Craven Manor
Daniel is desperate for a job. When someone slides a note under his door offering him the groundskeeper’s position at an old estate, it seems too good to be true.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.

Craven Manor Details

TitleCraven Manor
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 1st, 2017
Rating
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Craven Manor Review

  • Shaina
    January 1, 1970
    This was an excellent ghost story. I loved the main character’s attitude; although he was a bit naive, Daniel was delightful. It’s nice to see his type of character. In a lot of ways he reminded me so much of someone close to me and he was hardworking, so I bonded with him instantly. It was very refreshing. I loved the entire premise and legacy of the family at Craven and the story surrounding it all. I loved reading this a lot. I received an advance copy and read it right away and could not put This was an excellent ghost story. I loved the main character’s attitude; although he was a bit naive, Daniel was delightful. It’s nice to see his type of character. In a lot of ways he reminded me so much of someone close to me and he was hardworking, so I bonded with him instantly. It was very refreshing. I loved the entire premise and legacy of the family at Craven and the story surrounding it all. I loved reading this a lot. I received an advance copy and read it right away and could not put it down. This is something I would even read again. Everyone has their type of ghost story and this was definitely mine. This is a clean story, but spooky, full of the paranormal, some mystery and suspense thrown in. Would love if it continued though it ended well.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    CRAVEN MANOR, by Darcy Coates, is a supernatural novel with a rather unique scenario. In the beginning, we are introduced to a young man--Daniel Kane--who is searching for odd jobs every day just to survive. His cousin, Kyle, allows him to stay in his cheap apartment--providing Daniel can get together enough money to pay half the rent. Immediately, Coates is able to show us the intrinsic differences between the two. Daniel is something of a rare anomaly nowadays; a gentle, caring person who woul CRAVEN MANOR, by Darcy Coates, is a supernatural novel with a rather unique scenario. In the beginning, we are introduced to a young man--Daniel Kane--who is searching for odd jobs every day just to survive. His cousin, Kyle, allows him to stay in his cheap apartment--providing Daniel can get together enough money to pay half the rent. Immediately, Coates is able to show us the intrinsic differences between the two. Daniel is something of a rare anomaly nowadays; a gentle, caring person who would give his meager earnings to others in need, rather than buy food for himself. Kyle is obviously one who feels that world owes him, and thinks nothing of walking all over people like Daniel. Not one to complain about his situation, Daniel would remind himself: ". . . He lived in a home for desperate people, and desperate people couldn't be choosy . . . " I found myself very impressed with Darcy Coates' writing style. In some places, her words flow with such a graceful ease, yet their meaning is so full of conviction and leaves you thinking on them for some time afterwards. ". . . No one said hello or even made eye contact . . . that sense of non-existence had left him with a permanent fear of being forgotten by the world . . . " Our adventure begins when Daniel finds a curious note addressed to him, informing him that he has been hired as a groundskeeper for a place called Craven Manor. The barest of directions are left for him, and Daniel probably would have not given it another thought if not for his cousin suddenly complaining about him "not contributing enough".Coates continues to use some great scenes to further characterize the individual people in this novel. Now, she adds the most perfect balance of atmosphere to immerse the reader completely into the story unfolding. Once we see Craven Manor in our minds, there is no going back. I found that I didn't want to leave this novel for even a moment. ". . . The manor wasn't a cheerful place . . . But it felt secure . . . " The balance of human, supernatural, and environmental surroundings make for the perfect combination here. Craven Manor-- ". . . A manor to strike fear into people who saw it . . ." --is a major presence--almost a character all of its own. The neglected--yet somehow still striking-ediface stands as a testament to the past that never really . . . left. "Things that die here have a tendency to linger." The twists and revelations create a story that keeps you riveted to every page. The emotional pull of not only Daniel, but of the other characters and elements, intensifies as the story goes on and more of the historical events are slowly revealed. "Ghosts are real . . ." Darcy Coates has written a story that stuck with me long after I finished my first reading. This is most certainly a book I see myself returning to in the future for re-reads. ". . . I've found that death and I don't agree too much . . ." The mystique, characterizations, revelations, rumors, unlikely friendships, and betrayals were especially "real" feeling to me, and I give the author a great deal of credit in coming up with a tale that seems so "new", when the vast majority I read often appear as variations of the same theme. ". . . Sometimes, a drastic loss can herald a new start . . . " Highly recommended!
