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What really happened to the girl who walked into the woods and vanished forever? It's a never-forgotten mystery that clings like a shadow in a short story about dark memories and inescapable fears. For disgraced professor Matthew Merle, the inheritance of his grandfather's crumbling mansion is both a burden and an offer of safe haven. His childhood friend Claire, a psychiat What really happened to the girl who walked into the woods and vanished forever? It's a never-forgotten mystery that clings like a shadow in a short story about dark memories and inescapable fears. For disgraced professor Matthew Merle, the inheritance of his grandfather's crumbling mansion is both a burden and an offer of safe haven. His childhood friend Claire, a psychiatrist, desperately needs a haven of her own after one of her patients unleashes his dark side. At turning points in their lives, it's inevitable that they should return to the past. And to Merle House. It's been waiting for them. All My Darkest Impulses 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 not longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting.


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What really happened to the girl who walked into the woods and vanished forever? It's a never-forgotten mystery that clings like a shadow in a short story about dark memories and inescapable fears. For disgraced professor Matthew Merle, the inheritance of his grandfather's crumbling mansion is both a burden and an offer of safe haven. His childhood friend Claire, a psychiat What really happened to the girl who walked into the woods and vanished forever? It's a never-forgotten mystery that clings like a shadow in a short story about dark memories and inescapable fears. For disgraced professor Matthew Merle, the inheritance of his grandfather's crumbling mansion is both a burden and an offer of safe haven. His childhood friend Claire, a psychiatrist, desperately needs a haven of her own after one of her patients unleashes his dark side. At turning points in their lives, it's inevitable that they should return to the past. And to Merle House. It's been waiting for them. All My Darkest Impulses 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 not longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting.

30 review for All My Darkest Impulses

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Highly enjoyable short story (the first in a four-book continuing serial) about a man (Matthew Merle) returning to his late grandfather’s home (Merle House) which he has inherited. But now, old memories are stirring of his times at Merle House in the past along with strange situations from the present. With a captivating plot, some creepy characters, and good atmosphere of spooky Merle House, this was a very entertaining read. The story didn’t come to a complete conclusion, since it’s a continuin Highly enjoyable short story (the first in a four-book continuing serial) about a man (Matthew Merle) returning to his late grandfather’s home (Merle House) which he has inherited. But now, old memories are stirring of his times at Merle House in the past along with strange situations from the present. With a captivating plot, some creepy characters, and good atmosphere of spooky Merle House, this was a very entertaining read. The story didn’t come to a complete conclusion, since it’s a continuing serial, so it’s best to read the whole series. I really look forward to reading the second book, “Fog Descending”.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    House of Crows is a thrilling short story collection. This short story collection is full of the suspense I expect in a Lisa Unger Novel. I liked how all of the stories were connected with the first and last story being the most interconnected. I usually am not a big fan of short stories but really enjoyed this collection. These stories are creepy. I liked all the different characters stories. There is also a reference to the Hollows which is a popular setting for Unger’s novels. The short stori House of Crows is a thrilling short story collection. This short story collection is full of the suspense I expect in a Lisa Unger Novel. I liked how all of the stories were connected with the first and last story being the most interconnected. I usually am not a big fan of short stories but really enjoyed this collection. These stories are creepy. I liked all the different characters stories. There is also a reference to the Hollows which is a popular setting for Unger’s novels. The short stories are about four friends that had a dark past and how that affects their life. The stories give their individual stories and then bring them all together when they reunite. I recommend House of Crows for fans of creepy thrillers and short stories. I listened to the audiobook narrated by James Anderson Foster, Susanna Jones, Frankie Corzo, Saskia Maerlavald, Jonathon Davis, and Adam Verner. I loved all the different narrators. It was fun to hear all the different narrators bringing these characters to life. Thank you Amazon Publishing for House of Crows. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    As seen on www.mysteryandsuspense.com “House of Crows” by bestselling author Lisa Unger is a collection of four stories, all sharing a common theme. The story centres on a group of childhood friends, a missing teenager, a haunted house, and a terrifying urban legend come to life. Matthew, his wife Samantha and their daughter Jewel move to “Merle House”, the residence that Matthew inherited from his grandfather, in an attempt to start a new life. After accusations of an affair and a missing As seen on www.mysteryandsuspense.com “House of Crows” by bestselling author Lisa Unger is a collection of four stories, all sharing a common theme. The story centres on a group of childhood friends, a missing teenager, a haunted house, and a terrifying urban legend come to life. Matthew, his wife Samantha and their daughter Jewel move to “Merle House”, the residence that Matthew inherited from his grandfather, in an attempt to start a new life. After accusations of an affair and a missing woman, Matthew is hopeful that the move will rekindle his relationship with both his wife and daughter and they will be able to put the past behind them. But when a woman shows up, requesting information on a teenager who disappeared many years ago, on the very property, Matthew calls on his old childhood friends to share their recollections from the day Amelia went missing. Set among the backdrop of an eerily rundown, dark and desolate house, the group recall the town’s urban legend- the Dark Man and soon, they all begin to feel haunted by more than just memories. The four stories in “House of Crows” share the same plot, but each are told from the perspective of one of the four childhood friends (although Matthew is the main protagonist) with the underlying theme of the murder of crows that constantly darken the doorstep of Merle House. Complete with a twisty plot and a hauntingly nightmarish supernatural figure, “The Dark Man”, Unger provides us with a story akin to Stephen King, without all the gore. The story is told both in modern day with snippets from the past, so we are able to connect with Claire, Ian, Mason and Matthew as children, and as adults as they struggle with responsibilities and loss. They are all likable characters, with obvious flaws, but they are also completely relatable. As the story develops, it is difficult to tell if there is a murderer in their midst, or if a paranormal entity is haunting the group, and Unger writes in such a way that any of these alternatives could be completely plausible. Of course the final ending has an unexpected twist, but the haunting atmosphere is still leaving tingles at the base of your neck well beyond the last page. Unger’s “House of Crows” is uniquely creepy, and I loved how all four stories were related and tied together. The haunting entity of “The Dark Man” will leave readers with chills, and the supposedly haunted “Merle House” has everything that a decrepit mansion SHOULD have. Each story was engaging, and it was downright spooky right through to the very end.

