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What's drawn four damaged people back to haunted land? The answer could destroy them all in a gripping short story about trapped memories and the lies we tell ourselves. Matthew, Claire, and Mason haven't been back to Merle House since the summer they were sixteen. They tried for years to put their history behind them, to forget the mystery of the girl who vanished so long What's drawn four damaged people back to haunted land? The answer could destroy them all in a gripping short story about trapped memories and the lies we tell ourselves. Matthew, Claire, and Mason haven't been back to Merle House since the summer they were sixteen. They tried for years to put their history behind them, to forget the mystery of the girl who vanished so long ago. But a powerful force from their past is still at play. This time, there's no hiding from it. Love the Way You Lie is part of House of Crows, a four-part serial about friends with a shard history of darkness. They've spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting.


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What's drawn four damaged people back to haunted land? The answer could destroy them all in a gripping short story about trapped memories and the lies we tell ourselves. Matthew, Claire, and Mason haven't been back to Merle House since the summer they were sixteen. They tried for years to put their history behind them, to forget the mystery of the girl who vanished so long What's drawn four damaged people back to haunted land? The answer could destroy them all in a gripping short story about trapped memories and the lies we tell ourselves. Matthew, Claire, and Mason haven't been back to Merle House since the summer they were sixteen. They tried for years to put their history behind them, to forget the mystery of the girl who vanished so long ago. But a powerful force from their past is still at play. This time, there's no hiding from it. Love the Way You Lie is part of House of Crows, a four-part serial about friends with a shard history of darkness. They've spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting.

30 review for Love the Way You Lie

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Exciting conclusion to the four-book short story serial “House of Crows”. I liked how all the characters from the previous books were assembled towards the end, and the secrets of the past were revealed. This whole series was really good, with terrific atmosphere, interesting characters, and a captivating storyline. These stories should be read in order since the story keeps continuing. A very enjoyable series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Loosely inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, HOUSE OF CROWS is about four adult friends who all share a common dark, unexplained event in their past. They’ve moved on and away from the town where they grew up. But in many ways the experience has formed each of them. Each has chosen a career that has allowed him or her to explore in various ways things that can’t be explained. Now a psychiatrist, a ghost hunter, a spiritual counselor, and a writer respectively, Claire, Ian, M Loosely inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, HOUSE OF CROWS is about four adult friends who all share a common dark, unexplained event in their past. They’ve moved on and away from the town where they grew up. But in many ways the experience has formed each of them. Each has chosen a career that has allowed him or her to explore in various ways things that can’t be explained. Now a psychiatrist, a ghost hunter, a spiritual counselor, and a writer respectively, Claire, Ian, Mason, and Matthew are being called back to pay debts and address some unfinished business. What they find when they arrive at Merle House will depend very much on what they bring. Hope you love it! P.S. Of course I gave it 5 stars! I wrote it!! ;)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    The entire short story collection was great. I don’t know why this wasn’t just published as an Amazon original story, but maybe because it would have been too long. I liked the characters and the question of whether the Dark Man was real or not. The ending of the book though leaves a question of whether time can heal things or not. I did have to say that the character of Samantha left me with some questions though. Review for story 4: I have to say that I liked the way the book ended. You get rev The entire short story collection was great. I don’t know why this wasn’t just published as an Amazon original story, but maybe because it would have been too long. I liked the characters and the question of whether the Dark Man was real or not. The ending of the book though leaves a question of whether time can heal things or not. I did have to say that the character of Samantha left me with some questions though. Review for story 4: I have to say that I liked the way the book ended. You get reveals. I liked the whole what is real and not real. What can cause a house to go "bad"? Can you change something if you nurture it?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE is part of House of Crows, book 4 in a four-part novella/short story serial by Lisa Unger. This serial is about friends with a shared history of darkness. They’ve spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting. All four books in the series need to be read in order. The House of Crows Series Includes: All My Darkest Impulses (Book1) Fog Descending (Book2) Circling The Drain (Book3) Love The Wa LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE is part of House of Crows, book 4 in a four-part novella/short story serial by Lisa Unger. This serial is about friends with a shared history of darkness. They’ve spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting. All four books in the series need to be read in order. The House of Crows Series Includes: All My Darkest Impulses (Book1) Fog Descending (Book2) Circling The Drain (Book3) Love The Way You Lie (Book4) The House of Crows Series appears to be one long story broken down into four parts. In this fourth part we see all four damaged people are drawn back to the haunted house, where memories were created and lies were told. Matthew, Claire, and Mason haven't been back to Merle House since the summer they were sixteen. They tried for years to put their history behind them, to forget the mystery of the girl who vanished so long ago. But a powerful force from their past is still at play. This time there is no hiding from the truth! Once again this is another well-written short story only 76 pages but packed a punch. Creepy with engaging characters and lots of twists and turns, a satisfying conclusion with a shocking ending. I really enjoyed this four-part serial.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Love The Way You Lie is part of House of Crows, a four-part serial about friends with a shared history of darkness. They’ve spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting. Four people have been drawn back to Merle House. These four teenagers spent a rather troubling summer when they were sixteen. All four have been changed in some way by those events. Lies have been told ... secrets kept hidden. It's time to p Love The Way You Lie is part of House of Crows, a four-part serial about friends with a shared history of darkness. They’ve spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting. Four people have been drawn back to Merle House. These four teenagers spent a rather troubling summer when they were sixteen. All four have been changed in some way by those events. Lies have been told ... secrets kept hidden. It's time to pay the piper. This concludes this series of 4 short stories. The reader absolutely must read in order ... there are references to the other stories within each. The characters have been deftly drawn ... especially those early years when children are innocent and believe in things most adults to not. There's so much revealed in these pages .... some twists and turns ... that lead to a surprising conclusion. I rated each of the individual stories a 4 ... but the series gets a 5. It held my attention throughout.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Redder

