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Gnarled Hollow

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Unemployed English professor Emily Murray has been given a chance of a lifetime: to work and study inside Gnarled Hollow, the former estate of one of her favorite authors. She doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but by the end of her first day, she knows something is wrong. The house has a disturbing habit of changing dimensions—and not just physical ones. Rooms go missin ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Bold Strokes Books
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Lex Kent
I really enjoyed this. This is the fifth book I have read by Greene and by far my favorite. The best way to describe this would be paranormal-mystery/crime, with a little romance. The paranormal is on the darker side, you could almost put a horror tag on this. I was well and truly creeped out at times. This would be a perfect book to read around Halloween time.

Emily is an English professor, who has just been laid off before reaching tenure. She is feeling bleak and a bit depressed with no new j
I tried. I really did. I wanted to like this. There isn't many reviews for this one but the ones that are there are all incredibly positive. However, it isn't working for me. At All.

Emily, the main character, is beyond annoying. We have an insta-love situation that is just ridiculous and completely unnecessary to the story. They've met for only a couple of hours and already Emily is completely possessive and jealous if June talks to anyone else. Emily is one needy hot mess of a woman that I'd r
I did not like this book. I would've DNF'd it but between hoping it would get better and the fact that I wanted to give a proper review I trudged on until the end.

At its heart, this story is supposed to be a paranormal thriller. Paranormal I'll give it but thriller? No. I read at least half of this book in the dark and I didn't feel the least bit scared or on edge at any point. I'm a pretty big weenie when it comes to thrillers so that's saying something.

Largely this had to do with the matter of
My bed hair is scarier than this book.

I had expected to be thoroughly creeped out while reading this, instead I kept wondering where the scary parts were. I even went so far as to reading the book at night while home alone but I ended up just falling asleep on the couch and hurting my neck. *sigh*

The biggest reason why I didn't like this book so much is because I spent the majority of the time shaking my head at the downright stoopid™ actions of the characters. They could all leave at any momen
I’m sure I have oxygen deprivation from the number of times I had to remind myself to breathe. Emily Murray, unemployed English professor, is in a downward spiral of apathy, binge-watching bad TV shows and hiding from her neighbours when she receives a letter offering her a unique opportunity. A relative of her favourite author, Margot Lewis, has inherited the Lewis estate and is putting together a team of academics to spend the summer at Gnarled Hollow, the dormant Lewis family home. Two Englis ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two ladies and two gents in a haunted mansion started Gnarled Hollow. Sounds familiar? Two important members missing though, a Great Dane and The Mystery Machine.

In conjunction with Scooby-Doo and Gang's upcoming 5Oth Birthday:
Match the Catchphrase to the Character!
Norville 'Shaggy' Rogers, Fred Ward, Daphne Blake, Scooby-Doo, and Velma Dinkley.

Q. Jinkies -

Y. Zoinks -

R. Jeepers -

X. Looks like we've got another mystery on our hands -

C. Ruh-roh--RAGGY -

Bonus questions
1. "And I'd have gotten away
It takes a lot to creep me out, but Gnarled Hollow managed to give me the chills. I think Charlotte Greene did a fabulous job with this contemporary Gothic mystery suspense (I think it suits her even better than her romance material).

Be prepared, because the weird and unexplainable starts as soon as our heroine, English professor Emily Murray, travels to Gnarled Hollow. And once she’s inside the locked gates of the estate and joined by her research companions the mysterious events begin to come
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gnarled Hollow is a perfectly creepy way to pass Halloween, if you find yourself stuck in the house... alone.

The book starts out to be a pretty typical horror story. A group of experts in various fields are invited to study an old, abandoned 19th century mansion. Strange things happen, as is the usual case with these things. Thankfully, the book goes much deeper than the usual horror tropes. The investigation is more detailed and involved, the mystery is satisfyingly complex, the revelations sur
Robin Bonne
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars. If Hill House and The House of Leaves had a baby, it would be Gnarled Hollow. A haunted house with an unexplainable size that doesn’t match the outside. A fine example of contemporary gothic horror, I really enjoyed this novel.

