All My Darkest Impulses: House of Crows, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 1 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.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 47 minutes|
|Narrator||James Anderson Foster, Saskia Maarleveld, Frankie Corzo|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 27 2021|
|Publisher||Amazon Original Stories|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #149,396 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#237 in Mystery Anthologies & Short Stories
#1,357 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,584 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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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.
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I only recently saw this series by Ms. Unger which sounded really interesting if a bit creepy. I'm not sure what it says about me, but the creepiness was the selling point and the reason I thought I'd give it a try. Since it's a four book serial about four friends I expected each one of the friends to get their own story, which is not the case, and I assume the others will be similar. Book one is actually told from three different points of view (see below) and sadly I only found one of these individuals to be even a little likable.
First we have Matthew who inherits an old mansion that would be right at home in American Horror Story. Matthew himself is a jerk who cheats on his wife in thought if not in deed, when said wife is fighting a life threatening illness no less. Next is his old friend Claire, who my heart ached for. Her situation was horrifying and reminds me of the movie Fallen with Denzel Washington. And last we have Matthew's teen daughter Jewel, who is apparently so unhappy that she wants everyone around her to be miserable too.
There's also Matthew's wife Samantha who I liked, as well as some other pretty mysterious characters. And while there are definitely plenty of strange and chilling occurrences, it's hard to really love a book when most of the cast is so unappealing. I also don't like cliffhangers which is how I'm now assuming each story except maybe the last, will end. It seems to me that this is a single book broken down into four parts, not four separate stories. Overall it was okay but a bit disappointing and I'm not sure if I'll read more.
NOTE: I simultaneously read this on Kindle while listening to the Audible version of the story. There are three narrators all of whom I thought did a splendid job. My only issue would be with the male portraying Matthew, whose impersonation of the female voices felt a little off. The two different women who portrayed Claire and Jewel on the other hand I liked a little better since both did credible versions of the men they were depicting. Overall one of the better narrated books I've listened to in a long time though.
Pages & Kindle Locations: The story ended at 99% on page 53 and location 769.
This story so far reminds me a little of “It” by Stephen King. It is a bit more subtle and haunting, but there are similarities that I couldn't help but notice.
The writing style really kept my interest; as small, strange incidents left me wanting to read on for an explanation. This series seems like one where you would need to read each part in order, and it really could have just been one book. Hopefully the rest of the parts answer some questions that this one leaves unanswered....
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.
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.
This is a REALLY short book, basically a booklet - one full length book being split into several short books and calling it a series. I'm okay with that!
The story has been building tension, developing the characters reasonably well, and left the reader with just enough understanding of what's happening and just enough unanswered questions to really entice you into starting the next book.