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The Woman in the Dark

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  734 ratings  ·  174 reviews
A debut psychological thriller about a woman who moves with her family to the gothic seaside house where her husband grew up--and where 15 years ago another family was brutally slaughtered.

Sarah and Patrick are happy. But after her mother's death, Sarah spirals into depression and overdoses on sleeping pills. While Sarah claims it was an accident, her teenage children aren
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
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Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars

Welcome to the Murder House

Everything starts with that letter, the letter Sarah’s husband (Patrick) received about his childhood’s house. The beautiful Victorian house he grew up in, he saw happy memories but he wasn’t the one who imagined blood on the walls or whispering ghosts... That fairytale house fifteen years ago became the House of Horrors, The Murder House. Fifteen years ago the family living in there were stabbed to death, butchered, ripped apart by a madman. Now Patrick want
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Frank Phillips
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely creepy! I figured that the whole haunted house theme was just going to be a selling point and not really that relevant or present, but boy was I wrong! You could sense the eeriness and darkness of the house all throughout this book. It absolutely made my skin crawl! It was so dark and haunting I even felt like it had supernatural elements going on at some points... Just can't describe enough how creeped out I was by the atmosphere in this house! This had it all, it had g ...more
Louise Wilson
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah and Patrick have always had an easy family life. But when Sarah's mother dies, Sarah is sent on a downward spiral. They decide to move away and make a fresh start with their two children. They move to the large seaside house that Patrick grew up in. But horrific and brutal murders took place there. The locals call it the "Murder House". The house has been empty since the murders took place 15 years ago. Sarah did not want to move, but she is eventually persuaded. Patrick soon becomes less ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do! I do have to give it five chilling, thrilling stars! If there ever was a book to pull me out of a recent slump, well, this is it! First page starts with: “Two more bodies found in the Murder House.” Gahhhhh!!! My hands could not turn the pages fast enough as the momentum built. A sordid house with past secrets. Same spooky house with a history of a gruesome family murder. Our current characters moving into same home (what? Are you all crazy???) Sarah’s husband has a demented need to buy an ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into The Woman in the Dark expecting something in the vein that we've come to expect from "The Woman/Girl" titles - you know, unreliable narrator due to trauma/memory issues, mystery that would have been easily cleared up if not for said trauma/memory issues, vaguely menacing love interests - in short, a pretty meh experience. Instead, I found myself actually completely hooked - Sarah was a character who won me over despite being doormat-adjacent, usually a complete deal-breaker. Her chil ...more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

He sees the beautiful Victorian house he grew up in, with its pitched roof and gabled ends---a fairy-tale house before it became the county House of Horrors. He sees happy memories of a childhood lived by the sea. He doesn't imagine blood on the walls or whispering ghosts. He doesn't see the Murder House, but I do.

Sarah grew up with a mother who suffered from
Liz Barnsley
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Woman in the Dark is a relevant and very disturbing tale, taking on elements of mental health, abuse and the things that define us.
It was an addictive, unnerving read, with “The Murder House” taking on a presence of its own – the idea that places of violence hold onto that violence gives this oft told tale an extra, intriguing layer.
In a family full of secrets, the story plays out in pacy and thought provoking style, as Sarah fights her inner demons in an effort to protect that family – it i
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was excellent. The story had me hooked from the start and I absolutely loved it. I really felt for Sarah and Joe in the story not so much for Mia as I felt she was horrendous to her mum who didn’t deserve it. There was so many twists and turns, some I saw coming and others which shocked me. It was so well written and put together well. It was a great book with interesting characters and I definitely recommend it.
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
I wanted to like The Woman in the Dark. A new women author writing gothic horror with a psychological thriller twist? That sounds like everything I love.
Unfortunately, I was let down somewhere in the middle of the novel when I realized they were really going to play out two of my least favorite tropes; the manipulative bastard trope and the mysterious dead baby.
I don't mind when the husband/boyfriend/lover is a manipulative bastard as long as the main character dealing with the bullshit grows in
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
I really wasn't expecting much with this. What I did like was that 'is it a haunting or not' vibe it had going for it. That was okay.

