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House of Shadows

Ghosts and Shadows, Volume 1
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (209 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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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?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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The Secrets

Poor Sophie, she has been offered up to Mr. Argenton by her father when a disaster happens and he looses all his fortune. In order to make sure her family doesn't suffer Sophie agrees to go with Mr. Argenton and be his wife, but when she gets to Northwood, where Mr. Argenton lives she starts to notice strange things happening that have her questioning her sanity. It is a struggle to adjust to her new life, but in the middle of it all she falls in love with Mr. Argenton and that strong love she has for him will not only help her draw the house secrets out of Mr. Argenton but it will also save her life. This is a pretty good book, I listened to it all in one sitting.

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This house has an evil soul. Beware...

The story was good, details given of the house and grounds, are errie. Reminded me a little of the movie Crimson Peak. Spooky atmosphere. The romance aspect of the book is very tame. This is the first book of Darcy Coates I have listened to and I'm not disappointed. She is pretty good. As far as the performance given by Caitlin Kelly, it was done very well. She does an excellent job of multiple characters "My dear" and "Sir" used in the book is due to this story being more of a "period piece" and I would imagine that it takes place in the 1800's, early 1900's maybe.

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Ridiculous and Annoying

Could hardly finish this book. The "My Dear" was soooooooo annoying I thought of not finishing several times, unfortunately I already paid for it. Will Not be reading the sequels!!

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fantastic

this was a well written novel full of twists and turns. I very much enjoyed listening.

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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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excellent read

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-19

Riveting book!

Intriguing story, great mystery, emotive description. Loved every moment, so glad there are more books in the series. I didn't want it to end!