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    This was another awesome ghost story by author Darcy Coates and I have added it to my favorites shelf. The mystery begins when Daniel receives a note under his door to become a groundskeeper of an old mansion called "Craven Manor". He is wary of who sent him the note and why they would want him to take care the mansion. But as mysterious as it sounds he sets off to find out if the note is for real or if someone is playing a trick on him.But it is not a trick as when he arrives at the mansion, he This was another awesome ghost story by author Darcy Coates and I have added it to my favorites shelf. The mystery begins when Daniel receives a note under his door to become a groundskeeper of an old mansion called "Craven Manor". He is wary of who sent him the note and why they would want him to take care the mansion. But as mysterious as it sounds he sets off to find out if the note is for real or if someone is playing a trick on him.But it is not a trick as when he arrives at the mansion, he finds there is an envelope inside with strange kind of money. He becomes more intrigued as he also has instructions not to enter certain rooms in the house and to never enter the tower. The only living creature in the house is a cat which looks kind of poorly, so Daniel decides that he will take up the offer and do what he can around the mansion. He also moves into the groundskeeper's cottage so that he can keep an eye on the estate. There are loads of twists and turns throughout the book along with plenty of ghostly mystery. Darcy Coates has done it again with pulling haunting stories out of her imagination and taking the reader into her ghostly world. Five stars for this one.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    somewhere between 3 & 3.5 stars. some good atmosphere yet i found the writing style so straightforward, which in itself isnt a negative but it wasnt quite as atmospheric as it may have been with a little more flourish. the ending also seemed a little draggy to me but overall an enjoyable read.
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  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book I've read by Darcy Coates and it was really good!If you don't like very scary books, no worries, you won't have to sleep with the lights on or anything. It's just a little creepy and there's a few 'hold your breath' and 'make you jump' scenes but nothing over the top.I'm kind of picky about ghost/ haunted house stories especially the endings but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It wrapped up nicely and didn't leave you hanging with a million questions which seems t This was the first book I've read by Darcy Coates and it was really good!If you don't like very scary books, no worries, you won't have to sleep with the lights on or anything. It's just a little creepy and there's a few 'hold your breath' and 'make you jump' scenes but nothing over the top.I'm kind of picky about ghost/ haunted house stories especially the endings but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It wrapped up nicely and didn't leave you hanging with a million questions which seems to be the case in a lot of the ghost stories I seem to read.I personally want to read all of her books now including her upcoming release The Carrow Haunt which sounds like it's going to be awesome too! My poor TBR is never going to decrease.Before you stay at Craven Manor though, you need to know the Rules: No strangers are allowed onto the property.Do not enter the tower.Do not leave the groundskeeper's cottage between midnight and dawn. Draw your curtains.Keep the door locked. If you hear knocking, do not answer it.
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  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    Daniel Kane, is a homeless person, looking for a job. His cousin Kyle takes him in so he can help pay the rent. Daniel works all kinds of odd job to help his cousin pay the bills. One day a note is slip under his door, with some money, and a job offer. Against his better judgment, Daniel decides to take the job. The position is grounds keeper at Craven Manor. Daniel moves into the ground keepers cottage, right behind the crypt. Daniel goes to the manor, and the door is wide open. He also notices Daniel Kane, is a homeless person, looking for a job. His cousin Kyle takes him in so he can help pay the rent. Daniel works all kinds of odd job to help his cousin pay the bills. One day a note is slip under his door, with some money, and a job offer. Against his better judgment, Daniel decides to take the job. The position is grounds keeper at Craven Manor. Daniel moves into the ground keepers cottage, right behind the crypt. Daniel goes to the manor, and the door is wide open. He also notices, that the outside growth, is way out of control. Cleaning this up, will take along time, for one person. When Daniel enters the manor, there is a note with money, and promise of more. There is also a list of rules, that he must follow, if he wishes to keep his job. Daniel notices, that the inside of the manor is covered in dust. Daniel believes that no one has lived here, in a very long time. One of the rules that Daniel must follow is, that he can't go up in the tower section of the manor. He wonders, what could be up there, that make this off limits. The only living thing, that Daniel has seen in the manor, is a stray cat. Strange things begin to happen around the manor. While outside, he thinks that he see somebody in the tower window. How can this be, no one has lived here for a very long time. Daniel knows that Craven Manor is hiding something. There are many twists, and turns along this bumpy road. The author does a excellent job in developing the characters in this tale. Craven Manor, by far, is one of the best books that I have read by Darcy Coates. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Lorraine
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Just the right amount of spooky without being too scary. I will definitely keep Darcy Coates as one of my favourite authors.
