Review: The Carrow Haunt by Darcy Coates

“The dead are restless here…”

Remy is a tour guide for Carrow House, a notoriously haunted building. When she’s asked to host seven guests for a week-long stay to research Carrow’s phenomena, she hopes to finally experience some of the sightings that made the house famous.

At first, it’s everything they hoped for. Then a storm moves in, cutting off their contact with the outside world, and things quickly become twisted. Doors open on their own. Seances go disastrously wrong. Red liquid seeps from behind the wallpaper. Their spirit medium wanders through the house during the night, seemingly in a trance.

Then one of the guests dies under strange circumstances, and Remy is forced to consider the possibility that the ghost of the house’s original owner, a twisted serial killer, still walks the halls.

But by then it’s too late to escape.

The Carrow Haunt by Darcy Coates. Narrated by Amanda Leigh Cobb. Published by Black Owl Books, 2018. Run time is 8 hours and 54 mins.

Ok, I love this author. I love everything I’ve read from her. I’m a little unclear why when her books are turned into audiobooks, they are narrated with American accents. :/ It drives me insane. The books are always vague about where they are located at, but when there is obvious UK slang being used, it just feels a little strange when said with an American accent. This is no way a reflection of the story or the books, but more of a small complaint towards the audiobooks editions. It’s just an odd choice and a little bit distracting.

Alright. Now to the story. The Carrow Haunt is a very entertaining, spooky haunted house story. The creepiness sneaks up on you. It just builds and builds, getting creepier with every secret uncovered. I seriously could not wait to see what was going to happen next. The history of the house was so fascinating. There is this great tension in the air as you learn all the dirty secrets. The pace is so fast, it was over before I knew it. This is yet another unique haunted house story from Coates. I don’t understand how she manages to make them all so different. 😮 I absolutely love the cover for this book, although it really doesn’t have anything to do with the story, as far as I can remember…

The narrator had a fine performance. Everyone sounded very different. She was fantastic with different ages. The teen sounded just like a typical snarky teen, while the older woman sounds like your sassy grandma. This was an enjoyable performance.

Very entertaining story. Great premise, fun characters, fast pacing. Awesome job with the creepy factor. No complaints with the actual story. I wish that if there is UK slang being used, that the book is performed with a UK accent, frustrating, but that does not have anything to do with the rating of the story.


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