There's something wrong with Ashburn House. It has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Following the owner's death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property....
As Elle explores deeper into the house, she begins to unravel the property's dark and dangerous history. At its center is Jonathan Gillespie, a tyrannical cult leader and the house's original owner....
When their mother is hospitalized, Tara and Kyle are sent to stay with their only remaining relatives, their grandparents....
Sophie's world is shattered when disaster bankrupts her family. She's still reeling from the news when she's offered an unexpected solution....
She's always watching.... When Guy finds the deeds to a house in his mother's attic, it seems like an incredible stroke of luck. Sure, the building hasn't been inhabited in 40 years and vines strangle the age-stained walls, but Guy is convinced he can clean it up and sell it....
I never intended to become involved with the building or its vengeful, dead inhabitant. But now I have to save Anna...before it's too late for the both of us....
Sam is excited to spend a week at her uncle's remote lake cabin. But there's something deeply unnatural lingering in the lake....
A small number of cameras can capture ghosts on film. This gift comes at a steep price; the ghosts are resentful and hungry and the cameras offer them a chance to reach their prey....
Fleeing a troubled past, Sarah Faust has found the perfect place to begin a new life....
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....
One couple must unearth the secrets of a small-town murder before it's too late....
Closed in 1989 after a series of grisly murders, Stephen deems the old building as good a place as any to explore the possibility of the supernatural....
College students Eric and Lydia are looking for a novel way to spend Halloween. They decide to put together a documentary about the supernatural....
A father and daughter try to survive the steady decline of all they know in this haunting thriller from award-winning author Ronald Malfi....
All is threatened when Ruby receives a call from the irate new owner of Highdown Hall. Film star Cynthia Hart is still in residence, despite having died in 1958....
When struggling concert pianist Emil inherits a house from his late uncle, he thinks all of his problems are solved....
After a prolonged legal battle with his aunt and uncle, Shane has possession of the family home where his parents disappeared over 20 years ago....
Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy and destroyed his career....
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...
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.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
this story is obviously british. why not use a British narrator? it would definitely enhance the story telling.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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.
31 of 34 people found this review helpful
What would have made The Haunting of Blackwood House better?
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...<br/><br/>This could be a good read for a teenage audience in my opinion.
Would you ever listen to anything by Darcy Coates again?
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. <br/><br/>One positive is that her book was an easy read/listen, easy to comprehend.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
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.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Haunting of Blackwood House?
Definitely would minimize ALL interactions between Mara and Neil.
Any additional comments?
Great premise for a suspense/thriller book, but altogether disappointing and predictable.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Overall the story has a good theme and generally creepy feel. I agree with a lot of reviewers that Mara is annoying in her steadfastness not to believe what's going on around her. But for me, the main puzzle was the narrator slipping in and out of a British accent. The dialogue was always in an American accent, but then all of a sudden the inner musings had me going, "Wait. Who is talking?" Some of the way it was written felt like it should have been a British story anyway. The narrator was good at both so it had me wondering if it was supposed to be read that way. But if it was, why?! I even looked up Piper Goodeve's webpage to see if she was British but no, she's from New Hampshire. Weird.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Those two words pretty much sums it up. I even removed and downloaded it to "give it another chance" two different times. I just want to smack Maura. The end.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I found the book to be extremely unrealistic and disjointed. I did not like how it was not tied together very well. Who in their right mind would move 5 miles out of town with no car very little money etc. etc. etc. I would not recommend this book to anyone else it was a waste of time and a waste of a credit. This is why I gave it one * across the board.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Ok, first off? Narrator is awesome. she does a great job giving characters a distinct voice and traits with that voice, and is quite enjoyable.
the rest of the book? i keep hoping freddie jumps out and hate fucks the characters eye sockets with jasons machete.
the main character mari is completely unlikable, with two modes, raging cunt, and sorry im a raging cunt but its not my fault. screwwed up childhood, in a very mild way. gets pissy when boyfriend helps her out with new house, offering to help rebuild the festering hole, gets her a couch so she isnt just sitting on the floor, sleeping bags, blankets, a heater, and cooking supplies as opposed to just letting her sleep on a floor exposed to elements for last 20 years, covered in dust, dead mice, dead moths and roaches, and animal crap.
and as far as i can tell we are suppose to side with her cause "she is a strong female protagonist." no. no she isnt, shes a 12 year old throwing a fit.
not to say he is perfect, and doesnt pull a complete dick move in the mid point by doing something he KNOWS she wouldnt approve of and actually Hates. in the emphatic way and not "i hate mondays".
the characters are both easily hated as things go, and im really hoping the story ends in the old 80s slasher fashion of them all dying. horribly.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It was a good book to listen to, but not as scary as I'd thought it would be.
Read well, captive story and will choose some more books written by the same author
I did enjoy this book. the narration was great and the description of the oppressive atmosphere of the house was really well done.
My only criticism was that I found the main character's motives a bit hard to believe and sometimes found it a little bit hard to like her.
Despite that, it's a very enjoyable listen.
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.
Would you try another book written by Darcy Coates or narrated by Piper Goodeve?
you would have to work pretty hard to pursuade me.
Has The Haunting of Blackwood House put you off other books in this genre?
not at all.
What does Piper Goodeve bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Do you think The Haunting of Blackwood House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Any additional comments?
I just could not relate to the main character Mara. She seemed pretty mild mannered plain Jane, no interesting qualities kind of girl, and then burst out with these mega tantrums and become super insulting and rude to the other characters. Did not like/get her character. Storyline and writing was bland.. and found it hard to keep engaged.