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House of Shadows

(House of Shadows #1)

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Sophie's world is shattered when disaster bankrupts her family. She's still reeling from the news when she's offered an unexpected solution: Mr Argenton, a wealthy stranger, asks for her hand in marriage. Marrying Mr Argenton will restore her family's fortunes and save them from scandal, but condemns Sophie to a life in Northwood, a vast and unnaturally dark mansion situat ...more
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Published (first published October 15th 2015)
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Valliya Rennell
3.75 stars
**Many thanks to Darcy Coates, Poisoned Pen Press, and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Release date: 5 May 2020**

House of Shadows is a book that is sure to grab any readers' attention within the first few chapters. Due to its easy writing and fast pace, this is perfect for anyone trying to get out of a reading slump. After a financial disaster strikes her family, Sophie Hemlock says yes to a marriage with a dark, wealthy stranger: Mr. Argenton. Within seconds
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JEN A
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an ARC Review - release date is 5 May 2020 -

This was a fun fast paced Gothic romance. The story had a old fashion horror feel to it that really made you get engrossed in the book. The growth of the heroine in the novel was also something I really enjoyed. This story had all of the elements you look for in any Gothic story and left you wanting more. The author really does a good job of setting up for more to come.
Pang ((♥ Book Paradise ♥))
Very Good! blend for a Gothic Romance.

Marriage of Convennience. Check.
Mysterious hero, Mysterious house.Check.
Creepy moments and BLOOD. Check. Check. Check.

The romance is cute, though. >6< Oh yeah, I enjoyed this!
Tammie
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-horror
The House of Shadows, a horror/gothic book was a solid 4 stars.
Fast paced and creepy, The House of Shadows centers around main character Sophie-a young woman that agrees to marry wealthy Mr. Argenton to help her family avoid financial ruin. After they marry, Sophie goes to live with Mr. Argenton (as well as with his aunt, uncle and cousin who already reside there) in his home- a huge and creepy mansion that is situated very far from any neighbors or towns. Shortly upon living there, Sophie star
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JEN A
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun fast paced Gothic romance. The story had a old fashion horror feel to it that really made you get engrossed in the book. The growth of the heroine in the novel was also something I really enjoyed. This story had all of the elements you look for in any Gothic story and left you wanting more. The author really does a good job of setting up for more to come.
☠Kayla☠
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely amazing! It had a nice gothic feel to it and would be better read late at night with the only light being a lamp or flashlight.
In this story we meet Sophie, who's world has just been shattered due to her family going bankrupt. But a mysterious and handsome Mr. Argenton comes to town and asks to marry her. Marrying him will save her family but will force her to live in Mr. Argentons dark mansion hours from the nearest town. She agrees and starts her new life in her new ho
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Amber
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So originally I requested this book because I thought House of Shadows maybe something spooky with ghost but, it turned out to be soo good. A gothic romance that turned out soo well! I really enjoyed her writing style! It was definitely really great in that aspect.
I like Sophie as a character, she was very courageous and I liked that she tried to save Joseph. The marriage of convenience with Joseph was something that Sophie needed because her father was financially ruined. Once joseph asked for
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Marie
Wow! Awesome gothic haunting!

As always I am impressed by author, Darcy Coates as she weaves these atmospheric ghost/haunted stories! This story was no exception as this time the author transports the reader into a gothic mystery surrounded by a creepy haunting!

A little back story for you readers.

Sophie Hemlock along with her father experience a tragedy which takes the business into bankruptcy. There is a way to get the business back on its feet, but Sophie is not happy when her father tells her
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{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }

I think I went into this thinking it was going to be like Dark Shadows.
I was expecting the vampire and the gothic family.

The book delivered the gothic family, but no vampires.

There was so much more inside than vampires.

The book delivers healthy doses of excellent descriptions of gore and insanely eerie events.
I enjoyed it and I can't wait to read part 2!
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Amy
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The House of Shadows. A Gothic tour de force filled with such atmosphere, so many secrets, twists galore, death and deception, and, of course, romance.

