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The House by the Sea

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  47 reviews
When Edies mother-in-law, Anna DeLuca, dies, she is relieved. Edie blames Anna for the accident that destroyed her family. So, when her will lures Edie to Sicily and the long-abandoned Villa della Madonna del Mare, she sees through Annas games.

Suspecting Anna is meddling from beyond the grave to try to reunite her and her ex-husband Joe, Edie is determined to leave Italy
Published February 13th 2020 by Boldwood Books
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Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Edie has been separated from Joe for ten years following the death of their six year old son Daniel, for which she blames her mother in law Anna DeLuca who has just died. Anna leaves her family villa in Sicily to both Joe and Edie and very reluctantly and with a heavy heart, she travels to Sicily to meet Joe to sort out the legalities. The story that unfolds is told by Edie and has a multitude of elements to it with plenty of atmosphere, some chills, violence and intriguing twists.

There is a
Natalia  R
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edie hates her former mother-in-law, Anna De Luca and blames her for the death of her six-year-old son. So when Anna dies and leaves her villa in Sicily, Italy to Edie and her ex-husband Joe, she suspects that this is Anna's way of trying to reunite them. Edie is determined to go to Italy, sell the villa as quickly as possible and go back to her life of grief and bitterness in England. But when she arrives, she immediately falls in love with the 200-year-old villa and its mysterious secrets. Who ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5.

A very enjoyable read with some gothic elements that were utterly chilling and captivating.

Edie travels to Italy after her mother-in-law Anna DeLuca dies and leaves Edie and her ex-husband Joe the long-abandoned family villa in Sicily. Edie has no intention to stay any longer than a few days because she still hates Anna and blames her for the loss of her son, Daniel when he was a six-year-old. However, as the ghosts and secrets of Annas past become unraveled, Edies
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A multifaceted mystery that pulled me in with the first chapter. I was drawn to the cover, and the prose tempted me with its quiet mystery. There was something in the background which played hide and go seek with me, a puzzle I needed to solve.

Edie and Joe had lost their son Daniel ten year ago, and mother-in-law Anna was blamed for it. Upon her death, Anna had left Edie a painting where one of the faces was scratched out. It was up to Edie to get to the truth of the face behind.

My first book
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book entirely consumed me from its opening pages until I reluctantly reached the final page the best of story-telling, fascinating characters, a location I felt Id been inhabiting for as long as I read, and an atmosphere that entirely chills you to the bone.

Edie is a particularly compelling character initially spiky, clearly damaged by her recent experience and a clear and consistent voice that carries the narrative, forced back together with ex-husband Joe to settle his mothers estate
Judy Odom
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The House by the Sea is another beautifully written book by Louise Douglas. The description are so vivid you can almost feel the wind blow, taste the salt air and you feel like you are at the villa with Joe and Edie.

The House by the Sea has it all: mystery, ghosts, threats, family , characters you love and those you like to hiss at .

Joe and Edie reunite ten years after their son dies, at a villa left to them by his mom. Things unfold slowly but perfectly. Who is trying to get rid of Joe and
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book took my breath away in some ways. I started it without glancing at the blurb, and since it has been a while since I had it with me, I had no recollection of the contents to help me. You know the feeling when you jump into a cold pool/water and then swim to get the feeling back? That's what I did a couple of chapters in.

Edie is on a walk when she gets a call. Her ex-mother-in-law passed away peacefully and yet again is reaching out to her. Edie has harboured hate for a decade by the
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A tragedy tore apart the marriage of Edie and Joe. Ten years later, Edie is still bitter and angry, having never fully dealt with the emotions wrapped around what happened. When her mother-in-law dies, leaving an old villa in Sicily to Edie and Joe, their trip to find a missing heirloom and prepare the estate to sell begins unwinding old family and local secrets - ones that someone is trying to keep hidden.

Glimpses of the past tragedy are slowly revealed as the book progresses, along with family
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I adored this book, the , plot and characters were perfectly executed. It was a gripping emotional story full of pain, grief, mystery, regret, romance and even ghosts.
The story follows Edie and Joe a divorced couple who lost their only child. They find themselves brought back together years after to Silicy to sort outa villia they inherited from Joe's family. They both agree to sell the villa, and Edie thinks this is working out to be a much quicker trip then she expected. However they still
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

When Edie and Joe's six-year old son Daniel is killed in a tragic accident, Edie blames her mother-in-law Anna for his death. She was supposed to be watching him. Now Anna has died and left her villa in Sicily to Edie and her now estranged husband Joe.

