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The House Next Door

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  4,320 ratings  ·  440 reviews
A ghost story

I live next to a haunted house.

I began to suspect something was wrong with the gothic building when its family fled in the middle of the night, the children screaming, the mother crying. They never came back to pack up their furniture.

No family stays long. Animals avoid the place. Once, I thought I saw a woman's silhouette pacing through the upstairs room...
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published March 15th 2017 by Black Owl Books PTY LTD
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
That was creepy fun!! 👻

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR: A Ghost Story, by Darcy Coates, was just the kind of ghost story I love to read. Helen Marwick isn't your "romantic-style" ghost here, she's a malevolent entity that causes new homeowners to leave, screaming, in the middle of the night--never to return, even for their belongings.

Jo has witnessed several past owners from her own home, next door.

". . . A fascination has slowly built over the four years I've lived beside the house."

Most of the neighbors ignore the Marwick r
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Jo lives next to a haunted house. When a new owner moves in, Jo's curiosity blooms, and she carries a basket of muffins over to meet her new neighbour and peek inside the infamous Marwick house.

The House Next Door is my second Darcy Coates novel. It is heavy on atmosphere with classic tropes such as a grisly backstory, rattling chains, ghostly baby cries, and the eerie notes of a piano playing on its own. Chills and creeps are in excess with cob-webbed basements, hanging trees, and supernatural
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
3.5 Stars

Jo lives home next to a haunted house. For years she has seen families move in next door and leave in the hurry in the middle of the night shortly after the movie. The entire neighborhood avoids it, including Jo’s own cats. The lights turn on randomly at night, the doors slam on their own, and birds keep flying into it and breaking their neck.

Now a desperate young woman moves in and Jo cannot help but feel protective of her. There is something Anna isn’t telling her about her own past,
This was good, but she has dazzled me much more than this. This was also unique and different which I appreciated. It was a little like a cozy to me with a bit of a scare.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: h-read-horror
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts
Re-read September 2019
I love Darcy Coates.


This was exactly what I needed!

I’ve been in such a book slump all week, I was ready to give up reading altogether (not really ;) ). But this one I liked! It’s so good to sometimes read something completely different. I was ready to take a break from romance, and luckily Darcy Coates always delivers.

Jo lives next to a haunted house. The family next door suddenly left in the middle of the night and so far it’s been uninhabit
This is no cozy ghost story as author Darcy Coates plops the reader into the Marwick House where no one can seem to live in the house for a very long time. There is one powerful ghost that refuses to let anyone share the house with her and she will do anything to kick them out.

Until a new neighbor, Anna moves in that is down and out with her life as she wants to try to start over in this house. Her neighbor, Jo, has seen families come and go as long as she has lived next door. She becomes friend
Terri Vlasak
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Didn't find this scary - and I read this in the dark by a firepit - and found the plot silly and predictable. The scariest people in the book are the ones who are ok with a body buried in their backyard and the environment chosen to raise an infant. Decision-making of characters when supposedly 'sane' is not credible. Disappointing. No more Darcy Coates for me. ...more
What will you do when you live next to a haunted house and someone new and seemingly kind moves in?

So, this is my second Darcy Coates book in two days, and my third in a week. :P Yep, I just adore Darcy Coates, she writes some amazing horror books.

The story was creepy, right from the beginning it was haunting. The family shooting and running away like mad? The feeling of an oppressive house that is finally sleeping once more. The arrival of Anna and all the things that happened when she moved i
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
this was predictable. And I had just read The Carrow Haunt which was a 4.5 star for me.
Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos
I have enjoyed greatly every single book that I have read by Darcy Coates. As I look back at the reviews I have posted I see a field of four and five star books. She never seems to disappoint. This book is no exception.

Coates seems to always start with a simple, tried and true (maybe even over-tried) haunted house premise. In this one we meet a woman named Jo who lives next to a house which she has always suspected is haunted. After the former resident leaves in a hurry (don’t they always?), she
{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }

October read 2017 - #2:
You did it again it again, Darcy!
Totally nailed it. I'm so glad I discovered your books!
I'm one of your biggest fans. 🔪😳

This was a most excellent read for this time of year. It was creepy and full of atmosphere.

I give this book a 4.5.
Audra (ouija.reads)
I do love a haunted house narrative, and the good news is, it looks like Darcy Coates has a bunch of other titles I can try!

I liked the set-up of this book: a woman lives next to a house she's pretty sure is haunted. She's seen some weird things and the last people left in a hurry. Now there's a new woman living there alone and things go from spooky to downright terrifying. What's a good neighbor to do?