This is about a family who moves back into the father's childhood home, which just so happened to be the scene of a triple homicide, and all that entails.

What killed this for me is the absolute passivity of the mother (the MC). I just couldn't with her. I wanted to throw this book half way through it. You couldn't even call her stupid, because she acknowledges this
Richelle Robinson
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah is married and a mother of two. One day Sarah tried to commit suicide after the death of her mother. Her husband, Patrick decides they need to move to his childhood home for a fresh start. Things get even worse for the family after the move. Break out the sage!

This book was one for the ages! I liked Sarah but at times she was so weak. Not because she tried to commit suicide it’s because she let her husband and kids run not walk all over her throughout this book. Yes, she messed up but can
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
"No matter what dreams you pour into it, this is still the Murder House.

The Woman in the Dark is a good dark thriller with horror tones. I loved hearing about the house and seeing everything unravel! I wish that it would have ended up being a little bit more sinister in the end, but I still had so much fun reading it.

I figured out some stuff in advance, but it didn't lessen my enjoyment. I was captivated the entire way through the story. I don't want to give away anything, so I'm not going to s
A Lib Tech Reads
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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The Woman in the Dark
Vanessa Savage
Rating: 3.5/5
Note:Special thanks to Hachette Books for providing a copy for review. My thoughts are also posted on the Palmer Library review blog.

I started and finished The Woman in the Dark in what felt like one sitting. This dark thriller is guaranteed to suck readers in and keep them captive in its tight grasp until the story is over.

There were many things that the author, Vanessa Savage, was really great at developing: one of these things being the complica
Joanne Robertson
I saw a few great 5 star reviews of this book in January (namely those by Susan Hampson and Jacob Collins) so when I noticed that The Woman In the Dark was a kindle offer in February I decided to buy it. And due to the fabulous Good Friday weather we had, I chose it to read in the beautiful sunshine whilst sitting out in the garden. And I just want to start by saying that those much trusted blogger reviews were right and that THIS WAS THE BEST 99p I HAVE SPENT ALL YEAR!!! Honestly, this book was ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 creepy stars!

Sarah and Patrick have been married for years and have two teenagers, Joe and Mia. After Sarah’s mother dies, she suffers from a nervous breakdown and eventually ends up overdosing (but revived) on sleeping pills. For Patrick, this seems like the perfect time to purchase back his family home that was recently offered up for sale and move his family to the seaside. Sounds good right? Except, since Patrick’s family lost their home to foreclosure, a family has been murdered in the
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
Alrighty, I'll give this a 3.75 star rating. Now hear me out - this one is filled with well-worn plot devices and twists. It has overused tropes. It's an extremely familiar thriller novel. Filled to the brim with over-done everything but...I kept turning those pages! I burned through this one in a few short days and found I needed to know how it was all going to turn out (even though I pretty well knew already).
Susan Hampson
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The rose-coloured spectacles are well and truly on when Patrick hears that the house that was his sea-side family home as a child is up for sale. The coastal location sounds an ideal place for him and his wife to bring up their two teenage children. Sarah had fallen into a state of depression after her mother died. So Patrick sees the windfall she has been left as the opportunity for a fresh start for them all.
There is only one draw back. The family that lived there after Patrick’s family moved
Nicole Gardiner
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
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If you are looking for a dark and disturbing tale then this is the book for you.
A really good psychological thriller about a family who move back to the husband's childhood home where some gruesome murders were previously committed and the house well all i can say is CREEPY
I DEVOURED this book in one sitting and had to stop reading a few times as i was listening for strange noises. Reading this book had me on the edge of my seat, it got my heart racing and made me turn on all the lights in the
Robin Loves Reading
Patrick Walker will not take no for an answer. He begs, pleads, reasons with his wife Sarah to move back into his childhood home. Sarah had more than one reason for being so indecisive. Her primary reason was a good one. 15 years previously a family was brutally murdered there, and the house is referred to as the Murder House.

