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Something has always lived in Winthrop House.

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 is newly-restored and boasts a gorgeous oceanfront view.

But everything is not what it seems.

Though picturesque, Jack learns that the house has been shunned for decades by the locals, owing to a number of mysterious disappearances and inexplicable deaths on the grounds.

The Ripleys begin to grapple with the property's vile reputation, learning more about its sordid history and experiencing strange things within its walls. What was once a dream home quickly becomes a nightmare for the family as they encounter the terrifying presence that has existed there since times immemorial.

A House By The Sea is a full-length novel of supernatural horror and suspense by Ambrose Ibsen.

©2016 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2016 Ambrose Ibsen

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Ghosts by the Sea!

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I always love a good ghost book and this one takes the cake! Ambrose has this kind of supernatural horror nailed to the floor - he never disappoints. A great mix of mystery, spooks, fueled characters and a solid dose of generally fantastic writing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a ghost story!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The Haunting Of Winthrop House.

Jack and Darcy RIpley had moved from Sacramento, .Ca to Cleveland, Ohio to Cutler Maine, with their two daughters, Amy, fourteen and Abegaile, six. Today the Realtor was running low on houses and he slowed them a house, Winthrop House on Winthrop Road, by the sea that had been recently restored. He told them it was besutiful, but had a not too pleasing past. The people in town considered it haunted because of strange happenings reported by past occupants and reports of disappearances. Jack and Darcy didn't believe in ghost stories so he bought it, they moved in and began a new life by the sea. Jack had written a few books that hit the #1 on the list, Darcy had always wanted a Colonial house by the sea and now her dream was coming true. It was after lunch, Jack suggested they go check out the town and have dinner. In town everyone shunned away when they found out where the lived. Later that evening they stopped in at the towns only Itilian restaurant for dinner. After asking if they were just visiting? Darcy said no we Bought a house on Winthroup Road the waitress and restaurant customers stared and shuned them too. Hearing this a old man named Benjamin, a retired Lawyer, came over and introduced himself with a apology for the disturbance. Jack offered him a seat and asked if he had any knowledge as to the reception his family was receiving when their house was mentioned? Ben began his story. He said his Father told him their was something strange phenenom surrounding the land his house was built on. Both the Native Americans and Colonist wounln't bury their dead there. He said it was built before the Great Depression, but the mysteriousness began much eairler. Ben said during the constructing of the house the contractor discovered a large cavity while digging the foundation. They just filled it in, fortified it and built the house over it. He said after the market crashed in 1929, it was deserted and only occupied by drifters and hobos who seemed to vanish, never seen again. Other people seemed to die there under strange circumstance, but had terrified looks on their faces. The last ones to occupy the house in 1963 were Franklin and Roberta Standbar. They had a little girl vanish without a trace in 1963. Roberta moved into town, but Frank stayed there. Did Jack and Darcy find her dream house, start a new life, live happy ever after or was this their worst nightmare? This is a great horror keep you wanting to keep this audio book running. It is like a TV series that you have to watch more episodes because if you stop it keeps you hanging. It is not suitable for under teens. It will keep you up all night checking the closets, rooms and under the beds of the youngsters. Well written and narriated. Enjoy!

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Ambrose! awesome as always!

this is my 3rd book by this written. ( my favorite was Raw Power)

This one is good as well! I got a little pissy at first, because every time I went to listen to this, I would get interrupted, and have to start the chapters all over again. I must of heard the 3rd chapter 3 times! I finally put my head phones on, and went into my room. I ended up staying up half the night till it was finished :)


Its a nice little ghost story, about moving into a cursed house. Its a beautiful house right on the water. its their dream house, Well that doesn't last long and soon the terror starts.

This does move fast. one of things i like about his books. though I didn't think this was one of his best works, I felt the story could went deeper into the troubles they had, it is worth the listen if you like her work.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Pretty creepy

I like books that are scary enough to make me uncomfortable but that are not gruesome. This book is creepy enough but not gross in any way, sometimes the characters do things and make decisions that seem unadvisable,( like leaving their daughters alone in parts of the house even after they know its haunted)...however the book did not drag out too long, the characters were mostly likable, the narrator was not at all annoying. Overall I would give this 3.5 stars as a good book. If book 2 becomes available on audible I will listen.

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"Hello, Jack...."

This book was SPOOKY AF! Fortunately, I love scary stories. This one however...had me looking over my shoulders. OMG....I wasn't ready for it to end. JackalMan finds Jack at the end. Jack had inadvertently marked himself for sacrifice when he put his bloodied hand on the amber colored statuette. His soul now belongs to JackalMan...and JackalMan takes what's his.

Will JackalMan take Jack?

What happens when Darcy and the girls return home?

Did the JackalMan use Abby as a decoy..in order to pursue the JackalMan's true target...Jack?

What was the backstory on Jack...was he somehow related to the former owners of Winthrop House?

During the seance...were we supposed to find out HOW JackalMan knew Jack?

pleeeeeeease release Book 2...the suspense is killing me.

AWESOME BOOK....and SPOOKY!!!

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Started out slow but was good

This was a run of the mill, hauntingly good, ghost story, but with a twist I love finding out, along with the family, about the house and it's previous freaky occupants! A story about a haunted house is spooky enough, but add in a weird demonic ghost and it makes for good listen

James Foster is a phenomenal narrator. He has so many tones, voices and cadences that really bring a book to life. He knows how to tell a good story


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Very Creepy!

Could not stop listening. Ended too soon. Wanted to hear more. The house must have been beautiful. This would make a good movie. I would certainly see it. Good read, good narrator, recommend for anyone who enjoys this category of stories.

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Perfectly Creepy!

Great story! Narrator did an excellent job! Don't hesitate on choosing this book. This one is a must!

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House by the Sea

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I have listened to several other books by Ambrose Ibsen and have enjoyed each one. They have all been very entertaining and enjoyable stories. This one is no exception. It's an entertaining and interesting nice little creepy ghost story with a twist.

When a realtor tells you a house has strange past….listen!

If you like a good old fashioned ghost story you will not be disappointed. Loved the reference to his other book. That was a nice little way to put that in there.

James Foster does a fantastic job with the narration as usual. Love listening to books he narrates. Nice voice easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken. Nice even pace. Great character voices. He is able to pull you into the story and bring it to life through his narration. Very enjoyable.

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Thrilling!

I loved it! so creepy I had to keep turning on the lights. great plot and absolutely wonderful descriptions of scenes. I highly recommend this short story.

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