  • Nora Peevy
    January 1, 1970
    Bran is an endearing character. This book is original and captivating. I read it in one sitting. I loved the cat. 😉
  • Andrew “The Weirdling”
    January 1, 1970
    There is just something special about reading a book by Darcy Coates for me. Her writing doesn’t stand out above her peers in style or clever self expression. Neither the stories as a whole nor the separate pieces which make up those stories are groundbreaking. She writes good, classical ghost stories. Any experienced horror reader will see every twist and turn coming from a mile away. And yet... they are so thoroughly enjoyable each and every time. Picking one up is like seeing an old friend af There is just something special about reading a book by Darcy Coates for me. Her writing doesn’t stand out above her peers in style or clever self expression. Neither the stories as a whole nor the separate pieces which make up those stories are groundbreaking. She writes good, classical ghost stories. Any experienced horror reader will see every twist and turn coming from a mile away. And yet... they are so thoroughly enjoyable each and every time. Picking one up is like seeing an old friend after a few years absence. The protagonist of the story, Daniel, is down on his luck. He’s a young man, living in his cousins apartment, and jobless. He was recently homeless and is fearful of returning to that situation. Daniel gets an odd job offer to be the caretaker of Craven Manor. When he shows up, all the normal triggers and troupes occur for a classical haunted house story. Like I said, it’s very hard to figure out exactly why Darcy Coates’ books are so enjoyable. In a way, they shouldn’t be. And yet, they are. I especially enjoyed her protagonist, Daniel, and the arc his character takes as he settles into becoming the caretaker of the proverbial haunted mansion. It seems like every haunted mansion has a caretaker, and Ms Coates’ story goes a way into describe how they might get those intrepid caretakers. This is also the first time I have ever seen Ms Coates write a male protagonist. Women often have trouble writing believable male characters, as men have trouble writing women. But, Ms Coates is clearly talented enough where this is not a problem for her in the least. I took a star off for two reasons. Firstly, Coates, possibly trying to break her own mold a bit, added some fantasy elements to this haunted house tale. At times, I felt like I might be reading a pitch she had for a comic book or graphical novel, rather than a straight prose work. At times, I thought it worked great. However, other times it came off as slightly cartoon-ish. It didn’t always seem to work. Secondly, Coates spent a lot less time on building the atmosphere of her haunted abode. She usually does that well, but it can be tedious if you read a lot of these. (“Yes, yes. We get it. It looks haunted because it is haunted!”) Personally, I enjoy a slow burn and the build up. I thought, by getting into the action of the ghosts so early, she took away some of the creepy factor. Again, at times it read like the pitch for a graphic novel, where a lot of the atmosphere would be handled by the art. However, in prose form, it just made the book less scary. All in all though, this was yet another enjoyable read from Darcy Coates. I speak of her books often with people who enjoy scary books. She knows what she’s doing. I can’t wait for her next!
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  • C. Lee McKenzie
    January 1, 1970
    Daniel goes from living on the street to living in his cousin's apartment, to being the caretaker at the spooky and ramshackle Craven Manor. His employer has explicit, but mysterious instructions, and Daniel's paid with antique and valuable coins. It's soon evident that there's something malicious afoot and the ghostly young child has carried her fear about this evil force with her to the crypt. We won't discover the truth about Craven Manor until the end, and that will keep you reading.What I e Daniel goes from living on the street to living in his cousin's apartment, to being the caretaker at the spooky and ramshackle Craven Manor. His employer has explicit, but mysterious instructions, and Daniel's paid with antique and valuable coins. It's soon evident that there's something malicious afoot and the ghostly young child has carried her fear about this evil force with her to the crypt. We won't discover the truth about Craven Manor until the end, and that will keep you reading.What I enjoyed: Daniel--the good guy who deserves the breaks he gets in the story, and the one you want to triumph. Bran, the employer, is another character you like in spite of his decline into death and his proclivity for shape-shifting. Even the ghostly child has charm, and then you can't figure out what that mother has really done, but you must hate and fear her entirely.There are some great red-herrings and the creep-factor is high in this one, and so if you like to be on edge of your seat while reading, you'll enjoy the story. What annoyed me: If there's one word I'll never use again it's "horrific." I lost count of the times it was used in this tale. So much that if I hadn't been reading on my Kindle, I would have crossed it out and substituted a different adjective. Sometimes the verbs just didn't fit. It was as if the author wanted something fresh, but only succeeded in something odd. And I became really lost in the final descriptions of Daniel's and Bran's fight against the malevolent force. I confess to skimming parts when I should have been deeply engrossed.
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  • Regina
    January 1, 1970
    A simple ghost story, full of feelings and action. I would say one can read it over a cup of tea on a rainy day, that is if one has the stomach for it.
  • Angela Verdenius
    January 1, 1970
    This horror story has twists and turns, and the ending is unusual. Enjoyed it for a quiet afternoon read.
