The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates

Side note: Since I give you guys a link to purchase the book, I was surprised to see that she has written a bunch of these haunting books. If you are into this sort of thing (weirdos), there are a bunch of options to choose from! Happy reading!

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 10/31/20

How I Found It: Once Upon a Book Club

Well, well, well. Welcome to the first of the Halloween themed boxes from OUABC. This one, based on the cover, is the spooky version of this box, so I am hoping I can get through this one in a day, or else the nightmares are going to be rough tonight. TRIGGER WARNING: This book is a horror novel, so it features paranormal events, such as ghosts and occult things. Read at your discretion.

Gift One

“Adrienne lowered Wolfgang to the porch and tore open the envelope containing her key.”

The Haunting of Ashburn House, page 14

These things are super heavy. Fun fact about my family, we don’t really celebrate Halloween. As someone who has a birthday within a week of Halloween, my family has always made the holiday more about me than the spooky scary stuff, which like God bless. Anyway, I am going to be gifting these keys to someone who I think will enjoy their aesthetic, but these super heavy things are currently just noisemakers to confuse my dog.

Gift Two

“But she couldn’t stop herself from turning toward the next painting. Edith.

There was no terror in the child’s face, only a flat, cold focus. She stared directly ahead, intense attention squared on the observer, the muscles in her face tight but not from fear.

… The painted eyes blinked.”

The Haunting of Ashburn House, page 253

I cannot express to you how nauseous I am at this current moment. Also, if that painting is actually attached to the frame, I am going to have to burn it, it is the only way. Despite my body’s natural reaction to a very creepy lady, I will put this one at a 7/8 out of 10 on the spooky standard. I’ve read worse, but I also am trying to speed read this book at midnight so I won’t have to deal with this tomorrow.

Gift Three

“Adrienne pressed the flashlight against the windowpane to shine its light in the car’s path. The beam was too weak; it didn’t reach past the forest’s edge….

An idea struck her. Adrienne pulled the desk’s drawer open… to find the magnifying glass she’d seen while looking for batteries….

Adrienne shoved the window open and reached the magnifying glass outside. She then pointed the flashlight at the magnifier so that its beam passed through the glass.”

The Haunting of Ashburn House, page 273

Okay, this magnifying bookmark is super cool. Firstly, it is ACTUALLY magnifying. Secondly, it just looks dope. The tube looking thing is a flashlight, and I am not in the general vicinity of batteries, or I would try it out.

Gift Four

“Adrienne moved to the fire, placed a new log on the blaze, and picked up the novel propped on the little side table….

The woman in the mirror folded her hands tidily in her lap and smiled as Adrienne opened the novel and began to read aloud.”

The Haunting of Ashburn House, page 329

Oooof, it’s over. And listen, this might be the greatest book in the world, but right now is not the time for me to try it out. I NEED A BREAK. I am still determined that this painting they have given me is cursed and I am genuinely afraid for my family that I have this in my house. As for this story, it got me. It was creepy enough that I knew I couldn’t just stop halfway through, and I can pretty much guarantee that my sleep tonight isn’t going to be great, but that’s the point of horror, right? I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, I HATE GHOSTS. Every year I buy this spooky box knowing I am going to be pooping my pants, and I never learn. So, I hope you enjoyed my insanity.

As for what happens in this book, Adrienne moves into the Ashburn House after it was left to her from her great aunt. The Ashburn House is known for being haunted, but Adrienne is hoping that her Aunt Edith’s life as a recluse is the main cause of that. As she accustoms herself to the house, more strange things start happening, causing Adrienne to consider the paranormal. Quickly, things fall apart, and Adrienne has to fight for her survival.

Personally, I hate this book, so I’m going to give it a 1 out of 5 star rating. But, in the effort of being fair, I will give this book a 3.5 star rating, and do know that the little girls face in the painting will haunt my dreams tonight (yes, I cannot get over the painting thing).

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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