    What a fun fast read series! I really enjoyed the character building throughout each book, and the twist it took towards the end surprised me! I'll definitely be coming back to read more short stories by Lisa Unger! What a fun fast read series! I really enjoyed the character building throughout each book, and the twist it took towards the end surprised me! I'll definitely be coming back to read more short stories by Lisa Unger!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    **same review for all 4 stories** All I have done since I woke up this morning is read this series. Sigh, I just love Lisa Unger. We get this very atmospheric and creepy vibe in part #1, followed by a bit of levity layered with suspense and Slender Man vibes but with the Dark Man in part #2, ouija boards and chilly games in part #3, ending with revelations wonder in part #4. You want it, you've got it! I love how quick each read was and how I felt like I was going backwards and forwards at the sam **same review for all 4 stories** All I have done since I woke up this morning is read this series. Sigh, I just love Lisa Unger. We get this very atmospheric and creepy vibe in part #1, followed by a bit of levity layered with suspense and Slender Man vibes but with the Dark Man in part #2, ouija boards and chilly games in part #3, ending with revelations wonder in part #4. You want it, you've got it! I love how quick each read was and how I felt like I was going backwards and forwards at the same time... which I know sounds weird but it's delicious fun. I just could NOT STOP. I really can't way much without spoiling things but this is quite the ride. Not only was there this.... nope, can't say that.... hmm. I really loved that... Nope, can't say that either. Y'all! This is hard. Ok, Unger, as you know (and if you don't - go remedy that immediately), is AMAZING at setting the very creepy and suspenseful atmosphere that lends to the perfect read for this rainy, gloomy day. Talk about mood setting (thanks Nature!). Drawing readers in immediately and keeping them wondering - you'll have a lot of fun with this one. Just remember, you can't hide from the past forever and sometime evil just needs an excuse to show face... so be careful out there, readers. Caw caw.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Neely

    Love this twisty, short series. Intense characterization, fast paced, addictive plot. Read all 4 books in series in 2 days. Excellent!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Hanes

    This was a great set of short stories to read! (3.5 stars). I absolutely loved this House of Crows anthology by Lisa Unger, which consisted of four short stories. I have to admit that I did like the first three books better as I didn’t get proper closure to something that Mason was accused of during the present day scenarios. All in all, this is a fantastic anthology and I highly recommend reading this!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lombard

