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The Widow's House Audiobook

The Widow's House

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This chilling novel from the best-selling, award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages blends the Gothic allure of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca and the crazed undertones of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper with the twisty, contemporary edge of A. S .A. Harrison's The Silent Wife - a harrowing tale of psychological suspense set in New York's Hudson Valley.

When Jess and Clare Martin move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to their former college town in the Hudson River valley, they are hoping for rejuvenation - of their marriage, their savings, and Jess' writing career.

They take a caretaker's job at Riven House, a crumbling estate and the home of their old college writing professor. While Clare once had dreams of being a writer, those plans fell by the wayside when Jess made a big, splashy literary debut in their 20s. It's been years now since his first novel. The advance has long been spent. Clare's hope is that the pastoral beauty and nostalgia of the Hudson Valley will offer some inspiration.

But their new life isn't all quaint town libraries and fragrant apple orchards. There is a haunting pall that hangs over Riven House like a funeral veil. Something is just not right. Soon Clare begins to hear babies crying at night and seeing strange figures in fog at the edge of their property. Diving into the history of the area, she realizes that Riven House has a dark and anguished past. And whatever this thing is - this menacing force that destroys the inhabitants of the estate - it seems to be after Clare next.

©2017 Carol Goodman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    "Page turner"

    This has got to be one of her best. Can't wait till the next one.

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    "Very interesting book with a Twist."

    this has all the Hallmarks of a Carol Goodman book. a story of writers living in a maybe or maybe not haunted house. this is a Gothic novel so it's a little on the dark side. but if that's your cup of tea you will love this book.

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    Margaret Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 03-18-17 Member Since 2010

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    Good plot but soooo drawn out. However, Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorite narrators.

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    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 03-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    Waaaaay too far afield. And waaaaay to long to bother listening to. Couldn't stay awake.

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