The parallels to Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House in the beginning of this book are apparent. The protagonist, a lone female named Emily, begins the book by traveling to a strange house in the middle of nowhere, when she has an odd interaction with a local man
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, I'm not someone who is easily scared, but this one creeps the hell out of me. Aside from some confusing and unexplained twist like the effects of the toy soldier and the only hands with no body thing, I enjoyed it very much. Even as scared as it felt, I can't put it down. The mystery element of the story is well written and exciting as for the romance, it seems okay, but the story main focus being the mystery of the Gnarled Hollow and the chemistry of the group as a whole, it seems appropr ...more
Jane Shambler
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, spooky-lol
I'll admit I wasn't quite sure if I'd like this book. But I love it when the author proves me wrong. I loved it!

It just go's to show that we don't really know a person as well as we think we do.

Are ghost stories real? I'm reading this at Halloween so it's a perfectly good question. I personally like to think there are some truths. And this book has made me in to a kind of believer.

I was sitting in bed reading this and the electric went out. Do I have to explain my reaction? Lets just say it made
Velvet Lounger
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recently laid off from her tenure track as an English Professor, Emily Murry can’t turn down the chance to study the journals of one of her favourite authors. Joined by another early 20th century literature specialist and historians of art, architecture and landscape, Emily and the team have the summer to work out the secrets of Gnarled Hollow on behalf of the new owner.

What they soon discover is a house full of mystery, cruelty and pain; unhappy childhoods, miserable lives, tortured artists and
Kitty McIntosh

‘Gnarled Hollow’ is a creepy mystery story that had me gripped from the start. First of all I really liked English Professor Emily and was intrigued by her opportunity to study at Gnarled Hollow, the home of an writer she admired. The author slowly teases out the story, as the other academics arrive there too and they begin to notice some very strange things happening. Some very dangerous occurrences make them wonder if they should stay. It was atmospheric and reminded me of an English country h
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqa, hauntings
Gnarled Hollow was an interesting read, in that I really liked the story, and thought the haunted setting was fantastic, but I didn't care for most of the characters. That's not to say there were badly written, just that their personalities rubbed me the wrong way. That did make it hard to remain engaged, but the mystery Charlotte Greene weaves kept me reading.

Gnarled Hollow itself is a creepy place, a sprawling but lonely estate, which Emily is warned to steer clear of before she even sets eyes
isa Simonet
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've loved this book and yet I am not a fan of stories with haunted houses and ghosts. and more accustomed to seeing Ms Greene in the pure register of romance.

I have found here, the atmosphere of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, but also some short stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

Emily Murray, a professor at a university, finds herself out of work, because of budget cuts. After a major depression, she is offered by the new owner of Gnarled Hollow, to come to work on the writings of famous author fallen
Oh wow! This story is amazing and it kept me enthralled for hours on end! This is the first book that I've read from this author and I must admit that she blew my mind with the way she brought Emily, Juniper and the other characters to life for me and she even gave the house its own unique personality as well. It takes a lot to scare me but boy, oh boy, I was clutching my kindle for dear life while I was shouting at the screen, begging Emily and Juniper to get as far away from Gnarled Hollow as ...more
I quite enjoyed Gnarled Hollow. This reads like an old fashioned haunted house book - which may or may not be your cup of tea - and its plot and characters are probably more in line with that type of book rather than standard paranormal lesfic novels. The author is definitely using The Haunting of Hill House (the book, not the movie or the series) as her inspiration and I have a very soft spot in my heart for that book which may be why I enjoyed this one so much. There are similar themes and cir ...more
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

OH MY GOSH. Guys, this book was just too good. I have been looking around for something like this, books with haunted houses, maybe even (a bit) in the style of Darcy Coates. And I found it in this book. It never had a boring moment, you will be on the seat of your chair all the time, and you may just not be able to sleep or walk around at night easily (I know I didn’t, as I read part of this book before I went to sleep, bad bad
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqiap, f-f, horror, romance
Thanks to Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for a review.

I spent my holiday weekend lost in books (and a couple of movies). It’s still summer here in North Carolina, and I am desperately trying to conjure fall. Creepy music. A couple of horror movies. And this book. It may be hovering around 90 for the next couple of weeks, but this book really got me in the fall mood.

