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The Widow's House

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Carol Goodman

Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: March 2017

Duration: 10 hours 51 minutes

Summary:

This chilling novel from the bestselling, 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's 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 twenties. 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, see 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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  • Gwen S

    The narrator made this book better, I believe. Decent story with several twists and turn that keep the reader engaged. The author was rather heavy-handed in her use of atmospheric imagery; too many sunsets the color of blood, for example. A slow starter for me at least but worth a read.

  • Maureen C

    Intriguing story. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator was exceptional

  • Melissa M

    It was a wonderfully written book. But I wasn't fond of the ending. I wish I was a little creepier. It's definitely a psych-thriller as the other lady commented.

  • kimberly S

    I found this book boring and extremely pretentious. I hate I wasted a credit on it.

  • Michael R

    Good read. I thoroughly enjoy a good psych-thriller, and this book didn't disappoint.

  • craig s

    Wow, that was a good book! Loved the narrator! Highly recommend this awesome book!