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The Woman in the Dark

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,201 ratings  ·  248 reviews

A chilling psychological thriller about dark family dysfunction and the secrets that haunt us.

For Sarah and Patrick, family life has always been easy. But when Sarah's mother dies, it sends Sarah into a downwards spiral. Knowing they need a fresh start, Patrick moves the family to the beachside house he grew up in.

But there is a catch: while their new home carries only

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ebook, 352 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 10th 2019)
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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 ...more
Nazanin
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Amanda
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Chris
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 ...more
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
3.5 stars
In the lead up to Halloween and with Autumn having the perfect atmosphere, this was a suitable and thrilling read that kept me in suspense and curious for the full length of the novel.

Without giving any spoilers, I did have my suspicions regarding the involvement of one character in the story but I didn't know how or if that character would be involved. Can I be any more vague? No. But as always, I think it's best to go into these kinds of stories with as little to no information as
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Shelby
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Married couple Patrick and Sarah are struggling in their marriage, especially after Sarah’s mother died, sending her into a deep depression. After Sarah experiences a sleeping pill overdose, the couple knows they need to make a change.

When Patrick sees that his childhood home is up for sale, Patrick and Sarah—along with their teenagers Joe and Mia—move away from their quaint town to the seaside town where Patrick grew up. But Sarah is hesitant about moving because 15-years earlier, a family was
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Fiona
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 ...more
WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
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
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Maureen
4.5 stars really. This was a disturbing, difficult to find any positive elements, read. Yet I was totally engrossed in the story line in spite of it all. I think, as others have said, it is better to go into this book blind.

It's a story of abuse, mental illness, secrecy, pain....yet it was so well written. I believe it was the author's debut novel and I will definitely be looking out for her next book.
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
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Fictionophile
WOW! “The Woman in the Dark” was my 100th read this year and what a brilliant thriller!

Compelling writing and continuous tension ensured that I was riveted to the story for the entirety of the book. A debut domestic thriller that reads like the work of a much more experienced author.

A thriller chock-full of lies, secrets, family dysfunction, and menace.

The Welsh seaside setting, the macabre house, and the protagonist, Sarah, all combined to make this novel one of my favourite reads this year!

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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
Sarah
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.
Jacqueline (We Be Book'N)
This has been one of the creepiest and most atmospheric books I've read this year. I really did love this story and it gave me AHS Season 1 vibes - I loved it. This book is told from the perspective of an unreliable narrator (the wife) and how her husband bought the Murder House he used to live in as a child. After they move in, a bunch of crazy things start happening with all of the family members, and I honestly didn't know if it was a paranormal book or not! The only reason I gave it 4 stars ...more
Helly
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Murder House was depicted so brilliantly. Creepier than most thrillers.
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
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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
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Susan Hampson
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Celia
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow !!!, can't wait for the next 1
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
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Emily
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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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 andkeep 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 beingthe
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Claire
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Loved this one. It was dark, twisty and highly enjoyable, I couldn’t put down.
Amanda
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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KimmiAnn
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gosh, I can't believe I wasted 4 days of my precious reading time on this book. Usually, when I know I am not going to like a book, it is within the first 50 or so pages. I acutally liked this book the first 200 pages. Then, the story just got repetitive and B-O-R-I-N-G. I don't like it when I have the feeling that I can't wait for a book to be over. Well, this is the way I felt after 200 pages of The Woman in the Dark. I also guessed who "the woman" was way before the book FINALLY decided to ...more
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).
Nicole Gardiner
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peggy
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
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Cassandra
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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.
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