• The Haunting of Rookward House

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (360 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She's always watching....

When Guy finds the deeds to a house in his mother's attic, it seems like an incredible stroke of luck. Sure, the building hasn't been inhabited in 40 years and vines strangle the age-stained walls, but Guy is convinced he can clean it up and sell it. He'd be crazy to turn down free money. Right?

The house is hours from any other habitation, and Guy can't get phone reception in the old building. He decides to camp there while he does repairs. Surely nothing too bad can happen in the space of a week.

But there's a reason no one lives in Rookward House, and the dilapidated rooms aren't as empty as they seem....

A deranged woman tormented a family in Rookward 40 years before. Now her ghost clings to the building like rot. She's bitter, obsessive, and jealous...and once Guy has moved into her house, she has no intention of ever letting him leave.

©2017 Darcy Coates (P)2017 Darcy Coates

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Not so scary, but still kept me up

I was expecting a scary story, I got the chills only once or twice. But that didn't stop me from really enjoying the whole experience.
The narrator was spot on and Darcy Coats' s story kept me listening until I realised I had to get up to go to work. Thanks for that sleepless night...

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Not the author's best or scariest book

The narrator was okay. A bit bland with no real voice inflection. I liked how the author set up us learning about Thomas' life. I felt sorry for Thomas at the beginning. Then, later in the book, I felt that he deserved what he got. He certainly reaped what he sowed. Unfortunate that his actions affected his family. Guy seemed to be a "woe is me" type. He certainly had anger management issues even after the "incident". The ending, for me, was ridiculous and makes women look weak and pathetic. Finally, there was way to much detail about the renovations Guy was going to make. This book is certainly not the author's best.

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Violent and Deranged Ghost

This book had some elements that I really enjoyed and others that I really didn’t, I’ll get on to those in a bit.

The story covers a couple of timelines: the 1965 events leading up to the haunting of Rookward house and the present day. In 1965, a man called Thomas and his family move to Rookward house in the countryside to get away from the threatening presence of Amy, Thomas’ stalker.
In the present day, the ghost of Amy is still haunting the house and becomes obsessed with Guy, a man whose mother has inherited the home from a relative.

I did like how terrifying Amy was in her ghost form – doors creaking in the night and the creepy eyes and talon-like fingers scratching about the house. She’s the perfect ghost in terms of creepiness, but how she became that way bugged me. The men in this book are portrayed of victims of this woman but in actual fact… they’re just terrible people and bring all of the events on themselves.

The first half of this story was particularly difficult to get through for a couple of reasons: Guy has travelled out into the forest to renovate the abandoned haunted house which has been left derelict for 50 years, obviously it’s going to need some DIY and tidying up but there was a lot of detail about the clearing up of vines and refitting of window panes. A lot of detail.

The second reason was that I found it very hard to keep my attention on the Hempel’s words. The sound quality was excellent and it was well read, but I found my attention straying by his lack of intonation – particularly in the first half of the book when there wasn’t much in the way of character dialogue to break things up a bit. This is one of those unfortunate circumstances when you just can’t mesh with a voice, which is always frustrating.

At only 6 hours long, it’s not that long in the world of audiobooks and is a classic haunted house scenario that’s sure to appeal to many fans of the genre. The ghost is violent, deranged and brings a very claustrophobic feel to the atmosphere of the story.

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This is horror?

I really was excited about this book, but then the reader’s affect kind of made the story drab and boring. Also, the ending was unfortunate; like the author was just tired of the story and threw in the towel.

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Guy and Savannah were in love an now had a loving Daughter, but their marriage was on a rocky road and had been for a while. He had anger management problems and could not hold his temper.

It all came to a head one evening durning a heated argument when Guy flared up. He blew his temper again and stormed out of the house. As he backed out of the driveway he did not see Savannah behind his truck and ran over her sending her to the hospital. Her parents were so angry with the way Guy treated their Daughter that they kept him away from her, by having her file a restraining order. He denied having anger management problems and did nothing about getting help. After hitting her with his truck and having it legally settled as as accident, Guy decided to move out and leave town.

His Mother had asked him to visit her and assist her in getting her home ready for sale. She was getting on in age and had decided to move to the watersiderea. Upon his request, he returned to his childhood home to help Mom for the move preparations.


Routing around in the attic, he found a Deed showing him that she owned a a large house outside of town on a large portion of land. He showed it to his Mon, and she said" Oh!, I had forgotten your Dad bought it a long time ago". She said he could have it.

The next day he decided to check the property out . It was a old two Victorian two story house built in the early nineteen. hundreds. Upon his arrival he saw it needed a lot of work, bound inside and out. The outside yard was filled with high weeds and vines which ran up the entire outside walls. Not only did the outside need work, but when he entered the house it was in need of many renovations.

He noticed that it was starting getting to get dark, so he decided that he would stay, and he was sure no-one was in the house, so he went to his truck and retrieved his sleeping bag and set up a bedding area. He was going to return to his Mother's home, but decided to follow his plan and remain there until understaffed Finnished After all he wanted to fix up this house to it original state and he knew he could get a nice profit.

Guy battleship to get stay there and call her now and again. Mother didn't want him to stay out there alone to fix it up without returning home each day. She told him that it had not been lived in since the sixties and she had reservations. He convince his Mother on his staying, had packed his pickup and set out to the house, for renovations. Since his Mother seem to want to hang on to everything and continue with her hoarding, this would be a break.

It this just a old house in need of renovations, or is Guy not alone in this house?

