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  • The House on the Water

  • A Novella
  • By: Margot Hunt
  • Narrated by: Taylor Schilling
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Summary

From the author of Buried Deep comes a brand-new thriller about a summer vacation turned deadly and a group of friends trapped together until they can determine who among them is capable of murder.

Every year, Caroline Reed takes a trip with her best friend, Esme Lamont. They’re usually accompanied by their spouses - but this year, everything’s changed.  

Esme has just gone through a bitter divorce, and Caroline is wondering if her own marriage is reaching its breaking point as she and her husband, John, cope with the discovery that their 19-year-old son has been abusing drugs. Still, the inseparable duo books a weeklong stay at a beach-front home in Shoreham, Florida, inviting Esme’s brother, Nick, and his new husband, Ford, in hopes that the additional guests will help lighten the mood.

After a blissful first night in the vacation home, tragedy strikes, and one of the houseguests is found dead. While it’s assumed at first to be a horrific accident, it quickly becomes clear that there’s something more sinister at play, and over the course of this fast-paced, deeply chilling novella, the potential motives of each guest are revealed - until a shocking conclusion is reached. 

©2020 Margot Hunt (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Monotone narrator and obvious murderer

This wasn't a bad story, just a bit predictable. The narrator sounded like she was half asleep and being forced to read a story she wasn't interested in. She was also way too young for the character.

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superb

very good narrator,loved the voice . great little story and nice quirky little characters

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Short and sweet

Performed well. Nice story. Not wholly unpredictable, but good fun and a worthwhile listen. Recommended.

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House on the water

Really enjoyed this book, very well written, loved the outcome. It was also very well read.

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Enjoyable 😉

I really enjoyed this book although it was short
give storyline was good,
the narrator was really good
an enjoyable short read, no complaints here .

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Ok for a quick listen

Not bad but I’m glad it was short and I was just filling in the gap while I decided which book to listen to next.

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Great book.

I very much enjoyed this short book. It was fast paced with some good twists and turns. Also, enjoyed Taylor Schilling’s narration.

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  • McSusie
  • 04-12-20

LADIES, TAKE A LISTEN. This is so good!

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Yes, it’s short, but it has all the elements of a good story with a very satisfactory ending. The characters were so well developed in a very short time that I could picture every one of the five main characters clearly in my mind. The narration was excellent. Perfect for this story. I listened straight through. I’m not going to leave any spoilers as I get so annoyed when other reviewers do that. This is a really interesting listen for women. I don’t believe men would particularly like this. Ladies, take a listen! It’s so good!

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  • David M. Wilcox
  • 04-12-20

Wonderful Story

The story had a great plot!! I didn't expect it to play out like it did!! I definitely will recommend to others!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-20

Suspenseful. Entertaining. Surprise ending.

This short story was gripping and threw so many curve balls and subtle hints along the way the finally unexpected ending seems a relief. Great read! Could read it again and again!

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  • Bee DeLeon
  • 06-12-20

Great pace

Sometimes you just need a quick read that keeps you company but also entertains. I loved this book all the way to the end. Performed brilliantly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-20

Unfulfilling Narrating

The narrator didn’t use different voices to distinguish the characters, which makes the dialogue really confusing!

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  • ross cleary
  • 06-12-20

Loved it!

kept me listening till the end to see who actually did it. I would recommend

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  • Mari
  • 05-12-20

Nice light mystery

Definitely a good beach read. Short and easy listen. The narrator’s voice is top notch. Slipped right into their world and sat in the corner as it all played out. Not too much time spent fleshing out character or relationships, but just enough. Perfect to listen to while I remodel my basement.

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  • Jody Janis
  • 07-01-21

Another great novella by Margot Hunt!

Margot Hunt may be my newest favorite author with another tantalizing and surprising end too!

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 15-12-20

Interesting

The story is okay, but it suffers from ‘lazy writing’. One of the most important things in a ‘whodunnit’ is a writing trick called ‘hiding the gun’. It gives readers the very subtle hints that they could use to potentially figure it out. This book had none of that and the killers behavior was therefore rather odd. A real shame because this let the whole story down. The killer suddenly had a Jeckyll and Hyde moment at the end and it felt a bit cheap. Otherwise it was pretty entertaining

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  • barbara
  • 08-12-20

The House on the Water

Wow, what a book! Would never have guessed the ending! I just wanted it to go on forever. Will definitely be reading more from this author. The narration is excellent.

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