Book Review: The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates

30646488._sy475_TITLE: The Haunting of Ashburn House

AUTHOR: Darcy Coates

PUBLICATION DATE: July 20th, 2016

GENRE: Horror, Paranormal, Adult Fiction, Mystery

There’s something wrong with Ashburn House…
The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town.

Following Edith’s death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne’s only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.

Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper, an old grave is hidden in the forest behind the house, and eerie portraits in the upstairs hall seem to watch her every movement.

As she uncovers more of the house’s secrets, Adrienne begins to believe the whispered rumours about Ashburn may hold more truth than she ever suspected. The building has a bleak and grisly past, and as she chases the threads of a decades-old mystery, Adrienne realises she’s become the prey to something deeply unnatural and intensely resentful.

Only one thing is certain: Ashburn’s dead are not at rest.



It’s Halloween!!! My absolute favorite time of the year!! Around this time I have to read at least one spooky book, this year I chose The Haunting of Ashburn. I pretty much chose it solely on the cover. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good cover. 

It’s a pretty typical spooky read set up, young woman learns she was left a house from a great aunt she knew nothing about. Once arriving she discovers that a grisly murder spree has taken place in the house a century ago. Pretty quickly things start going wrong. 

It didn’t really get spooky until around the halfway mark, at which point it had me seriously freaked out. This very rarely happens to me. But I was properly scared. I loved it. 

I admire Adrienne a lot and I super loved how much she loved her cat, Wolfgang. I related to that a lot. (I love my cats so much.) I don’t know if I would risk my life against a decaying supernatural creature for any of them, though. 

I really loved the ending!!! I do wish we would have gotten a little bit more, I want to know if Adrienne ever wanted a family or not. And if so, would she bring them to Ashburn to live? 

I will say that I absolutely LOVED that there is not even a teeny hint of romance in this. It gets extra points for that. 

Overall I think this is a proper spooky book and I highly recommend picking it up if you want a good scare! 

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My Rating:


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6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates

  1. Great review, love! I’m so glad you enjoyed this. Darcy was one of my first indie horror authors ever and I still love her work. You mentioned that you dig the lack of romance — I’ve read a few of her short story collections and, I think… maybe four or five of her novellas/novels? And I don’t remember ANY of them having romance! I just don’t think it’s something she typically writes, so if you’re looking for more romance-free horror, I feel like most if not all of her stories would fit the bill! 😀

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