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Berkley Street

(Berkley Street #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,618 ratings  ·  387 reviews
Shane Ryan returns to Nashua and the childhood memories that drove him to join the Marines. After a prolonged legal battle with his aunt and uncle, Shane has possession of the family home where his parents disappeared over 20 years ago. The house, a monstrous castle filled with ghosts and secrets, is more alive than its inhabitants.

When his aunt and uncle come to town, the
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BERKLEY STREET is the first novel in the Berkley Street series, by author Ron Ripley. In the house at number 125 Berkley Street, the author has created a most unique and terrifying environment positively riddled with ghosts of different backgrounds and temperaments. Shane Ryan and his parents, Hank and Fiona, buy the house after it had belonged to the Andersons. It doesn't take long for young Shane and his family to find out what the rest of the neighborhood already suspected--that their house i ...more
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In your face horror

May 18, 2019

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Publication date: April 22, 2016
Language: English

Well if you like the kind of horror story which instead of sneaking up on you and yelling boo, walks right up to you waving a club and proceeds to bludgeon you over the head then this is for you. I prefer sneaking.

The surprises and mysteries in this novel are
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something is wrong with the old Andersen house. Really, really, wrong. Shane Ryan grew up there. Now he has returned to his childhood home, 20 years after the disappearance of his parents, to find out exactly what happened all those years ago. He might not like what he finds. Many secrets and ghosts from the past will need to be brought to light in order to unravel the mystery.

If you are looking for a slow burn haunted house tale, then Berkley Street is not your huckleberry. There is zero pussy
Lorraine Southern
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great little creepy read!
At last, I've found a decent new horror writer AND this is one is the first in a series!! Great stuff ;)
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, paranormal
A great start to a series that I am looking forward to reading more of. Good mystery with a tormented main character. Always a fun time when it’s a buddy read with my traveling sister Mary Beth.
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Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: German ghost hunters, girls in ponds, stupid parents
This haunted house story is more slasher flick than suspense - the ghosts that haunt Berkley Street are physical and violent, capable of killing anyone who trespasses on the house grounds.

The story requires a lot of suspension of disbelief, not so much about murderous ghosts, but about the way people living in a house that regularly kills people behave. Maybe it's just me, but after the second or third time ghosts in my house killed a visitor, a handyman, or just some random trespasser, while te
Ann Altheide-Marquez
WOW! This book was exactly what I want in a horror novel. First, it reels you in instantly, hence the reason I finished it in a few hours. It made me turn on the lights! The plot was perfect. Sometimes they are so twisty that they never answer my questions. I despise a book that has no real ending or resolution (irregardless of sequels),

Characters were great. Shane as a child... man he was brave, smart, precocious, and awesome to read. I really wanted to see him have some resolution. I am 5 min
Lora Milton
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, ghost-stories
This story started like many haunted house stories, with someone moving into a new (to them) property. Somehow they always manage to be able to afford large houses or even mansions, which of course come with some history.

The main character is the son, Shane, who can see and hear resident ghosts. The story flips back and forth in time frequently, showing Shane as a child, then returning to the house as a legal adult who has been away in the military. The ghosts immediately welcome him home.

The wr
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Review: BERKLEY STREET by Ron Ripley

I don't know what author Ron Ripley's nightmares are like, but he certainly knows how to bring on the scares, in every single story. BERKLEY STREET is frightening, very much, and I finished unsure which scared me more: the haunts, or the humans [shudder]. BERKLEY STREET is part of the MOVING IN series. Do read this, but not at night and not alone.
Donna King
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rate the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I have all of Mr. Ripley's books. He is a great writer. I hope to read the rest of his stories.
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May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shane Ryan is returning to his home town of Nashua, New Hampshire. As a young boy, strange things were happening at his home. When Shane was old enough, he joined the Marines to get away from his home on Berkley Street. There had been a long legal battle, between Shane's and his aunt and uncle, over who should get possession of the house. Shane won the legal battle and the house was his. Shane's parents disappeared twenty years ago and there bodies were never found. Shane, remembers as a child, ...more
Kirsten McKenzie
This is definitely a ghost story! A story which flits seamlessly from past go present, with an eclectic array of both living and dead characters. At times the story was scary and there were moments I felt sorry for the poor souls trapped in the house. There’s nothing gratuitous or gory, just a nice level of fear of things that go bump in the night. Loved it. And will happily read the sequel.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-misc
“You need to tell me how you’re doing this...” Christopher said, his voice getting higher. “There’s no such thing as ghosts!”
All of the windows darkened, as though someone had painted each pane black.
“There are,” Shane said softly. “And there are a lot here.”
“How many?” Matthew whispered.
“At least six, maybe more,” Shane answered. “And yes, they can hurt you.”

