Cas’s Book Review – The Haunting of Ashburn House

5 out of 5

Book by Darcy Coates

If Steven King is the Indisputable King of Horror, then Darcy Coates must be Crowned its Queen

People whisper about Ashburn House. It’s reclusive owner, Edith, refused guests and made the rare appearance in town. Following her death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the mysterious house. Armed with only her precious cat Wolfgang, a suitcase, and little money, Adrienne can’t refuse this new lifeline. But there’s something strange about Ashburn House. There are no mirrors. Messages have been scratched into the walls and furniture. A lonely grave is hidden in the forest surrounding the house. Deceased family members appear to watch Adrienne from their portraits. As more of Ashburn’s secrets are revealed, Adrienne starts to believe the rumours of murder and hauntings from a century ago, especially when someone lurks around the house at night. Human being? Or something more sinister?

The Haunting of Ashburn House is a reading feast for horror fans. The writing style is intense, capturing the reader with its beautiful gothic imagery and descriptions. This is perfect for readers who enjoy traditional ghost stories with dark, creepy atmospheres and who want to avoid gore and violence. Yes, the gross factor is eliminated, but that doesn’t mean this novel isn’t scary. It is. Tension is continually built and maintained, developing a constant sense of alarm and oncoming danger. 

Adrienne is a young, independent woman who has met hard times and struggles with her finances, but refuses to be negative. Some readers might consider her naïve as she ventures around the house, walking into dark rooms and peering into shadows, but Adrienne is a sensible character that doesn’t believe in ghosts. That’s what makes her inner turmoil so exciting when she is confronted with the supernatural.

The Haunting of Ashburn House is a chilling and exciting read, a perfect accompaniment on a cold night with a warm cup of tea. Fans of mystery and horror will be delighted with this haunted house tale.