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When Justin and Lindie Cooper move into their dream home, a rambling, oddly-shaped “Handyman’s Special” in Covenant, New Hampshire, they are completely unaware of their house’s violent and tragic history.

Within a week, Justin Cooper is dead under suspicious circumstances, and Lindie must deal not just with her grief, but with a police investigator—and a town—convinced she
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Published January 31st 2017 by Dark Fuse
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Kimberly
4.5 stars.

COVENANT, by Allan Leverone is a novel which takes a potent evil from the past that lingers to permeate the lives of those in the present. Over 100 years ago a sadistic man named Edward Collins created a "house of horrors"--both psychological and physical--in which he debased, tortured, mutilated, and eventually murdered countless women. The man himself may have died, but his perversions and hatred live on.

Enter a young, happy couple--Lindie and Justin Cooper--amazed by their good fort
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Michael Hicks
Covenant is my first experience with Allan Leverone's writing, and while I mostly enjoyed this book I found it to be a bit too generic. This is a haunted house story and although the ghost of psychopathic Edward Collins is terrific, it does little to break new ground and I didn't find much in the way of surprises.

This is a shame because Collins is basically the ghost of a New England Jack the Ripper, and the opening chapters, told from the point of view of one of his victims circa 1800s, are ve
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Bill
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: darkfuse
I have read a few of Allan Leverone’s works previously and have enjoyed them all. Covenant is no exception. As a matter of fact, I think Allan’s latest from DarkFuse may be his best yet. The writing flowed smooth and read quick. While I thought, the beginning was a wee slow to get going, it did pick up speed as the secrets of Covenant house and its former occupants tainted history were revealed. The addition of a second storyline added another dimension to the plot that gave this one a boost up ...more
Ken McKinley
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Lindie and Justin relocate from North Carolina to the small town of Covenant, New Hampshire to start their new jobs. They purchase a "fixer-upper" and immediately get to work remodeling. One afternoon, Justin goes to get them something to drink. After too much time had passed, Lindie goes looking for Justin and finds him at the bottom of the basement stairs in a pool of blood with a pair of hedge trimmers protruding from his body. In the aftermath of the "freak accident", Lindie is badgered by a ...more
Mommacat
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm always excited by a new release by Allan Leverone and COVENANT didn't disappoint. Like most of Leverone's horror, the book takes place in New Hampshire - Covenant, NH this time around.

The story opens in the late 1800's with a brutal, serial killer tormenting a young victim. Fast forward to tomorrow and a young couple have just purchased his re-built home, a handyman's special. Barely started on their list of projects and the terror begins to unfold.

This is much more than a simple haunted ho
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Chris
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads, horror
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher, Darkfuse, through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Mr. Leverone has been around for a long time and it certainly shows in the polished prose. I just didn't find the story that compelling. It followed rather familiar paths in my view and for someone who reads as much horror as I do I look for something different. The concept of the ghost of an evil prior owner haunting and tormenting the new owners is hardly new--from Hell House to Am
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The Behrg
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Allan Leverone's latest Darkfuse release is the tale of a psychotic serial killer who's vengeful spirit returns from the grave, haunting a newly wed couple. While not the most original of premises, this is definitely a not-by-the-numbers ghost story, and Leverone cleverly uses the premise to explore a concept much deeper than ghosts.

The heart of this story is all about grief. The depression, anxiety, guilt, and remorse that take place while mourning a loved one. I'll admit the unexpected departu
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 Martin
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The first few pages from Allan Laverone’s new novel...

http://sleaze-factor.blogspot.ca/2017...
Cats of Ulthar
Review: COVENANT by Allan Leverone

