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Summary

Ellen and her two best friends share a mid-life crisis by hatching a plan to renovate an 1860s Greek revival in the nearby historic district of San Antonio. 

Although Ellen isn't one to believe in ghosts, she comes face to face with something inexplicable in the attic. Her ghost-enthusiast friends convince her that they must help the spirit find closure, and as they dig deeper into the past, they uncover a shocking history that someone in the neighborhood doesn't want exposed. 

But Ellen and her friends don't give up easily. They realize they've been called to give voice to the invisible women who suffered behind the walls of the house for decades.

©2017 Eva Pohler (P)2017 Eva Pohler

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Lovely story

I wasn't sure what to expect as few reviews said it was scary and when I first started listening I didn't listen when I was alone in the house as it was a bit spooky.
But it's a lovely story about 3 friends who are feeling a bit lost and lonely. Their children have left the nest and they're trying to find purpose in their lives.

While trying to find themselves they also help to solve a mystery. They decide to buy an old Greek revival house that's been on the market for many years and no one seems to go through with buying it as its supposedly haunted. Ellen, Sue and Tanya decide to buy it but first research and find out the history of the house.
I really emphasised with these women having 2 children who have flown the nest. It is a struggle when they leave. They're best friends and in the book they have a few sad times that bring them closer together. It's narrated by the author in a texan drawl (I think) and it totally fits with the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You actually believe that she is all these women. Highly recommended.

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ghost story

hunting gold in an old house being haunted by a ghost full of action great story

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3 semi-secretive STARS

This book is for you if… paranormal mystery with a very local dimension hits all your buttons. The resolution might be disappointing to some.

⤐ Preface.
I sencerely appologise for the very thin reviews past, present and future. I'm neither in the mood nor can I afford the time to to my usual glorious stuff. (Does self-praise stink? I'm a firm believer it shouldn't. Know your talents and cherish them.)

⤐ Overall.
I've listened to another audiobook by this author before and was pleasantly surprised to move away from the long exhausted YA genre. The story was interesting from minute one on but disappointed further down the road.

Characters. Relatable and diverse if looked at in their context, but overall unremarkable. Typical housewives of the US, the MCs contributed to the all-American flair of the audiobook.

World(-building). Decent and quick - everything came together nicely and quickly.

The arch of suspense. It rose and rose. I was so on board with this until it suddenly plummeted, never reaching the actual peak. That was the most disappointing part and also the main reason I couldn't give this a higher rating.

⤐ What’s happening.
Imagine you want to open up a BnB with your best buds and the targeted object turns out to be haunted. I for one would've skedaddled the heck outta there. Not so our three MCs. They decide to get to the roots of the haunting - which will, in turn, haunt them long after the seances have ended.

Con:
⇢ not all spirits are benign
⇢ seriously underequipped
⇢ life already problematic as it is
Pro:
⇢ ghost apparently is a crazy cat lady
⇢ supportive friends can surpass all evil
⇢ unexpected help

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writing quality + easy of reading = 3*

pace = 3*

plot/story in general = 4*

plot development = 4*

characters = 4*

enjoyability = 3*

insightfulness = 1*

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  • 08-10-19

Didn’t Work For Me, And Not As Cozy As I’d Like

This was not for me. I wanted to like it, and I enjoyed the first half, but I just don’t think it all worked. Some things seemed shoehorned in, trying to relate the main characters stories to the story of the house. It was unnecessary, and like I said, it just didn’t work. I was also confused about the three main character’s ages. I spent a long time thinking they were in their seventies or something, but I think they’re closer to my age. I’m still running around my town on the weekends, seeing bands, and having fun. These ladies seemed more like my mom.

By the end of the book, I didn’t like the Main, main character nearly as much as I did in the beginning, and the woman next door side character became my favorite. If you took away the unneeded extras, this was an interesting story, and the idea of the ghost was very original, but the subject matter was too dark for what I prefer. I had an idea from the trigger warning, but there could have been 75% less terrible things, and it still would have been enough to warrant a story. I would have been happy to give the second book in the series a try, but I see from the descriptions each book will probably be about past atrocities. It’s just not my reading (listening) preference, so that’s the only reason I won’t be giving book two a chance.

Most of this comes down to personal preference. Anyone else might thoroughly enjoy this book. The writing and narration is up to par, I just would have left a few things out.

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flipping haunted houses

Loved the story, wish the ending concentrated more on the people rather than the house.

