• Lakeview House

  • By: Helen Phifer
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (208 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Icy water laps against the wooden jetty. But the girl doesn’t notice the cold as she slips slowly under the freezing surface....

Running from a devastating relationship that almost cost her everything, Maddy Hart impulsively accepts a job as a live-in caretaker at imposing Lakeview House. She has no memories of having visited the crumbling mansion on the banks of Lake Thirlmere before, but when she arrives, something about the house feels familiar....

The more time Maddy spends in the house, the more unsettled she feels. Why does the local story about the last woman who lived here, who drowned on her wedding day, chill Maddy to the bone? By day, she clears out the dusty rooms, but in the dead of night, it’s hard to explain away the eerie noises or crackly radio she hears hours after she turned it off. Slowly, Maddy begins to fear that her worst nightmare is coming true. Has her past caught up with her?

When a soaking wet wedding dress is left on Maddy’s doorstep, she feels completely trapped. It is her exact measurements. Is her ex trying to send her a message? Or has Maddy’s digging uncovered an even deadlier secret? Will this perfect escape become the perfect trap?

Perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Lisa Gardner, and Ruth Ware.

Lakeview House was previously published as What Lies Below.

©2022 Helen Phifer (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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I fell for the red herring!

I liked this story of a serial killer and a writer attempting to get her creative juices flowing in an abandoned mansion in the fells. I did have a few issues: if my best friend was in danger of being attacked or murdered, I probably wouldn't stop to canoodle a deli employee, and I probably would have tried to contact someone who could get the word to said friend that the psycho was in route. The main character was a little off, too. You just get out of an abusive relationship and you're ready to canoodle a total stranger? Just seems unlikely. The narration was great, and I will re-read this one.

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Entertaining

The story kept my interest for the most part. It was well narrated. The ending was sort of abrupt and open ended I suspected who the killer was a little past half way through, for whatever that's worth. I enjoyed the characters. Overall it was an enjoyable audiobook.

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Just ok

So I thought this would be a predictable book but it ended up not being in one way and then totally being predictable in another way. I stopped it a few times because I thought I wouldn’t finish it but I did. No wrong, I’m glad I read the whole thing, but really not so great.

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I should have seen that twist at the end....

As another reviewer said, description of the house was oddly lacking in a story named for a house. There was much opportunity in this story, and it's worth reading, but I hoped for something scarier with more haunted house vibes. Although it was about adult characters, it felt YA especially in the romance area. In the world of show-don't-tell, I don't feel that I was shown that this would or could be the culprit so it was definitely a surprise and I did not see it coming. HUGE PRAISE for the writing of the side characters, though - they were so real and so much fun and part of that was the narration.

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I really enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were likable and the story moved at a good pace. Also the narrator was very good

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The subtitle is so true and accurate!

I love love love this book, very well written, very suspenseful and entertaining as well. Excellent performance by the narrator also!

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Good suspense/crime

Good suspense or crime story set in lake district. Glad I tried this author for the first time.

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An ok listen

Through a majority of this book, I felt like I was listening to a different version of The Shining. I know this wasn't exactly like it, but that is what it reminded me of. By the end of the book, I didn't mind it as much and would consider it a decent listen. A couple things surprised me in this book. For example, Stella so stupidly falling for Conner and when Seth killed Conner, those were events I wasn't expecting so it was nice to not see everything coming. It was a good enough book that I could recommend it for a listen when you need something not too interesting to listen to.

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interesting story

I wanted more in the ending as pieces didn't seem to fit. Otherwise intriguing story that held my interest.

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A good mystery

This was a pleasant surprise. Just enough to scare you and keep you guessing. Love those fells and moors.

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  • Kerri H
  • 07-27-22

Good story

This was good but not quite as exciting as it could have been. Like the creepy bits and characters were fairly good but not enough depth to them. Kept you wondering. No twists and turns though so bland in places.

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  • Nicks
  • 05-23-22

A bit of a 'soft' mystery

Not sure if it was due to the narrator who didn't really create a 'mysterious' atmosphere or whether it was the story itself; but I found there was probably about 1hour of suspense. Although I did enjoy the parts of the book set in the Lake District.

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  • B
  • 05-16-22

Loved it

Stumbled upon this author after a few disappointing audible story listens that led me to give up on them unfinished. This has restored my faith in audible again. Loved this…creepy but not too scary that I couldn’t listen. Off to explore more by same author now.