Very reluctantly, Edie heads to Sicily, a country she has never visited before now. Against her will, she finds it both beautiful and enchanting. She finds peace in the old villa and surprising herself and Joe, she decides she wants to keep
Greta (Upcloseandbookish)
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all, Louise Douglas' s descriptive writing is excellent. I adored the setting of Sicily and the description of the house. An interesting story, a story that unfortunately starts so sad but, ultimately, becomes a story of redemption, forgiveness and hope. But, oh my gosh, the book is so sad at the beginning....It involves such a heavy subject matter that I don't know if many readers will be comfortable reading it (trigger warning/ death of a minor). On the other hand, the plot draws the ...more
Megan Jones
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Edies mother-in-law, Anna DeLuca, dies, she is relieved. Edie blames Anna for the accident that destroyed her family. So, when her will lures Edie to Sicily and the long-abandoned Villa della Madonna del Mare, she sees through Annas games. Suspecting Anna is meddling from beyond the grave to try to reunite her and her ex-husband Joe, Edie is determined to leave Italy as soon as possible. But before she can, the villa starts to shed its mysterious secrets.

Ah, this book really does have
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emotional, intelligent and engrossing, The House by the Sea is the eagerly awaited new novel from best-selling author Louise Douglas and it is well worth the wait. A multi-layered family saga with plenty of chills, thrills and intrigue, The House by the Sea deftly blends suspense, mystery, history and passion into an irresistible read which will linger in the readers mind for weeks.

When Edie receives news that her mother in law Anna has died, her primary emotion is relief that the woman with
Olivia L
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You've changed, Edie. You used to be kind."Powerful words that resonated. It was a simple statement that spoke of the unimaginable pain and bitterness bestowed onto those that have been left behind to grieve but never allowed to heal.

As the story unfolded, Edie was hard and hateful, blaming Anna, Joe... anybody for the loss of her and Joe's son, Daniel. Through Anna's interference, both Edie and Joe had to physically come together and eventually come to terms with the underlying cause for
Jane Hunt
'The House by the Sea', is an atmospheric, emotional family drama, with ghostly and menacing elements. On one level, it is a poignant family story, of loss, and the emotional damage losing a child wreaks to the parents left behind. Another level brings a story of forgiveness, new beginnings and learning to live again. Within this, there are dangerous secrets and strange supernatural influences entangled in the old villa and its gardens.

Set in Sicily, Edie and Joe are forced together, to claim
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book for all seasons.

I read this during the storms, pure escapism. It would make a great holiday read. This book resonated with me because I know the emotion contained here. Edie and Joe are estranged through tragedy, one Edie will never forgive her mother in law for. It was written so well. I felt every pang. When Anna dies she leaves Joe and Edie a villa in Scilly. It would be say enough to sell and move on, there is a buyer ready and willing to move in. However the house holds long
Celia Moore
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Audible Review: The House by the Sea captivated me from beginning to end. @LouiseDouglas3 has created a great story, And I loved Edie and Joe. Felt their heartbreak and the moments of healing. Can picture the villa and the sea. Emma Powell has narrated this perfectly.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully and tenderly written, The House by the Sea, is a touching book. Louise Douglas is a very skillful author and I am looking forward to reading her other novels. Her descriptions are so vivid I could smell the lemons, feel the breezes, shiver with goosebumps. What a fine line Ms. Douglas had to dance upon to entice the reader into wanting to visit Villa della Madonna del Mare while also keeping us on edge with the "creepiness factor". There are scary times to be sure but also times that ...more
Sue Parker
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was slightly wary of this book in the beginning because I don't like ghost stories or anything supernatural but this was really not about that but more about grief and coping with loss. I found that I didn't warm to the character of Edie but grew to appreciate why she was behaving in such a way and although I never really liked her, I felt that she was a realistic character and understood her more. This makes this read sound like a tragedy and yes it is but it is also a cracking good mystery ...more
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I was thrust into this novel and was immediately intrigued by the title, synopsis and atmospheric cover.

