Sophie is inevitably pulled towards the terrifying truth: Northwood’s ancient halls are haunted by the family’s long-dead ancestors. The malevolent spirits—produced by grisly deaths—resent her intrusion into their home.
Trapped in Northwood and desperate for an escape, Sophie’s fate is further complicated as she finds herself irrevocably drawn to the tall, dark-eyed man she married. She suspects her feelings are returned, but Mr Argenton is hiding the truth about the house—and his secrets are so dangerous that they might just be unforgivable.
Title: House of Shadows
Author: Darcie Coates
Published: October 15, 2015
Genre: Horror, Gothic Romance
Wow, another fantastic tale from the mind of Coates! She truly knows how to tell a story to keep you on the edge of your seat. I was so engrossed in this novel, that I read it in two days. I just couldn't bear to put it down.
House of Shadows flows so smoothly and quickly that I'd read a quarter of the novel in one sitting without realizing that huge chunks of time had gone by. And I wasn't sorry at all. I was anxious to continue to read. Like Northwood, I was hungry for more.
Set in a house that "was beyond daunting; it was thoroughly, crushingly overwhelming," this story has everything for a fantastic Gothic romance. I adored the relationship between sweet, innocent Sophie and her new husband, Joseph, a cultured and polite man with dark hair and nearly black eyes. Sophie's first impression of him was that he was capable of dangerous things, that he was a sleeping wolf. She would find out soon enough just how accurate her assessment was.
Each and every character was created with the same delicacy that an artist would use in a painting. Perfectly crafted, I felt that each one stepped off the page and into the room with me. I felt their presence and energy. In my head, I may have yelled, "It's alive!" like a crazed scientist every time I met a unique character.
I even loved the piano music that floated up through the house to Sophie's ears. Though it was extremely creepy, it was appropriate for the tone of the story and fit the character of the house itself. The song was "deep and dark and mysterious. Dangerous." Talk about getting the chills.
I loved everything about this book! I cannot wait for Joseph and Sophie's story in the sequel, House of Whispers, scheduled to release early in 2016.
If you love a dark story that stirs a childhood memory of checking under your bed and in your closet before you go to sleep - with a light on - then you will love House of Shadows too!
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.
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