    Excellent series! These 4 short stories were hard to put down! Each chapter more intriguing than the next. Thoroughly enjoyed all 4!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nick Phillips

    And so we come to the end of this for book series. I will admit that I am unclear why it was published in four separate volumes as it would work just as well as a single volume of roughly average length for a book of this genre. I'm sure Unger has her reasons and to some extent the episodic nature does enhance the tension being the story while also aiding the pace, working better than either order attempts to ape this style including King's The Green Mile. At times I did find this somewhat deriva And so we come to the end of this for book series. I will admit that I am unclear why it was published in four separate volumes as it would work just as well as a single volume of roughly average length for a book of this genre. I'm sure Unger has her reasons and to some extent the episodic nature does enhance the tension being the story while also aiding the pace, working better than either order attempts to ape this style including King's The Green Mile. At times I did find this somewhat derivative of other novels and TV shows but by the fourth volume the characters have firmly found their own voice and the situation was secure enough to feel, if not unique then at least uniquely suited to these characters. This is the first volume in the series to which I've given four stars and with a strong ending if this has been the only review then it would be four stars overall. Taking of the ending there is a neat pivot away from the supernatural, though never dropping it altogether, and to the straight up murder mystery posing the interesting question that has been behind the narrative all the way through: what is the difference between a psychological and a supernatural motive of both lead too the same outcome? Is the supernatural just an excuse for bad people too be able to do bad things? And if so can the same be said of psychology? At the end it was probably Poe that I was thinking of the most with his blend of the supernatural family tragedy (Fall of the House of Usher, Masque of the Red Death etc.) with nascent detective stories such asThe Murder in the Rue Morgue and I have to say that, in the long run this measures up well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Merry

    Not sure I saw this ending coming. Definitely a fun read! This is the final book in the four-part series. And here is the synopsis: What’s drawn four damaged people back to Merle House? The answer could destroy them all in a gripping short story of the truths we bury and the lies we tell ourselves. Matthew, Claire, Ian, and Mason haven’t set foot on the Merle family property since the summer they were sixteen. They tried for years to put their history behind them, to forget the mystery of the girl Not sure I saw this ending coming. Definitely a fun read! This is the final book in the four-part series. And here is the synopsis: What’s drawn four damaged people back to Merle House? The answer could destroy them all in a gripping short story of the truths we bury and the lies we tell ourselves. Matthew, Claire, Ian, and Mason haven’t set foot on the Merle family property since the summer they were sixteen. They tried for years to put their history behind them, to forget the mystery of the girl who vanished so long ago. But a powerful force from their past is still at play. This time, there’s no hiding from it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre

    This is the fourth and final novel in this collection of stories by Lisa Unger. The collection got off to an even start and intensified as it progressed. I particularly enjoyed Book 3 and most of Book 4. However, I was a bit disappointed with the cheesy ending. There was such an intense build up throughout the last book that the cheesy ending mostly fell flat. Still, it was a rewarding read, overall!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    What a great little collection of short stories that pulled everything together so nicely! I loved meeting the characters and learning about the dynamic between them. I loved the twists and turns. Even though these were super short, it was perfect. Great mystery/ghost type story. I highly recommend!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    This was a four part set of books and I thought I'd give it a try and glad I did. It won't knock your socks off but it satisfied me. It started a bit off for me, but I stayed with it. The ending was perfect and I loved it. A 3.5 star. This was a four part set of books and I thought I'd give it a try and glad I did. It won't knock your socks off but it satisfied me. It started a bit off for me, but I stayed with it. The ending was perfect and I loved it. A 3.5 star.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This series was such a good thrill.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angel White (Certified_Book_Nerd)

    This was such a fun way to listen to this thriller. It definitely made my work mornings this week fly by. Nothing better than listening to creepy, death and phantom murderers 😂😂😂

  18. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Wrapped up nicely! I liked this quick read. Makes you think who's really haunting who? Do the living haunt the dead and not let them rest in peace? Or are we really haunted by the dead? Wrapped up nicely! I liked this quick read. Makes you think who's really haunting who? Do the living haunt the dead and not let them rest in peace? Or are we really haunted by the dead?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Dreyer

