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The Downwinders spin-off of the River series has, to this point, been almost as good as the original series. Unfortunate Blackham Mansion is a frustrating, tedious read. I'm always offended when an author takes the easy route, manufacturing peril for a character by having the character make poor decisions over and over. The acronym is TSTL (Too Stupid To Live). There's a lot of TSTL moments in BMH. Characters blithely put themselves in danger when there are other choices, and the character knows better. Characters hold onto pertinent information that should be shared, to help keep others from harm, but if everyone knew too soon the author would have to work harder to get to that last climactic cliffhanger.
Characters make inappropriately fatal choices because they're female? Pah.
The device of the replicating house in BMH is a perfect metaphor for how I felt while reading the novel -- covering the same territory over and over, and getting nowhere at a crawl. I pre-ordered BMH. I'll wait and read the next installment on Kindle Unlimited when it's free.
In this title, Deem and Winn find themselves investigating an old mansion that is haunted in a way we've never experienced before. Due to the radiation fallout, "typical ghosts" are morphed into much more sinister entities. Unfortunately for them, their newfound friend, David, is also very much involved in this case.
With the help of Carma, Lyman, and notes from a man named Lorenzo's journal, they must figure out how to solve this generations-old puzzle before more lives become entrapped.
I've been a fan of Richan's River universe from the very start. While my personal favorites are usually from the original series, The Blackham Mansion Haunting has made its way onto the top of the list! The manner of deaths, traps, and a particularly nasty mutation kept me positively glued to each page. Richan's originality continues to impress me as he consistently comes up with new creations to haunt your nightmares.
Throughout the entire novel, we learn more of Winn and Deem's individual personalities, and touch again on their strikingly different upbringings. Carma is now a constant, as Deem and David are staying in her home, under her protection. Her eccentric ways provide a nice comic relief in several scenes.
While this story is a stand-alone, basic knowledge of "the River" and the ability of "gifteds" to view it is necessary to fully understand their missions. Those that have followed the Downwinders series all along will be rewarded with occasional reverences to small events in past novels.
Overall, a fantastic novel that really brings out the strengths in Deem and Winn, and furthers the central plot by degrees, leaving readers eagerly awaiting their next adventure.
It isn't often that a written narrative can draw you in so completely that you find yourself as nervous and confused as the main characters. It was like during a movie when a character dives under water and you find yourself holding your breath... you know how tense those final seconds are when you find yourself running out of air just before they resurface?
I felt out of breath throughout the entire book. Intricate, complex, and freaking SCARY.
The Blackham Mansion Haunting is a brilliant piece of storytelling. I haven't been drawn into the head of a protagonist in such a manner in a long time, and I felt like I was along for the ride with Winn and Deem the entire way.