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"The dead are restless here..."
Remy is a tour guide for Carrow House, a notoriously haunted building. When she's asked to host seven guests for a week-long stay to research Carrow's phenomena, she hopes to finally experience some of the sightings that made the house famous.

At first, it's everything they hoped for. Then a storm moves in, cutting off their contact with
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Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published March 26th 2018 by Black Owl Books
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Jingizu Yes, the author is Australian or at least, lives in Australia. She uses British words and sentence construction, and Australia does have states. The h…moreYes, the author is Australian or at least, lives in Australia. She uses British words and sentence construction, and Australia does have states. The hospital mentioned in the beginning "Royal Henry" or "Prince Henry" hospital is also in Sydney, Australia.

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Tim
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, horror, 2010s
I was genuinely shocked by how good this was... well, for at least half the book. Maybe a little over that and then majorly disappointed by the rest. Now if you've read many of the reviews that may come as a surprise as I've noticed at least a few of the reviews note that they felt the book picked up around the 60% mark. This no doubt will come down to personal taste.

So to explain my disappointment, let me first start by saying that the haunted house sub-genre is my favorite style of horror nove
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Marie
Whoa!! This was a creepy, atmospheric, chill ride into the ghostly unknown of the Carrow House!

Tour guide, Remy loves taking people through Carrow House explaining things that have happened within its walls as the house is known for being haunted. People from previous tours have literally disappeared through the years or ended up dead. When one of Remy's tourists (Mark) shows an interest in the house and tells her that he would love to have her host a week long stay for seven guests, Remy thinks
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Kimberly
THE CARROW HAUNT is the latest novel from author Darcy Coates. This novel had so much in terms of genre-overlap! We have horror in many forms: supernatural, psychological, a long-dead serial killer, gruesome deaths, ghosts, gore, and bodies. Also present is a strong thriller/detective element that had me second guessing just about every idea that I attempted to predict.

"Welcome, dear ones, to the dreaded Carrow House."

Remy Allier gives guided tours through the area's "most haunted house" onc
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Tom Lewis
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a really fun time reading this spooky little book. Darcy’s words flow smoothly, and paint vivid descriptions of her scenes that really bring them to life. This story follows a team of people assembled to investigate a legendary haunted house. It’s a familiar premise, but Darcy’s execution and the colorful bunch of characters are what make it fun. If you like haunted house stories with minimal gore, check out Darcy’s books.
Franzi
4 Stars

This was so spooky and atmospheric, I loved it. The premise of a house haunted by the ghosts of those murdered in it isn't the most unique, but this was so wonderfully crafted I enjoyed every second of it. The characters are likeable, the atmosphere is great and I liked the mystery aspect. The writing was easy to read and perfectly describtive.
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
The Carrow Haunt is Darcy Coates newest release. It's about a girl named Remy that gives tours of the famously haunted Carrow House. On one of her tours, a guest asks if she will proposition the owner to allow a group of people including Remy, to stay at Carrow House for a couple of weeks in order to study the paranormal phenomena up close and personal. Not willing to pass up a chance to experience some of the sightings she talks about in her tours everyday, Remy agrees to participate; and the o ...more
Shaina
Edit: This was a dynamic haunting story. I loved it. You had your medium ( not fake), the tour guide, the skeptic, the tag-a-long, and your rich girl owner who is desperately a want-to-be medium (to the actual medium’s chagrin) the horribly gory history of the House, and an actually truly very haunted house right on the sea. Everyone has their reason to be there and they are all mixed in with your folks interested in ghosts and others interested in the house and still others are just ready to co ...more
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
If you love a good haunted house, seances and intrigue than The Carrow Haunt will keep you reading through the night. This is definitely one of Darcy Coates best books and will keep you guessing all the way to the end.
Susan
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts, non-mm
Re-read August 2019
One of my favorites from Darcy Coates

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4.25 stars

Now this was awesome!

Remy organizes tours in the haunted Carrow House. The house has a very rich history, with a serial killer who buried his victims in the basement, and several other mysterious deaths in the last 100 years.

When she gets approached by Mark Sulligent, who asks if she’s interested in taking part in an experiment in Carrow House, she doesn’t know what to think. Mark wants to have a group
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Mindi
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Wow, did I tear through this one. The beginning reminded me so much of the tour I took at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Coates must have been on a lot of haunted house tours, because she has the tour guide character down pat. I was immediately sucked into this story.

Remy is a tour guide at Carrow House, one of the most haunted buildings in the area. Carrow House is isolated and surrounded by the sea on three sides. In order to get to the house you have to cross a bridge, an
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Ellen Gail
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, kindle
I used to love this building. Now, I would gladly burn it to the ground.

Not as great as I wanted it to be, but still a lot of fun and spooks.

Having read Hunted back in October, my expectations were high going into this. I wanted more of the interesting characters, exciting readable plot, and of course, the spooks.



And I got some of that? The Carrow Haunt did have some fun. It's a bit like a locked house mystery? Is there a trope for when people are trapped together and slowly picked off one
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Emily
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
"How can you kill the unkillable?"

I've been meaning to read a book by Darcy Coates for forever, and I finally picked up The Carrow Haunt, which is a new release from this year. I ended up really enjoying it!

