• The Dream House

  • An Absolutely Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)

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The Dream House

By: Jess Ryder
Narrated by: Annette Chown
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Publisher's Summary

It’s everything she’s ever wanted...

When I first set eyes on Westhill House with its breathtaking views of the sea, I knew Jack and I could make this our forever home.

It may be falling apart with an overgrown garden, but with some tender loving care, we can repair this beautiful building and perhaps our relationship, too...

But the more time I spend renovating our new house, the more time Jack is spending at work.

At least Lori is here to keep me company.

She has her own troubles, yet she always listens to mine.

She’s helping to restore the house, uncovering its secrets one by one.

Like the children’s drawings under the wallpaper in the back bedroom.

The hidden papers underneath the floorboards in the turret room. 

And the fact that Westhill House is a place women used to go to feel safe....

Lori seems to know a lot about Westhill House.

The question is, why?

A gripping, spine-chilling listen brimming with secrets and lies. If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us, or The Woman in the Window then this dark, twisting psychological thriller from Amazon chart best seller Jess Ryder is guaranteed to have you gripped.

©2019 Jess Ryder (P)2019 Bookouture

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A story about "who are you, really" for all the character s

A story where a historical house contains characters that one or more puts violent drawings on the walls under the wall paper that had to be scraped off. How did the drawings get under the wall paper? The main character's inheritance of her parents jewelry and trinkets is stolen. You won't believe when you find out. And historical Kay married to abuser Foxy-does that house serve to save her? Are there bodies buried on site? Ghosts?

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Not sure how I feel about this book!

I just finished listening to this book and I'm on the fence.
I still really don't know why the main characters did what they did.
It wasn't bad, but I think I'm a bit disappointed.

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The Dream House - Jess Ryder What a read & author

It was soo good that 5 minutes after finishing it I bought The Ex Wife!

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Waste of time

Such a waste of time! Characters are so stupid literally couldn’t bear it! I don’t understand how could someone like this!

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Boring! And irritating!

While I love the author this book was just a long drawn out story that could have been finished in about 2 chapters. Triggering for those who have suffered DV but the main character is just so irritating! And stupid! I kept shouting at her. And the story lines just kept on going and going mindlessly.
Not worth it. Sadly a forgettable novel.

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Didn't Hate it, but Didn't Love it

This story sounded promising, but it had a painfully slow burn. It most definitely was not the riveting Psychological Thriller I was craving. In fact, it didn't even get exciting until the last hour or so of the book, and even then it definitely wasn't "exciting." It was a little predictable, too, which sometimes I don't mind if I later get the satisfaction of knowing I was right. But this one brought no satisfaction for me. I just wanted it to be over so I could pick my next book.

The narrator wasn't great, either. I feel she lacked too much emotion for the topic of this story that should have been heart-wrenching. That being said, I have heard much worse, and I didn't dislike her enough to not see it through. If you are looking for an OUTSTANDING narrator, I recommend anything with Joanne Froggatt or Shane East. Not sure I am going to try this author again. Drama might be a more appropriate genre for this title, but this was no Psychological Thriller. It was not suspenseful at all.

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was just ok

kept my interest enough but there wasnt really any twists. i kept waiting for some grandios twist and it never happened.

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Couldn’t stop listening…

Another amazing book by Jess Ryder - a true psychological thriller with twists and turns that will keep you hooked! I’ve listened to all of her books on Audible and they are all just as fantastic. Only bad news is I have to wait for her next book to come out….

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Not my fave

So this has been my last Jess Ryder novel I’ve listened to and although good. Not my favorite. Probably my least favorite. Maybe there wasn’t enough drama for me? Lol. But I do feel like all my questions were answered at the end and nothing was left hanging to my imagination. All in all the narrator did a fabulous job and I hope to hear more from both of them.

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Not a gripping thriller but enjoyable

This was not a "gripping Psycological Thriller", but it was good. Interesting plot with easy to follow charactors. I liked it.

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  • Jodee
  • 07-03-19

Waste of a credit

As I did not want to waste a credit, I forced myself to listen until the end, in the hope it got better.
I am no feminist but the main characters in this book were so frustrating, to the point I kept shouting out aloud. I had to vent my frustration somehow!
Although the book touches on an important subject matter, it is badly written and weak.
My first and hopefully last negative review.




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  • Wl
  • 07-19-19

far fetched and another dumb female protagonist

is all females idiots? its rude. So many female protagonists are dumb and has got no common sense.If a man was displaying similar traits in a book people would say jeez that is farfetched..write stories w believable strong females

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  • J. Whitelaw
  • 02-17-21

Magnificent

From start to finish this was a thrilling story. buy it, you'll love it .

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  • Nicks
  • 10-08-19

Weak storyline

Could have been so much better; but what ruins it from the 1st chapter is the pathetic and unbelievable main character. So the story can not really improve as she is just a bystander throughout. Rest of it is not much better.

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  • Charlotte
  • 08-08-19

Sadly narrators lack of emotion left me cold.

It was a great story but the narrators lack of emotion for a story that should have been highly charged made me almost give up a few times. I disliked many of the characters through this and it was not the authors fault. If I hadn't looked up the reviews of the book itself I would have given up. worth a listen if you can spin a little imagination to get over the narrator.

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  • Sally R
  • 08-07-19

Not quite 'Absolutely Gripping' but engaging

a different story to the usual thriller, I enjoyed the women's refuge part of the story.