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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?
©2015 Darcy Coates (P)2016 Darcy Coates
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2 out of 5 stars
By K. V. on 09-08-16

RIDICULOUS

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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3 out of 5 stars
By st965 on 11-02-16

What's with the accent going in and out?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Overall the story has a good theme and generally creepy feel. I agree with a lot of reviewers that Mara is annoying in her steadfastness not to believe what's going on around her. But for me, the main puzzle was the narrator slipping in and out of a British accent. The dialogue was always in an American accent, but then all of a sudden the inner musings had me going, "Wait. Who is talking?" Some of the way it was written felt like it should have been a British story anyway. The narrator was good at both so it had me wondering if it was supposed to be read that way. But if it was, why?! I even looked up Piper Goodeve's webpage to see if she was British but no, she's from New Hampshire. Weird.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer Watson on 10-16-17

Nice book

It was a good book to listen to, but not as scary as I'd thought it would be.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 08-13-17

Review

Read well, captive story and will choose some more books written by the same author

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5 out of 5 stars
By JD on 03-19-18

Very good

Highly entertaining story and well read. It's not a completely unique ghost story, but it's a well told one

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2 out of 5 stars
By claudia on 07-26-17

flatliner....

Would you try another book written by Darcy Coates or narrated by Piper Goodeve?

you would have to work pretty hard to pursuade me.

Has The Haunting of Blackwood House put you off other books in this genre?

not at all.

What does Piper Goodeve bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

confusion.

Do you think The Haunting of Blackwood House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no.

Any additional comments?

I just could not relate to the main character Mara. She seemed pretty mild mannered plain Jane, no interesting qualities kind of girl, and then burst out with these mega tantrums and become super insulting and rude to the other characters. Did not like/get her character. Storyline and writing was bland.. and found it hard to keep engaged.

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