Narration done by author and tends to be read a bit quick in places and character voices are sometimes forgotten. She has a nice voice so not too much of a problem.

looking forward to her next book

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  • 28-01-21

probably better without audio

I really wanted to love this book. The storyline seems like it would keep your attention, however the narration is terrible. I tried to get through it, but I couldn't.

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  • Jennykins
  • 08-11-20

Good Story, Dreary Reader

Despite some weak points in the story line, mostly with regard to so-so dialog, I enjoyed the clever inventive story. What I didn't like so much was the author as reader. I am always suspicious when an author reads their own work and this did not dispute the rule. The author hasn't the voice or the inflection for it. A good reader can make all the difference.

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  • Crystal Gray
  • 20-01-20

Enjoyable

I listened to this on Audible at 1.25x speed and really enjoyed it!

The story line, flipping a haunted house, kept my interested. The twists at the end, holy cow! I did not see that coming. I only stopped listening long enough to throw dinner together.

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  • Laura
  • 22-09-19

I really enjoyed the story.

I absolutely love this book!! I love a good mystery story and this one kept me guessing. I listened to this story nonstop in one day!! I truly enjoyed it.
I listened to the audio and I feel like the narration could have been better. It was mediocre at best. But I truly enjoyed the story.

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  • Robin Wright
  • 09-08-22

Story Premise is Promising, Execution is Rough

Pohler's premise has promise, I love the feminist vibe, the potential for story development with mid-aged women and their problems, and home remodeling. But the conversation was a struggle, it felt contrived, unnatural, never quite real, There was much lost opportunity for character development, and the story unfolded unnaturally as a result. I realize Pohler may be early in her career, and hiring an actor to read may be a big investment, but the author's reading was hard to buy into as well. Accents were not believable and changes in the characters' voices didn't fit and were difficult on the ear. It may be that a better reader could have helped in certain moments with better execution of the conversations. I am not sure I can recommend this book, but if the series sounds good to you, maybe try reading a later one in the series or one the author does not read herself, maybe the learning process will have helped down the road.

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  • Carol H.
  • 21-07-22

Mystery is: why didn’t author employ a thesaurus

Story and writing style is pretty simplistic; if not for the adult themes, it’s probably written at about a fourth grade reading level. After a while, several of the female characters start to sound like Minnie Mouse.

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  • Trish
  • 27-06-22

Boringly predictable

Ridiculous storyline. Horrifying Narration. I do not recommend this book and less you want something stupid and boring.

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  • Celia M.
  • 28-05-22

Someone else should perform this book

Not trying to be mean :/. The author wrote a cool story (so far) but her narration is not for this book
Character voices are very forced and sound fake, making it difficult to immerse yourself in the story.
I feel like she is supposed to sound like a southern chick but she sounds like she is a fake country bumpkin and her husbands voice is even worse. Trying way too hard to creat a southern accent.
To yes voice sounds da like she is whining no matter what they talk about
Narration tone does not fit most of the situations :/ I truly am leaving this review to help. I’ve gotten about a quarter of the way through the book and just can’t stay focused because of the narration.
I’m going to just order a hardcopy online because the story is great so far. Great writer :))
It’s just very difficult to listen to the narration. I want to purchase the other books in the series on audible but only if someone else is reading it so hopefully this is helpful and not taken like I’m being mean 💜

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  • #ByFelicia
  • 23-04-22

This has so much potential

Overall, this story had so much potential. I found I just couldn’t get into it not for lack of trying. Maybe if I had read it instead? The narration was just not up to what I’m used to. She wasn’t horribly bad but the inflection just wasn’t there and it got confusing differentiating between characters.

I think Sue might’ve been my favorite character out of the three. I just wish she had more development. I didn’t care for Ellen or Tanya. Half the time I didn’t even know why Tanya was even there. The story seemed to derail a few times and maybe spiraled a little when they dug into the history of the home. Let’s just say it gets dark and disturbing. Ellen seems to lose focus a lot when it came to the ghost hunting and the history hunting. I wasn’t sure what the goal was anymore. Oh my gosh, the neighbor drove me nuts with the over use of the phrase “this and that”!!

The story was good but the writing was a little weak. I’m not sure if I will continue with the series.

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  • MrsMcD918
  • 18-01-22

I tried....

I wasn't sure if it was the narration (just ok) or the story. I leaned towards the narration as I thought this was a story about a spooky house/ghost. Unfortunately, once incest, rape and abuse came into the storyline that's when I really lost interest. I tried, I listened to about 80%, but I had to stop.