Shane Ryan hasn't been home since he left for boot camp twenty years ago. Shortly after that his parents disappeared. But he knows the
Oh god, this book gave me chills!! I couldn't read it at night as the very first night I did, I ended up with vivid dreams and was jumping at every noise!!

Shane has finally moved back into the house of his childhood, not that he wanted to but necessity to find his parents made him. You see, the house is haunted and Shane had never intended on coming back, but the house didn't want him to stay away and so made his parents disappear! Can he find the answers before it's too late, or will the house
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, e-books
I have been hitting a stream of really good horror lately, and believe me, that is harder to find than it should be. This was a haunted house story on steroids, with a compelling protagonist, a variety of spirits to get to know, and strong supporting characters. It felt like an interesting mix of Alice in Wonderland and Rose Red (the miniseries). But although there were hints of this and reminders of that, which was very much its own story, and confident in what it was and where it was going. It ...more
I read it, did I like it? Meh. I’m not sure why I didn’t particularly like it. Not suspenseful enough? Boring dull ghosts, going back and forth in time, lack of character development for Shane and the rest of the cast. Rushed ending? Predictable. Meh.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good start to the series.
Ghost stories are very easy to get wrong. This one started strong and finished strong. If it had a been a one-off or stand alone book then I would not have enjoyed it as much, but there is so much more to tell and I can’t wait to get into the next book. There were additional scenes after the book ended which really helped set the backdrop for what came before. I love how the main characters are building. There were brutal parts, but it was not overwhel
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Berkley Street (Berkley Street Series # 1)🍒🍒🍒🍒
By Ron Ripley

Creepy and odd would describe the house Shane Ryan grew up in....he returns 20 years later when his parents dusappear.
Restless spirits....servant passages....doors that appear and disappear.....secret rooms....this house has a history all its own.
Just don't got near the lake....

"Everything is impossible until it isn't."
I really enjoyed this horror. It was a quick read and it could have been longer!
I didn't find it overtly scary, but it was well written and the atmosphere was eerie and creepy. I liked the plot too.
It's part of a series and I think I'll read more of them.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book!!! Read in one setting!!!
Mary Rose
Not Too Shabby, Except for a Few Minor Complaints

The book was slow to start in some ways and rushed in other ways.

The beginning and end didn't hold my willing suspension. The middle was fantastic though. There were parts that were definitely creepy. Character development for the living and dead characters were really awesome! The world building for the house was amazing!

Sometimes the plot points (especially in the beginning and end) didn't really have build up. It was just kinda there in your fa
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

This is one helluva read! Pure and simple. So many great characterizations! This riveting tale kept me completely enthralled through out! Twists and turns you don't expect suddenly lurch out to grab you! And the portrayal of the ghosts is just amazing! I found myself endeared to several, even having a bit of pity for the root cellar inhabitants! The one girl is quite creepy and horrific to imagine! I am very much looking forward to continuing this series! Bravo 👏 Mr.Ripley! It shall not
David Wright
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How did I not know about this author?

This was an extremely entertaining read. Most writers build up to an event gradually, not so with Ron Ripley! Uncompromising right from the start and stays true to form to the very end. A fantastic blend of haunting, paranormal events that at times are pretty gruesome. Definitely for fans of ghosts, poltergeists and possessions, this is one haunted house you won't want to go anywhere near. I look forward to reading the rest of the works by this author. Sherma
Sherry Bledsoe
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Story

Really a page turner. I did not expect to immediately get caught up in the story but I was. I loved how most of the ghosts back stories were told. My only disappointment was the ending. I guess I wanted a happy ending but rarely are their "happy ever after" in ghost stories.
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't scared, but I was intrigued. It's definitely a creepy story. The ending was rather abrupt and nothing was resolved about (view spoiler). However, I think I'm willing to overlook that and see where the series goes because I like a good ghost story. ...more
Pia Veleno
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would've liked more fleshing out of characters and backstory but overall a good ghost story.

This was my first by this author, picked up simply because it was ghosts and set in a neighboring town, but I'll look into another by him.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great, spooky Ghost story! I love it and found that I couldn't read it alone!
Vicky D.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty decent scares, I jumped at every noise in the house while reading this at night. I was not as much impressed with ending.
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Ron Ripley is a husband and father surviving in New England, a place which seems to be getting colder every day. He grew up across from a disturbingly large cemetery where he managed to scare himself every night before going to bed. Mostly because of the red lights that people put in front of the headstones. Those things are just plain creepy to a kid.

Ron enjoys writing horror, military history an

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