Alarm bells start ringing when he arrives at Craven Manor. The mansion’s front door hangs open, and leaves and cobwebs coat the marble foyer. It’s clear no one has lived there in a long time.
But an envelope waits for him inside the doorway. It contains money, and promises more.
Daniel is desperate. Against his better judgement, he moves into the groundskeeper’s cottage behind the crypt. He’s determined to ignore the strange occurrences that plague the estate.
But when a candle flickers to life in the abandoned tower window, Daniel realises Craven Manor is hiding a terrible secret… one that threatens to bury him with it.
I’ve seen Darcy Coates books all over Amazon and Goodreads, and her eerie covers always catch my eye, but I’d never read any of her work. After Craven Manor was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in the horror category, I knew it was time to change that.
My heart immediately went out to Daniel. He’s down on his luck, with barely a penny to his name, but is so generous to others. Maybe he’s a bit naive, but I awarded him bonus points for being an animal lover. This author definitely knows how to set a tense, haunting scene – the imagery is wonderfully vivid, and the neglected grounds of the manor are easy to visualize.
The final battle, although furious, seems to stretch on for bit, but it leads to a satisfying ending. I also found the relationship between Daniel and his cousin, Kyle, kind of weird, and never really understood it.
Overall, I enjoyed Craven Manor, and I’m sure it won’t be the last book I read by this author.