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The Haunting of Ashburn House

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There's something wrong with Ashburn House...
The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town.

Following Edith's death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne's only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, twenty dollars, and her
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published July 20th 2016 by Black Owl Books
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Miranda Reads
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it

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Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hey horror lovers, have you seen the commercial with four teens running around scared in the dark and each suggests a place to hide like the basement of a creepy house, etc., another says, why can't we just leave in the running car and they ultimately decide to hide in an open garage filled with a zillion sharp instruments, well....

A near destitute Adrienne who recently inherited a big ole house from an unknown Great Aunt Edith makes some really idiotic decisions herein, but I really enjoyed th

Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars*
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I wanted to smack some people, but that’s not unusual 😉


Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Darcia Helle
I wish I could share in the love the majority of reviewers have expressed for this book. The story just didn't work for me for a variety of reasons, which I'll do my best to clarify without spoilers.

First, I think it's important to note that this is far more of an 'undead' theme than a haunted house or ghost story. I love ghost stories, but zombies and the undead don't interest me. Had the title and description better reflected the content, I wouldn't have read the book at all.

I felt the pace w
Tom Lewis
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It had some tense moments, but for the most part it was corny, clichéd, and forgettable.
I enjoyed this spooky haunted house tale by author, Darcy Coates. It was creepy and mysterious, but not to the point of being spooked out of my skin. Still it kept moving right along and I am giving it 5* for keeping me entertained.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates is a 2016 publication.

Effective and Entertaining

Ashburn House has enjoyed a sinister reputation for nearly a century. When the current owner of the old house dies, her sole heir, Adrienne, inherits the house.

Adrienne is in no position to turn down her inheritance. She has twenty dollars to her name, one suitcase, and her cat. But, holding on to the legendary house becomes a living nightmare when she learns about the Ashburn's horrifying history, an
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I just finished the book and thought it an extremely entertaining and eerie read. Adrienne inherits Ashburn House from her great-aunt she only met as a small child (the opening paragraphs of the novel). But the house has a bad reputation. The family it once owned it was murdered in a gruesome way. No murderer was ever arrested. Why are no mirrors in the house? An what are those strange clicking noises at the window and floors about? From the middle of the book on the action got fast paced. Somet ...more
Definitely one of my favorites that Darcy Coates has written. This one was creepy there for a bit. I wanted to shout at Adrienne and tell her what to do. But no. None of us book people EVER do that. :-/
Yes. So I enjoyed this one a lot.

Edit: I also want to add that this author, so far in my reading just writes good ghost stories. Nothing psychological, no gore fest, just good ghost stories like I used to hear when I was younger.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. enjoyable although at times, the main characters was a bit naive. love the ending.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This one was not for me. It was brilliantly written, it was addictive in the best way possible, but the story was "meh". I didn't like it and by 40% of the book I pretty much knew how it would unfold... and I was right. This is the second Darcy Coates novel I read and it won't be the last because I love her style, I just prefer something along the lines of Blackwood House better... I'll try Gillespie next and see what happens, but it's all a matter of preference. The book is good and you should ...more
Dannii Elle
Adrienne has inherited a grand yet lonely house from a deceased great aunt she did not know she had. Despite the general disrepair and the strange words scrawled across the walls, it seems like it could be the answer to all her present problems. There are, however, many mysteries surrounding her new home but those surrounding its former owner are even more abundant and sinister.

This, for the most part, followed the typical haunted house novel format. I do not state this as a negative aspect, as
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts, non-mm
Re-read October 2019
Perfect for October.


3.5 stars

This was creepy. There aren’t a lot of writers who can really scare me these days. But Darcy Coates really knows how to write scary edge of your seat scenes.

Adrienne is a young woman who moves into Ashburn house. The house her very distant aunt Edith left to her. Adrienne never met Edith, but she’s grateful she has a place to live. Her freelance writing business isn’t paying that much and she desperately needed a place to
4.5 Stars

Really enjoyable and pretty scary at times. The first hald felt a bit drawn out, but since I liked the main character I also enjoyed this half to getting to know her better. Also I personally loved the ending.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Edith Ashburn lives in a big mansion all by herself. Her family was slaughter,when she was about eight years old. The towns folk think that Edith is an odd duck. She would come into town everyday, purchase a newspaper, and any supplies that she would need. Edith would never have guests at her house or allow people on her property. After Edith pass away, there was only one living relative that she could leave Ashburn House to. Adrienne had never met her aunt Edith but Ashburn House was hers now. ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Haunting of Ashburn House is an 'ok' ghost story which maintains an consistent level of suspense and heightened sense of oncoming dread yet falls down with a corny ending which doesn't fit the initial tone of the book. ...more
The story was stagnant, the author went into great detail about mundane and irrelevant things such as every step to making tea several times a day, Adrienne started to become irritating because everyday she thought about the same things, and the words the author chose were strange. I felt like a find and replace thesaurus was overused. Many times I had to reread paragraphs because they didn’t make sense.

