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Sadie, Fin, and their two children were a perfectly ordinary family. Even if Fin felt taken for granted sometimes. Even if their introverted son, Liam, had terrible nightmares and knew things he shouldn’t. But everything changes the night Sadie is viciously assaulted by former client Lance Sherry. Sherry knows where they live, and when the police fail to catch him, Sadie a Sadie, Fin, and their two children were a perfectly ordinary family. Even if Fin felt taken for granted sometimes. Even if their introverted son, Liam, had terrible nightmares and knew things he shouldn’t. But everything changes the night Sadie is viciously assaulted by former client Lance Sherry. Sherry knows where they live, and when the police fail to catch him, Sadie and Fin are forced to run. They think they’ve found the perfect place to start over. The house is everything Fin dreamed of, but as they settle in, Sadie discovers their home may not be what it seems, and daughter Lucy’s imaginary friend might not be imaginary at all. Or even a friend. With Lance Sherry hunting them, the house could be the least of their problems. He’s coming to finish what he started. And he won’t stop until he finds Sadie.


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Sadie, Fin, and their two children were a perfectly ordinary family. Even if Fin felt taken for granted sometimes. Even if their introverted son, Liam, had terrible nightmares and knew things he shouldn’t. But everything changes the night Sadie is viciously assaulted by former client Lance Sherry. Sherry knows where they live, and when the police fail to catch him, Sadie a Sadie, Fin, and their two children were a perfectly ordinary family. Even if Fin felt taken for granted sometimes. Even if their introverted son, Liam, had terrible nightmares and knew things he shouldn’t. But everything changes the night Sadie is viciously assaulted by former client Lance Sherry. Sherry knows where they live, and when the police fail to catch him, Sadie and Fin are forced to run. They think they’ve found the perfect place to start over. The house is everything Fin dreamed of, but as they settle in, Sadie discovers their home may not be what it seems, and daughter Lucy’s imaginary friend might not be imaginary at all. Or even a friend. With Lance Sherry hunting them, the house could be the least of their problems. He’s coming to finish what he started. And he won’t stop until he finds Sadie.

30 review for The House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    3.50 Stars. This is Darry’s full length debut. I could still see some room for growth but I thought this was pretty well written for a debut. I guess you could put this in the category of either paranormal or light horror. However, this book wasn’t scary; it was creepy and a little dark. While you might be slightly uncomfortable while reading at times, it’s not really a tough read. It’s definitely not too scary to read. This is the kind of book that is not easy to review because you don’t want t 3.50 Stars. This is Darry’s full length debut. I could still see some room for growth but I thought this was pretty well written for a debut. I guess you could put this in the category of either paranormal or light horror. However, this book wasn’t scary; it was creepy and a little dark. While you might be slightly uncomfortable while reading at times, it’s not really a tough read. It’s definitely not too scary to read. This is the kind of book that is not easy to review because you don’t want to give anything away. The book started off with a bang, slowed down a little, but for the most part kept up a good pace. It was very readable for me and I liked that it was not a long book so the story never really dragged. There is a paranormal element to this, but it’s almost more evil than what you think about a “normal” haunting with ghosts. And there is also a real life evil person the characters have to deal with so it’s a lot on their plates. The main characters in this book are in an established relationship already with two kids. There are some nicer, sweet moments but there is also a lot of relationship drama/arguing because of the circumstances. I do have to admit the arguing was getting a little old, but given the storyline I get it so I can’t really complain. The book had a few small twists and some excitement which was nice. I read it in one sitting so it absolutely entertained me. I was not in love with the storyline, but I’m still glad I gave this a try. If you are looking for something creepy this is a good choice. I wouldn’t hesitate to read Darry again. An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Farah ファラ

