The Carrow Haunt
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 ...more
She is however usually very vague about where her stories take place.(less)
A little backstory:
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 fo ...more
So to explain my disappointment, let me first start by saying that the haunted house sub-genre is my favorite style of horror nove ...more
"Welcome, dear ones, to the dreaded Carrow House."
Remy Allier gives guided tours through the area's "most haunted house" onc ...more
I love haunted house stories. I love murderous ghosts, interesting and memorable characters, and locked-in whodunnit thrillers. Darcy Coates has delivered all in spades.
For me The Carrow Haunt was a five star read right up to (view spoiler)[the happy ending. Everyone coming back from the dead felt like a bit of a rip off. (hide spoiler)]
But regardless, I am physically restraining myself from going out and buying everyt ...more
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars!
Thanks to the Horror Aficionados group on Goodreads for doing a group read for this book. I would not have gotten to it sooner if they had not put this together.
The Carrow Haunt is the second book that I've read by Darcy Coates and I enjoyed this one as well!
I thought the characters, action and all the spooky moments were done well in this book.
I was not expecting the plot to go in the direction that it di ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
Extremely bingeable and well-paced, The Carrow Haunt is a middle-of-the road haunted house story with enough pizzazz to thrill, yet no real substance to generate any lasting impression. It is even difficult to anchor my thought on anything in particular, other than it's an inoffensive execution of the tried-and-true horror sub genre: things go south when a group of people is stranded in an old house with a dark past, and malevolent spirits.
Vanilla almost to a fault, the novel is comforta ...more
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 ...more
One of my favorites from Darcy Coates
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Remy is a tour guide for the infamous and haunted Carrow House but she has never held a tour quite like this one. She is approached by a stranger and given the opportunity, along with seven other individuals, to spend a fortnight inside the manor home. Remy knows the house intimately but soon, as they are all about to discover, it proves to have more chilling secrets to uncover than any of them could have dreamed possible.
The book opened with an introduction to our ...more
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...more
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 ...more
The first 70% of the book is very slow going. The last little bit was great but is a struggle to get there. The characters were ok, a little basic. The setting was good. I would read more by this author but I wouldn't be in a hurry about it. ...more
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 ...more
Not for me.
Recommended for my Mum who doesn't read horror, and never will coz she's already in the afterli ...more
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