    This was a four-part short story series, but all published together. I do not understand why this wasn’t just melded together as a short novel. It was an okay, quick read. What I liked: the characters were multi-faceted and interesting; the story was moderately complex; the writing was engaging. What I didn’t like: this wanted to be a horror story mystery but instead was a simple murder plot; it tried too hard to be something bigger; the ending was odd. Would not particularly recommend this.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin Jenks

    Bravo, Lisa, you’ve done it again! Lisa Unger never disappoints. I have read most of her books. She writes about her characters in a way that makes me fell like I truly know them, without droning on and on with unnecessary detail. That definitely exemplifies skillful writing. Her knowledge of psychology, both the micro and macro, lend credence to her storylines. I can never put down her books, until I finish her well thought-out, satisfying endings. The House of Crow Books were spellbinding. Brav Bravo, Lisa, you’ve done it again! Lisa Unger never disappoints. I have read most of her books. She writes about her characters in a way that makes me fell like I truly know them, without droning on and on with unnecessary detail. That definitely exemplifies skillful writing. Her knowledge of psychology, both the micro and macro, lend credence to her storylines. I can never put down her books, until I finish her well thought-out, satisfying endings. The House of Crow Books were spellbinding. Bravo, Lisa, you’ve done it again! ~Erin Jenks

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Fuqua

    A disappointing end to the series. There was nothing leading up to the conclusion, no foreshadowing, just out of the blue one of the characters turns into a person incompatible with the portrayal throughout.

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Thirst Amendment

    Don’t waste your time This was the most unsatisfying ending. It barely made sense, and left so many questions completely unanswered. I am mad I can’t get my time back.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather Reynolds

    Loved the whole series until this book which fell short for me especially the ending.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Tallentire

    Re all four novellas in this set: What a fun read! I love it when I am hooked right away and this set definitely delivered. Amazing that the author could develop the characters so well with so few words. The background of the main characters provides a clear picture of how things happening in our childhood inform our adult life, our behaviour, and I felt I understood how those characters ended up in the careers and lifestyles described. Very interesting how the characters thought about, doubted Re all four novellas in this set: What a fun read! I love it when I am hooked right away and this set definitely delivered. Amazing that the author could develop the characters so well with so few words. The background of the main characters provides a clear picture of how things happening in our childhood inform our adult life, our behaviour, and I felt I understood how those characters ended up in the careers and lifestyles described. Very interesting how the characters thought about, doubted each other, and reacted to, a shared unexplained experience from childhood. Going back and forth in time can be confusing, seem irrelevant, but in this case, it was perfectly done, contributing great insights for the reader. The intensity, eeriness and downright spookiness was the at right level and seemed to develop naturally as I read. The Dark Man lurking throughout was a nice thread that kept raising questions, as well as thoughts of human nature, and was in addition to the other things going on. I also loved how the house was basically portrayed as a character as well, and had such an influence. I do like a happy ending, and am ok with the ending, even if it may feel little ‘pat’ to some.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Plambeck

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did not rate the ending as high as I did the other books as personally I was disappointed. It makes sense but... The author makes a big deal out of the supernatural aspects of the Dark Man and also has a thread of generational mental issues due to genetics or abuse, nature or nurture really, I mean that is Claire's whole raison d'êtrem and that is worked in well, I guess it is really that I defended the person in my mind the whole time and then it became obvious where it was going. Another rev I did not rate the ending as high as I did the other books as personally I was disappointed. It makes sense but... The author makes a big deal out of the supernatural aspects of the Dark Man and also has a thread of generational mental issues due to genetics or abuse, nature or nurture really, I mean that is Claire's whole raison d'êtrem and that is worked in well, I guess it is really that I defended the person in my mind the whole time and then it became obvious where it was going. Another reviewer mentioned the unreliable narrator trope, and I remembered that is an oft-used tool in mystery and horror fiction, and perhaps I haven't had happened in long enough I wasn't looking for it and it surprised me in a few details. In closing, I will say it was good enough, the first three were spectacular, and the last one probably is too once I get over myself LOL. I will definitely schedule a reread, to see what clues I missed to.... whodunit!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elusive