    When I read Charon Docks At Daylight by Zoe Reed, watched Bird Box and the latest Stanley Tucci's movie, The Silence. I asked myself this - what scared me the most? The paranormal creatures or the humans? I didn't have to dig Einstein out to help me with the answer as it was obvious - humans. Harry Bowers and his gang of misfits were a nightmare on their own but when Bowers signed an M.O.U. with Pennywise, it was a whole new ball game. The Clairborne family found themselves facing a similar situa When I read Charon Docks At Daylight by Zoe Reed, watched Bird Box and the latest Stanley Tucci's movie, The Silence. I asked myself this - what scared me the most? The paranormal creatures or the humans? I didn't have to dig Einstein out to help me with the answer as it was obvious - humans. Harry Bowers and his gang of misfits were a nightmare on their own but when Bowers signed an M.O.U. with Pennywise, it was a whole new ball game. The Clairborne family found themselves facing a similar situation when the psycho made a pact with the paranormal creature to do the the evilest things to this beautiful family. Nothing came easy for them from page 1 as they became victims to two sides of evil that really did a number to the leads and their kids. Several scenes really caused my heart racing, my foot tapping and the hair at the back of my neck to stand. The thriller and horror elements played such a big part in the story rather than just a tacked on bit of drama for the sake of drama and they were superbly written. This book had some cringeworthy / disturbing / intense scenes but necessary to keep up with the theme. Whoever said that romance is dead when you're married, need to read this book. As a die hard fan of horror, thanks to my eldest brother and sister for introducting me to The King when I was 7, I recommend it. If you're searching for disturbing horror movie to watch, do check out Sam Neil's Event Horizon or Ethan Hawke's Sinister. They're not Lesfic friendly so might as well get The House and enjoy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joc

    This is quite a difficult book to rate because, on the one hand, it’s tense and gripping but on the other, it really didn’t make me happy. An attack on Sadie one night shatters the previously peaceful existence of Fin, Sadie and their children. The suspect is at large and knows where they live. Sadie is too traumatised to return to the house but living with Sadie’s parents is torture for Fin. They find a house a little out of London and closer to the countryside which Fin loves, Sadie is ambival This is quite a difficult book to rate because, on the one hand, it’s tense and gripping but on the other, it really didn’t make me happy. An attack on Sadie one night shatters the previously peaceful existence of Fin, Sadie and their children. The suspect is at large and knows where they live. Sadie is too traumatised to return to the house but living with Sadie’s parents is torture for Fin. They find a house a little out of London and closer to the countryside which Fin loves, Sadie is ambivalent about and their son, Liam, hates. Liam is sensitive and has premonitions but his mom’s don’t put much credence in the paranormal. I used to love reading this type of paranormal/thriller/horror when I was younger by I seemed to have lost my resilience for it, especially when children are a part of the story. Fin has a strong presence and she’s a great character if not always terribly likeable. Sadie is a much more empathetic character and stabilising influence even when she’s traumatised. Liam and Lucy, their children, have an integral role in sustaining the impending sense of terror. I enjoyed the pace, the tension and the way it was written. I wouldn’t put it in the romance category, partly because Fin and Sadie are in an established relationship and partly because the focus of the story is more on the paranormal and thriller aspects. The combination of the real and the paranormal was a nice touch. I’d read more by Darry, but preferably without children involved. Book received from Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megha

