The House by the Sea Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The new chilling and captivating novel from the best-selling author of Richard & Judy pick The Secrets Between Us.
When Edie’s mother-in-law, Anna DeLuca, dies, she is relieved. Edie blames Anna for the accident that destroyed her family. So, when her will lures Edie to Sicily and the long-abandoned Villa della Madonna del Mare, she sees through Anna’s games.
Suspecting Anna is meddling from beyond the grave to try to reunite her and her ex-husband Joe, Edie is determined to leave Italy as soon as possible. But before she can, the villa starts to shed its mysterious secrets.
Who are the girls beside Anna in her childhood photos, and why has one of them been scratched out? Why does someone, or something, want them to leave the past untouched? The villa is a place where old ghosts feel at home, but does their legacy need to be laid to rest before Edie and Joe can move on....
Best-selling author Louise Douglas returns with a captivating, chilling and unforgettable tale of betrayal, jealousy and the mysteries hidden in every family history.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 24 minutes|
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|Audible.co.uk Release Date||13 February 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 27,833 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
707 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
917 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
12,761 in Women Writers & Fiction
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In her thanks at the end of the book, what a pity there was no mention of an editor to thank: one might have made a big difference. Every few pages there are references to how she can feel the presence of her dead child “I felt him nearby”, “for a fraction of a second Daniel was there staring at me wide-eyed” “I was imagining Daniel sitting on my lap” “I was tucking Daniel into bed” “I felt a little tug, Daniel reminding me he was present”. Before long you want to scream. But there are also very many announcements of the feeling she is being watched, and of the the ghosts in the house “I swear I could feel Joe’s ancestors moving around me..”
The hints given almost from the beginning of the book that she and her ex-husband will be back together soon are not just obvious, they weigh tonnes.
An editor might also have reminded her that you do not lay on a bed (unless you have some strange egg-laying talent), you lie on it. Yesterday you lay on it, today you lie on it. It’s also not explained how the villain of the piece has so much ready money she could immediately buy the house outright, although she lives in a squalid slum.
One person who is thanked is the illustrator who designed the beautiful cover”; the cover displays a 3-storey house although the text plainly describes it as a 2-storey building (that there is a cellar only transpires later and as its existence is a surprise to the writer, it cannot have been visible from outside).
I suggest getting an editor in future; this might help the author avoid maddening repetition of dead-son/ex-husband tropes and poor grammar.
The reader has to like the characters and want the best for them, but after about the twelfth page I really couldn't care about any of them.
I was determined to give it my best shot, though, and finish it, but when I came to this " Joe and I were so close I couldn't tell where I ended and where he began" I gave up totally. Words fail me, so did this book. This was the first one I've read by this author and will be certainly the last.
When Anna DeLuca dies, she leaves her beautiful home by the sea in Sicily to her son, Joe and his ex wife, Edie.
Edie blames her ex mother in law for an accident 10 years before. A tragedy which tore apart Edie and Joe’s marriage. Leaving the abandoned yet beautiful Villa Della Madonna del Mare to the ex couple, Edie sees it as nothing more than yet another attempt on Anna’s part, to meddle in their relationship from beyond the grave.
Edie is determined to sell the villa and leave the island as soon as possible, but as the ghosts of the past reveal themselves and mysteries are awakened, Edie discovers there is much more to tie her to the house, the island and her newly found friends.
This is a beautiful book and a wonderful escape. Lovely descriptions of the house and surrounding area really transport you to Sicily and the sunshine. I really enjoyed this book. Plenty of twists and turns involved with a handful of creepy and heart stopping moments thrown in.