    A group of estranged friends finally meet again at Merle House in 'Love the Way You Lie'. It is time for them to vanquish the darkness that has accompanied them since a long time ago and get some much-needed answers. I enjoyed finding out the identity of the Dark Man, along with his background and the morbid history of the school. However, the revelation of the perpetrator (view spoiler)[(Matthew Merle) (hide spoiler)] was impactless to me as the characters were generally one-dimensional and thei A group of estranged friends finally meet again at Merle House in 'Love the Way You Lie'. It is time for them to vanquish the darkness that has accompanied them since a long time ago and get some much-needed answers. I enjoyed finding out the identity of the Dark Man, along with his background and the morbid history of the school. However, the revelation of the perpetrator (view spoiler)[(Matthew Merle) (hide spoiler)] was impactless to me as the characters were generally one-dimensional and their reactions were emotionally lacking. Overall, 'Love the Way You Lie' was a decent conclusion to this short series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I don't typically read supernatural or horror stories, but I've enjoyed other books by Lisa Unger. The four short stories are really one long book, to the extent that the audiobook version continued chapter numbers through roughly 40 as opposed to the "chapter 1, 2, 3" of the sequel stories. I enjoyed the fast pace and mystery, and the conclusion wrapped things up nicely. My biggest complaint was the author's overuse of the words "detritus" and "gloaming"; the books could have benefitted from us I don't typically read supernatural or horror stories, but I've enjoyed other books by Lisa Unger. The four short stories are really one long book, to the extent that the audiobook version continued chapter numbers through roughly 40 as opposed to the "chapter 1, 2, 3" of the sequel stories. I enjoyed the fast pace and mystery, and the conclusion wrapped things up nicely. My biggest complaint was the author's overuse of the words "detritus" and "gloaming"; the books could have benefitted from use of a thesaurus for those two words.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carol Hammal

    This was a pleasantly surprising series. I'd say this one is the best out of the 4. I've become a bit Lisa Unger fan since I read her Psych thriller Confessions of the 7:45. I'm not typically into the horror genre but I trusted Unger's writing so I went for it. And I was in for a pleasant surprise. *** spoiler alert This is actually rather a psych thriller than a horror one and I loved the twist and the constant crossing of the line between psychology and the paranormal. Great psychology research This was a pleasantly surprising series. I'd say this one is the best out of the 4. I've become a bit Lisa Unger fan since I read her Psych thriller Confessions of the 7:45. I'm not typically into the horror genre but I trusted Unger's writing so I went for it. And I was in for a pleasant surprise. *** spoiler alert This is actually rather a psych thriller than a horror one and I loved the twist and the constant crossing of the line between psychology and the paranormal. Great psychology research in this one and a great ending.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This delightful gift from author, Lisa Unger, arrived via email on a rainy, gloomy Friday. In between trips to my basement (doing laundry), I quickly found myself drawn into this suspense filled, spooky tale. It is a fast read and is sure to keep you on your toes. The shared experiences that have haunted four childhood friends ends in an almost too pat, fairy tale conclusion. That ending was the reason I only awarded 4 stars to "House of Crows." This delightful gift from author, Lisa Unger, arrived via email on a rainy, gloomy Friday. In between trips to my basement (doing laundry), I quickly found myself drawn into this suspense filled, spooky tale. It is a fast read and is sure to keep you on your toes. The shared experiences that have haunted four childhood friends ends in an almost too pat, fairy tale conclusion. That ending was the reason I only awarded 4 stars to "House of Crows."

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ursula Johnson

    All is Revealed This was the last chapter in the House of Crows series. The four friends return to Merle House and Have wood and we learn what happened to several missing people. This series had a more psychological bent, hinting at the paranormal. I figured out the twist early on, so it wasn't as thrilling as I would've hoped. The audio cast was fantastic. Dean Koontz does this so much better. The Nameless series was far better than this. All is Revealed This was the last chapter in the House of Crows series. The four friends return to Merle House and Have wood and we learn what happened to several missing people. This series had a more psychological bent, hinting at the paranormal. I figured out the twist early on, so it wasn't as thrilling as I would've hoped. The audio cast was fantastic. Dean Koontz does this so much better. The Nameless series was far better than this.

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