The Haunting of Blackwood House

  • by Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by Piper Goodeve
  • 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Could you survive a week in a haunted house?
Mara is the daughter of spiritualists. Her childhood was filled with seances, scam mediums and talk of ghostly presences.
When Mara finally left her family's home, she vowed she would never allow superstition or false religion into her life again. Now she's ready to start over with her fiance, Neil, in a world based on rationality and facts.
But her past isn't ready to let her go just yet.
Mara and Neil purchase Blackwood House, a derelict property outside of town. They're warned about strange occurrences in the crumbling building. Doors open by themselves, voices whisper in the night, bloody handprints appear on the walls, and cold spots linger in the basement, where the house's original owner was murdered.
But Blackwood was dirt-cheap and came with a large plot of overgrown land. Mara loves her new home, and disregards the warnings.
Because ghosts aren't real...
...are they?


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Customer Reviews

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This is one of the most annoying books I have every listened to. I'm at chapter 28, and trying very hard to get thru it. EVERYTHING annoys me about this book, the narrator, the story...this is the most annoying female lead that I can think of of all the books I've read. And annoying doesn't even come close to covering it. For pete's sake, just let the guy buy you a decent surveillance camera!! And with all the evidence of a ghost that you are being presented with...what, still going to insist on no ghost? I won't give anything major away, but good grief, girl...get a grip!! I really can't recommend this book, and don't know if I'll finish it. I understand a woman being independent, but, please, this was ridiculous. Others have a different viewpoint on this story, but, to me, it wasn't worth the cost.
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- K. V. "Scooby'sGirl"

More like a romance novel

What would have made The Haunting of Blackwood House better?

This book was annoyingly reminiscent of a corny romance novel. The story isn't a complete wash out, the premise is spooky but the author spends a lot of content devoted to Mara and Neil's relationship, how much of a perfect boyfriend he is, or how she feels every time Neil touches or kisses her. Unnecessary in a horror/suspense book if you ask me. Wished that the author would have focused more on the house history or nature of crimes involved. Every time you would get sucked into the story, you would be sideswiped by Mara and Neil's love fest...

This could be a good read for a teenage audience in my opinion.

Would you ever listen to anything by Darcy Coates again?

Not likely. I may check out specific reviews to see if anything catches my eye, but I don't think the author and captured my interest to invest in another one of her books again.

One positive is that her book was an easy read/listen, easy to comprehend.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was the highlight I would say. The performer did a good job of expressing the content and feeling of the dialogue. Some accentuation of words was very high schoolish...the main character didn't sound like she was an adult.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Haunting of Blackwood House?

Definitely would minimize ALL interactions between Mara and Neil.

Any additional comments?

Great premise for a suspense/thriller book, but altogether disappointing and predictable.

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- clvrgrl24

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2016
  • Publisher: Darcy Coates