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)
"Welcome, dear ones, to the dreaded Carrow House."
Remy Allier gives guided tours through the area's "most haunted house" once ...more
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 ...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.
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
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, ...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 by ...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 ...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 ...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...more
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
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
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.
(view spoiler)[ I will say that I was a bit dissapointed by the fact that Lucille and Piers turned out to be alive, and that Remy managed to get them out. I wish that Raj would have magically survived too then. Why let him stay ...more
“. . . 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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
I thought I would shake it up a bit for the beginning of 2019 and read a book I normally would not read. I liked it for the better half, but it escaped me in the later, but I'll cover this in my conclusion. Darcy Coates has written a good book. The story beats are a little cliche, but overall it passed my expectations, the cover is brilliant. The haunted house sub genre is a tough story model to break, it has been done to death so Coates knew the challenges going into the book.
The storyline ...more
No one is up here. No one living, at least.
The Carrow Haunt is a fast-moving and creepy novel with wonderful characters and a fascinating setting. The plot is engrossing and rather complex, with many shocking twists and scary reveals along the way. There is some very light romance, but the overall atmosphere of the novel is eerie and filled with terrible secrets.
Darcy Coates delivers an engaging story that offers an unique take on the premise of haunted houses. The writing is ...more
I admit that my ratings are usually based purely on feelings, rather than actual criticisms of elements of the book and story itself. Therefore I ...more
She lives on the Central Coast of Australia with her family, cats, and a garden full of herbs and vegetables.
Darcy loves forests, especially old-growth forests where the trees dwarf anyone who steps between them. Wherever she lives, she tries to have a ...more