Joseph Argenton meets sweet Sophie by chance. Shortly thereafter he is asking for her hand in marriage. It is no coincidence that this offer comes directly after Sophie's father loses the family fortune. A caveat: Joseph will restore the family fortune if Miss Sophie will give him her hand.

Within the week, Sophie and Joseph are wed and Sophie is l
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Ari
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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Marissa
The House of Shadows is about a young woman named Sophie. After her family suffers from financial trouble, the rich and mysterious Mr. Argenton swoops in at the right time with a marriage proposal. In order to save her family, Sophie agrees to his proposal and moves into his family estate - Northwood. However, something is wrong with the house and the staff. No one will look her in the eye, her new cousin draws disturbing pictures and the dead don't seem so dead.

I really liked the horror aspect
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Julia Bell
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm giving House of Shadows four stars simply because it had me turning the pages long after I should have gone to sleep. That's a good sign.
At first the story followed the familiar pattern of young girl marries stranger in order to save her family from poverty and he whisks her away to a large, remote house with a sinister secret. So far so ordinary.
However, the author captured my imagination with the way the story twisted and turned and after that I was unable to put the book down. I liked Sop
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Brandy
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cheezy cover did not give me high hopes (original cover has since been changed), but I decided to give it a try because the description was super gothic and I just can't say no to that!! I'm extremely impressed, and I must say, judging a book by its cover was silly and kept me from enjoying this series sooner. I'm ashamed of myself, but thankful that I finally caved and read this book.

The "haunting" in the story is fresh, different, imaginative, vivid and terrifying!! This book literally kep
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Anoeska Nossol
4 out of 5 stars
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC


'House of Shadows' tells the exceptional story of Sophie. Her father got into financial difficulties, and one of his connections sees his chance. Mr. Argenton asks for Sophie's hand. When she married him, it wasn't because of love. However, she slowly seems to fall for him. On the other hand, she didn't know what she was getting herself into. The Argenton house doesn't seem like the perfect home. It's harsh for her to fit in and understand what is h
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NicholeReadsWithCats
House of Shadows is the first of two gothic mysteries in the Ghosts and Shadows series. The pacing and intensity starts slow and innocent and builds steadily throughout.

We first meet Sophie whose merchant father has just lost nearly everything in a shipping accident. That's where Mr. Argenton comes in - mysterious and very well off, he asks to marry Sophie, in exchange promising to take care of her family's financial issues. Sophie has no choice but to say yes and by doing so agrees to live in
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Abby
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Well this one is firmly in the realm of "it was ok", which for me is disappointing. I had to wait a long time to finally get hold of it, and it just wasn't as good as I had hoped. The lore behind the haunting was really neat. I liked that a lot actually. What really brought this down for me was the romance. I liked how it started, but it felt like the 'I love him' realization came out of nowhere and for no reason. They had said all of five words to each other, but suddenly she loves him. Why? If ...more
Stacy
This contains all the elements of a sixties or seventies gothic novel. First of all, you have the young girl that has hardships at home and in walks the stranger to rescue her. Or does he? He then takes her home with him, usually to a creepy castle or mansion. The mansion is usually filled with strange unwelcoming family members and/or servants. And the house always has secrets. This is a modern gothic of course, which contains all of the above elements with a paranormal twist. There is almost a ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

CW: death, arranged marriage, and general violence

3.5/5


I was in a spooky mood when I requested it and this was a very quick read. I could have read it all in one day, but I split it into two and just went from there. Overall, this is a good book. It's quick and I enjoyed it, but it definitely is more of the paranormal romance, in a way. Creepy house, arranged marriage, weird family, and Sophie falls for the man she married. It'
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Susan
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-mm, ghosts
I’m really liking Darcy Coates’ writing style. Although this wasn’t as creepy or scary as I’d hoped, it was still a good solid story.

Sophie is 20 years old when her father tells her they have been financially ruined. So when Joseph Argenton asks for her hand in marriage, promising to take care of her family, she accepts. Her father tells her she isn’t obligated to do so, but Sophie feels she must. And Joseph Argenton isn’t a terrible man. She thinks she could love him one day.

