• The Haunting of Gillespie House

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (350 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Some houses breathe....

Elle is thrilled to spend a month minding the beautiful Gillespie property. More than an hour's drive from the nearest town and surrounded by forest, the aging mansion is ideal for someone seeking solitude.

But things start to go very wrong very quickly.

Elle discovers a crumbling graveyard nestled in the woods. It contains a generation of the house's residents, all with an identical year of death.

Scratching in the walls...slamming doors...whispers in the night...a locked room...

As Elle explores deeper into the house, she begins to unravel the property's dark and dangerous history. At its center is Jonathan Gillespie, a tyrannical cult leader and the house's original owner.

And, as Elle soon learns, just because he's dead doesn't mean he's gone.

Includes a bonus short story, "Crawlspace", which inspired Gillespie House.

©2015 Darcy Coates (P)2016 Darcy Coates

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expected more chills

this must be a young adult novel because it really doesn't have a real chill factor, although the narration was good.

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Leaves you wondering what you just read.

What disappointed you about The Haunting of Gillespie House?

The story line is scattered at best, and your not really sure where the story takes place or what error the language the main character uses confuses you on what decade she exist in.

What could Darcy Coates have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Mentioned time line, established stronger plot line and leave out some of the useless small details and focus more on the "villian". Not enough leading up to the main encounter and the encounter was brief and underwhelming.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laurel Schroeder?

The narrator was fine.

What character would you cut from The Haunting of Gillespie House?

Mrs. Gillespie could have easily have been single and taking a vacation or off to a businews conference, the mentioning of her husband was not needed and the words and space used on him could have further developed the main plot.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

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Enjoyable!

A quick read. Not really scary, but enthralling anyhow. Neat story concept, good writing. I enjoyed it. Wish it was a little longer.

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Great Performance and Spooky Mansion

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. If you like creepy old haunted Gothic mansions, then this is the story for you. Slamming doors, cobwebs, dusty oil portraits, ornate mahogany furniture, locked doors, nightmares, rats, secret passages, whispers in the night, graveyards!

What other book might you compare The Haunting of Gillespie House to and why?

Burnt Offerings. Not quite the same.

Which character – as performed by Laurel Schroeder – was your favorite?

The main character... the one that has to stay alone in the haunted house.

If you could take any character from The Haunting of Gillespie House out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Again, the main character. Maybe that's because the performance is so innocent its almost sexy.

Any additional comments?

Loved it... highly recommended.

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Good - But not what I thought it would be...

Would you try another book from Darcy Coates and/or Laurel Schroeder?

I will try one more of Coates to see if it is any different. I was not impressed with Schroeder's performance.

Would you be willing to try another book from Darcy Coates? Why or why not?

Yes. I would like to see if any of her others are scary.

Would you be willing to try another one of Laurel Schroeder’s performances?

Probably not.

Was The Haunting of Gillespie House worth the listening time?

The story line was good enough to try one more, but it was not scary in the least.

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Okay for a boring day

I love Darcy Coates usually, but this one definitely isn't my favorite book by her. I spent more time being annoyed at the main character poking and snooping and breaking things (mind you breaking down locked doors is NOT cool in my book) in a house she's supposed to be taking care of than anything. I mean, why was she hired again if that's all she's doing in the personal lives of other people? If that factor hadn't been how the majority of what she got into was found out and all, I think I could have enjoyed it much more. I have no great love of busybodies though, nor of nosy people who can't mind their own business when doing a job. It was okay otherwise, but due to the nature of the main character, I wasn't so sure I was rooting for her anymore halfway through. I wouldn't listen again to this one. I did manage to finish it at least.

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Okay.

I think this story had great potential but the authors main character is droll at times and the details used in the book range from over-used to not enough. The ending fell apart. Also the narrators voice ruined the story for me entirely.

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I love a good scream,. Don't you? Ghost stories

lend themselves well to frightening little scratches and locked doors. Even mad preachers have a certain charm, Even haunted houses that make you shout out can be fun! Neatpenny

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Pretty good haunted house book!

The Haunting of Gillespie House
by Darcy Coates
This was a pretty good haunted house book with an interesting backstory and unique characters. A gal is house sitting a mansion but the dead make themselves known. Good suspense and good ending!
Good narrator too!

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OK Pulp horror

A woman alone in a big old house is compel!ed to find the answer to its secret. It's a plot and essentia!ly a book I've read a number of times before. Entertaining for an evening, and on to the next.

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  • 01-03-21

it's ok but not her best

the story was ok but hated the ending not a patch on her other stories

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  • Tash
  • 02-04-21

Great Book

Good read, kept my interest through out the book.
I found the main character a bit too noisy hahaha. But still great book. Recommend the listen. The narrator did great.