    I liked it. This is debut novel of the author and she did a really good work. This is a paranormal story about a family of four Fin, her wife Sadie and their two kids Liam and Lucy. The family move in a new house after the attack on Sadie and the new house is haunted. The monster in the house befriends Lucy and try to break the family apart. At the same time the guy attacked Sadie came back to finish what he started. Paranormal stuff is good, we have two psycho villains. Romace of the MCs is good I liked it. This is debut novel of the author and she did a really good work. This is a paranormal story about a family of four Fin, her wife Sadie and their two kids Liam and Lucy. The family move in a new house after the attack on Sadie and the new house is haunted. The monster in the house befriends Lucy and try to break the family apart. At the same time the guy attacked Sadie came back to finish what he started. Paranormal stuff is good, we have two psycho villains. Romace of the MCs is good too, but there are serious issues of miscommunication. I'm usually not a fan of books about romace of already together couple. Its debut novel of this author but there are some short story works of her, so i have decided to read them. 3.5*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    3.75 stars Although this is stated to be Eden Darry's 'debut novel', it is the third ‘story’ I’ve read by her. After giving 5 stars to both of her shorter books, I was excited to get my hands on a copy of The House. For the most part, the story is told from both heroines point of view, but at times the reader is also privy to what’s going on in wee Liam’s head as well as the villains. The driving force of this story is miscommunication between the leads, while I get what was causing their continuo 3.75 stars Although this is stated to be Eden Darry's 'debut novel', it is the third ‘story’ I’ve read by her. After giving 5 stars to both of her shorter books, I was excited to get my hands on a copy of The House. For the most part, the story is told from both heroines point of view, but at times the reader is also privy to what’s going on in wee Liam’s head as well as the villains. The driving force of this story is miscommunication between the leads, while I get what was causing their continuous arguing, and a rather rough sexual encounter, the bickering grew old after a while. I guess I expected this to be a spookier story than it was, so for those of you weary of horror stories, this definitely doesn’t fall into that category. I’m not sure I’d even class it as particularly dark, but, of course, that’s subjective. Overall this was a great read that kept me entertained. Copy provided by the publisher, Bold Strokes Books, via NetGalley.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The House, the debut full-length novel by Eden Darry, is an exciting and polished paranormal thriller. I am very impressed with Ms. Darry’s writing. This is a dual thriller. You have the psychopath who attacks one of the main characters (Sadie) at the beginning of the book and is obsessed with raping and killing her throughout the story. Then the paranormal, possible haunted house enters the plot when the family moves out of their London home into an old house in the countryside. Ms. Darry did a The House, the debut full-length novel by Eden Darry, is an exciting and polished paranormal thriller. I am very impressed with Ms. Darry’s writing. This is a dual thriller. You have the psychopath who attacks one of the main characters (Sadie) at the beginning of the book and is obsessed with raping and killing her throughout the story. Then the paranormal, possible haunted house enters the plot when the family moves out of their London home into an old house in the countryside. Ms. Darry did an excellent job weaving these two different types of thrillers into one tale. I am also impressed at the way the author created the tension and mood of the story. The very beginning starts with a normal family going through an ordinary day. Then the jolt of the attack on Sadie signals a beginning of the mood change. As you keep reading, you will notice how each act adds to that change both in the mood of the story and to the characters themselves. This is not a romance, but you do have an established married couple with two children, and their relationship is an integral part of the plot. I loved how well the characters are developed in the book, and how the author shows the changes they go through as the story develops. I can’t give you more information here without revealing too much of the plot, but I feel that Ms. Darry did a brilliant job with the character development throughout the novel, both with the main characters and the secondary ones. This is an excellent first novel by Ms. Darry, and I look forward to reading more from her. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    The House by Eden is a paranormal/horror novel…..a haunted house for the modern family. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bold Strokes Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Sadie, a lawyer, is viciously attacked by a potential client. A client who she refused to defend, because she knew he was guilty. Lance Sherry skips t The House by Eden is a paranormal/horror novel…..a haunted house for the modern family. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bold Strokes Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Sadie, a lawyer, is viciously attacked by a potential client. A client who she refused to defend, because she knew he was guilty. Lance Sherry skips the country, but knows he will return, if only for a brief time. He has a bone to pick, and this time that lawyer will not survive. Although the idea of moving out of bustling London and into the country did not really appeal to Sadie, she agreed with her wife Fin, that getting away from the “scene of the crime” did sound good. So when Fin found the house of her dreams, they bundled their two kids up and moved to the country. Unfortunately, the house didn’t really hold the same charm to Sadie as it did to Fin. Six-year old Liam didn’t like the house either, although three-year old Lucy seemed to be fine with it. She even found herself an invisible friend. Fin seemed to change when they moved in to the new house. A much grumpier Fin emerged, one that neither Sadie nor Fin herself liked. Neither one of them really had control though. There seems to be more than meets the eye with this house. Fin feels an affinity to the previous owner, and the mysteries of the house itself, but is unwilling to share this information with Sadie. Sadie, on the other hand, does not understand why Fin is suddenly so mean. Things are getting out of control, and they are going to get a whole lot worse. My Opinions: For a debut novel, Eden Darry did really well. This book had everything a modern-day horror novel needed. A modern couple, a haunted house, and a talented author to combine the two. The atmosphere was eerie and the plot held a lot of suspense. The couple went between love and hate, and if only they had talked to one another! And the reader just kept turning those pages. The book had a good pace, so it was a fast read. I liked how there were two “villains” in the book. Both the stalker and the house contributed to the overall suspense. Parts were dark and creepy, parts a little brutal, but parts could have used just a little more scare power, a little more paranormal activity. Overall, it was a good debut, and I’m looking forward to more from this author!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bugs

