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Publisher's Summary

Patricia's life has fallen apart. Her son, Noah, is in a Russian prison, framed for a crime that he didn't commit. Her husband has abandoned her, and mounting legal costs have left her broke. In desperate need of funds to pursue Noah's appeal, she takes a job supervising the renovation of Gaunt House, an Elizabethan ruin on the North York Moors. When a corpse and a diary are discovered in the rubble, she begins to investigate the house's tragic history - and finds that the past, and the dead, are closer than they seem.
©2014 Philip Hemplow (P)2016 Philip Hemplow
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5 out of 5 stars
By med c on 04-22-16

Ashes

If you could sum up Ashes in three words, what would they be?

This book is truly an horror book from beginning to end. It was hard for me to pause and do other things. If your genre is horror, this audiobook is for you.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Mercedes on 05-04-16

Slow starting book but good overall.

The story was slow to start but soon picked up pace. It was an overall good story but the ending was a bit confusing. Narrator did well and I liked the various character development.



(This book was given to me free for an honest and unbiased review. )

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3 out of 5 stars
By Melanie Preston Lewis on 08-16-18

Not for me

I do love a murder mystery, but this story somewhat confounded me. It felt to me, at times, that Mr Hemplow had swallowed a thesaurus such was his use of English. I read a great many books and like to think I have an extensive vocabulary. Mr Hemplow's lexicon is obviously far superior to mine, but just because you can replace an everyday word with one of of unusual or infrequent use, doesn't mean you necessarily should. I believe the term is sesquipedalian loquaciousness and very rarely does it enhance a story. Not only that, I found Patricia profoundly unlikable; arrogant, high handed and cold. So much so, that I really didn't care much what happened to her, Henry or Noah. The enjoyment in this book is derived purely from the narration. Diana Croft is charged with playing a London snob, a Russian lawyer, a York detective and an American celebrity wife to name but a few. I wonder if authors think of the enormous challenge they're setting these underappreciated and undervalued voice actors? As we have come to expect from Ms Croft, she pulls off all the accents with aplomb, turning in an Oscar winning performance. Bravo Ms Croft, you had your work cut out for you with this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris Christo on 07-20-18

Wow!! Exciting stuff!

I loved the storyline of Ashes, excitement, great characters, well written fun and scary! But what made it come to life was the narration. Every character had such a distinct voice and accent that you could clearly picture them all and knew exactly who was speaking. Then to make it even better, the spooky voices had effects on them that really made me jump! It was better than watching a good scary movie! Highly recommend to anyone wanting a good story that is extremely well performed. There is salty language and some violence though so be warned. Not for the faint hearted! Loved it!!!

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