for my taste.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who enjoy a good romance would love this book. It has a lovely ending with a nod to the next series.... I love that.
I personally am not a romance novel person. The other two books I have read from this author did not have a romantic theme so I was surprised.
Also, the main character drove me nuts, simpering perhaps?

What didn’t you like about Caitlin Kelly’s performance?

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Great Narrator,and good story, but,,,,

Call me a reader who likes stories to have their ends all tied up by that final page. So, I was disappointed in that very brief final chapter. Maybe this is just how the author writes all of her books? This was my first purchase from this author and I really enjoyed the suspense and the quality of the romantic interest in the characters. I think the imagination does far more for us, than vivid, in your face physical encounters. So, I did enjoy this book. But, I could have done without the epilogue! I wasn't happy with that chosen ending at all. I will probably try one more from this author, hoping it's not something that repeats itself in other storylines. I hope it doesn't. The narrator did a great job and I could see the progression of the main characters maturity throughout the story. I would like to hear her narrate more stories in the fiction genre.

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Couldnt put it down

Would you listen to House of Shadows again? Why?

Yes, I love the characters and the story. I was delighted to find out it was a two part story and wish it had even continued after that.

What other book might you compare House of Shadows to and why?

The sequel, of course.

Which character – as performed by Caitlin Kelly – was your favorite?

I think she did a wonderful job with Sophie.

If you could take any character from House of Shadows out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Joseph, of course!

Any additional comments?

I am becoming addicted to Darcy Coates. I love scary tales and old world era's and her writing is right up my alley.

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Just alright

Needs a new narrator! Her normal voice is fine but when she tries to do other characters it’s just bad! Listening to this after Crimson Peak there are some similarities and I like the villain but not the zombies...... not sure if I’ll continue with the series.

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excellent read

This book was an excellent read. nicely performed, well written and kept me looking for the next chapter.

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What an interesting story!!!!

What an anazing story. it was so well written I felt I was there experiencing everything. that was happening. I can hardly wait to read the next book. You did it again Darcy!! Keep these stories coming!!!

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Good ghost story.

Started out a little slow, but it's development kept me on edge until the end.

Got to read book two!!!

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A Bit Smaltsy for Me

What made the experience of listening to House of Shadows the most enjoyable?

The story line was good but I did not find the characters believable. Of course the monster required the suspension of belief as well but I felt as if this were for a teenage girl. I have enjoyed some of Ms. Coates books but this one was not one of my favorites.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable

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

I enjoyed her characterizations with the exception of Mr. Hemlock.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No not any of those reactions.

Any additional comments?

The book is a light read and like I said I wondered if this was a "teen" or young adult book.

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another masterpiece

absolutely the best Darcy Coates book this was the most intriguing and most captivating it's a love story with a Twist can't wait to get another one of her books