This book was easy and quick to read. It doesn't have a lot of depth or character development,
Kelly B
Told in the first person point of view, Jo is intrigued when a young woman named Anna moves into the mysterious house next door. No one seems to stay in the house for long; the last occupants left in the middle of the night, leaving all their belongings behind. As Jo and Anna become friends, they start to unravel the mystery of what is going on in Anna's house.

The House Next Door: A Ghost Story is an entertaining and quick read. I thought there were a few creepy moments, and the mystery surround
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghost
Genre: Fiction > Horror > Ghotic


I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I don't like to read ghost stories because they are usually too spooky and disturbing for my tastes but I guess I've read bad ghost stories before because this one was really pleasant surprise. It had right amount of spookiness and scare but it also had something else that made me read on. There’s also a right amount of humor which is always necessary in to relieve some tension.

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

I liked th
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jo, lives next to the Marwick House. One family who lived in the house for a very short time, left in the middle of the night, and never returned for their belongings. The neighbors, would go out of there way, to avoid this so called haunted house. The house had been abandon for almost eight months, and then Anna moved in. Anna, was down on her luck, and was hoping to start her life over again. Jo never crossed the boundary, between her property and the house next store. After a few days, Jo dec ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Hmm. I must admit that I was a bit disappointed in this book. It didn't have the feel that I've come to enjoy from a Darcy Coates novel. Whilst it was still an enjoyable quick read, I just wasn't quite as hooked. The quality of writing and characters however were as good as ever.

I'll list what I did like in the following spoiler tags (view spoiler)
Lady Delacour
Book was just ok.
Story line to familiar.
Narrator Emily Sutton
was a little flat.
One mild foul word
used a few times.
Jess ✩
2 stars are for the cats.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, darcy-coates
Actually 3.5 stars. This is a bit different from her other stories. I liked it, but it isn't my favorite one. ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books

Josephine, A.K.A. Jo, has lived next to a haunted house for the last 4 years. She has even witnessed a family run out screaming in the middle of the night.
When a new woman, Anna, moves in, Jo's curiosity gets the best of her and the two strike up a fast friendship.
But something sinister is out to get Anna and the house's evil begins spreading to the rest of the neighborhood.
Helping Anna is dangerous, but it becomes too late for Jo to simply continue ignoring the haunted house next doo
Hollow Well
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, ghost
I took a bit of a turn from my standard reading fare. This book is just a good old, straight-up ghost story.

Jo is a cat-lady-in-training loner who happens to live next to a haunted house. She witnessed the previous owners grabbing the kids and getting the hell out in the middle of the night - leaving everything behind and never coming back. Eight months later, Anna moves in to the house. She's sort of hiding from her overbearing ex-boyfriend.

Jo and Anna strike up a friendship and consider the na
Saurabh (सौरभ)
Nothing new, nothing spectacular but still entertaining. It's a light and have-seen-it-all-before horror story filled with exploited horror movie tropes. It's entertaining enough so I won't call it banal.
I was planning on giving it a 3 but added an extra 0.5 for the cats.
Crystal Gray
Not bad, but not one of my favorites by this author either.
Shannon { Library Girl Reading }
predictable but good
Νατάσα Παυλίτσεβιτς
Creepy, fun story about a haunted house. Very easy to read and with a couple of disturbing scenes. However I thought some things happened just to serve the plot. Plus the voices of the characters could be more unique, especially in long dialogues.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
There are some mild spoilers in this review.

Sadly I found this book really boring. The characters are shallow and I couldn't believe in their motivations. There was no atmosphere or detailed descriptions. The plot was predictable and trite. Things would be fine one sentence and then all of a sudden there was a haunting with no build up or suspense which made the potential for creepiness fall flat.

And as for the creep-factor, which is what I was looking for, I normally scare easily when it comes
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Darcy Coates is a NEW author to me and I must say I loved her writing. She brings you into the story within 3 pages. I didnt want to put The house next store down!

Anna moves into a new house "Marwick House"
but little did she know its haunted.
Jo is her next door neighbor who has seen plenty of people run from the house. Jo and Anna become best friends and soon try to figure out how to get rid of the ghost living in Annas home.

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Ricky McConnell
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. It was a great ghost story, and was really spooky at times. The author made you feel like you were in the house right beside the characters. I look forward to another book by this author. Was it your typical ghost story ? maybe, but I liked the way the story thread was done. Sometimes I think simple stories like this are a nice break from more complex ones.
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