On the heels of his wife’s death, laid-off and penniless with an eviction notice on the door, the only thing left for him and his four-year-old son Cody is Bruce’s childhood home, secluded deep within Ozark forests, haunted by the ghosts of his past.
After he receives a strange phone call from his dying mother, who has lived alone in the house for the past 15 years, Bruce reluctantly returns to the estate with his son.
But they soon find that something else dwells in the home, in the earth, in the woods. Unseen things are out for vengeance and blood. If they can survive the night, they may just find out what truly lies within the walls of…Elderwood Manor.
The cover really sets the tone of this short novella from DarkFuse.
From the first page, it was evident the authors had a talent for imagery – ‘tendrils of mist’, ‘blackened wood proclaiming the death of the land’. The creep factor was pretty high throughout the book. I also found it easy to empathize with Bruce, his situation, and need to protect his son. This was an engrossing, eerie tale that gripped me from the first page.
Although the story was flowing along well with action and some surprises, it seemed to hit a wall when the history of the manor was revealed and seemed more like info dump. Knowing that something else dwelled in the home, I questioned why Bruce’s parents, especially his father, didn’t just pack it up and leave. If there was an explanation, I seem to have missed it.
For horror fans, this is a quick read that can be done in an hour or less and may have you thinking about this book the next time there’s an ice storm. Elderwood Manor is scheduled for publication July 15, 2014.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through Netgalley.