  5. 5 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    Too short for me to have a good grasp on what's going on? But the ending was goooood. Too short for me to have a good grasp on what's going on? But the ending was goooood.

  6. 4 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 1: The first part of the collection follows a psychiatrist (Clair 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 1: The first part of the collection follows a psychiatrist (Claire) who is working with a murderer in jail. Something happens which leaves her broken. A former professor, Matthew Merle returns to his family home to fix it and sell it. Something has happened which has left his marriage to his wife Samantha slightly broken. There seems to be something about the Merle family home that is calling to Matthew, and somehow Claire is connected. I liked the first short story and it's enough to wet your appetite to keep reading.

  7. 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!! ;)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    All My Darkest Impulses 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. Matthew Merle, his wife Samantha and daughter, Jewel, have moved to his grandfather's estate that he inherited. When Matthew was a teenager, he spent every summer there, exploring the behemoth mansion, along with two friends he met there All My Darkest Impulses 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. Matthew Merle, his wife Samantha and daughter, Jewel, have moved to his grandfather's estate that he inherited. When Matthew was a teenager, he spent every summer there, exploring the behemoth mansion, along with two friends he met there. One of those friends was Claire, now a psychiatrist. Those things that happened when they were children is what pushed her into the direction her life would take. But she's having problems .. she knows 'something' happened, but what? It's time they should share one more summer and revisit the past. It's a ghost story ... it reminds me a little of IT (Stephen King), but creepier and with no clown in sight. It's a short story (50* pages). Well-written, the characters are fully fleshed out. There are twists and turns that lead to .. a cliffhanger. The good news is that books 2, 3, and 4 are already available .. no waiting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Cahoon

