Narrator: Joe Hempel
Published by Self Published / Indie on 06 November 2017
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
She's always watching....
When Guy finds the deeds to a house in his mother's attic, it seems like an incredible stroke of luck. Sure, the building hasn't been inhabited in 40 years and vines strangle the age-stained walls, but Guy is convinced he can clean it up and sell it. He'd be crazy to turn down free money. Right?
The house is hours from any other habitation, and Guy can't get phone reception in the old building. He decides to camp there while he does repairs. Surely nothing too bad can happen in the space of a week.
But there's a reason no one lives in Rookward House, and the dilapidated rooms aren't as empty as they seem....
A deranged woman tormented a family in Rookward 40 years before. Now her ghost clings to the building like rot. She's bitter, obsessive, and jealous...and once Guy has moved into her house, she has no intention of ever letting him leave.
©2017 Darcy Coates (P)2017 Darcy Coates
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This book had some elements that I really enjoyed and others that I really didn’t, I’ll get on to those in a bit.
The story covers a couple of timelines: the 1965 events leading up to the haunting of Rookward house and the present day. In 1965, a man called Thomas and his family move to Rookward house in the countryside to get away from the threatening presence of Amy, Thomas’ stalker.
In the present day, the ghost of Amy is still haunting the house and becomes obsessed with Guy, a man whose mother has inherited the home from a relative.
I did like how terrifying Amy was in her ghost form – doors creaking in the night and the creepy eyes and talon like fingers scratching about the house. She’s the perfect ghost in terms of creepiness, but how she became that way bugged me. The men in this book are portrayed of victims of this woman but in actual fact… they’re just terrible people and bring all of the events on themselves.
The first half of this story was particularly difficult to get through for a couple of reasons: Guy has travelled out into the forest to renovate the abandoned haunted house which has been left derelict for 50 years, obviously it’s going to need some DIY and tidying up but there was a lot of detail about the clearing up of vines and refitting of window panes. A lot of detail.
The second reason was that I found it very hard to keep my attention on the Hempel’s words. The sound quality was excellent and it was well read, but I found my attention straying by his lack of intonation – particularly in the first half of the book when there wasn’t much in the way of character dialogue to break things up a bit. This is one of those unfortunate circumstances when you just can’t mesh with a voice, which is always frustrating.
At only 6 hours long, it’s not that long in the world of audiobooks and is a classic haunted house scenario that’s sure to appeal to many fans of the genre. The ghost is violent, deranged and brings a very claustrophobic feel to the atmosphere of the story.