- File Size: 412 KB
- Print Length: 358 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Black Owl Books (December 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 20, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015MB10KA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A great read for folks who enjoy old spooky houses. :)
Not worth the effort.
A washing machine, dryer and television with no electricity? House empty for a couple decades and yet no electricity? Really?
Mara goes into the sitting room and thinks the lounge chairs look more moth-eaten than the day before, it's been a month since, it's made mentioned a few times within chapters 8 and 9. In chapter 10 it's 2 weeks.
The inconsistencies are more than can be ignored. It makes it distracting to, having to back track and recheck what I thought was going on.
Mara and Neil buy this creepy old house and from the beginning the ghostly antics mess with a disbelieving Mara. I loved this book and could not put it down. I had received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review and all I can really say is BUY IT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
This book was so dumb. The characters were dull, shallow and totally predictable. So was the entire plot. Stereotypical haunted house. Ooh the rocking chair moves on it's own. BOO! Never saw that before in a haunted house. Nothing suspenseful or inventive at all about this story.
First, I had an issue with the two main characters of Mara and Neil. With Mara, she was very annoying and unlikeable. Have you ever watched horror movies and screamed at the screen: "Hey! You idiot! Stay away from that door!" Well, with Mara, I was constantly scratching my head at her obvious refusal to open her eyes and see the reality of her situation. Now, I am fully aware that the author meant to write the character of Mara like this, a stubborn women set in her ways, and yes, she does change by the story's end, but who wants to read a story where you don't like the character? Not me. And then there's Neil. A very, very sweet guy, but that's all he is. He is one dimensional. Again, I understand why the author wrote him like this: to be the stability, the calm, the strength for Mara when she truly needs him. But he is a cardboard cutout at best. In fact, the character of Damien (near the end of the story) has more depth in his short appearance then Neil throughout the entire novel.
Secondly, I became tired of the story about three-quarters of the way through and almost gave it up. The same haunted house stuff happens over and over again: the same creaky, unseen noises, the same ghostly footsteps in the attic, the same empty rocking chair moving, the same snuggle-snuggle, kissy-kiss between Mara and Neil. Combine this with my dislike of the main character and the author almost lost me. The story, for me, became mundane and uninteresting. But then the ghost hunting couple arrives, and saves the book. By the final act, things finally crank up and lead to an (almost) satisfactory conclusion. You find out why the author wrote Mara and Neil like she did, and the story's mystery is wrapped up with a nice pretty bow. But...
...that (almost) satisfactory conclusion. In short, it had WAY too many similarities to THE HAUNTING OF GILLESPIE HOUSE conclusion for my taste. I won't get into detail about it here (for spoiler factor), but hopefully you will see what I mean, with the main protagonist battling the baddie.
In summary, though Darcy Coates delivers another well-written piece,THE HAUNTING OF BLACKWOOD MANOR is far inferior to her earlier works. It is a good supernatural, haunted house story, but not great one. And though for me it was a misstep for the author, I will no doubt continue supporting the author, anxiously awaiting her next story.
Note: I reread the review I originally posted and realized that I shouldn't judge a book based on the dislike of the character (s). For me to dislike a character so much, well, that shows the author's true talent in breathing life into her characters. And the personslities of Mara and Neil did transform a lot by the books end.