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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2014
I wanted to like this story. It began promisingly, there were enjoyable elements - like discovering the history of the family who lived at the house through the decades - and at times it was something of a page turner. But it was also deeply flawed, with too many inconsistencies, writing that was often careless and clumsy, and period details that just weren't convincing.

This wouldn't matter so much if it all made sense at the end, if the events described came together, and if there was some kind of meaning or explanation to it all. But there wasn't, and it left me feeling really quite disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2014
The story was great and I was hooked from the beginning, but I found the mistakes very irritating, so much so I began concentrating on these more than the story. My advice to the writer would be to get a friend to read through your next book before publication so that any glaring errors are picked up, it doesn't make for easy reading with so many mistakes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2014
I've never reviewed a book before but felt I had to with this. I love reading ghost stories but a lot of them are dull and predictable. I heard good things about this book from friends, joined Stephanie's facebook fan page and wanted to read it immediately. I was hooked from the start, and read it over the course of this weekend. What a lovely family they are and what awful things they had to go through, all the time trying to keep their children safe and secure. I felt every little bit of emotion. The descriptive text really pulled you in, you could imagine yourself being in that awful house and wondering what you would do in their situation. No other book is going to compare now, this is as good as it gets. Please make time to read The House on Poultney Road, you will not be disappointed!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2014
Really enjoyed this long awaited tale, very well written with great voicing from the characters and a real sense of the timelines with realistic spookiness - no jazzing it up a notch for Hollywood or splashing the unnecessary gore about. My only complaint upon finishing just now is - NO! It CAN'T be done! I have so many questions I need answered, so many things I still want to read about, darn it!
Suffice to say, don't regret buying this!
Really hoping there will be another book, and will definatly buy if there ever is!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very unprofessional print-job. The print lurches around in parts of the book, the cover and pages are very cheap. Not edited properly, some of the writing is confusing and clear mistakes have been left in. At one point, the children's ages change twice within one page! Also an odd reference to playing computer games in the late 1960's… I bought on the strength of the reviews and I have to say, I am somewhat dubious about them. Unfortunately, this all detracts from the story itself. It's like a half-engaging, rambling story that some ol' fella is telling you over his pint in the pub. There's no attempt to put any of the 'events' to anyone outside the family, apart from some blokes from the pub. It's not great, sorry. There are some chilling moments, but the reader is brought to them via sprawling text, poor grammar in parts, and then the potential scary moment is given too much slightly cartoonish detail, and it becomes very, very difficult to take at all seriously. I requested a refund for the first time ever from Amazon as the blurb is so misleading, and this not really a 'proper' book. I won't be troubling the sequel, I'm afraid.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2014
I consider myself a veteran of horror and paranormal books and interests ; my wide reading of this genre is vast, and a lot of the time the stories are the same, bordering on nonsense and the usual predictable content.; but I thought this was a little gem; the characters were likeable and real. I like the way the author wrote it by spanning across the decades and I always know I'm reading a good book when I imagine it making a good film ! yes, it was far fetched at times but you can forgive the author for that.
Scary , especially Ellen's photograph !
loved everything about it and thoroughly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2014
I won this book from a competition on the author's facebook page.This is an honest review.
I was a little surprised when I got this book as I wasnt sure what to expect and when I realised it was based on a true account of the going on at The house I couldn't wait to start it. This book is about the spooky goings on in the aforsaid house and I found myself quite involved, I couldnt wait to see what would happen next.It started with a visit to the house that has now had changes inside and brightened up although it doesn't seem to have made the house any more welcoming. The rest of the book is about stephanies family and their involvment in the spooky and etheral goings on including the man in black who seems to be a large character. I have no idea why they continued to attempt contact with the 'beings' in the house as I am sure I would have run a mile. It was a surprising insight into what happened and how it was dealt with, Is it true? I don't know but there are some things you just cannot dismiss. Read it yourself and see if you believe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2015
Yep, it's self published and print on demand, and but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
I must admit that reading the other reviews has improved my opinion of the book, as the author has responded to the reviews and acknowledged what people are saying. I'm also reading the sequel now and there is a vast improvement, so it's clear that she's taken on board the comments.
Back to the original novel, to be frank it's not particularly well written. Sentences break in the middle of the page, there are a lot of spelling mistakes and for a book set in England, there are several Americanisms, such as 'liquor' and there wasn't a great deal of articulation.
That said, however, the plot was engaging and I was keen to find out what happens.
I'm not really interested in the debate about whether it's a true story or not - for me, it was simply a book to read and enjoy, and it filled that purpose. All I would say is that it needed more proofreading and editing, and in the sequel book it's clear this has happened (though admittedly there are still some glaring mistakes).
It won't go down as a classic, but I say good on Stephanie Boddy for publishing her work and as a debut novel it shows a lot of promise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2014
I thought the book was a very good read maybe because it was written by someone who has had these experiences and know her family history regarding the happenings in the house. Would recommend to all those who are interested in the paranormal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

The House on Poultney Road is an entertaining and at times creepy tale based on a true story. We are introduced to several generations of one family all residing inside The House on Poultney Road and their personal accounts of what they experienced living there.

I read this book late at night in the dark while my family was asleep and I found myself on more than a few occasions checking round the room in the dark corners just to make sure there was nothing there, this to me is what makes a ghost story and it certainly had the desired effect. However I found myself rereading a couple of parts as they didn't seem to flow or be worded right for me and I feel like the whole story just skimmed the surface and it could have been longer and more in depth. That aside I am keen to read the sequel as this book was a fun and at times hair raising read and leaves many unanswered questions that I'm hoping will be answered in the next one.
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