    Unger at her best - dark secrets and scary gothic houses. This is a serial book release so I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series. Unger at her best - dark secrets and scary gothic houses. This is a serial book release so I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    All MY DARKEST IMPULSES is part of House of Crows, book 1 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. 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 t All MY DARKEST IMPULSES is part of House of Crows, book 1 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. 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. This first part is centered on two former childhood friends, who currently while having little contact with each other, are both going through major changes in their lives. The alternating chapters are devoted to telling their stories. There are supernatural events that take place for each of them. and by the end of this book, they seem to be headed for a reunion of sorts; back at the old mansion where they played together as kids. What really happened to the girl who walked into the woods and vanished forever? It's a never-forgotten mystery that clings like a shadow in a short story about dark memories and inescapable fears. Professor Matthew Merle with his wife Samantha and daughter, Jewel have moved to his grandfather’s crumbling Merle mansion, which he inherited as part of his grandfather’s estate. Growing up, Matthew had spent all his summers at the mansion along with two friends he met. His childhood friend Claire, a psychiatrist, desperately needs a haven of her own after one of her patients unleashes his dark side. At turning points in their lives, it's inevitable that they should return to the past. And to Merle House. It's been waiting for them. This well-written short story was only 56 pages but packed a punch. Creepy with engaging characters and lots twists and turns until the cliffhanger. Now on to book 2 to see what happens.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Lee

    Amazon Original Stories —4 Part Series: House of Crows Part 1: "All My Darkest Impulses" 3 Stars: Part 1 Descriptive writing. Interesting. I think I'll check out part 2 during the day time. Not scary or too creepy for me yet, strange and odd, yes. I think things will ramp up in the next one, this was just a taste. Audible Plus Catalog (Audiobook) 1Hr 29 Mins @ 1.2x (I had to adjust the speed down to 1.0x every other chapter and back up again as well as adjust the volume due to alternating narrators. T Amazon Original Stories —4 Part Series: House of Crows Part 1: "All My Darkest Impulses" 3 Stars: Part 1 Descriptive writing. Interesting. I think I'll check out part 2 during the day time. Not scary or too creepy for me yet, strange and odd, yes. I think things will ramp up in the next one, this was just a taste. Audible Plus Catalog (Audiobook) 1Hr 29 Mins @ 1.2x (I had to adjust the speed down to 1.0x every other chapter and back up again as well as adjust the volume due to alternating narrators. This is why I don't like alternating narrators, they are each great on their own, but stories told in alternating chapter form between male voice then female voice, would be a more enjoyable read on my own than to listen to audibly. One narrator read faster and louder, then the next chapter would be much slower and quieter.) —Personal opinion of course. I made a character list (below) because I have a hard time keeping track of more than a few characters, knowing more will be introduced along the way. Some disturbing visuals may trigger sensitive readers. *Trigger Warning (blood, assault, sexually explicit content, trauma, therapy, serial killer)* Character List (Personal Notes) Chapter 1- Inherited 'Creepy' Mansion- Merl House *Merl means Blackbird* People: Matthew (Lit. teacher), Samantha (yoga teacher + runner), Jewels (angry teen daughter), Passed away Grandfather, Sylvia (provocative lit student of Matthew) Chapter 2- State Mental Case People: Claire Allen (psychiatrist, studying criminal psychology), Winston Gran (serial killer)("Archie- spiritual parasite"), Dr. Sara Bold (Claire's mentor), Will (ex-husband/best friend) Billy Jenkins (orderly), Raif Warren (head of psych ward) Chapter 3 People: Avery March (realtor) Ian, Mason, (and Claire) were all childhood friends. E... (Jewel's online friend) I was under no obligation to write a review my own opinion is freely given. This title was included in Amazon's Audible Plus Catalog.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Mary McKinnon

    I love Lisa Unger's stories and the HOUSE OF CROWS Audible Original series was so compelling, I lengthened my walks to finish it faster. Brilliant writing, a superb supernatural mystery that's truly spine-tingling. I love Lisa Unger's stories and the HOUSE OF CROWS Audible Original series was so compelling, I lengthened my walks to finish it faster. Brilliant writing, a superb supernatural mystery that's truly spine-tingling.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    A great little start to a creepy set of short stories!!!

