The House by the Sea

The House by the Sea


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When Edie’s mother-in-law, Anna DeLuca, dies, she is relieved. Edie blames Anna for the accident that destroyed her family. So, when her will lures Edie to Sicily and the long-abandoned Villa della Madonna del Mare, she sees through Anna’s games.

Suspecting Anna is meddling from beyond the grave to try to reunite her and her ex-husband Joe, Edie is determined to leave Italy as soon as possible. But before she can, the villa starts to shed its mysterious secrets.

Who are the girls beside Anna in her childhood photos, and why has one of them been scratched out? Why does someone, or something, want them to leave the past untouched? The villa is a place where old ghosts feel at home, but does their legacy need to be laid to rest before Edie and Joe can move on…

Bestselling author Louise Douglas returns with a captivating, chilling and unforgettable tale of betrayal, jealousy and the mysteries hidden in every family history.

Praise for Louise Douglas:

‘Kept me guessing until the last few pages and the explosive ending took my breath away.' C.L. Taylor, author of The Accident on Your Beautiful Lies

‘Beautifully written, chillingly atmospheric and utterly compelling, The Secret by the Lake is Louise Douglas at her brilliant best’ Tammy Cohen, author of The Broken

‘A master of her craft, Louise Douglas ratchets up the tension in this haunting and exquisitely written tale of buried secrets and past tragedy.’ Amanda Jennings, author of Sworn Secret

‘A clammy, atmospheric and suspenseful novel, it builds in tension all the way through to the startling final pages.’ Sunday Express, S Magazine

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    The House by the Sea Reviews

  • daph pink ?

    2/5✨ What made me pick up this book??➡ I was intrigued by the title ,synopsis and the atmospheric cover.I decided to read it.250 pages in the book and nothing developed to the point where one car...

  • Ceecee

    Edie has been separated from Joe for ten years following the death of their six year old son Daniel, for which she blames her mother in law Anna DeLuca who has just died. Anna leaves her family villa ...

  • Melike

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5. A very enjoyable read with some gothic elements that were utterly chilling and captivating.Edie travels to Italy after her mother-in-law Anna DeLuca dies and leaves Edie and...

  • Natalia  R

    Edie hates her former mother-in-law, Anna De Luca and blames her for the death of her six-year-old son. So when Anna dies and leaves her villa in Sicily, Italy to Edie and her ex-husband Joe, she susp...

  • Lisa

    If I had read this book at any other time I don't think I would have liked it so much (for reasons I'll mention below but you might want to skip for spoilery reasons) but I was feeling mushy and the s...

  • Crystal Craig

    Be sure to visit my Favorites Shelf for the books I found most entertaining.The House by the Sea is my first Louise Douglas novel. I came across this book while surfing on Kindle Unlimited. I was imme...

  • Laur

    I just could not connect to this book... part of it was subject matter (at times it felt like it was leaning towards the horror genre with ghostly elements), but the actual story pace was slow and pre...

  • Anbukarasan

    This is a story with love, crime, parenting, a description of Italy (Sicily) ....the story is narrated by a woman of her a. love for her dead sonb. her perception about her dead mother in lawc. her th...

  • Shalini

    A multifaceted mystery that pulled me in with the first chapter. I was drawn to the cover, and the prose tempted me with its quiet mystery. There was something in the background which played hide and ...

  • Jessica

    three very slow stars A big portion of the books I’ve read in the past year have been so slow! Let’s hope my 2021 reads have a bit more action and excitement. I think this book would make a good b...