Book Review: The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates

Posted April 28, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Horror Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy CoatesThe Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates
Published by Candlebreak on December 19th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Paranormal
Pages: 358
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
ISBN: 0992594979
Buy on: Amazon

Could you survive a week in a haunted house? Mara is the daughter of spiritualists. Her childhood was filled with seances, scam mediums and talk of ghostly presences.

When Mara finally left her family's home, she vowed she would never allow superstition or false religion into her life again. Now she's ready to start over with her fiance, Neil, in a world based on rationality and facts.

But her past isn't ready to let her go just yet.

Mara and Neil purchase Blackwood House, a derelict property outside of town. They're warned about strange occurrences in the crumbling building. Doors open by themselves, voices whisper in the night, bloody handprints appear on the walls, and cold spots linger in the basement, where the house's original owner was murdered.

But Blackwood was dirt-cheap and came with a large plot of overgrown land. Mara loves her new home, and disregards the warnings.

Because ghosts aren't real...

...are they?

The Haunting of Blackwood House was a pretty suspenseful ghost story, though I figured out early on how it would all end, I still found it enjoyable. Darcy Coates weaves a spine-tingling story about a woman named Mara who buys her first house, only to discover it is haunted. Raised by spiritualists, Mara has sworn off all things paranormal. Even when she’s told the house’s history, Mara is determined to have the house for herself, and is willing to deal with a few inconvenient, and weird phenomena.

I enjoyed the story about the house, and I loved the gory nature of it. I even enjoyed the mystery surrounding the haunting. Instead of a straight ghost story, the book read more like a detective novel. I also loved Neil. I thought he was a great character, and wished he was the protagonist, because Mara annoyed me. I understand not wanting to live in the same fashion that she grew up since it scarred her, but many of Mara’s actions were just plain dumb. Not only that, but I found Mara to be very unlikable for most of the book.

Despite not liking Mara, I still enjoyed The Haunting of Blackwood House. Coates writing adds a lot of great mood to the story, and I could easily visualize the house and all its strange happenings. In fact, I thought the writing was very cinematic. Every creepy scene came to life, and there were a few moments when I was left on the edge of my seat. If you’re into ghosts, the paranormal, and haunted houses, then you definitely want to check this one out. I already have another one of Darcy Coates’ novels, The Haunting of Gillespie House on my kindle, and plan to check it out soon. I just hope I like the main character more than Mara.

About Darcy Coates

Darcy Coates has had a long-standing love of horror, both reading and writing it. She is particularly fond of hauntings, monsters, and things without names.

She came first place in the Hpathy Short Story Competition (2013) for The Passing Hour, and first place in the Wyong Short Story Competition (2013, Adult Division), for The Mallory Haunting.


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