    Just look at the cover! OK, I saw this cover recently, tried to stay away from it (because my current reads were overloaded already and I really wanted to finish them first before I went mad with panic for not clearing the queue on a timely manner! I know...oddball nutter I am!) but then the image of the ominous-looking, totally mesmerising house, photographed in a sinister, intimidating angle with that menacing ivy wrapped around it, kept resurfacing in my peripheral vision which eventually got Just look at the cover! OK, I saw this cover recently, tried to stay away from it (because my current reads were overloaded already and I really wanted to finish them first before I went mad with panic for not clearing the queue on a timely manner! I know...oddball nutter I am!) but then the image of the ominous-looking, totally mesmerising house, photographed in a sinister, intimidating angle with that menacing ivy wrapped around it, kept resurfacing in my peripheral vision which eventually got the better of me. I couldn't deny its allure anymore. The house was beckoning me!! Crikey! Yes, as soon as I found a tiny little space in-between books in my reading schedule, I managed to squeeze in with a quick read of this one (not having heard of the author before be damned!). Was I glad I did because, Eden Darry's "The House," her debut full-length effort, I might add, satisfied most of my required ingredients in a properly written, plotted and constructed story, not just in a generic paranormal/horror genre but specifically in a lesfic genre, with a compelling and captivating plot that also combined a couple of goodies to enrich the main ghost/paranormal plot - corporeal evil and clairvoyance. So, the story's also crafted within the realm of the psychological thriller genre, too, cleverly serving as a backdrop to it main ghost/paranormal flavour. As expected, the "look" of the house on the cover lived up to its implication as Darry introduced me to it when the two MCs along with their two kids had to move from the comfort of their house in the city to THE house in the outskirts, ala the countryside, to escape the horrors that happened to Sadie. I enjoyed the whole scenario involving Fin, Sadie, the other prospective buyers and the estate agent of the house. I won't divulge anything else except Darry's entire construction of it started off with intrigue and ended with that little tingle that made the tiny hairs stand on the back of my neck, which I always crave for when reading books of this genre! Full commentary here... In Bugs' Own Words

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn McBride

    I read this book in two sittings, interrupted only by sleep. The first sit-down with this book, I thought it was pretty good and read until I was about 30% through. The next afternoon, I went from that point and read all the rest of it until I finished just before sunset. I mention this because I don't always read books like that. For that to happen, the writing has to grab me, shake me and not let go. The House sure did that! The pacing was pretty good for a debut novel, and believe me when I tel I read this book in two sittings, interrupted only by sleep. The first sit-down with this book, I thought it was pretty good and read until I was about 30% through. The next afternoon, I went from that point and read all the rest of it until I finished just before sunset. I mention this because I don't always read books like that. For that to happen, the writing has to grab me, shake me and not let go. The House sure did that! The pacing was pretty good for a debut novel, and believe me when I tell you that's not always easy. As a writer myself, I can tell you that writing a story that will leave readers with chills, or even keep them up at night, is tough! I could see the pacing 'footprints' here, but that's not a bad thing. I could see the little clues left like breadcrumbs (Fin's Uncle is important, pay attention to him) and in retrospect, all of these things were just what the story needed. I read this as a writer, so while it spooked me in a couple of places, I was left with a great deal of respect for Ms. Darry's skill and bravery. As a reader, I'm not too proud to admit it left me with goosebumps. I will be reading this one again! Just for fun.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Corgel

