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No One's Home

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  637 ratings  ·  87 reviews
For fans of The Haunting of Hill House comes a dark tale of a mansion haunted by a legacy of tragedy and a family trapped by lies.

Margot and Myron Spielman move to a new town, looking for a fresh start and an escape from the long shadow of their past. But soon after they buy Rawlingswood, a foreclosed mansion rumored to be haunted, they realize they’re in for more of the s
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book. And if I had had the time to read this in one sitting, then I most certainly would have done. Chilling, spooky, and mind-bending, this book had me hooked from the beginning. I'm not normally scared by books and don't have much time for horror stories yet, this book from Pulley was brilliant.

It's a complicated narrative that is presented to us. Readers follow several families and their experiences of living at Rawlingswood. At first I found this quite complicated to fol
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Haunted: (of a place) frequented by a ghost. Synonyms, possessed, cursed, jinxed.
(a person) having or showing signs of mental anguish or torment.

14895 Lee Road, originally known as Rawlingswood.
Five Families: All haunted...

Rawlings : 1922-1931
Bell: 1936-1972
Klussman: 1972-1990
Martin: 1994-2016

R.I.P. Rest In Peace

Spielman: 2018-?

The Spielman family is looking for a fresh start and the price is right, so they ignore the rumors, the disrepair and the graffiti, and spare no expense
Haunted: (of a place) frequented by a ghost. Synonyms, possessed, cursed, jinxed.
(a person) having or showing signs of mental anguish or torment.

14895 Lee Road, originally known as Rawlingswood.
Five Families: All haunted...

Rawlings : 1922-1931
Bell: 1936-1972
Klussman: 1972-1990
Martin: 1994-2016

R.I.P. Rest In Peace

Spielman: 2018-?

The Spielman family is looking for a fresh start and the price is right, so they ignore the rumors, the disrepair and the graffiti, and spare no expense
Judy Collins
OUTSTANDING!!!!! 5 Stars ++++ So excited about my upcoming Elevator Q&A with the Author, coming Sept 1. 📢 More coming; however, some quick notes. I just finished and cannot stop thinking about these characters. You "must" read this book!!!

NO ONE'S HOME is brilliantly written. 🏆 One of the "Best" haunted house suspense thrillers I have ever read! I mean EVER! D. M. Pulley's "Best" yet.💕 I do not even read horror, nor supernatural, but this is NOT that kind of book. It is so much more. Once
Alayne Emmett
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was creepy throughout and sometimes it really scared me, I’m not easily scared when I read a book but, this one had so much atmosphere written into it that I was at times unnerved by it.
If you like a ghostly novel then this one is for you. My thanks to Prime First Reads for this free e book in return for an honest review.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Myron and Margot Martin just landed the deal of the century on a new home. The house, more of a mansion than a house, is a mess but Myron sees the potential not just for renovations, but also for a fresh start for his family but Rawlingswood has a complicated past of its own, evidenced not just in the physical damage done to the house over the years, but also by the cryptic graffiti that covers nearly every wall. As the Martins dig into a full-scale renovation, the house begins to peel back its ...more
Kevin Dowson
3.5 stars - not quite 4, but certainly better than average.

A good suspenseful tale. It's a ghost story; no, wait, it isn't; oh, hang on, maybe it get the idea. It's definitely a haunted house story, but whether the haunting is supernatural or not, well, things are not always what they seem.

To be honest, this was a difficult read at times (which is probably why I teetered towards 3 stars instead of 4), with the constant flitting around between different time zones and characters. It was
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This was a pretty good book that, initially, certainly ratcheted up the tension. With multiple storylines centred around the history of the sprawling Rawlingswood mansion. It seems that the house is plain old bad news and that nobody has ever been happy here - well, almost nobody.

For me, it was just a shame that the final reveal felt like a bit of a cop out. From the identity of the shadowy girl that seems to be haunting the mansion and the Spielman's to the secret, literally, buried in
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded down

This was my Amazon First Reads pick for August. I don’t normally read this genre, but it seemed the best offering for that month. It’s inspired by historical events, which generally adds an extra layer of realism to fiction, and advance reviews claims it is similar to The Haunting of Hill House, which I’ve not seen or read, so unfortunately, I can’t judge.

The premise revolves around the troubled Spielman family, and their issues, who have relocated and bought the old and d
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a fun, spooky story to kick off fall! This one took me a few days to finish - not because it was a bad book...but because I'm a total chicken and once the sun dipped below the treetops, I couldn't keep reading!
Kate Lowe
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Atmospheric. Intriguing. Haunting. Sent chills down my spine more than once and left me searching the shadows for a glimpse of white night gown! Highly recommended for fans of horror everywhere!
Patti Pringle
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great haunted house book. Creepy but not scary. Wonderful characters. Highly recommend.
3 stars feels a bit mean but 4 stars is too many - call it 3.5 stars.

This was a pretty entertaining read. I think maybe it was just slightly too long, and there was what felt like a bait-and-switch about 50% in where the story changed to something slightly different. However, the way the author revealed the parts of the ‘past’ stories and tied them to the present story was very well done.
Coral Chanel (Reading Starlight)
Spoiler free review

Really enjoyed this book, the author did really well in telling multiple layered stories which all tied together for an ultimate purpose.
5 out of 5

Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

I first found D.M. Pulley back in 2014 when I found The Dead Key on Amazon as a Amazon Unlimited offer and I was immediately impressed. The Dead Key was in my top five books of that year as it was such a different type of book. When I saw that this book was up for an advanced read I know I had to read it and I am so glad that I did! If you are looking
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Once Upon a Ravenclaw
I rate this book perhaps a 6/10. It was not quite what I was hoping for but still good, worth reading if you like contemporary mysteries. In this book you'll go through the lives of all that have lived in the house before the Spielmans' and why one might consider it to be a haunted house. Is the Spielman family going through something otherworldly or is there a more simply explanation? Why did they move away from their old home in Boston in the first place? To understand you have to let all the ...more
Terrie Case
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I am a huge fan of D.M. Pulley and this book is arguably the best.

