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Darcy Coates

Författare till The Haunting of Ashburn House

64 verk 4,306 medlemmar 204 recensioner 1 favoritmärkta

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Inkluderar namnen: Darcy Coates, Darcie Coates

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Verk av Darcy Coates

The Haunting of Ashburn House (2016) 441 exemplar
Craven Manor (2019) 325 exemplar
Hunted (2018) 238 exemplar
The Carrow Haunt (2018) 230 exemplar
The Haunting of Blackwood House (2015) 207 exemplar
From Below (2022) — Författare — 197 exemplar
The Haunting of Gillespie House (2015) 191 exemplar
The Whispering Dead (2021) 189 exemplar
Gallows Hill (2022) 180 exemplar
Voices in the Snow (2019) 157 exemplar
Dead of Winter (2023) 152 exemplar
The Haunting of Leigh Harker (2021) 149 exemplar
The House Next Door (2017) 145 exemplar
House of Shadows (2016) 142 exemplar
The Haunting of Rookward House (2017) 115 exemplar
The Folcroft Ghosts (2017) 114 exemplar
Parasite (2016) 105 exemplar
The Ravenous Dead (2022) 90 exemplar
House of Secrets (2016) 82 exemplar
Where He Can't Find You (2023) 77 exemplar
Secrets in the Dark (2020) 76 exemplar
Dead Lake: Collection (2020) 75 exemplar
The Twisted Dead (2023) 72 exemplar
Small Horrors (2022) 71 exemplar
Dead Lake (2015) 65 exemplar
Silence in the Shadows (2020) 65 exemplar
Quarter to Midnight (2022) 65 exemplar
Whisper in the Mist (2020) 63 exemplar
Ghost Camera (2014) 56 exemplar
Once Returned (2013) 14 exemplar
Crypt: a horror short story (2015) 10 exemplar
Sub Basement (2014) 9 exemplar
Bellamy 7 exemplar
Kořist (2021) 3 exemplar
Duch domu Ashburnů (2019) 2 exemplar
Hitchhiker 2 exemplar
From Below 1 exemplar
Dead Lake 1 exemplar
Crypt 1 exemplar
Pod hladinou (2023) 1 exemplar
Hlasy v bouři (2021) 1 exemplar
Ghost Camera 1 exemplar

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Vedertaget namn
Coates, Darcy
Födelsedag
alive
Kön
female
Nationalitet
Australia
Land (för karta)
Australia
Bostadsorter
Australia

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We Gotta Get Out of This Place
Review of the Black Owl Books Kindle eBook edition (July 11, 2023), released simultaneously with the Poisoned Pen Press paperback.

It’s a strange feeling to know you might be walking beside someone who’s taken a life. Technically, the statistics on that are ugly on a regular day: the average person is likely to cross paths with three to ten murderers in their lifetime, including not-insignificant odds of having one inside their broad social group.*


The first thing to say here is that due to a somewhat clumsy opening, I guessed the end twist to this book almost immediately. And I think anyone who has a reasonably thorough knowledge of the classic Agatha Christie books will do the same. Saying anything more would be a spoiler, if it isn't already.

Even with that foreknowledge Dead of Winter was still an entertaining read, especially for its depth of winter, isolated cabin in the mountains, strangers trapped together, mad killer on the loose scenarios. Lead character Christa is suffering from an unknown guilty trauma from the past when she goes on a winter lodge retreat with her fiancé. Nine other characters are with them on the excursion bus taking them to a private lodge in the Rocky Mountains. A winter storm causes a breakdown and before you know it, characters start to die. At first perhaps by accident, but then it becomes obvious that they are all being targeted.

This crosses over from mystery into horror due to the grotesque murder methods employed, so it is not a cozy in the Agatha Christie sense by any means. Many of the characters make completely reckless and unrealistic decisions along the way, those being necessary to move the plot along, so you do have to suspend belief quite a bit to enjoy the ride. With the American setting, I was surprised to discover that the author was Australian when I added the book to my year's summary statistics.

On the Berengaria Ease of Solving Scale® I would rate this as a 0 out of 10, i.e. "an immediate solve", as explained above. Probably those not familiar with classic Agatha Christie would find it to be on the high end of the scale though.

Footnote
* This seemed like such a bizarre statistic that I just had to google whether it had any basis in fact. While not exactly reliable, Buzzfeed does provide a mathematical calculation which suggests that even 16 murderers encountered in a lifetime might be possible.

Soundtrack
It has no tie-in to the plot, but I kept thinking of We Gotta Get Out of This Place (1965) by The Animals, while reading this book 😱🥶.
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alanteder | 10 andra recensioner | Feb 16, 2024 |
What did I just read? In this gripping thriller, the characters are strangers stuck in an isolated cabin during an unforgiving winter storm. As the characters perished at a pace swifter than the Titanic’s descent, I felt the need to make a murder mystery map like the ones on television just to piece together the identity of the killer. I plan to check out other books by this author because the storyline took me on a ride of thrills and suspense like no other.
 
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Paigemichelle1218 | 10 andra recensioner | Feb 15, 2024 |
This was a Once Upon a Book Club box and I was excited to read, but I DNF'd this book twice. Darcy does a great job with the supernatural horror elements and it might have just been a little too much for me. I will try another book from author to determine if I continue reading more of the author.
 
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midmomo | 8 andra recensioner | Feb 11, 2024 |
I have no idea that no matter how much I dislike a Darcy Coates book, it still ends up being amazing.

Darcy Coates has such a touch for hauntings and twists- I really cannot recommend her works enough. And I say that knowing that this book- The Haunting on Blackwood House- wasn't my favorite by her! Nonetheless, it was still a Darcy Coates so it was still fabulous!

This was her second novel and not to be rude, but it feels very second novel. I don't think she'd found her exact grove yet, but it's still a good read. I had a lot of comments about what I didn't like about the book, but the ending just completes things in such a way that I really can't complain.

I think that Mara is one of the less likeable characters in any Coates novels, but she still works in the novel. I think I liked the ending a lot more than the beginning and that is partly due to some good character development from our main character.

Perhaps a word of warning? If your boyfriend, real-estate agent, and gut all tell you that staying in the house is a bad idea, then maybe don't live there.

Solid 3 stars.
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annahuber13 | 11 andra recensioner | Feb 2, 2024 |

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Verk
64
Medlemmar
4,306
Popularitet
#5,828
Betyg
3.8
Recensioner
204
ISBN
95
Språk
5
Favoritmärkt
1

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