Edie and Joe were once very much in love but have been divorced for a decade, since their 6 year old son Daniel's death.

Edie reluctantly gets on a plane to Sicily to meet Joe and sort out the papers relating to a villa which Anna DeLuca, Joe's mother, left to them both.

Memories, tension and mixed feelings are rife in this quick-paced yet vividly detailed thriller which I enjoyed immensely,
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Edie and Joes son Daniel died when he was 6 years old. Edie and Joes relationship ended after losing their son. Edie has always blamed Anna, her mother in law, for Daniels death. Anna has recently died and left the family villa to Edie and Joe. Edie travels to Sicily to meet up with Joe very reluctantly but they need to need to sort out the villa.

Wow, what an amazing book.
The setting of this book and the descriptions of the villa are fabulous. The authors writing is so descriptive and lyrical
Jodeane Anderson taylor
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I thought it was a bit slow to start with, but once it got going it didnt stop! I couldnt put it down. ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The House by the Sea is the 1st book I have read by Louise Douglas, but it will not be the last. It has all the elements I love, mystery, ghostly shenanigans, a beautiful house and a touch of romance, The story is about Edie, a woman who is paralyzed with grief since the death of her son, Joe her ex-husband, and Anna the mother-in-law that she blames for the death of her son, The story opens with the death of Anna who leaves her Villa in Sicily to Edie and Joe. Edie is angry and frustrated that ...more
Donna Irwin
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It started out from such a sad place but was ultimately so uplifting. Beautifully written, I was transported to Sicily and swept up in the story of Edie and Joe . The background of malevolence was chilling as their story and that of Joes mother was gradually received. The house plays a key role in the story, ultimately healing the grieving of Edie in particular. Thoroughly recommended ! ...more
Lillian Cummings
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Edie& Joe lost everything when their young son died. She always blamed her mother in law Anna and her hate & bitterness destroyed so much. Now she has to travel to Sicily to meet her ex so they can decide what to do with the family house. Edie wants to sell so she can go back to her life. Joe doesn't know how to act around her she hurt him so badly by just walking away from their marriage. Maybe it is for the best sell and move on but then Edie changes her mind. She wants to keep the ...more
Laurel Loves Books
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
House by the Sea made me feel like I was with Edie and Joe. I could nearly smell and feel the environment as Douglas was describing. The book took me through relationships, hardships, tragedies, and triumphs with Edie. I was not expecting to love it as much as I did simply because I made the mistake of reading a few reviews before going into to, but I did love this book!

Especially, the consequences! Consequences in life for not allowing our minds to see other peoples struggles and pains.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion,

This was a great read. Edie, lost her son ten years ago, she never forgave the woman she held responsible, her mother in law, Anna. Her and her husband Joe separated soon after and she has led a quiet life since, never really coming to terms with Daniels death and never speaking to Joe or Anna again. Suddenly Anna is dead and has
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This eagerly awaited new novel, from best selling author, Louise Douglas, is a family saga tale full of romance, sadness, suspense, mystery and ghostly goings on.

When Edie's ex mother-in-law, Anna DeLuca, dies and leaves her crumbling Sicilian Villa to Edie and her ex husband, Jo, she immediately thinks that this is Anna still playing games.

Edie blames Anna for the death of her young son, years previously, and wants nothing more to do with her, but with the conditions of the will Edie finds
Aimee Walker Editorial
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Louise Douglas so I was delighted to have the opportunity to read this e-copy in exchange for an honest review. At first, I was a bit concerned, I wasn't warming to the main character but that turned out to be a really smart device which was well done, as during the story her barriers start to come down to both the other characters and the reader.
The house by the sea is like another character to fall in love with and I really did. Even though it wasn't plain sailing by any
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to the publisher and author for providing me with a digital ARC of this title via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

This was a quick read and fairly enjoyable, I liked that their was the mystery of what happened to their son and why the mother in law was responsible. It kept me wanting to read to find out. Some of the characters and their storylines were a little obnoxious. It almost seemed like little bits of too much all shoved in to one story. Sure, they all were related
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