No One's Home

No One's Home

by D. M. Pulley


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For fans of The Haunting of Hill House comes a dark tale of a mansion haunted by a legacy of tragedy and a family trapped by lies.

Margot and Myron Spielman move to a new town, looking for a fresh start and an escape from the long shadow of their past. But soon after they buy Rawlingswood, a foreclosed mansion rumored to be haunted, they realize they’re in for more of the same…or worse.

After a renovation fraught with injuries and setbacks, the Spielmans move in to the century-old house, and their problems quickly escalate. The home’s beautiful facade begins to crumble around them when their teenage son uncovers disturbing details of Rawlingswood’s history—a history of murder, betrayal, and financial ruin. The Spielmans’ own shameful secrets and lies become harder to hide as someone or something inside the house watches their every move.

As tensions build between the family members, the home’s dark history threatens to repeat itself. Margot and Myron must confront their own ghosts and Rawlingswood’s buried past before the house becomes their undoing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542041546
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 127,300
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

D. M. Pulley lives just outside Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, her two sons, and her dog. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a professional engineer, rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley’s structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She is also the author of The Buried Book.

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No One's Home 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mary Perkowski 7 months ago
WARNING: You simply will not want to stop reading this book! "From the outside, no one would suspect a thing." I was hooked from this first line! D.M. Pulley has done it again by crafting a suspenseful and eerie story that I simply could not put down. When I wasn't reading it, I was wondering where the plot would go next. D.M. draws you immediately into her characters' lives and they become your reality until the very last page. Do you believe some homes have a life of their own? The one in "No One's Home" certainly does. I guarantee after reading this gripping thriller (and you must), that most readers won't drive by some properties now without wondering what lurks behind their facades. I love the way she weaves different time periods and families together. It's the house and the shocking and chilling encounters, though, that remain the centerpiece of the story. I'm hooked on D.M. Pulley's books, although this may be my new favorite. Go ahead and start with this one, and I suspect you'll be saying the same. You may even begin wondering what secrets your own home has been keeping...
NovelKim 4 months ago
D.M. Pulley knows how to write a scary, creepy, hold your breath, the hair is standing up on the back of my neck ghost story. Rawlingswood is not kind to its inhabitants, actually it is downright nasty and perverse. The story follows five families, from the days just prior to the stock market crash of 1929 to the summer of 2018, encompassing the tragedies that plague their tenancies in this house. Can a new occupant change the oppressive bad luck that has fallen upon all the other residents? Well maybe, but the larger question is do you even care what happens to such unlikeable, narcissistic, selfish, whining people? And that was my problem – most of the adults in each section were unsympathetic characters. The plight of the children and their respective predicaments reinforced that abuse is not new, the young and helpless are often marginalized by those they know best. Having a few more likeable characters would have strengthened the story for me. I enjoyed the mystery, the clue dropping, but admit to some confusion in the back and forth and had to keep returning to previous chapters to remind myself who did what and when. Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for a copy.
LawladyCase 5 months ago
I am a huge fan of D.M. Pulley and this book is arguably the best. The home on Lee Rd. in Shaker Heights, Ohio was built by the Rollingsworths in the 1920s. It stands a magnificent shell of the original residence when Margot and Myron Spielman decide to buy it in 2018. The house is in shambles from disrepair, theft and neglect. After restoring part of the three-story estate, the Spielman’s and their son, Hunter, make it their new home. Secrets buried and the glimpses of unusual sightings make them question the wisdom of their purchase. More of their lives intertwine with those that came before, leaving everyone fighting with unseen demons. The tension in this book will keep you on edge. Even when you are not reading, the puzzles and ideas planted throughout the story are being mulled. Each of the characters have strength and weaknesses. Some are irredeemable but most have good and bad qualities. The writing is suspenseful, intriguing and thrilling. Just as you think you have things figured out; something will happen to leave you questioning everything you know. D. M. Pulley writes mysteries and thrillers like many other authors. However, the emotions that this book and her prior mysteries evoke are so superb that she must be considered one of the best. She has, once again, written one of my favorite books of the year. I received an ARC from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley. That in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book. I am voluntarily submitting this review.
Persephonereads 6 months ago
5 out of 5 Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I first found D.M. Pulley back in 2014 when I found The Dead Key on Amazon as a Amazon Unlimited offer and I was immediately impressed. The Dead Key was in my top five books of that year as it was such a different type of book. When I saw that this book was up for an advanced read I know I had to read it and I am so glad that I did! If you are looking for a good, haunted house book just in time for spooky season (which for me starts in the middle of August because I am that obsessed with Autumn and Halloween!) Then this book is for you! If I had the time to binge this book in one day I would have. As it is I did finish it in two! There is something about Rawlingswood Manor that captivates potential buyers so much they feel that they must have it. Built in Shaker Heights in 1922 for the Rawlings family who became the first victims of the mansion. From there every family that has lived in the house has been doomed. Long held secrets come out,hidden resentments drive families apart and not every comes out of it alive. You see, Rawlingswood was built on sacred ground, a terrible miscarriage of justice took place there and the long forgotten victims are watching and waiting. Into all of this comes the Spielman family, desperate for a fresh start Myron is sure that this will solve all of their issues. It will help Margot to finally be happy again. Their son Hunter will be happy and they will be a whole family again. Margot is not so sure. She doesn't want leave Boston and she resents her husband for forcing this to happen. She also does't like the idea of moving into a "Murder House" as the graffiti on the walls warned. She finally agrees as long as she can renovate the home. Renovations of course do not go smoothly as there are injuries and strange happenings to the point that many workers leave and never return. Shortly after the family arrive things begin to happen. Things are being moved, food disappears and there seems to be a presence. They all seem to catch a glimpse of a blonde girl in white. There is also a strange feeling that they are being watched. As fifteen year old Hunter's parents begin to slowly fall apart he begins to look into the house's dark history. The narrative jumps back and forth in time to the various families that have lived there and what became of them. I didn't find it to be confusing at all though because before each chapter we are informed of the year and the family that we are visiting at the moment. Not all the characters are likable and I must stress that I really hated Myron Spielman so much! Benny and Hunter were fantastic characters and the story was so well written. I don't get scared easily this book really had an effect on me. I was pretty spooked the whole time I read this. If you like The Haunting of Hill House then you will like this. I found myself openly crying during a few parts and I have not stopped thinking about it since I finished it last night.
Anonymous 6 months ago
A creepily decent ghost story with tension that keeps building. A large old haunted mansion harboring mysteries through the decades. Alternating chapters of family dramas from the various people that lived there over the years, from 1929 to current times. Well done.
kmjessica 6 months ago
Wow! When I first started reading this book I thought it was a horror, scary story. ( Sometimes I read books just because I like the cover and don't look into what the book is about) But It turned out to be an amazing, page turning mystery. This is a story about a family moving to another state and buying an abandoned mansion and getting it remodeled. The teenage son starts digging into the history of the houses past owners and finds tragedy with every owner. As the story progresses his own family starts to have many problems of there own. This is a fast paced, page turning must read mystery. You will find yourself staying up all night just to find out what happens next.