House of Echoes

House of Echoes

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Eager to get out of the big city, Ben and Caroline Tierney purchase a large, old house upstate hoping to renovate it into a hotel. However, their house, called The Crofts, has a dark, mysterious past, and terrifying secrets begin to threaten the family.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2015
ISBN: 9780804178112
Branch Call Number: DUFFY
Characteristics: 384 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 01, 2019

A classic Gothic horror story with a slow burn and eerie premise. Great for someone who likes creepy but nothing too disturbing or alarming.

DBRL_ANNEG Jan 30, 2019

This story felt a bit like a blend of Michael Koryta's book "So Cold the River" and Chris Bohjalian's book "The Night Strangers." So when I was reading it, I couldn't shake the feeling of "I've read this before." It's a creepy tale of a family who moves into a small mountain town to rehab an ancient home in the hopes of turning it into a quaint bed and breakfast. Dark history lies over this town and its inhabitants and soon the family finds themselves wrapped up in it and in fear for their lives. I found this premise interesting and genuinely enjoyed getting back to the story. Despite the "already done" factor, this gothic horror pulled me into a creepy old house and small town that I'm glad I only had to read about! Readers who like a somewhat "cozy" scary read that thankfully is not terribly gory might want to give this one a try. I am definitely willing to pick up another of Duffy's books in the future.

An enticing, gothic tale of murder, family secrets and ancient rituals buried amongst snow-covered mountains, a haunting forest, and a spooky mansion.

MedinaReads Oct 01, 2015

In the hopes of escaping city life and running a charming New England inn, Ben Tierney and his wife Caroline have bought The Crofts, a huge, rambling mansion. They planned on raising their two young sons near the small town where Ben's ancestors survived a brutal Indian attack centuries ago. What they did not plan for was Caroline's mental health to decline, Ben's writing career to stall out, 8-year-old Charlie to spend his days in the woods following a mysterious man who leaves him frightening messages, and a malevolent dread to descend upon the family. As the winter solstice approaches, dark happenings and suspicious villagers convince Ben that they must flee--but can they outrun an ancient evil? Atmospheric, haunting, and chilling!

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ItsJustAmy
May 03, 2015

It's not very often that I want to yell at the characters in a book the same way that I do in a horror movie, but this one did that to me. Duffy does a great job with atmosphere and suspense scenes. He also managed to make one of my least favorite horror/suspense tropes - city family moves into old house in the middle of nowhere - seem plausible.

I highly recommend it if you're a fan of Shirley Jackson or Jennifer McMahon.

balvarez143 Apr 29, 2015

a little slow but enjoyable. It is a creepy read but i think it could have been told in fewer pages.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 24, 2019

“Ben knew that no matter how far you run, you're still yourself when you get there.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 24, 2019

“Tragedies might be bursts of misery, but regret was forever.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 24, 2019

He skirted the forest as close as he dared. Though he could not see it or hear it, he knew the Wolf was there.

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