Windwood Farm has a terrible secret - one that's been buried for nearly 100 years. Taryn Magill aims to uncover it - or die trying.
As a mixed-media artist and urban explorer with a love for abandoned houses and a big imagination when it comes to the past, 30-year-old Taryn has never really met an old house she didn't like. In fact, she's made a career out of painting these sad, often derelict structures, to show her clients their former glory.
With Windwood Farm, though, she might have bitten off more than she can chew!
The locals refer to it as "the devil's house" and even vandals have stayed away from this once grand stone farmhouse in Vidalia, Kentucky. Hired by the Stokes County Historical Society to paint a landscape of it before it's demolished by a land development company, Taryn's determined to make friends with the house everyone around her seems to be terrified of.
As it turns out, though, their fears may just not be unfounded.
Who is the woman whose cries echo throughout the farm and what does she want? What negative force is so powerful that it won't even allow the upstairs bedroom to be touched? Does the 93 year old vanishing of the next door neighbor have anything to do with the house's mysteries?
Taryn wants the answers to these and the house may just be trying to tell her because now, when she looks through her camera, she doesn't have to use her imagination to see the past.
She can see it!
Will Taryn be able to figure out what happened and escape with her sanity and life before the house comes down? Because now it seems like someone is trying to kill her! Using what her camera reveals to her and her wits, she'll try to unravel the mysteries of the farm and get out before it's too late.
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A sweet natured spooky story
I enjoyed this story and thought it was ideally suited to audio. The premise is simple and it is executed in a straightforward way. Taryn draws historic houses that are about to be demolished and is commissioned by the historical association. She finds herself intrigued by the history of Windwood Farm and tries to find out the fate of the past residents. It isn't a fast-paced novel, but more of a sedate spooky story. Most of the prose is third person storytelling. I don't mind this style as I read a lot of non-fiction, but others may find the telling rather than showing old fashioned. Another thing about the style - I felt there were rather too many qualifiers sometimes when dialogue was used, for example- she paused, she laughed, she indicated, she echoed etc.
The narration was clear and really helped develop the character of Taryn. It took me a while to get used to the American accent and the male voices were a bit high pitched but overall however the narrator did a good job. However I found the reading pace too fast. I tried to slow it down using the audio app but it just echoed too much. I felt I missed lots of details because of the fast narration. There were also a couple of blips when lines were repeated at around the 2 hours remaining time point, but this was a minor error that didn't affect my enjoyment.
I think the story would be especially suited to young readers as the plot is simple and linear and there aren't too many characters to keep track of. I felt the main character Taryn, was believable and we learn a lot about her through internal reflection and thoughts which the author includes. However I think it would have been a more dynamic novel if there were less scenes where Taryn was the only character present because the other characters were not well developed.I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
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