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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Stephen King, Mark Edwards and The Haunting of Hill House comes a dark tale of a mysterious house haunted by tragedy. 

The Nightingale House is a new beginning for widower Daniel Price and his young daughter, Caitlyn. After months of grief, this will be the place where they start their life as a family of two.

But something is wrong - Daniel can’t settle. There’s an odd, cold feeling in the master bedroom, and a mysterious dripping noise that seems to move from room to room. Whispers of I can’t sleep echo through the corridors, long into the night.

And then Daniel uncovers the chilling story of the family who lived in the house years before, of betrayal, tragedy and murder. Could the Nightingale House be not the home Daniel dreamed of for his daughter - but a place that will bring their worst nightmares to life?

Previously published as The Nightingale House. This edition contains significant editorial revisions.

©2020 Steve Frech (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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awesome

This was a wonderful book. It was my second book by this author. He has become an auto buy for me.

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nice

Now this is my kind of ghost story. I love horror with a happy ending.
In fairness, this isn't exactly horror. More "rumination on grief" It was quite good. Yeah, I have a few quibbles (some of the early interactions between the protagonist and his wife made me cringe, but that's a reader issue, not a writer issue) but overall, this was a nice, satisfying listen. The protagonists were relatable. Even the kid wasn't that bad! And the next-door neighbour was a delight. It was easy to get invested in their outcomes, and it was a relief when it didn't turn into a Shining situation.
The scenes in the past were all too realistic and consequently, very uncomfortable. The past protagonist, Rebecca, was kind of awful, at first, but she evolved and I was so relieved when she made it out alive.
Past and present storylines came together neatly. The ending was satisfying and sweet.

Ok, so, the other gripe. Good grief, the narrator was dreadful. His inflection rose at the end of nearly every sentence. He cadence was scoopy. It was really hard to listen to. And wow, his female voices. It was rough. I eventually sort of got used to it, but it was a trial.

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  • MJ Family
  • 2020-09-07

Good story - worthwhile listen - but background noise galore!

The story was good - kept me interested from beginning to end - very little boring filler which is much appreciated. There was a storyline with the teacher that felt random, unnecessary, and unresolved but that was a tiny nit in the overall story.

Be warned if you get easily distracted by background noise. The narrator read each character well but you could hear kids screaming and yelling in the background through most of the book. It was quite distracting initially but I figured it was probably due to COVID forcing him to narrate while his kids were in the next room — I actually felt bad for him. Judging by this recording, they scream ALL DAY LONG. That said, after awhile they blended into the background and I didn’t notice them as much — the quality of the story and the way he narrated it made the kids easier to overlook.

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  • twinssun
  • 2021-05-12

Just what i was looking for!

I'd never heard of this author before this novel and I'm glad I found him. He's very good about building suspense and keeping you on the edge of your seat. I loved the paranormal aspect to it - a fantastic "haunted house" listen. I'm a fan of Steve Frech now and already purchased his next audible/kindle book... and I mean BOUGHT it - i didn't use a credit. That's how happy I was with his writing. The narrator was just what the main character needed to bring him to life and you felt what the writer was intending you to (fear, excitement, anger, etc). I didn't hear a bit of background noise that another reviewer mentioned so that must've been fixed. There was just the sound of Harding's voice throughout.
A solid listen and worth every cent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-11

Some spooky moments, disappointed in ending

Very disappointed in the ending. No mention of Caitlins teacher ( the possible romance) and the wonderful quirky next door neighbor was completely forgotten. The story itself was quite good but like so many books the endings fall flat.

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  • Shawne Seignious
  • 2021-02-09

Enjoyed this book

For a ghost story I find this book pretty good. I've been disappointed in so many ghost stories lately it was refreshing to understand the characters and enjoy the story. It held my interest and gave me chills at times. I'd recommend it.

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  • Sadcelticlady
  • 2020-09-19

Amazing story

I so enjoyed this book ! I am already looking for another by him .
Just the right amount of humor & scares with sweet moments
That quickly turn chilling ! His work is a must read I highly recommend !

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  • JBean80
  • 2020-09-07

Chills during a heat wave

Loved this book. Helped keep me cool by giving me chills during an heat wave. Could not stop listening. Highly recommend!