Professor Emily Murray lost her tenure track in recent budget cuts, and she is trying to crawl out of a depression when she inqui
Sep 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: little-scary
The plot felt kinda forced. Even though it was entertaining, the emotions of the characters were getting mixed up and for that reason felt forced.
At one point the character is really scared and doesn't mind admitting that and the next the other characters say "but she's not scared like we are!". Well she was, like a page ago, but now instead she's the badass that wasn't scared all along. I'm confused from just writing that.
The dramatic end was really off putting for me, I even took some more t
Jessica (Read book. Repeat)
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Bold Strokes Books via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story follows Emily Murray, an out of work English Professor, who has only recently lost her job due to budget cuts. She finds herself wallowing in depression when she receives a call about a letter she sent a long while ago. The call is from Ruth Bigsby, the current heir and owner of Gnarled Hollow, the house where recluse author, Margot Lewis, once lived. Emily is excited as she's done
3.5 stars. This was a deliciously creepy gothic haunted house story, with a side of romance. The protagonist is Emily, an out-of-work English professor. She gets an invitation to do some research at Gnarled Hollow, the family home of late author Margot Lewis. Once she gets there, things get weird and creepy, and she also begins to fall for June, another researcher wishing at the house. I really enjoyed the eerie atmosphere of the book, and had fun reading it.

*I received a free pre-release copy o
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq

English professor Dr. Emily Murray recently lost her position due to university cutbacks. Depressed, she accepts a timely job offer to live in New England for the summer at a house called Gnarled Hollow, which was the home of the reclusive writer Margot Lewis, one of Emily's subjects of research. She shares the house with Jim, another English professor; Mark, an architect; June, an art historian; and Chris, a landscape historian (or something like that). But they soon realize not all is as i
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I saw another reviewer describe this book as 'Hill House meets House of Leaves' and I would definitely say that's an accurate description. Also apparently there is nothing scarier to me than a house that is not the size it's supposed to be because before this book I would have cited House of Leaves as the only horror book to actually freak me out but I'm definitely going to have to add this one to the list. I started it at night and boy was that
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Don't skip this one. A captivating and haunting story about a group of scholars hired to research an inherited estate. There were so many things happening from spooky to terrifying. Every character and plot point was necessary. Excellently written to bring conclusion to all of the suspenseful dealings. LOVED this. Now one of my favorites. ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Gnarled Hollow' by Charlotte Greene is one very exciting and wild paranormal/haunted house/ghost story. The story grabs you from the very beginning and holds you as a captive reader until the surprising end.
The main character, Emily Murray, has been chosen along with several other scholars to live and research the mansion called Gnarled Hollow, which happened to be the former home of one of her favorite authors. Strange things begin to happen to Emily even before she gets to the mansion and the
I've already been told that I'm being tough on this book but I did like it - as you can tell by the three stars (identified as "liked it" by the tool tip).

Gnarled Hollow is a pretty good haunted house story. It's similar to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, which isn't a bad thing at all. I loved that book. And I enjoyed this one. I think I was expecting more of a thriller. Which is clearly my fault since it's a paranormal novel.

I might have really liked it (worthy of 4 Goodreads sta
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
wow, this story is truly amazing, the writing is beautiful remarkable even and the drama was on point it’s not scary. Sad, edgy and mysterious is more like it. AT first i did not like Emily seems too submissive but as the story went on she kinda let go of her shyness “in away” and started to take control. June was also a character that I did not like something was off about her but still she grow on me and by the end of the book I saw how they fit in away together.

I highly recommend this one o
Tammy Buchli
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this dark, creepy ghost story very much. Many reviewers have compared this one to Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, which I can certainly see. But to me it was more reminiscent of the late, great Barbara Michael’s ghost stories. Just terrific. I hope Greene writes more books in this genre!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC ebook to review.
Carolyn McBride
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Normally, I'm not one to read books that'll scare me into staying awake, and for a little bit, that's what this one did. But I had a really hard time putting it down. I don't read horror, so I have no idea if the premise of this book is original, but it was sure new to me! I had to keep reading to find out what was so weird about the house. Doors that close on their own? Sure, I have those at my house. But that's where the similarity ends, thank goodness.

I enjoyed the way the past was brought f
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Charlotte Greene grew up in the American West in a loving family that supported her earliest creative endeavors. She began writing as a teenager and has never stopped. She now holds a doctorate in English, and she teaches a wide variety of courses in literature and women’s studies at a regional university in the South. When she’s not teaching or writing her next novel, she enjoys playing video gam ...more

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