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Publisher's Summary

For nearly three and a half centuries, the Boylan House has stood at the end of Meeting House Road. And something in that house has been killing boys for centuries.

The town of Monson is a quaint and quiet New England town. Yet the house is terrifying and has been for as long as anyone can remember. Adults put the thing out of mind and ignore the fears of their children, admonishing them to stay away.

Too many boys have vanished into the swamps behind the house. Bodies never recovered. Nothing ever recovered. The families are left with their memories and the disturbing thought that the Boylan House had something to do with it.

Mason Philips knows better than that. He knows that there's something in the house. Something evil. Something hunting children from time to time.

And Mason has decided that it's time for the killing to stop.

The Boylan House Trilogy contains:

1. The Boylan House

2. Discoveries

3. The Deadwood Throne

©2016 Ron Ripley (P)2016 ScareStreet.com

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    3 out of 5 stars

Disappointed

I truly enjoyed the Moving In series but didn't like the narrator or halting speech. This trilogy was not nearly as interesting or creepy and the story seemed disjointed. However the narrator was much better. I would like to see this narrator do the other series. I would also like less casual profanity which I don't think is necessary.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tatiana
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • 08-01-18

Listen to it in the dark

I loved both the story and the narration of this book. It was exactly right for listening to in bed with the lights off, as I like to do with the best haunted house books, and which everyone should try at least once!

There is a decent amount of historical backstory to this book, and while backstory can sometimes be tedious, in this case it was actually my favorite part. I loved listening to the scary things that happened back in the 1700s and 1980s involving this house. When get to the modern day events, we already know something is seriously wrong with the place and are begging the protagonist to stay away. Of course, he doesn't listen. They never do!

I have never heard of the narrator, Thom Bowers, before, but I will keep an eye out for more of his books in this genre. He has talent, as well as a nice voice. He was totally unobtrusive and stayed out of the way of the story, which is one of the best things a narrator can do.

This was a great book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Scary!!

There is a house in nearly every town that stands abandoned and just left there. Well, the Boylan house is one of them! It has stood for centuries on Meeting House Road, New Hampshire. It's a house no-one dares to enter, and if they do, they usually don't come out. Also every year, around Halloween, boys seem to go missing in or around the house, never to be seen of heard from again. Just what is going on?

Well, Mason Philips is intent on finding out what is going on. When he was a boy, on Halloween, himself and his friend decide to call to the house on a dare. Mason swears that a trap door opened in the roof and something pulled his friend into the house. Nobody believes him though and he goes through life remembering the house and wanting to see if it was just a young boys imagination. He goes back to try to find the truth, and what he unravels was shocking.

This was awesome!! So creepy and scary and perfect for this time of year!! This is the type of book that would work well read at a camp fire. They are perfect little bite sized bits of spooky.

Character wise, I really liked Mason. He has always thought about the house from his childhood and is finally in a position to find out more about it. During his research, he meets a lovely librarian, a police officer that is willing to help, and even his estranged Uncle, who has already dabbled with the house and the evil within. This ragtag group of people may just get to the bottom of what lies within the house.

Plot wise, it's a really short read but packed with chills, thrills and enough of a spooky atmosphere that it will keep you on the edge of your seat. This author is fast becoming one of my go to ones for a short scary read! He knows how to tell a great story.

Thom Bowers read the book well. He had plenty of different tones and inflections to make the story thoroughly enjoyable.

I received this from the author. This in no way affected or influenced my thoughts!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Fast paced creepy tale!

This trilogy will keep you listening start to finish. The narrator does a wonderful job voicing the Boylan spirit as well as the rest of the characters. The author delivers a tale with a history stretching back 100's of years and multiple locations. Be ready to have that creepy house From your childhood Halloween memories come back to haunt you. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Original

Any additional comments?

In this day and age it's pretty difficult to write an original "ghost" story - they all seem to bleed together somehow. But 'The Boylan House Trilogy' truly was a unique take on a haunted house, a ghostly entity and a spooky local, historical story. While I felt that some parts were a bit of a stretch, I thought that overall, it was a fun listen. I would recommend this book to ghost-story-lovers!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Excellent!

The story and performance were excellent! It was a very believable ghost story. I first read the book and then thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook.

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Excellent scary house story when kids explored

I used to love exploring old farm houses as a kid but never had I dreamed a house could be this BAD! Scary, scary and the voices used by the narrator will haunt your sole!

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  • Lynn
  • Texas
  • 01-27-18

Need a fast scare?

What did you love best about The Boylan House Trilogy?

It started off creepy, since everyone knows a house like this in their town. You can picture this house in your head while listening.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ron Ripley? Why or why not?

Yes, the story was interesting. I enjoy scary stories.

What does Thom Bowers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a great job of keeping the story going. He gave the characters their own voices.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

You never knew where the story was going to take you.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Meh

It was written well and the narrator was delightful but the book got boring and was not scary at all kinda sad I spent money to try to finish listening to this book.

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Pleasantly surprised

What did you like best about The Boylan House Trilogy? What did you like least?

You never knew what was going to happen next - this was actually a pretty good semi-scary story!!

Would you be willing to try another book from Ron Ripley? Why or why not?

Definitely, I wasn't disappointed

Would you listen to another book narrated by Thom Bowers?

Yes, Thom was great. Loved how he was able to create a different personality for each character.

Could you see The Boylan House Trilogy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I think so! This one definitely had some great 'horror movie' elements, and I'd definitely watch it.

Any additional comments?

Don't give up on this one, it takes some time to get started, but it was worth it!