  14. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    Review coming!!! As always, Lisa knows how to spin a web of deceit and secrets! Loved these short stories in the HOUSE OF CROWS. Highly recommend the audio and the e-book versions.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sea

    Okay but this was amazing in my opinion. I have a habit of going into things blindly, so I didn’t know what this was about. Well, I knew two things, that it’s categorized as thriller and that it’s about a missing girl. I soon found out that the novella is written in two POVs. One follows Matthew Merle and his family when they return to Merle House. And the other is about Claire, his childhood friend who’s now a psychiatrist, a researcher into criminal psychology. I have to admit, I had to put it Okay but this was amazing in my opinion. I have a habit of going into things blindly, so I didn’t know what this was about. Well, I knew two things, that it’s categorized as thriller and that it’s about a missing girl. I soon found out that the novella is written in two POVs. One follows Matthew Merle and his family when they return to Merle House. And the other is about Claire, his childhood friend who’s now a psychiatrist, a researcher into criminal psychology. I have to admit, I had to put it away for a couple of hours after reading 20 or so pages because I had lost concentration. It actually had nothing to do with the novella. I lose concentration very easily and not knowing in which direction the story was heading, didn’t help either. That, and also because it starts of a bit slow because of the world building and past memories. So it’s a bit slow burn in my opinion. Then things started to happen and I was hooked. Though, when supernatural elements got thrown in, I remember thinking something like “What the heck?”. Like I said, I didn’t know what this was about and I didn’t know it was also categorized as supernatural. And oh boy, I loved it. It was the end that had me sold completely. It made me go like “Holy- this was amazing!” and “This can’t be the end?!” at the same time. So I was hyped when I found out that All My Darkest Impulses is part of House of Crows, a four-part novella/short story serial. In part one, they mention a group of four childhood friends. Matthew, Claire, Ian, and Mason. All My Darkest Impulses followed Matthew and Claire, and it seems like the the other parts will follow Ian and Mason. And I have a feeling that all of them are going to face their demons from the past together in the last part. All My Darkest Impulses has only 56 pages but it's one of the best things I've ever read. Yes, I know I just said that I had to put it away for a couple of hours due to it being slow burn but that's honestly also the best part of the novella. It builds up towards a bang, which left me hanging -in a good way- and wanting more. Can’t wait to continue reading!

  17. 4 out of 5

    lusty22

    I love Lisa Unger!! She's my hands down favorite author!!! Her books suck me into them more than any other! This start to a very delicious story had me on the edge of my seat and I can't wait to read the next installment. A mysterious house, a troubled marriage, a confused teenager, and old childhood friends reuniting. Best of all a demented spirit man named Archie. Oh yeah..... I love Lisa Unger!! She's my hands down favorite author!!! Her books suck me into them more than any other! This start to a very delicious story had me on the edge of my seat and I can't wait to read the next installment. A mysterious house, a troubled marriage, a confused teenager, and old childhood friends reuniting. Best of all a demented spirit man named Archie. Oh yeah.....

  18. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Read on a whim. I enjoyed this short story, that's actually an introduction into a series. The story revolves around Merle House, the childhood home to Matthew Merle. Needing to start over after losing everything, Matthew moves his family back to Merle House after he inherited it. But it seems this house may be calling Merle and his friends back. There's a few mysterious characters, shady ones. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Read on a whim. I enjoyed this short story, that's actually an introduction into a series. The story revolves around Merle House, the childhood home to Matthew Merle. Needing to start over after losing everything, Matthew moves his family back to Merle House after he inherited it. But it seems this house may be calling Merle and his friends back. There's a few mysterious characters, shady ones. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Hanes

    Great start to a haunting anthology! This is book one in the House of Crows anthology, and I am making this review brief so that I can hurry up and start on book two. This short story has an eerie vibe, and it’s filled with characters who contain a mysterious past. I already know this four book anthology is going to be a winner!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Intense mystery and thrilling chills.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angel White (Certified_Book_Nerd)

    Ok this will be a fun little series to spend my working mornings listening to.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    This is a series I downloaded for free. I'm on book # 2 and so far, there is nothing spectacular going on. I'm not really into these horror type mysteries but maybe it will all pick up later. I like the author's books but these are just OK so far. This is a series I downloaded for free. I'm on book # 2 and so far, there is nothing spectacular going on. I'm not really into these horror type mysteries but maybe it will all pick up later. I like the author's books but these are just OK so far.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine Rennie

    All my darkest impulses by Lisa Unger is Book 1 of House of Crows. It is creepy and dark and I am glad it is summer reading these stories.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elusive