    Oh, man this was creepy. Between the atmosphere of the house, the spirit held within, and the stalker, I thought this was one of the scarier lesfic books that I have read. I give props to the author, as it is a debut, but there were just some bugs that almost took me out of the story. Sadie and Fin have a solid, loving relationship. They love their two kids and each other. That all changes when Sadie is viciously attacked and stalked by a former defense client, forcing them to move from their Lo Oh, man this was creepy. Between the atmosphere of the house, the spirit held within, and the stalker, I thought this was one of the scarier lesfic books that I have read. I give props to the author, as it is a debut, but there were just some bugs that almost took me out of the story. Sadie and Fin have a solid, loving relationship. They love their two kids and each other. That all changes when Sadie is viciously attacked and stalked by a former defense client, forcing them to move from their London home into the suburbs. The house they picked seemed to resonate with Fin and their young daughter, Lucy, but Sadie and their son Liam felt something off with the house. As if it, or something in it was evil... So, Darry managed to pack a whole bunch of stuff in the book even with the shorter word count. There's some slight resentments from Fin (which feel legit) that get exacerbated when they move to the house - all the negative feelings just come to the fore, and the couple ends up fighting most of the time. Then there's the presence in the house the kids pick up on right away. And finally there's the stalker. I loved the way Darry used the house to help drive some of the plot - in many cases, it more than the spirit, felt more menacing. The house's overall effect on the family was played well, but I thought there was a little too much emphasis on that part of the horror. Mixing in the real life threat to the family's safety was a nice twist, too. If anything, I wish we could have seen more paranormal stuff, and not just through the kids, which was a great touch. The house's affect on the kids was the most notable, especially since Liam seems to be a bit of a psychic, and Lucy got to be the creepy three year old for a minute. I just which we could get more stuff happening to Sadie or Fin. Also Fin playing the jerk skeptic partner was a nice touch, but man, she took way too long to get with the program. The side characters were fine, but they didn't play as much of a role in the proceedings of things as most side characters do. Good debut by an author who, I hope, continues to write books like these. There should be more lesfic horror stories out there. I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Now this is the kind of supernatural thriller that I have always been waiting for! I can't believe this is a debut novel because this author blew me away with her vivid descriptions of the house Sadie and Fin bought and the maleficent spirit that roamed in it. In addition, this superb author did a fabulous job of portraying Sadie, Fin, their children and even Lance Sherry's innermost thoughts equally without going overboard or straying from the main focus of the story. I really hope Eden Darry h Now this is the kind of supernatural thriller that I have always been waiting for! I can't believe this is a debut novel because this author blew me away with her vivid descriptions of the house Sadie and Fin bought and the maleficent spirit that roamed in it. In addition, this superb author did a fabulous job of portraying Sadie, Fin, their children and even Lance Sherry's innermost thoughts equally without going overboard or straying from the main focus of the story. I really hope Eden Darry has another book in the pipeline because she has become one of my new favorite authors!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Quinn

