Mara was raised by spiritualists and this background meant that her life has always been filled with spirits and a little bit of spookiness. She is now finally ready to start her life away from the supernatural with her fiance Neil, but her past is not ready to let go of her. The Haunting of Blackwood House shows Mara’s strong ties to the other side and how much that world doesn’t want to let her go.
Blackwood House is a derelict property that both Neil and Mara were warned against purchasing, but they found themselves in this home regardless. Ever since the original owner was murdered the home has been different. With shadows stalking the halls and the feeling of being watched filling Mara’s days she wants to try and keep herself from believing that was is happening can do her any harm. Can something she doesn’t want to believe exists actually hurt her and what if this new start is not a separation, but a further delve into the world she wanted to leave behind.
This story honestly made me think of the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House. Though this is not a family home the couple is still moving into something that is not entirely open to new residents and beyond that the idea that one member of this pair is actively trying to disprove spirits exist reminded me of the eldest son in Hill House. The book kept me on my toes and I honestly was surprised by the story elements. If you are looking for a gripping and eerie read The Haunting of Blackwood House is perfect for you. You can find out more about this and other books by Darcy Coates on her website.