The Widow’s House:

A Novel

  • Runtime: 10.8 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 3.7.2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • Genre: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
  • 10.84 hrs3/7/2017Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9780062660589

This chilling novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages blends the gothic allure of Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca and the crazed undertones of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper with the twisty, contemporary edge of A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife—a harrowing tale of psychological suspense set in New York’s Hudson Valley.

When Jess and Clare Martin move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to their former college town in the Hudson River valley, they are hoping for rejuvenation—of their marriage, their savings, and Jess’s writing career.

They take a caretaker’s job at Riven House, a crumbling estate and the home of their old college writing professor. While Clare once had dreams of being a writer, those plans fell by the wayside when Jess made a big, splashy literary debut in their twenties. It’s been years, now, since his first novel. The advance has long been spent. Clare’s hope is that the pastoral beauty and nostalgia of the Hudson Valley will offer some inspiration.

But their new life isn’t all quaint town libraries and fragrant apple orchards. There is a haunting pall that hangs over Riven House like a funeral veil. Something is just not right. Soon, Clare begins to hear babies crying at night, see strange figures in fog at the edge of their property. Diving into the history of the area, she realizes that Riven House has a dark and anguished past. And whatever this thing is—this menacing force that destroys the inhabitants of the estate—it seems to be after Clare next.

Editorial Reviews

“Carol Goodman is, simply put, a stellar writer.”

Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author

“Evocative and resonant references to local folklore and to literature such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher combine with influences from both classic gothic works and domestic suspense novels in Goodman’s chilling fourteenth novel…Gripping readers with its fast pace, supernatural elements, and a conclusion that will have them questioning what really happened here.”

Library Journal

“Foreboding and moody…As you’re pulled deeper into its crumbling corridors and gothic history, you’ll never guess where its true threats lie.”

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author

Author Biography

Carol Goodman (a.k.a. Juliet Dark) is a critically acclaimed literary suspense writer whose novels include The Night Villa and The Lake of Dead Languages. Her novels have won the Hammett Prize and have been nominated for the Dublin/IMPAC Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her fiction has been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her family.

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Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

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