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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (576 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucie Whitehouse Narrator: Kate Readin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On an icy winter weekend, seven friends celebrate New Year’s Eve at Stoneborough, a grand manor in the English countryside. They’ve been brought together by Lucas Heathfield, a young man who recently inherited the property after the tragic death of his uncle Patrick. Though still raw from the loss of his last family member, Lucas welcomes this tight-knit group of friends to the estate he hopes will become their home away from home—an escape from London where they can all relax and rekindle the revelry of their college days.

Lucas’s best friend, Joanna, finds herself oddly affected by the cavernous manse, with its lavish mythological ceiling mural and sprawling grounds, and awakened to a growing bond with Lucas. Much to her surprise, he reveals that he’s loved her for years. But as they begin to find their way from friendship to romance, Joanna can’t shake the feeling that the house is having its own effect on them.

Back in London, Joanna is stunned when Lucas announces that he and their impetuous friend Danny are moving into Stoneborough full-time. Her concern seems justified as Lucas, once ensconced, becomes completely ensnared in the turbulent past that seems to haunt the house—a past that is captured in old movie reels featuring Lucas’s now-dead family: his charismatic uncle Patrick, his lovely mother, Claire, and his golden-boy father, Justin.

Over one decadent, dramatic year, as the friends frequently gather at the shadowed residence, secrets slide out and sexual tensions escalate, shattering friendships and forever changing lives. And all the while, the house cradles a devastating secret.

By turns taut and sensual, mesmerizing and disturbing, The House at Midnight is a gripping psychological novel that pulls the reader into the thrall of its ominous atmosphere.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy W'f | 1/30/2014

    " I liked this book, and shouldn't have! The author managed to hold my interest-in fact, I was riveted, could hardly put it down--and I shouldn't have been, because basically all that happens in this book is people drink too much, smoke to much, and fall into bed with various people too much! The setting is marvelous and well drawn, and the characters are not likable but they're interesting. My main complaint is that more time should have been spent on developing the theme of the "haunted" house, and less on the sexual exploits of the characters. Also, it had an extremely unsatisfying ending, which basically left too many questions unanswered. The reader was left dangling. Bait for book discussions? It just frustrated me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mireille Prusak | 1/24/2014

    " This might be the most depressing book I've ever read in my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margo Brooks | 1/13/2014

    " Audiobook. An interesting book about a group of young men and women on the cusp of thirty reevaluating their lives and choices in the face of an unexpected inheritance of an English country house by one of the group. The house and its secrets threaten to unravel the group's cohesion. There were several places in this book when I thought that the end had come--but it hadn't. There were several disks left, so the story had to continue. When it finally did end, however, I wasn't expecting it. I liked the book, but the 20-somthing, self-focused angst, while being true-to-life, was a bit much for me. I'm glad I listened to it, but I am also glad I didn't take the time to actually read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 1/9/2014

    " The author attempts to make the house a looming character in its own rite, but alcohol, pot, and the machinations of one of the human characters are more menacing than the house is. "

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About the Author
Author Lucie Whitehouse

Lucie Whitehouse was born in the Cotswolds, grew up near Stratford-upon-Avon, and now lives in London. She studied classics at Oxford University, where she edited the newspaper Cherwell. The House at Midnight was her first novel and was inspired by her love of the English countryside and large atmospheric houses at nightfall.