The word “groan” is used 44 times....*groan*. That’s a great example of the repetitiveness.

Was I terrified? YES. If I wanted to rate this book just based on terror-factor alone, I totally would give this 5/5!

Besides the creepiness, solitudeness, and freakiness, the rest of the story was just a little slow for my liking. Sure, the suspense definitely built up, but I couldn't help but think while reading this that the book would be much better as a movie. The main character was awkward, and I wasn't really a fan of her personality.

If you're looking to be scared, then I definitely
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Blows away the first two in terms of sheer creepiness.

This is the third in Ms. Coates line of gothic haunted house books. I utterly adored the first one , however the second left me a little cold with it romantic subplot. This time however, the book is just about perfect.

As I have said before, the "scary level" of the book is always in the mind of the beholder. However I would say this book blows away both "Gillespie House" and "Blackwood House" in terms of sheer creepiness. Additionally it gets
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
“This is a house that hasn’t seen a new soul in half a century.”


While this was a very entertaining story, it wasn’t quite what I needed in a horror.

Initially the book starts off with a few tense scenes that showed great promise. But after the third time that nothing happens it was just so disappointing.
In the end when something does happen it’s so worn-out and anticlimactic that I actually laughed at the silliness of it all.

I’ll try Coates again at a later stage, but I will not be anticipating
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, gothic
I loved this! Cool ghost tale. Could have read in a sitting had I had the time. I will definitely be reading more by Darcy Coates
Well, I will be honest. I dove into The Haunting of Ashburn House because I actually live in Ashburn. So, yeah, I was intrigued by everything because of the name. Don't get me wrong, all the creepy stuff that happened throughout the book did creep me out. It was so good.

Besides having a good creep factor, nothing else really kept me focused on the book. It was just a bit slow for me at times. Then there's Addy, who is all kinds of awkward. For someone who just got this house, she is really unpre
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark
I liked this book. Loved it actually but I feel like the first half was a bit stretched out. I often had a strong urge to skip a few pages but by the end I couldn't stop reading! Amazingly written and has got a pretty awesome mystery so yeah,highly recommended for somebody who loves horror and mystery. ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-fuck-yeahs
“All I want is to know whether I’m going to be murdered in my bed tonight. Is that too much to ask?”

YIKES! I did not expect to love this as much as I did! I don’t typically go for horror novels, so thanks to Once Upon a Book Club for getting me out of my comfort zone.

The Ashburn House has been inhabited by the same woman, Edith, for almost one hundred years. When she passes, the House is left to a relative who did not even know Edith existed. Adrienne moves in, and if the writing on the walls is
Tanja Berg
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, horror
Holy smokes, I didn’t think my heart would be strong enough to survive this audio book! I can’t remember having been so frightened before and am glad this never got to accompany me on my lonely forest night runs; I would surely have died of fright.

Addie, being on her last dollars, sees her inheritance as a windfall. She expects that she will fall in love with her new place to live, along with her cat Wolfgang. Animals in horror stories worry me a great deal, and particularly here, where one pla
Nicolette Molina
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What a spooky book! I really didn't expect to get such a fright from a book but it happened! This would make a great movie some day !
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh gee ...... this is one seriously creepy tome!!
I have read nearly all of Darcy's books and this one romps home as the best. It's exactly how I love my haunted house stories ..... scary enough to make you poop your panties. Lol.
Extremely well written with a lot of character information, the tension factor is woven insidiously from the first page. In fact it was SO scary I could only read a few pages at a time until I was about three quarters into the book. (My fault - Should NOT have read at n
Stewart Sternberg
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
An inherited haunted mansion, cryptic instructions to avoid mirrors and to keep a candle lit in the attic on Friday nights. It must be October, I'm reading ghost stories. This one isn't awful, it's not great, but it kept me interested, and I found it fun. The climax moves at a thundering pace. ...more
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
2 stars.



The Haunting of Ashburn House was a slooooooooow read. I couldn't help but feel like nothing much happened during the first 60-70% of the novel aside from Darcy Coates building up and developing the structure of Ashburn House and Adrienne's life inside it. There were side characters introduced throughout the novel, but they were almost all of little consequence to the story and served only to offer Adrienne information about the house.

I was also, of course
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Darcy is the USA Today Bestselling author of Hunted, The Haunting of Ashburn House, Craven Manor, and more than a dozen horror and suspense titles.

She lives on the Central Coast of Australia with her family, cats, and a garden full of herbs and vegetables.

Darcy loves forests, especially old-growth forests where the trees dwarf anyone who steps between them. Wherever she lives, she tries to have a

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