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The Unquiet House [Paperback]

Alison Littlewood
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10 April 2014

Mire House is dreary, dark, cold and infested with midges. But when Emma Dean inherits it from a distant relation, she immediately feels a sense of belonging.

It isn't long before Charlie Mitchell, grandson of the original owner, appears claiming that he wants to seek out his family. But Emma suspects he's more interested in the house than his long-lost relations. 

And when she starts seeing ghostly figures, Emma begins to wonder: is Charlie trying to scare her away, or are there darker secrets lurking in the corners of Mire House?


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (10 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780876467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780876467
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Littlewood was raised in Penistone, South Yorkshire, and went on to attend the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (now Northumbria University). Originally she planned to study graphic design, but "missed the words too much" and switched to a joint English and History degree. She followed a career in marketing before developing her love of writing fiction.

She now lives near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, with her partner Fergus.

A Cold Season, from Jo Fletcher Books, is Alison's first novel. It was inspired by her winter commute to snowy Saddleworth.

Alison's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Black Static, Crimewave and Not One Of Us, as well as the British Fantasy Society's Dark Horizons. Other stories have appeared in the charity anthology Never Again as well as Read by Dawn Volume 3, Festive Fear II and Midnight Lullabies. Her life writing has appeared in The Guardian.

Her website is at www.alisonlittlewood.co.uk.


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'The author excels herself here. What Littlewood did with cults and motherhood in her debut, and fairy tales in the darkly fantastic crime fiction which followed it, she pulls off again, incredibly, in this best in class account of a haunted house' The Speculative Scotsman.

'An extremely well written and engaging spooky tale' The Horror Hothouse.

'Perfect Halloween and Christmas evening reading, though why wait till then? The summer months may be coming, but there'll be a chill in the air once you start turning the pages. It certainly makes you wonder what will be next from this author, and makes you look forward to it all the more. 9/10' Sci-Fi Bulletin.

'This third novel will set Alison Littlewood apart on her own. It's the type of book that elevates a writer into their own sphere' The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog.

'A haunted house novel by a writer of exceptional skill ... that stands alongside the greats of the genre: fertile ground worked by the likes of Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, against whose seminal works Alison Littlewood can hold her head high ... one of the most exceptional horror authors of the current generation' Reader Dad.

About the Author

Alison Littlewood is a writer of dark fantasy and horror fiction. Her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Black Static, Crimewave and Not One Of Us, as well as the British Fantasy Society's Dark Horizons and the charity anthology Never Again. Her website can be found at www.alisonlittlewood.co.uk. She lives near Wakefield, in West Yorkshire, with her partner Fergus.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy. Yes. 24 April 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Mire House is dreary, dark, cold and infested with midges. But when Emma Dean inherits it from a distant relation, she immediately feels a sense of belonging.
It isn’t long before Charlie Mitchell, grandson of the original owner, appears claiming that he wants to seek out his family. But Emma suspects he’s more interested in the house than his long-lost relations.
And when she starts seeing ghostly figures, Emma begins to wonder: is Charlie trying to scare her away, or are there darker secrets lurking in the corners of Mire House?

This was a wonderfully creepy, atmospheric story, one that had me glancing at all the dark corners in my own house and wondering what might lurk there…

Emma is surprised to inherit the property, especially as there are other relatives much closer who should have been obvious choices. Intending to sell, she goes to visit Mire House and is immediately captivated by it. Upon moving in she meets Charlie and after some strange occurrences Emma realises there is something hidden beneath the tranquil surface.

An extremely cleverly constructed novel, as we move back in time to learn the secrets of Mire House, each separate part is a story in and of itself, all adding up to a complete and compelling tale. Emma is an extraordinarily perfect character to follow along with – solitary and emotional, her thoughts and feelings make up a large part of the slow building sense of menace, and give us a true insight into the ambience of the surroundings. As far as psychological horror goes this is spot on for creating a sense of space and time and putting the reader bang into the moment…and unnerving them utterly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Ghost Story 28 April 2014
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I've wanted to read Alison Littlewood's books ever since reading reviews for her debut novel A Cold Season. For some reason or another, I never picked up that one or her second novel A Path of Needles, despite having review copies for both of them. But after meeting Alison at WFC last year and reading the synopsis for The Unquiet House, I was determined to read it come publication time and here we are. What I found inside its pages must be one of the creepiest novels I've read in ages, together with Sarah Lotz's The Three. I read this book with my heart in my throat for large swathes of the story and it even invaded my dreams. So what made this book so successfully creepy?