    *2.5* TW: attempted rape After Sadie Tate is attacked by a client, she and her wife, Fin, decide to move out of the city with their two kids. In a stroke of luck, Sadie and Fin are able to buy the house Fin fell in love with instantly. Soon after moving in, their son Liam starts to have nightmares about the house, and their daughter Lucy starts a friendship with a new imaginary friend. Let's start with the positives. One thing I genuinely liked about this book was the mystery and the uncertainness *2.5* TW: attempted rape After Sadie Tate is attacked by a client, she and her wife, Fin, decide to move out of the city with their two kids. In a stroke of luck, Sadie and Fin are able to buy the house Fin fell in love with instantly. Soon after moving in, their son Liam starts to have nightmares about the house, and their daughter Lucy starts a friendship with a new imaginary friend. Let's start with the positives. One thing I genuinely liked about this book was the mystery and the uncertainness of what genre the book is. Is it a murdery horror story? Or is it a ghosty horror story? I liked that until the end I wasn't sure how it was going to pan out. This might definitely not be the case for everyone, though. I also enjoyed the (lesbian yay) couple, but mostly when they were having issues. when there was tension, how their relationship changed with the house. The book is told in the point of view of many different characters, mostly Sadie and Fin. I liked both of those points of view, however, I could not stand to read the other ones. One of the povs is of the client who attacks Sadie, Lance Sherry. I found him to be the worst. . . I mean that's kinda the point, but I seriously considered stopped reading the book just so I wouldn't have to get through his scenes. Lance is obnoxious, sexist, and just downright a terrible person, and again that's the point, but what annoyed me the most was how over the top he was. His thoughts, his actions, his entire existence was exaggerated. I could not stand him. I found the writing style to be awkward and very odd at times. Not my cup of tea at all. It was creepy. but predictable. The last 5-8% was ten times more exciting than the first 90%. Things were introduced out of nowhere when it conveniently suited the story. I mean I know that's also kinda the point but most of the things felt forced. There are some things I'm still confused about, which happened right at the end so I won't mention them, but I'd like to get a clearer picture of what happened. I also couldn't connect to any of the characters. I mentioned before how I enjoyed the relationship between the main characters when the relationship wasn't great because it was when I could see them more. When everything was tension-free I just didn't care about any of the characters. This book could've been a perfect 5 star read for me, but it just missed the mark for me. Many other people seem to have enjoyed, so if you're intrigued by all means give it a go. I'm not recommending it, but I'm also not *not* recommending it, if that makes any sense. Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    10/5 Sadie and Fin and their two children live an ordinary life until one night Sadie gets attacked. This sudden event forces them to move out of their house and out of the city. The House is everything Fin had ever wanted and she feels at home right from the start. Sadie does not share does feelings but for Fin's sake she tries to make it work. However the house has other plans for the family and it might just be too late by the time they realize the House's real intentions. This book was really 10/5 Sadie and Fin and their two children live an ordinary life until one night Sadie gets attacked. This sudden event forces them to move out of their house and out of the city. The House is everything Fin had ever wanted and she feels at home right from the start. Sadie does not share does feelings but for Fin's sake she tries to make it work. However the house has other plans for the family and it might just be too late by the time they realize the House's real intentions. This book was really incredible. Completely unexpected. Thrilling, scary and a complete page turner. Every character was well develop and I felt like you were there with them experiencing their changes and fears. This book was a complete surprise. Finished it in one seating even though I was scare to turn the page many times. I had already recommended this to everyone I know. Amazing book and I cannot wait for future titles from this author. I received this ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in exchange for an honest review

  14. 5 out of 5

    R

    The House was the debut novel of Eden Barry. It had a paranormal tone to it and was a quick read. Sadie and Fin were happily married with two children, Liam and Lucy. After Sadie was assaulted, she felt a change was needed. She wanted to feel safe again and thought moving to a different house and location was the solution. But the house was haunted, not in a Casper friendly way. It had its own agenda in mind for this family-one that involved pure evil. No member was left unscathed. I think the The House was the debut novel of Eden Barry. It had a paranormal tone to it and was a quick read. Sadie and Fin were happily married with two children, Liam and Lucy. After Sadie was assaulted, she felt a change was needed. She wanted to feel safe again and thought moving to a different house and location was the solution. But the house was haunted, not in a Casper friendly way. It had its own agenda in mind for this family-one that involved pure evil. No member was left unscathed. I think the author did a good job with this debut full length novel. I enjoyed the writing and the flow of the story. But by the story’s completion (without giving anything away) I was left with some unanswered questions and had trouble understanding the characters’ reaction to some drastic situations. Overall, if you are a fan of the paranormal, I think you will enjoy this storyline.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Loraine Philliban