The home on Lee Rd. in Shaker Heights, Ohio was built by the Rollingsworths in the 1920s. It stands a magnificent shell of the original residence when Margot and Myron Spielman decide to buy it in 2018. The house is in shambles from disrepair, theft and neglect. After restoring part of the three-story estate, the Spielman’s and their son, Hunter, make it their new home. Secrets buried and the glimpses of unusual sightings make the
Hayley-Marie Haynes-Ward
Outstanding! Expertly crafted layers of storytelling.

A psychological thriller that makes you question everything!
A deeply wounded family buy a seemingly bargain in a destitute house, but what of it's history? What IS going bump in the night?

This is an excellent novel, the story layering is seamless, from past to future and in reverse, I flew through this book eager for the next page, the next revelation.
I felt the utter helplessness of Benny, knowing, seeing and being unable to just say all thes
Chloe Cuthbert
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re a fan of the horror or ghost/hauntings genre, this novel is not to be missed. Fraught with images of past horrors hidden in every corner, the house itself is a story untold, waiting to unfold.

Rawlingswood is nestled in what should be the safe neighborhood of Shaker Heights, outside Cleveland, Ohio. But like most so-called safe suburbs, there’s a darker history there than meets the eye. Built upon an old cult ground, the Rawlingswood home has a sinister history that appears to continue
Mary Perkowski
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WARNING: You simply will not want to stop reading this book!

"From the outside, no one would suspect a thing." I was hooked from this first line! D.M. Pulley has done it again by crafting a suspenseful and eerie story that I simply could not put down. When I wasn't reading it, I was wondering where the plot would go next. D.M. draws you immediately into her characters' lives and they become your reality until the very last page.

Do you believe some homes have a life of their own? The one in "No On
Michelle Reardon
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This outstanding thriller tells the story of a house, Rawlingswood, and its occupants of four different families, and then some, spanning 80+years, from 1922 to now. The home has experienced family sadness and death throughout the years.

in 2018, Hunter, a shy awkward teenager, moves from Boston with his parents. The house is ramshackle and sorely in need of repairs and updates. Shocked and a little frightened by the sounds of footsteps in the attic, the presence of someone or something in his ro
Brandi Aga
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Welcome to Hell House!

Dead girl!

Hmmm. Not my favorite ghost read. The description of fans of Hill House show/book really hooked me, however, after the description of the house and strange things happening that’s really as far as that went for me. In fact, I might have liked it more had this not even been suggested. I found myself comparing this and that to Hill House and it just didn’t fit right.

I wasn’t a fan of the back and forth timeline. I found myself rushing ahead just to get back to the
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No One's Home is a wonderful combination of history and mystery. It becomes very clear that horrible things happened in the Rawlingswood house. At a leisurely pace, with multiple perspectives, DM Pulley lets them unfold. Five families lived in the Rawlingswood house in Ohio. The most recent, the Spielmans, are escaping trouble and heartbreak that they'd encountered in Boston. Teenage son Hunter, bored and at loose ends during the summer he moves in, makes it his business to find out what all the ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A ghost story - sort of.... A family drama - totally.

D.M Pulley created a house full of pain, mystery and families of all kind. From the beginning, Rawlingswood has its problems. It's a house built with dirty money, on sacred ground. Each family brings their own set of problems - from bootlegging to murder to drugs to other things that I can't talk about because it spoils part of the story. No One's Home is full of mystery and twists that leave you a bit breathless and wanting more.

I've not tal
T.J. Fox
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5 Stars
Believability: 3.5/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 3.5/5 Stars

This definitely has a creepy vibe, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting.

This spends a lot of time bouncing between time periods and the families that owned the house during those periods. While you get those ghostly elements throughout, the focus is more on the family dynamics of all of these really dysfunctional people and how ugly humans can be to each other and themselves.

If you are like me and
Gavin Griffiths
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is no ordinary haunted house story! You may think that when you start, by the end you’ll never believe what you’ve just read, extremely good.

When I started this, thinking it was another haunted house story, I quickly saw the patterns that you often find in those types of books. Believe me this is no ordinary haunted house story, you will not be ready for what happens, and unfurls as you read. Without saying too much, read to the end! It’s brilliant, you think you know what is going to happe
Andy King
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A good story spread across several decades, spooky and yet not a ghost story as such. There's enough mystery here for you to want to keep reading and find the answers to questions that you will ask. The writing does have some parts that pulled me out of the story, the author describes events or places that the current character focus of the story would not know but that the reader has learnt earlier on from other perspectives and this caused me to have to take a moment to remember how I knew tha ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book I thought it was a horror, scary story. ( Sometimes I read books just because I like the cover and don't look into what the book is about) But It turned out to be an amazing, page turning mystery.
This is a story about a family moving to another state and buying an abandoned mansion and getting it remodeled. The teenage son starts digging into the history of the houses past owners and finds tragedy with every owner. As the story progresses his own family
Mandy McHugh
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haunting of Hill House is one of my favorite reads, so the comp titles hooked me. An added bonus, I won this title as my first Goodreads Giveaway, so I was thrilled.

It's hard to do a good haunted house story. So many stereotypes and overused ghost story lines. But No One's Home is a layered experience with twists, turns, and psychological mind games. Spanning generations and narrators, the unexplained is untangled and re-knotted in several ways before the ending.

Solid character development. Ee
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D.M. Pulley lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a dog named Hobo. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a Professional Engineer rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley's structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrou ...more
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