    'All My Darkest Impulses' focuses on Merle House, a dilapidated mansion with eerie vibes and a haunting history. Matthew Merle has no choice but to move in there with his wife and teenage daughter after losing his job. Meanwhile, his childhood friend Claire is in deep trouble that she cannot comprehend. Poor Claire. The vicious attack, combined with her past and present visions of and interactions with an inexplicable entity were excellently written. The current events at Merle House were not as 'All My Darkest Impulses' focuses on Merle House, a dilapidated mansion with eerie vibes and a haunting history. Matthew Merle has no choice but to move in there with his wife and teenage daughter after losing his job. Meanwhile, his childhood friend Claire is in deep trouble that she cannot comprehend. Poor Claire. The vicious attack, combined with her past and present visions of and interactions with an inexplicable entity were excellently written. The current events at Merle House were not as engaging but definitely picked up with a strong cliffhanger ending. Overall, 'All My Darkest Impulses' was suspenseful, leaving some questions unanswered, hence inducing the temptation to check out the subsequent book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This is the beginning. Easy, fast reading, Unger always gets my attention. Told from multiple points of view the story is scary but interesting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bauchan Mann

    Creepy Supernatural Mistery......near Stephen King!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Hooked Wow I'm hooked! On to Part Two! Guess I won't be getting any more work.done today, oh well! Try walking away from this series after the first part, I dare ya ... Hooked Wow I'm hooked! On to Part Two! Guess I won't be getting any more work.done today, oh well! Try walking away from this series after the first part, I dare ya ...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Merry

    The first in a four book series, it's the story of four friends who grew up and all moved away, hoping to forget what they had seen and done. Pretty good story line. Here's the synopsis (not written by me): What really happened to the girl who walked into the woods and vanished forever? It’s a never-forgotten mystery that clings like a shadow in a short story about dark memories and inescapable fears. For disgraced professor Matthew Merle, the inheritance of his grandfather’s crumbling mansion is The first in a four book series, it's the story of four friends who grew up and all moved away, hoping to forget what they had seen and done. Pretty good story line. Here's the synopsis (not written by me): What really happened to the girl who walked into the woods and vanished forever? It’s a never-forgotten mystery that clings like a shadow in a short story about dark memories and inescapable fears. For disgraced professor Matthew Merle, the inheritance of his grandfather’s crumbling mansion is both a burden and an offer of safe haven. His childhood friend Claire, a psychiatrist, desperately needs a haven of her own after one of her patients unleashes his dark side. At turning points in their lives, it’s inevitable that they should return to the past. And to Merle House. It’s been waiting for them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This is the first work I've read by Lisa Unger. I like the way she writes although I'm not sure how much I enjoyed the story. This is the first of a four part series (House of Crows) and, at this point, I'm not sure if this is a mystery or a horror story. With the advent of ebooks I've found a lot more short fiction and nonfiction available, much of it at very low cost. Having just finished Shaara's To Wake The Giant ( great read but just over 500 pages long) I was looking forward to something s This is the first work I've read by Lisa Unger. I like the way she writes although I'm not sure how much I enjoyed the story. This is the first of a four part series (House of Crows) and, at this point, I'm not sure if this is a mystery or a horror story. With the advent of ebooks I've found a lot more short fiction and nonfiction available, much of it at very low cost. Having just finished Shaara's To Wake The Giant ( great read but just over 500 pages long) I was looking forward to something shorter, a quicker read. This worked well for that and I find these shorter works a great introduction to a new, to me, author. My intro to Jeffery Deaver was through his many shorter works available on Amazon. Bt the end of this series I may be looking for more works by Lisa Unger.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ursula Johnson

    Disappointing Beginning to Series This is the first book in the four book series called the House of Crows. A disgraced professor inherits his grandfather's old mysterious house. A house with a bad reputation. His childhood friend, recovering from a horrible event begins to hear the phantom that her patient heard. First impressions are that this story seems forced. I expected much of what happened, and it ended rather abruptly. Hopefully, it will get better as time goes on. I recently finished a Disappointing Beginning to Series This is the first book in the four book series called the House of Crows. A disgraced professor inherits his grandfather's old mysterious house. A house with a bad reputation. His childhood friend, recovering from a horrible event begins to hear the phantom that her patient heard. First impressions are that this story seems forced. I expected much of what happened, and it ended rather abruptly. Hopefully, it will get better as time goes on. I recently finished a great book called the Chill, by Scott Carson and that book was wonderfully creepy and well written. This is trying hard to be frightening. The Young Blood series was more frightening than this.

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