    Eden Darry is an exciting new author with her debut novel having just thoroughly captivated me. Sadie is a barrister in London and her wife Fin is an up and coming upholsterer and they have two young children Liam and Lucy. One night when Sadie was coming out of chambers on her way home she was attacked by a disgruntled villain whose intention had been to rape and murder her. Fortunately he was disturbed and ran off Shaken the family decide to move away from London into the country and Fin belie Eden Darry is an exciting new author with her debut novel having just thoroughly captivated me. Sadie is a barrister in London and her wife Fin is an up and coming upholsterer and they have two young children Liam and Lucy. One night when Sadie was coming out of chambers on her way home she was attacked by a disgruntled villain whose intention had been to rape and murder her. Fortunately he was disturbed and ran off Shaken the family decide to move away from London into the country and Fin believes she has found the perfect Claire for them. With the villain, Lenny, finally behind bars are there troubles over ? Super debut loved it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This one was a bit of a slow start, and I initially didn’t think I would like it much. But it picks up just before the halfway point and I ended up racing through to the end to see what happened. I also really appreciated the LGBTQ angle to the story; I don’t see enough of that in the suspense/psychological thriller/paranormal genres. And a normal, loving couple to boot! It was refreshing. Fairly well-written I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This one was a bit of a slow start, and I initially didn’t think I would like it much. But it picks up just before the halfway point and I ended up racing through to the end to see what happened. I also really appreciated the LGBTQ angle to the story; I don’t see enough of that in the suspense/psychological thriller/paranormal genres. And a normal, loving couple to boot! It was refreshing. Fairly well-written, and a nice refreshing take on the haunted house story. I’d like to read more by this author!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A bit predictable with a formula that has been done many times before but still interesting enough to keep me reading. The characters were well defined and the story kept up a good pace, while at times it felt a little formulaic, there were enough original concepts which spiced up the tale. All in all I liked it and I will definitely keep an eye on this author. #NetGalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    HollyLovesBooks

    This is an impressive debut novel that is firmly in the psychological thriller realm. Highly readable and page-turning. This is a thriller/horror, but with some twists in plot/characters that make it fresh that are nice to see. The pacing of this was great and it read as a thriller should read, leaving you ready to turn the pages quickly. #TheHouse #NetGalley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

    eof, this would be a good horror story. Liam has horrifying nightmares and Lucy has an imaginary friend who may not be all her imagination. And Fin is obsessed or possessed and undergoes a terrifying change in personality

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elna Holst

    Solid suspense with a dab of paranormal activity, a bit of The Shining-like psychological tension, and a long-term biracial lesbian couple with kids. I listened to the audiobook version and would be happy to read it again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Munch

    I was sent this arc via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Warnings: attempt rape, violence murder This was a basic new spooky house + young family = ghost story. It was kind of a mix between the amityville horror and HH Holmes. I didn't find it particularly scary but I'm hard to spook with a book. It's nice to read about a family with same sex parents and treats it completely naturally and doesn't use it as a novelty. The kids were cute, I especially liked Liam since he acts like a little a I was sent this arc via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Warnings: attempt rape, violence murder This was a basic new spooky house + young family = ghost story. It was kind of a mix between the amityville horror and HH Holmes. I didn't find it particularly scary but I'm hard to spook with a book. It's nice to read about a family with same sex parents and treats it completely naturally and doesn't use it as a novelty. The kids were cute, I especially liked Liam since he acts like a little adult. I think having the 2 villains makes the story slightly crowded, it probably have been better picking either the evil ghost or the evil rapist/murderer. This a bit more family and relationship drama than ghosts but it was quick and easy to read and I enjoyed the story though it was sometimes predictable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MARIA ZILLES

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sam Alexander

    The House is the debut novel by Eden Darry, and I liked it a lot. The book is a horror/thriller/ghost story at heart, but with a side of romantic drama. I like the main characters, Sadie and Fin, who have a very real loving relationship until Fin starts to change... Overall this is a well- constructed, well thought out, and well-written book. I don't particularly like scary movies or scary books, and never have, so I can't say I love this novel. But I did enjoy reading it more than I thought I wo The House is the debut novel by Eden Darry, and I liked it a lot. The book is a horror/thriller/ghost story at heart, but with a side of romantic drama. I like the main characters, Sadie and Fin, who have a very real loving relationship until Fin starts to change... Overall this is a well- constructed, well thought out, and well-written book. I don't particularly like scary movies or scary books, and never have, so I can't say I love this novel. But I did enjoy reading it more than I thought I would and there is plenty to love for fans of paranormal ghost stories. And it's set in London which is a bonus. Well worth a read. .

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nila

  25. 5 out of 5

    Renae Davis

  26. 4 out of 5

    Youwen Lai

  27. 4 out of 5

    E.G. Jönsson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Wright

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cade Darms

  30. 5 out of 5

    JaimeL

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