Before Patrick thrust this idea on Sarah, they were happy. However, her mother had died months before, and Sarah went into a deep depression and even suffered a breakdown.
Angela Smith
A wonderfully twisty story of mystery, thriller and suspense all rolled into one. From early on in the story you sense the darkness in Sarah's husband Patrick as he manipulates the lives of his family to get what he wants. What he wants is to get back his family home and all costs, more or less breaking them financially to get it. Sarah is still recovering from a breakdown after her mother's death. The small legacy her mother left her is emotionally blackmailed out of her and they move to the ho ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 stars, rounded up. The narrator was great, but I think I may have enjoyed it more if I had read a print copy. Actually listening to these characters that spoke so nastily to each other throughout most of the book got old, and didn't endear any of them to me (maybe the narrator was too effective). In fact, they became pretty unlikable; I didn't enjoy much of it until the last 25%, and it took way too long to get to that point.
Lady Delacour
Mystery Horror Story.
Very formulated but
original enough to keep
you invested in the story.
Listened with TTS.
Mostly Clean.
Foul Language.
Debbie Littley
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say that this book will be next years must read psychological thriller of 2019.

It has it all, what appears to be the perfect family, but in reality they are facing underlying stress, a mental ill wife, self-destructive teenage children, deteriorating marriage and of course, the move into The Murder House!

As with all books in this genre, things are never as they seem but sometimes, just sometimes, they are exactly that! I mean, who would expect The Murder House to be a perfect fami
Andrea Hicks
My thanks to Sphere and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read The Woman in the Dark
This is a very dark novel with many layers entwined for the denouement that I'm not sure satisfied me completely. Sarah thinks she has the perfect husband, but I began asking questions as to the balance of their relationship when he all but pushed her into looking after his motherless child when she was only nineteen. Her youth and experience led her to believe her life with him would be idyllic but afte
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story filled with lies, deception, love, revenge with a psychological twist. I decided to purchase this book because I thought it was a creepy ghost story. The title and the cover were a metaphor to the unraveling of the not so perfect life filled with lies. Patrick was raised at a home in which a murder was committed after his family moved. He was infatuated with the home and saw this creepy murderous home as his perfect home for him to live with his perfect family and it should have been his ...more
miss j a robinson
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Vanessa Savage, Little, Brown Book Group, Sphere and NetGalley for an ARC of The Woman in the Dark. Here is my honest review.
The Woman in the Dark is a dark and foreboding tale, Patrick Walker grow up in a large seaside home and speaks of it lovingly, despite the horrific and brutal murders of a family occurring, after his childhood home was repossessed. It is now known locally as 'The Murder House' and has been vacant since the fatal attack. When it suddenly comes up for sale, P
Pamela Sewell
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Goodreads Giveaway. Patrick and Sarah fell in love in college and 20 years later are a close family with Patrick's son Joe, 17 and Mia, 15. Or are they? Patrick has always regaled tales of his perfect childhood and home. When Sarah becomes depressed after her mother's death, he convinces her to sink her inheritance into purchasing his old home, suddenly for sale. Upon arrival, Sarah learns it's the infamous "Murder House" the site of a family massacre. Slowly, Sarah discovers cracks in her husba ...more
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Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage
3.5 stars
M/F Thriller
Triggers: Gaslighting, Rape, Abuse, Addiction, Mental Health Issues, Child Abuse
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This book took me a while to become engaged. I almost put it down a few different times. This wasn't one of those books that grabs you from the start. Having said that, I still am unclear how I feel about this book.

Sarah is a mom of 2 kids. Her life seems picture perfect. When issues arise, her famil
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