The Widow's House

  • by Carol Goodman
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This chilling novel from the best-selling, award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages blends the Gothic allure of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca and the crazed undertones of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper with the twisty, contemporary edge of A. S .A. Harrison's The Silent Wife - a harrowing tale of psychological suspense set in New York's Hudson Valley.
When Jess and Clare Martin move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to their former college town in the Hudson River valley, they are hoping for rejuvenation - of their marriage, their savings, and Jess' writing career.
They take a caretaker's job at Riven House, a crumbling estate and the home of their old college writing professor. While Clare once had dreams of being a writer, those plans fell by the wayside when Jess made a big, splashy literary debut in their 20s. It's been years now since his first novel. The advance has long been spent. Clare's hope is that the pastoral beauty and nostalgia of the Hudson Valley will offer some inspiration.
But their new life isn't all quaint town libraries and fragrant apple orchards. There is a haunting pall that hangs over Riven House like a funeral veil. Something is just not right. Soon Clare begins to hear babies crying at night and seeing strange figures in fog at the edge of their property. Diving into the history of the area, she realizes that Riven House has a dark and anguished past. And whatever this thing is - this menacing force that destroys the inhabitants of the estate - it seems to be after Clare next.

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This has got to be one of her best. Can't wait till the next one.
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- Vikky Kitchen

A Ghost Story Perfect for An October Listen

Goodman offers an engaging atmospheric and spooky story set in the Rhinebeck area of the Hudson Valley in New York state. I know the area and think she did a good job capturing its feeling of place and the mood of the setting. The story starts out a bit slow as the author sets the scene but gains steady momentum as the tale progresses. In the end, I thought it all came together and held my interest throughout.

One caveat--I might suggest skipping the publisher summary. This write up is filled with plot spoilers if you read the list of books they compare this book to. It's a lot more fun to go into this book without all the hints and preconceived notions presented. Ghost stories should be fun and take you by surprise--sans spoilers--at least to my mind, that is.

Campbell is one of my favorite narrators these days. I think she did an acceptable job here. Just a tiny bit wobbly in a few spots, but overall, I enjoyed her as usual.

Recommended if you'd like a seasonally focused bit of spooky October fun with minimal eye rolling required. I enjoyed it.
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- Sara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio