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Fleeing a troubled past, Sarah Faust has found the perfect place to begin a new life. Tucked away on a charming side street and surrounded by lush grounds, the neglected three-hundred-year-old townhouse in the port city of Charleston offers a refuge and a place to start over. But all is not as it seems at 5 Rue Lane, and she soon finds that her new house harbors something Fleeing a troubled past, Sarah Faust has found the perfect place to begin a new life. Tucked away on a charming side street and surrounded by lush grounds, the neglected three-hundred-year-old townhouse in the port city of Charleston offers a refuge and a place to start over. But all is not as it seems at 5 Rue Lane, and she soon finds that her new house harbors something that has been there for a very long time. Something that refuses to stay buried. In A Haunting, L. I. Albemont brings us parallel tales of old and modern horror, weaving colonial era events into a modern ghost story you won't soon forget.


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Fleeing a troubled past, Sarah Faust has found the perfect place to begin a new life. Tucked away on a charming side street and surrounded by lush grounds, the neglected three-hundred-year-old townhouse in the port city of Charleston offers a refuge and a place to start over. But all is not as it seems at 5 Rue Lane, and she soon finds that her new house harbors something Fleeing a troubled past, Sarah Faust has found the perfect place to begin a new life. Tucked away on a charming side street and surrounded by lush grounds, the neglected three-hundred-year-old townhouse in the port city of Charleston offers a refuge and a place to start over. But all is not as it seems at 5 Rue Lane, and she soon finds that her new house harbors something that has been there for a very long time. Something that refuses to stay buried. In A Haunting, L. I. Albemont brings us parallel tales of old and modern horror, weaving colonial era events into a modern ghost story you won't soon forget.

30 review for A Haunting: The Horror on Rue Lane

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    2.5 Stars This was a very classic haunted house story that didn’t really bring anything new to the subgenre. The audiobook narration was good, but the book itself was rather forgettable.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim Smith

    It isn't often that I say this, but I really wish this book had been longer. There are just too many plot points that were not fully developed and explained. The story was very interesting but certain things seemed too easy. I don't usually give spoilers, so don't read on if you don't want hints about the story line. The beginning of the book, dealing with the husband didn't have anything to do with the rest of the story, so I wish it had been simplified. All we needed to know was that she had to It isn't often that I say this, but I really wish this book had been longer. There are just too many plot points that were not fully developed and explained. The story was very interesting but certain things seemed too easy. I don't usually give spoilers, so don't read on if you don't want hints about the story line. The beginning of the book, dealing with the husband didn't have anything to do with the rest of the story, so I wish it had been simplified. All we needed to know was that she had to leave and get away from all the people who knew her before, to get a fresh start. Picking Charleston could have been explained a little more. It would have been more interesting for her to have been drawn there somehow. Maybe as a chance to get to know her mother's background as an exploration of finding herself and a continuation of starting over. We were told nothing about her relationship with her parents, and at one point I was confused- were her parents still alive? Maybe I missed that. It was way too coincidental for her to find this house. A little more story here would have been better. Her relationship with Angela and David was too fast, and another coincidence that David lived right behind her! David and his relationship with his daughters could have been explored more. And David's ex was a bitch and a horrible mother! Why was he even sad about losing her? And his attraction to Sarah, and her interest in him was not explored enough. The old residents in the town could have been used in Sarah's search for information about her house and ancestors, instead of that very convenient article that Sarah didn't seem to have enough time to finish in one sitting. Why wasn't Sarah more freaked out at seeing and experiencing all this craziness? And there were too many spirits so I was not sure how many were actually lingering around. More information about them would have been helpful. Lil could have provided that through her friendship with The ghost girl. The ending was way too convenient, I mean, all of a sudden it is all figured out? And help me understand how Lil was suddenly all better! Nobody seemed concerned that she was possessed in the hospital! Another part that needed more attention was her extended family in town. Why didn't Michael's family have any knowledge of the house and help her more? They were actually family! Why couldn't she have met Michael earlier, which led her to learn more of her family, which led her to the house? See? This book could have easily been three books and been so much better for it! Hmmm.... Why did it get a four star rating? It was interesting and had such potential! I didn't think it was scary like other reviewers mentioned. There needs to be much more build up and tension. This would have been a good book club book only to discuss all the things that could have been changed to make it better! Haha!

  3. 4 out of 5

    The Badger

    Sarah buys a haunted house in Charleston (despite gut feelings and concrete evidence that she should buy a nice non-haunted condo instead). Also, Sarah is dead broke and unemployed, but thinks to herself, "This is a great fixer upper! Since I'm broke and unemployed, I'll start by buying granite countertops)." The problem with buying and having granite countertops installed, is that when you find children's remains in your basement (behind the shackles neither you nor your home inspector noticed), Sarah buys a haunted house in Charleston (despite gut feelings and concrete evidence that she should buy a nice non-haunted condo instead). Also, Sarah is dead broke and unemployed, but thinks to herself, "This is a great fixer upper! Since I'm broke and unemployed, I'll start by buying granite countertops)." The problem with buying and having granite countertops installed, is that when you find children's remains in your basement (behind the shackles neither you nor your home inspector noticed), you're like, "I can't leave this house--I have granite countertops." But when plates go flying, ghosts come for tea, try to murder the neighbor kids, cause an east coast El Niño, and polish your wood flooring, Sarah has to search deep within herself and ask, "If I do an exorcism, will the ghosts still clean my hardwood floors?" In the end, Sarah has no choice, thanks to a minor character and two minuscule characters who force her to summon a demon. A demonic Satyr ends up stepping on their heads with his hooves, but Sarah is directed by an actual ghost how to chain him up into a friendly garden gnome version of a satyr statue. Interestingly, the Charleston police don't consider the three bodies with hoof-marks on their crushed skulls suspicious. "Uhm. A tree fell on them. In my house. El Niño..." explains Sarah. "That's cool. You're white so we don't really need to investigate this anyway. You probably want to get started cleaning all the blood of those gorgeous hardwood floors," say the police. Interestingly, the guy you think is going to be the love interest isn't (ahem: poor!). Sarah actually meets another guy ($$$) who turns out to be a cousin--but not a first cousin--so it's all good. Overall, this was still a decent read. Most of the loose ends were tied up. The satyr lawn ornament was loaded into a boat by two Mexicans (the perfect accomplices; because if you can't speak English you're obviously blind, deaf, and mute) and Sarah and a friend who specializes in landscaping and demonic lawn ornaments toss the satyr into the Atlantic so it can catch a current back for a sequel. Note: Sarah is an awful animal owner.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This book was fantastic! Independently published, an unknown author to me, this book packed a punch. This was one spooky, rather scary book. Chock full of history, fiction or no. Takes place down in the south, in an old historic neighborhood. A recently, "to be divorced" middle aged lady buys and moves into an old Victorian home. Obviously we know its haunted by the title of the book, but by whom and why, surprised the heck outta me. I deff recommend this to ghost story lovers and as a bonus "to This book was fantastic! Independently published, an unknown author to me, this book packed a punch. This was one spooky, rather scary book. Chock full of history, fiction or no. Takes place down in the south, in an old historic neighborhood. A recently, "to be divorced" middle aged lady buys and moves into an old Victorian home. Obviously we know its haunted by the title of the book, but by whom and why, surprised the heck outta me. I deff recommend this to ghost story lovers and as a bonus "to be read" on Halloween!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The book got better when Little K, Tiny Zion and Little J White moved into the yard.

  6. 4 out of 5

    M.J. Belko

    This book had some genuinely creepy moments in it but lost me with the plot holes and loose ends.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Only Wants to Read

    The book is pretty decent, and I loved the setting in Charleston. It made me Google the city, the neighborhoods, and explore the culture of the place. I was hoping it would be scary, but it wasn't, really. There was the paranormal activity and storyline, but I didn't feel it would get too intense. Some passages were more romantic and--even though I liked them--it felt out of place. The writing is good, the characters were likeable and well drawn. I just wasn't wowed, and too many plot lines staye The book is pretty decent, and I loved the setting in Charleston. It made me Google the city, the neighborhoods, and explore the culture of the place. I was hoping it would be scary, but it wasn't, really. There was the paranormal activity and storyline, but I didn't feel it would get too intense. Some passages were more romantic and--even though I liked them--it felt out of place. The writing is good, the characters were likeable and well drawn. I just wasn't wowed, and too many plot lines stayed unresolved. I don't mind a few, but I wish there would have been a few more chapters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Doreena

    This book left so many unanswered questions. Too many loose ends for me and the whole book felt forced and rushed. It just didn't really flow. This book left so many unanswered questions. Too many loose ends for me and the whole book felt forced and rushed. It just didn't really flow.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Sherrod

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The story begins as a promising haunted house story set in picturesque Charleston, SC. However, by the last fourth of the book, it turns into a less than believable story involving stereotypes of witchcraft and a sensationalized exorcism/spell/something that would’ve fit in not even a B horror flick. It was poorly researched, in my opinion, regarding the aspects of this, and even the mentions of what one would see in Charleston or the culture in the low country were not well done at all and read The story begins as a promising haunted house story set in picturesque Charleston, SC. However, by the last fourth of the book, it turns into a less than believable story involving stereotypes of witchcraft and a sensationalized exorcism/spell/something that would’ve fit in not even a B horror flick. It was poorly researched, in my opinion, regarding the aspects of this, and even the mentions of what one would see in Charleston or the culture in the low country were not well done at all and read more like something from a poorly written tourist guide than from someone who had done their research on the area. Also— *don’t read if you like animals* The instances of animal slaughter or simple animal deaths were entirely unnecessary to the plot or even the sensationalized ending. Again, this is a point to the clearly poor research done by the author on the entire subject of the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I really enjoyed A Haunting: The Horror on Rue Lane. It was an overall well written 'haunting' story and it had great pacing. Both those things being said, I wish it had either been longer. Then the author could have flushed out the characters or the house's history more. By the time you get to the end, you realize some of the events/details are rather superfluous. Or the author could have left out some detail, and focused completely on the storyline. The story itself would have made a really so I really enjoyed A Haunting: The Horror on Rue Lane. It was an overall well written 'haunting' story and it had great pacing. Both those things being said, I wish it had either been longer. Then the author could have flushed out the characters or the house's history more. By the time you get to the end, you realize some of the events/details are rather superfluous. Or the author could have left out some detail, and focused completely on the storyline. The story itself would have made a really solid novella, though it as a novel it is still very entertaining.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Lynn Kramer

    A Haunting didn't start out strong but had promise. The paranormal events came about quickly and the protagonist Sarah is pleasantly openminded, setting out to solve things almost immediately. Sadly that manages to be the only likeable thing about her. She proves herself to be a horrid pet owner and makes multiple mind-numbingly bad decisions. Things also move along to fast at times while other moments felt unnecessary. The ending also feels very anticlimactic. A Haunting didn't start out strong but had promise. The paranormal events came about quickly and the protagonist Sarah is pleasantly openminded, setting out to solve things almost immediately. Sadly that manages to be the only likeable thing about her. She proves herself to be a horrid pet owner and makes multiple mind-numbingly bad decisions. Things also move along to fast at times while other moments felt unnecessary. The ending also feels very anticlimactic.

  12. 5 out of 5

    K Kriesel

    The characters are very 2-dimensional. To be fair, I don't usually mind 2-dimensional characters when their few qualities are exceptionally interesting or entertaining. But these were uninteresting characters moving through the plot that was somehow both predictable and erratic. I was nevertheless enjoying the suffering of the protagonist, who was irrational but at least consistent, up until the shallow and unsurprising romance began. The characters are very 2-dimensional. To be fair, I don't usually mind 2-dimensional characters when their few qualities are exceptionally interesting or entertaining. But these were uninteresting characters moving through the plot that was somehow both predictable and erratic. I was nevertheless enjoying the suffering of the protagonist, who was irrational but at least consistent, up until the shallow and unsurprising romance began.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Loved all the historical reference.. I love an old house that pulls the main character in and I loved the surprise connection with the house but I wanted more of that - there were many good ideas being pushed into one end and I felt disappointed - what happens with David ?! Was Mr tumbnas her familiar ?? Are Elizabeth and her children at peace ?? .....

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I got about half way through this book and my main complaint is that it drags on so slowly. I did like the writing and the author has a talent for creating creepy atmosphere I just wish that the story would move forward and get on with the plot instead of trailing along like snail. I'll probably skim the rest of the book to see what happens but unfortunately the story just lost me. I got about half way through this book and my main complaint is that it drags on so slowly. I did like the writing and the author has a talent for creating creepy atmosphere I just wish that the story would move forward and get on with the plot instead of trailing along like snail. I'll probably skim the rest of the book to see what happens but unfortunately the story just lost me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Thought there was a weird lack of description between dialogue, so that often I did not understand a character's tone. Thought it was a little too demonic-focused for my taste, and didn't delve much into the purpose of the character's history with the house. Thought there was a weird lack of description between dialogue, so that often I did not understand a character's tone. Thought it was a little too demonic-focused for my taste, and didn't delve much into the purpose of the character's history with the house.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Haussler

    This was an EXCELLENT spooky story! Highly recommend, would actually love to have more books in this setting.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Charles Kaley

    Fast read.A fun supernatural book. If you like supernatural, this is for you. Lots of twists and turns, good character development. A real page turner!

  18. 5 out of 5

    julie dalton

    Chilling I couldn't put this down from the first chapter I was hooked a brilliant read filled with fear and the unknown Chilling I couldn't put this down from the first chapter I was hooked a brilliant read filled with fear and the unknown

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Craig

    Predictable ghost story. Might be okay for tweens that like horror.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Von Bargen

    Loved this book! Spooky yet believable, just what I needed to get me in the mood for Halloween. 👻

  21. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Surprisingly good Enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. Especially appreciated the lack of cuss words. Recommend to anyone who likes a good spooky read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Majahid

    Not that scary kind of boring.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Well written. A lighter scary novel. Enjoyed this one

  24. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    Nothing original here.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karen Pratt

    3.25

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Edmondson

    Enthralling From the beginning to the surprise ending I was on the edge of my seat. I could not put the book down! A must read for enthusiasts of haunted stories.

  27. 4 out of 5

    marilyn morrison

    Historical horror I loved the history and it welded the characters together. Very good book. The story and characters, were very likeable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Not my type of book.. even though I finished it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This was a classic ghost story but not any different than any other haunted house story I have read before. A definite good ghost story for beginners.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Toni M.

    Oh my-I loved this book and I wish the author had made a series. It held my interest all thru the story/

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