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The Unquiet House Audio CD – 1 May 2014

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471263975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471263972
  • ASIN: B00K21JNXM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,168,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mire House is dreary, cold and infested with midges. But when Emma Dean inherits it, she immediately feels a sense of belonging. It isn't long before Charlie Mitchell, grandson of the original owner, appears claiming an interest in his long-lost relative. But 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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The Unquiet House : Alison Littlewood (2014)

October 2015 (5)

Spooky and unsettling

The first stirrings in the air that not all is as it seems is right at the outset of this haunted house tale. It’s the present day and Emma has inherited an old house in the Yorkshire countryside, quite inexplicably she feels, from a distant elderly relative who she never knew. Emma is unhappy. Still recovering from the double bereavement of her parents, this is understandable, but a deep-rooted melancholy seems to emanate from her. She has few, if any, friends and appears a very lonely creature. Rich pickings for ghosts and hauntings, then. With the initial intention of putting the house straight on the market, she is drawn in and captivated by Mire House and determines to make it her own. An opportunity for a new beginning. Very quickly, strange things happen. Charlie, the grandson of the deceased owner, appears. He doesn’t want the house, he says, but he does hope to get to know Emma better as she is his nearest relative, and helps her with redecorating the house. Then Emma sees the ghost of an old man in the middle of the night. Could he be looking for the ancient suit that is hanging in the wardrobe in her room that she threw out? After a particularly terrifying experience when Emma finds herself locked in her wardrobe, Charlie seems a source of strength and support, but can she be sure that he isn’t trying to scare her away?

The structure of the book is unusual in that the present day story of Emma and her inheritance of the property wraps around two related stories from 1973 and 1939. These are almost stand-alone elements, and have massive significance to the history of the property, Emma’s family and the hauntings.
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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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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2014
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This is the second book by this author I have read; I felt it was much stronger and more cohesive than the first I read, A Cold Season.

In this book Emma Dean inherits an old house from a distant relation, and she also receives a cryptic letter that he wrote as to why he believed she deserved the inheritance more than his direct grandson, Charlie Mitchell. Emma is sure she will just sell the house, but on seeing it decides that she can see a future for herself there. When Charlie turns up unexpectedly and says he just wants to rebuild relationships with her as his family, she wants to believe him; but when she feels foreboding in the house, is it just Charlie trying to frighten her away?

This book has several strengths; one is the fractured timeline – we start off in Part one in 2013, when Emma has just inherited the house; then we go back to 1973, then back to 1939, and finally Part four brings us back to 2013. What we have learned in parts two and three is still unknown to Emma in the present day, but even when we think we have this story worked out, there is a shocking twist near the end that you just won’t see coming; it absolutely blew me away when I read that part, and the last part of the book races to a stunning and unforeseeable conclusion that just really makes the whole book worthwhile. The only small quibble I have about the book is that some of the narrative, in trying to capture the local dialect seems to get twisted so much that it becomes rather farcical on the page – for example: “Some of us never ‘ad much of a choice of what we did, but she ‘ad one and it were me as said she should use it.”

Thoroughly enjoyable, this is a great read, and a very clever horror novel.
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