When Joseph brings
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
I've read several of Darcy Coates books before and enjoyed them all immensely. I put this series off though because for some reason I was expecting more of a historical romance story-and there is a little romance but it's much more than that. I would say it's more of a gothic, paranormal horror story and darker than what the cover implies. I guess I should have read the synopsis.

Anyways, it was absolutely fantastic and going on my 10*favorites shelf! I love the gothic setting- the huge, old, cas
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Ixxati
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally!! Told ya I'm going to read the first book and I did! Wow it was better than the second book and creepy af!

So yeah finally I found out why Joseph married Sophie lol Kinda selfish because he knows the creature going to hurt her once she become Argenton's (then I found out the real reason why he married her and I'm kinda mad tskkk) and wth it took him too long to tell her everything. Btw it's kinda weird when Sophie fall in love with Joseph eventho she barely knows him.

Thank you Netgalley
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Janet Welling
Dark, creepy and full of suspense.

This is a very fast paced novel by Darcy Coates full of mystery, suspense and horror. Sophie meets Joseph at the opera one evening and within 24 hours her life has completely changed. Rushed into a marriage of convenience and spirited off to a creepy mansion in the middle of nowhere, Sophie is immediately surrounded by danger. What secrets are the Argenton Family hiding? Why are the staff so silent? What is the strange substance weeping from the walls at night?
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NicholeReadsWithCats
House of Shadows is the first of two gothic mysteries in the Ghosts and Shadows series. The pacing and intensity starts slow and innocent and builds steadily throughout.

We first meet Sophie whose merchant father has just lost nearly everything in a shipping accident. That's where Mr. Argenton comes in - mysterious and very well off, he asks to marry Sophie, in exchange promising to take care of her family's financial issues. Sophie has no choice but to say yes and by doing so agrees to live in
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jaz
dnf at 60%. i tried. i really did. but god.

girl meets older rich man. rich man meets younger girl he can be predatory towards. its a tale as old as time. she's scared by him in their first meeting, engaged to him in the third, and in love in the tenth because... reasons. she moves into this stranger's haunted house with his weird ass family and is shut off from the world. ghosts try to murder her but don't worry! its ok because she loves him ❤️ you know him? the stranger whom she knows nothing
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Joy Perry
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much thanks to #NetGalley, and the publisher for am advance review copy if House of Shadows by Darcy Coates.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I am definitely looking forward to reading more by the author.

Basically, the book is about Sophie, who is thrust into a marriage with Mr. Argenton after her wealthy father basically loses everything in a business deal gone sour. In order go keep her family from becoming destitute, Mr. Argenton offers to restore their wealth in exchange for Sophie's ha
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Hollie
~2.5 stars~

I was intrigued by the "Gothic Horror Romance" genre so I decided to give this one a shot. Here's my breakdown:

The pros:
* Solid writing style
* Offered as a kindleunlimited

The cons:
* Extreme insta-love
* Vague characters
* The storyline execution seemed rushed

Overall, I wasn’t impressed with this particular book but I did like the writing style for the most part. I won't be continuing this series, but I would check out more of this writers other work.
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Sharon Rice
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was really great

In a time when marriages where like business deals . A romance forms in the middle of fighting for your life. While living in a old haunted deadly mansion!
I loved it
Bonna Hicks
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-kindle-book
Fun little puff read. Liked it more than I thought I would. Total girl read with some “scary” stuff.
Maria
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3 wobbly stars.

Pros:

- Classic horror feeling.

- Very gothic. Ticks off so many haunted house horror tropes it's almost like a master class in how to write a book about a haunted house.

- Nice enough writing and storytelling.

Cons:

- INSTA LOVE. One of the worst cases in my recent memory. The main character realises she loves the man she's just been more or less forced to marry after what? Three days? And about 15 exchanged words in total? It was such an awful criiiiinge moment I literally had to
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