I can always be drawn in with a haunted house story. The Carrow Haunt has such a fun set-up - it's kind of similar to Hell House, except it doesn't suck (sorry, not sorry). The main character is a tour guide at a haunted inn, and she ends up getting the opportunity to stay there for 2 weeks
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Maria Hill AKA MH Books
This one is recommended for those who like the thrill of a scary haunted house story. Its very strong on plot combining a serial killer haunted hotel, a mystery and lots and lots of action. This cries out to be a movie and it would be spectacular as such.

Personally, I prefer more characterisation and atmosphere build up but I have to admit that Darcy Coates has done an excellent job in plain out writing a haunted house story designed to scare you our of your booties.

Recommended to anyone who th
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Beth
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book started out as a Haunting of Hill House style ghost story and quickly devolved into goofy (bad) cheesiness. Also, I can’t be the only one who noticed that author is obsessed with having her characters lick their lips. Like so often it could be a drinking game. “Remy licked her lips and started up the stairs...” “Remy licked her lips and replied that she would go check on the others...” “Mark licked his lips and said he would be the one to go out into the storm...” And so on. Just stop ...more
Bill
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast and fun and strange. This reminded me of a good time cheesy action horror thriller flick. And I mean that in a good way actually.

3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 because this had some good atmosphere throughout.
Mehsi
The newest Darcy Coates and I was so so so excited to start reading this one.

I just had all the right elements and I just couldn't wait. Darcy Coates always knows how to write a great horror/haunted story, and this one also featured a group of people going to stay at a very very haunted place. What could go wrong? I couldn't wait for them to go exploring, for them to delve deeper into the mystery.

And there were exciting parts, but sadly at times I found myself bored and wondering when the actio
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Jerby  Verderosa
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Usually, I find myself wavering between two and three stars. This time I had a bit of a happier struggle: three stars or four.

I ultimately decided on three stars for some of the plot choices made at the end of the novel. However, the truth is, in general I really had fun reading this book.

I am familiar with Darcy Coates and usually find myself gravitating to her work if I want a quick, light, sort-of spooky read. Carrow House delivers on all these accounts: it has a phenomenally eerie setting
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Amitaf0208
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars ! very good and entertaining. loved it. highly recommend!
Amber J
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults. Lovers of horror, ghosts, paranormal, haunted houses, who dunnit.

This book was really good. I read it while I was on vacation, and reading about a haunted hotel while sleeping in motels adds a whole new level lol. But in all serious I really did find this book very scary. I was jumping at shadows and had to read something lighter before bed just to get some sleep. I found it had a bit of a 'who dunnit?' feel to it, which wasn't bad. I don't think there was anything particularly original to it though. It was and intriguing read, but the concept were pretty typ

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Kay’s Book Corner
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a comfort horror read for me!

The Carrow Haunt welcomes you in and does not let you out until you discover its secrets.
Neonila
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5

It was a good read overall, but some things felt too convenient.
Regina Hunter
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I really appreciate how simple and engaging these are. Very nice to read in between series.
Emily
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, borrowed
Wow, where to begin with this book? I went to bed last night just intending to read a chapter or two and finished the entire second half in a single sitting- always a good sign, though not for my sleeping patterns.

Most texts by this author follow a quite familiar pattern and contain similar plot-based ingredients:
1. There is a spooky house
2. The main character because isolated and unable to leave the property due to financial/emotional/physical entrapment by spooky things/all of the above
3. T
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Tana 🌻 Cozyreadings
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
17/03/2019

I wish I’d never started, but I cannot stop. Death is the next step. Heaven owes me no mercy, so I will make my own

I enjoyed this more than I expected! This really had me on edge the whole time, and even had a couple of gasps when the deaths started happening.

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Robin Bonne
Darcy Coates gothic horror novels are a guilty pleasure of mine. The plots are very similar to each other, which is a bit of a letdown.
Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos
I suppose I should start by owning that Darcy Coates is one of my favorite horror writers and that I have a special love for haunted house yarns. Put those two together and I was probably predisposed to love this book from the beginning.

The things about Ms Coates’ tales is that they really aren’t ground breaking. Like, not at all. She tells haunted house stories that are very classical and formulaic. Whether it’s the person inheriting a house from a forgotten relative, the one where the person
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Review to come.
Rachel
3.25/5 stars

This was a fun quick read that pretty much provided exactly what I wanted. I love haunted house stories and The Carrow Haunt is just that. There were several moments during this book that I got that awesome creepy vibe that makes you want to look behind you and make sure no ghosts are following! It's fairly predictable but the pace moved along well enough that I still enjoyed it and will be checking out more of the authors work.
Nat
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
A really great horror book! Wow, it definitely took me by surprise, during the halfway mark I was a tad bit bored but the second half blew me away. If you love paranormal haunted house type stories then I think this is the book for you. This will definitely keep you in suspense and maybe even blow your mind a little as I truly had no idea how this story would end. A perfect read for Halloween or the spooky season.
Eve
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Ghosts

“. . . Two weeks in the state’s most haunted house. This is either going to be a great decision or the worst experience of my life.”

I don’t normally read books that fall into the horror genre because they are often too disturbing, malicious and make me feel uncomfortable. Darcy Coates has something in her books that makes me enjoy them, so I can easily make an exception to her books.

You can't kill what's already dead.

THE CARROW HAUNT have a
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