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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. He'd be crazy to turn down free money. Right?

The house is hours from any other habitation, and Guy can't get phone reception in the old building. He decides to camp there while he does repairs. Surely nothing too bad can happen in the space of a week.

But there's a reason no one lives in Rookward House, and the dilapidated rooms aren't as empty as they seem....

A deranged woman tormented a family in Rookward 40 years before. Now her ghost clings to the building like rot. She's bitter, obsessive, and jealous...and once Guy has moved into her house, she has no intention of ever letting him leave.

©2017 Darcy Coates (P)2017 Darcy Coates

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A different style of story from Darcy Coates

I am a fan of Darcy Coates and have read all of her books. This book is a bit different than all the ones I've listened to. For starters it's a male protagonist and a female antagonist. Most of Coates' books feature a female lead. Also this one is narrated by a male, the others I've listened to have all been female narrators.
The story is about a ghost who is obsessed with a former lover who believes the man who is now renovating the Rookward House is her lover come back and she will stop at nothing to keep him from leaving. The story flashes between the previous man and his family and the current man at the house without giving the reader much of a segway and the narrator sounds exactly the same in both instances. The only way I could tell if it was a flashback or modern day was when I heard the man's name. Thomas - 1960 something, Guy -modern day.
As much as I enjoy Darcy Coates I would suggest to someone who is not familiar with her work to listen to some of her other stories, The Haunting of Gillespie House, The Haunting of Blackwood House or The Folcroft Ghosts.

I hope she goes back to writing about strong female protagonists that her fans have come to enjoy from her. Although this book wasn't bad, it definitely wasn't as enjoyable as her other books in my opinion. The narration on this book also wasn't the greatest, there were places in the story where I thought listening to one of my college textbooks sounded more exciting than this guy did.

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A Good Read

I enjoyed the book.

Guy is dealing with a situation involving the love his life and discovers his mother owns a home that could potential help him start a new life elsewhere. Somewhere where he won't run into Savannah, and somewhere where he can escape what he did to her and the Rookward House help him. If he can survive Amy.

There were a few chilling moments, a few moments that startled me, but for the most part I felt it was tamed. A lot more tamed when you compare this to other Darcy Coates novellas like - The Haunting of Ashburn House, The Hauntiinf of Blackwood House, Dead Lake, and Ghost Camera- all stories that had me sleeping with lights on.

This story is still entertaining and I found myself thinking of ways Guy could escape the strangling and supermarket hold of Amy. I wish certain things were answered, things such as: how did Guy's grandpa come to own Rookward House? why couldn't he burn it down like Sophie did in House of Shadows? why didn't Thomas or the police thoroughly search the house to ensure his family was really safe from Amy?

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