It's the sense of encroaching danger and dread that lingers around the house. Littlewood manages to hit each possible beat to ramp up this feeling of unease that sets in shortly after the start of the book. She crescendos each part of the story expertly and uses these moments to jump off into a different time line. The house is full of character and foreboding, without actually feeling alive or sentient. It's clear that whatever is happening, it's not the house itself that responsible. But if not the house, then who or what?

The story starts with Emma Dean's arriving at Mire House, a house she inherited from a relative she didn't even know she had and falling in love with the place. Emma is a sympathetic character and her romantic notion of starting over in this new and imposing place is one we've all felt at one time or another, to just get away and start over. She's in a vulnerable state when she moves to Mire House, having just lost both her parents and her feeling of being alone in the world makes her instant connection to Charlie, a purported cousin-far-removed, far more believable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Dean and her Inheritance 24 July 2014
By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
It's a fairly well used trope - innocent stranger inherits spooky old house, arrives to make it her own and faces horror as a dark history begins to repeat itself. And at times I thought that Alison Littlewood had fallen into a trap by trying to breathe new death into such a thing. But I changed my mind about this evil, tricky little book and ended up being thoroughly... not scared, but chilled to the bone.

I do feel though that it will divide readers. To begin with, the narrative dots a round a bit. First it's 2013, with Emma Dean arriving at neglected, decaying Mire House. She projects on it her dreams of a grander life (as it becomes clear other women have before. The House seems to have a special affinity with women, who see it, fatally, as a key to their futures). Then we go back to 1973. Then to 1939. That first 40 year jump is quite a jolt, coming as it does just when things really seem to be moving, and to begin with I didn't find the 1973 narrative - of schoolboys daring each other to go into the Old Scary House - too engaging. But read on. Littlewood lifts the story from the merely scary by the effortless way she threads in and out of the mind of Frank, the young boy chiefly involved, and by the way she twists things, invoking fear, shame and guilt.

It's then less of step to the 1930s, where Littlewood inhabits the mind of another and different character, before returning to the present day to wrap things up. We assume, by then, that we've worked out what is going on but there are still surprises in store, and I had to go back and reread the first part again to understand what had really been happening.

All in all, it is a very clever story. Watch the scraps of family history and conversation to try and grasp what's happening, and wonder at what may be next...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly disappointed! After reading other reviews
Thoroughly disappointed! After reading other reviews, I expected better. I thought the story and the way it was written was very contrived. It was not scary at all.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An absolutely amazing book! Very scarey and tense!
Published 1 month ago by E. Thornton
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written with subtle atmospheres
I was unsure about the book as this is an unknown genre to me. However the way the author subtly sets the scene and her almost poetic prose drew me in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chullie236
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What can i say?? Mesmerizing. Amazing. I have read all 3 books now and i cannot wait for the 4th. Will you be writing a 4th book? Please do.
Published 2 months ago by sandytiny
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book and not hard to read
I enjoyed this book. It has a subtle creepiness. I liked the twist.
Published 2 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars A proper ghost story.
You know how every now and again you read a book and wish you could unread it? This is how I felt about The Unquiet House. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rosie
4.0 out of 5 stars A haunted house novel to rank with the best
I love haunted houses, me. I love Hill House, I love Hell House, I love The House Next Door and the House Of Leaves.

And now I think I love Mire House, too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Everington
5.0 out of 5 stars ooooooh shiver
Marvellous book - I loved it. The stories were woven together so well with a twist at the end. Very very good indeed, quite the best ghost story I have read for quite some time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully scary
Really enjoyed this book. Hooked from the start. I ended up reading it in one sitting. Fabulous twist at the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT GHOST STORY
Faultless ghost story set in 3 different ages all linked by Mire House.Totally absorbing.
For fans of THE WOMAN IN BLACK by Susan Hill.
Page turner,brilliant. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vivienne
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