A frightening story of implacable horror and mystery, COVENANT commences with horror and never relents. In a quiet New Hampshire community, a monster-in-human-form, a man of extensive wealth, constructed for himself a home and a playground for sadism. Eventually, after decades of torture and numerous murders, he died--but Edward Collins' evil lives on. When a gloriously happy and well-matched couple buys the century-old reconstruction built atop Collins' blood-d
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Donald
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This is a fun, old-school style ghost story. It reads more like James or Le Fanu than someone more contemporary (Douglas Clegg, for example). On the other hand, because it has so much in common with stories that have been around for well over a century and are so well known, this book sometimes comes across as a bit paint-by-numbers in how it moves along. I think that says more about the jaded nature of the reviewer than it does about the author or his story, though, and ultimately I think this ...more
Acanthea  Grimscythe | The Ghastly Grimoire
I was disappointed, to say the least. The synopsis of the story is interesting enough: fairly young married couple move to small town and buy a house with a history. That history is dark and twisted, centering upon a previous owner that moonlighted as a serial killer. When the husband dies in a freak accident, all suspicion falls upon the surviving wife... and then all Hell breaks loose.

Many of the books I've read lately have had a fairly substantial cast of characters. Covenant does not; in fac
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Real Dead Review
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, horror
Covenant by Allan Leverone started with promise but ultimately comes up short. The plot is very simple and straightforward, a young couple buys a house for a price that’s too good to be true and surprisingly discover that something sinister is involved. Not ground-breaking or new but the “haunted house” theme can still be used with great effect. “Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Trembley is a prime example. The problem with Covenant wasn’t the plot or even the ability of the writer but a slow middle ...more
Scott
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Covenant starts out strong with an extended prologue that takes place in the 19th century, giving a glimpse of the horror that took place in the house at the center of the story. Moving in to the present day, the new residents of the house quickly fall prey to the echoes of evil from the past. The story moves along quickly and seems to be headed for something grand.

By the time the climax arrived, I was very disappointed. After all of the promise, I thought "This is it?" I felt like so much more
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Troy
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first half of the novel dragged for me. I felt no connection to the wife, not sure why. The remainder of the novel got better when the action started with Will. I wonder if this novel might have worked better as a novella, tighten up the plot a little.
Bob
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent haunted house murder mystery set in upstate New Hampshire. Interesting characters and fast paced plot written by the author of the equally awesome Mr. Midnight. Highly recommended.
Cheryl
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Haunted house + evil spirit = horror lite in this case

NOTE: MIGHT BE SPOILERS

I probably would have given this New Hampshire horror tale 3 1/2 stars if I could but downvoted it to 3 stars because:

1. Character development was weak. I didn't really feel like I knew much about the few characters in the story except for a side character who was a meth cook/addict.

2. I didn't feel scared during the story and because of the subject matter I felt I should at least have a few frights and chills.

On a posi
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Lisa
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Justin & Lindie Copper relocated to the small town of Covenant, New Hampshire. They purchase a home that has been unoccupied for decades and listed as a "handyman special". Now, this alone should have raised some flags.. Once they move in and start redecorating the "fun' begins. No, it's not fun at all, but it is a good read. Without spoiling the story for you, let's just say the house has a history and not a nice one. Add to the mix a desperate meth dealer/user and things really get interes ...more
Aaron Mcquiston
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Covenant" has a well-trodden plot, but the novel is still fun and entertaining to read. Like many horror stories, the novel starts with a couple, Lindie and Justin Cooper, moving into a house that was built by a sadistic, woman torturer. So, of course, things don't go very well from the start. The novel feels like a great horror movie from the eighties, the ones that are a little over the top, a little cheesy, a little violent, and a lot of fun to watch. I love stories like this. Not because of ...more
Andreas Flögel
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nopub, darkfuse
Haunted House Story full of Suspense

This was the first book of Allan Leverone I have read.
The biggest surprise for me was, that it started with a prologue that reminds of torture/slasher movies but then develops to a haunted house / ghost-story.
So hopefully the start will not turn away fans of ghost-stories.
But there is even more, because after some time the ghost-story gets enriched with elements of crime and suspense, building up to a great finale.
The writing is unobtrusive and the story a qu
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Josef Hernandez
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good horror novel

For a full review, please go to http://areviewerdarkly.blogspot.com/2... and follow me on Twitter @josenher
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Allan Leverone is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nine novels, including the dark thriller, MR. MIDNIGHT, named by Suspense Magazine as one of the "Best Books of 2013."

A 2012 Derringer Award winner and 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee, Allan lives in Londonderry, NH with his wife of more than thirty years, three grown children and one beautiful granddaughter.

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