No spoilers here, I would like to state that I have been a fan of Darcy Coates now a while and I find her books hard to out down once I start one. Joe Hemple does an outstanding job with the character voices the character voices durning narrating.


I recommend this to reading or Audio Book for the mature due to the violence. I can't wait to starting another. I prefer the Audio books, because I like Joe Hemple's voice, but I do read some too!


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great book

it was a bit hard to follow to start with but knocks your socks off before it is over

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Love a good spooky story!

Darcy Coates sure does know how to spin a good spooky story. I enjoyed learning about the characters as they go through their trials. I think I found my next favorite haunted story writer.

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engaging read, well read, kind of want this house

Darcy Coates, as always, is an engaging read with honestly written characters that you start to love m in spite of their flaws. Joe Hempel is an excellent actor and I fall into a trance listening to him, becoming a watcher in the room with the main characters. Also, if Anna Hendrix doesn't play the woman in red when the movie comes out I'm going to riot.

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Didn’t like the ending

The book was entertaining however I didn’t feel that it was one of Darcy Coates best. I really did not like the ending and felt I was left hanging.

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Creep factor is a 10 in this book

I listened to the sample on Audible and had to hear the rest of the story. The Audiobook is about 6 1/2 hours long. It is written by Darcy Coates and Narrated by Joe Hempel. Both have done and awesome job with this book. it is a very creepy tale of an abandoned house. Ghosts are my favorite and this one is filled with them.

Guy is helping his mom go through the attic when he stumbles across a deed to a house. When he asks about it she doesn't remember the house which was part of her inheritance. Guy decides to go look at the house thinking that maybe they could sell it and be able to move from the town they live in, and be able to get away from some bad memories and start over.

When Guy gets to the house he looks it over and thinks it is worth fixing up, and that they will get more money out of it if it is livable. The house even has a name Rookward House. It is about 3 hours from home so Guy decides it would be better to camp out in the house while working on it.

Strange things start to happen almost immediately but Guy chocks the noises up to settling, and the shadows up to the darkness. One night a couple of teenagers come around. Guy invites them in and they tell him about the horrible murders that happened in the house and the legend of it being haunted.

The strange things really amp up after this. Guy has to figure out how to get away from Rookward house with his life since the ghost has decided to make him her own.

I personally really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to listen to more books by Darcy Coates.

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  • 04-25-18

Good solid listen

Well written scary story, kept me interested all the way, although there was a loss of pace two thirds of way in, for couple of chapters .

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  • Abi
  • 02-07-18

Fantastic

If you could sum up The Haunting of Rookward House in three words, what would they be?

Unexpected, gripping, enjoyable

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

Any of Darcy Coats works

Any additional comments?

A gripping tale that has an unusual turn. I thought it was going to be a straight forward haunting but I was surprised. By the middle of the story I was hooked and couldn't wait to listen on.

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  • Lyz
  • 10-23-21

dissapointing

I have never been able to find a better book by Darcy Coates since Carrow Haunt, I hoped this would beat it but sadly it didn't. I didn't even finish the book, by chapter 21 it still didn't feel like the story had gone anywhere and the constant repetition of rookwood house's vines/family room/gatepost became infuriating.
The lack of motivation of the protagonist who insists he is going to do things but never actually does to the family who once lived in the house becomes tiresome and lacks imagination.
A book I really wanted to enjoy, but sadly I found myself screaming to in my car because of the sheer stupidity of the plot.

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  • Caroline Paul
  • 09-15-21

Not one of her best

Pretty awful story line and appalling acting on the voiceover. Disappointed really as I enjoy Darcey Coates books in general. One to avoid!

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  • Teresa Allen
  • 04-17-21

Gripping for the most part

I really enjoyed the first part of the book, and the plot was quite gripping. Being a paranormal investigator myself though I was quite disappointed in the way that it changed from being a very plausible haunting scenario to a horror story. Having said that, it was well written and I liked the narrator, and it was gripping enough to make you want to know what happened to the main character. I'd recommend this if you like a good horror book.

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  • Rose
  • 11-01-20

a fine piece of implausibility

Well, there’s plenty of action and the narration isn’t bad either. The problem is, it’s entirely implausible. There are thoughts that are never completely finished off and explanations lacking. A distortion of reality gives one the impression that it’s one of those dream coma states from which Guy will wake up in a few minutes. It’s readable but it’s not great. For one thing, between 1985 and 2015 unless I miss my guess there are thirty years not twenty. Ah well, I wasn’t all that good at maths either at school.

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  • 04-08-19

Another Darcy Coates gem.

Really enjoyed this.. So many twists and turns. Creepily scarcely and keeps you wanting more.

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  • Joanne P.
  • 03-28-22

Similar to Asburn

it's a good story, but had similarities to Ashburn House, just not as good. Wasn't overly keen on the narrator, and the telling seemed rushed. I'm not a fan of the narrator using different tones to get in character.

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  • Christine Sutherland
  • 03-26-21

Don’t bother

Persevered up to chapter 13 but couldn’t do anymore, the narrator is dreadful, no emotion just a dead pan voice which I couldn’t stand any longer. Shame because I like Darcy Coates books, but he was so boring I can’t even remember what the story is about !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-13-21

Terrible narrator!

I can’t finish this book. The narrator sounds like he’s half asleep and has no enthusiasm to read the book. His monotone drone makes it barely possible to follow what’s going on let along enjoy it.

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  • Janet Wilkie
  • 04-22-22

Wait till you meet the mistress

narration was spot on loved book from start to finish recomend this no problem