  • Doreen Fernandes
    January 1, 1970
    Spine tingling horror The book was interesting from start to finish. It was difficult to put down. Darcy Coates imbues the characters in his book with life. You can actually feel what Daniel is going through as he takes up his assignment in an eerie place.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Very unique storyline with a great main character.This one wasn't as scary as The Haunting of Ashburn House, but it was still creepy (especially the scene in the abandoned town).And again, cats! I love books with cats.
  • Mehsi
    January 1, 1970
    Daniel gets the job offer of his life, work at a big manor, but not everything seems right.So, I couldn't sleep and I was in for a bit of a horror book. Hey, if I can't sleep anyway. :P I knew that with Darcy Coates I would be having a ride of creepiness, so I was eager to start this one. I quickly found out that, apparently, I already read a bit of the book. I was at first worried that I may have read the book and that Goodreads had gone and effed up again, but thankfully after a few chapters t Daniel gets the job offer of his life, work at a big manor, but not everything seems right.So, I couldn't sleep and I was in for a bit of a horror book. Hey, if I can't sleep anyway. :P I knew that with Darcy Coates I would be having a ride of creepiness, so I was eager to start this one. I quickly found out that, apparently, I already read a bit of the book. I was at first worried that I may have read the book and that Goodreads had gone and effed up again, but thankfully after a few chapters things started to be new for me.The manor. Well from the start I was definitely noping as the author described the building, the garden, the crypt. I just knew this wasn't a place one would visit during the day or night. It was just such a foreboding place. It was instantly clear that this place had seen a lot of terrible things. And as the story progresses and we see various facets of the story pop up, I was intrigued, but also having a serious case of goosebumps because it was pretty dang terrifying. Daniel was pretty brave, and I loved how well he went to tend for the garden. But also the crypt, how he tried to make it more of a spot of peace than something overrun by darkness. And the house, he also tried to take care of the house and the cat that lives there. Sure, he was terrified at times, but he still kept going. Mostly because he didn't want to be homeless ever again, but also because he felt happy doing the work. At the beginning and also later on we could see him care for an older neighbour of his. Who saw him as a grandson which just had me smiling so much.Bran was a fabulous character. He was creepy, yes, but I am not sure how to explain. I just liked him. I knew his intentions weren't bad, he just was a bit crappy at executing them. :PAnnelise? That girl was terrific. I feel sorry for what she has gone through, poor thing. :( But it seems she doesn't mind being what she is now. She is finally living her life. I was delighted with the way the whole midnight curfew and what happens at midnight stuff was handled. At first I was effing terrified and when the scratching began I was just looking around my dark-ish room waiting for something to pop up. But then later I found myself looking forward to the midnight parts. Of course, ha, I won't tell you why. I will just say this, I had a smile on my face. Daniel is really a great guy. So many people would have fled in terror. While I did love the story, I am a bit sad that it wasn't a pure ghost story. Instead we also had a monster, a plague, shapeshifters. At times it just didn't feel right to me, it was just too much and so I was rolling my eyes a few times and found myself thinking: "Yeah, sure, add that as well, what is next? Aliens?"It was pretty hilarious that Daniel couldn't seem to figure out what to do with trust. He seemed to easily give it to everyone but then also immediately pulled it away when he heard bad words about this person (and didn't even care to ask for an explanation from the person it was about). Kyle is the biggest reason why I am given this book a lower rating than I was planning. From the start I didn't like Kyle, but then he gets worse with each time we see him. He just didn't seem to have any conscience of care for anyone. He just saw money and he didn't care who or what he had to destroy to get to it. *rolls eyes* Was it really necessary to keep on telling the portrait was x and y. In the end I was just giggling at the silliness of it. We get that the portrait is x and y, you already told us so many times now. :PThe author really knows how to write a creepy story. There were times that I just put my book away and tried to regain my breathing to normal levels again. And I even had to read something fluffier afterwards so I could finally try sleeping. The ending was pretty great, I am very much happy for Daniel. He deserves this, he worked so hard and fought so hard. Plus I am happy for other characters as well. They too deserve some happiness. All in all, a very exciting book with lots of creepy moments. I can't wait for Darcy Coates newest book, I know it is coming out very soon and I am so excited!Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Quite different compared to the author's previous works, but this is still very much a gothic ghost story at it's core.I feel the characters could have been fleshed out a little more (no pun intended), but I did enjoy the relationships between Daniel, Bran and Annalise in particular. Daniel was such a naive sweetheart that I alternated between wanting to hug and shake him.I did predict the twists quite easily, but I read a lot of horror and still enjoyed the read so much I finished it in one sit Quite different compared to the author's previous works, but this is still very much a gothic ghost story at it's core.I feel the characters could have been fleshed out a little more (no pun intended), but I did enjoy the relationships between Daniel, Bran and Annalise in particular. Daniel was such a naive sweetheart that I alternated between wanting to hug and shake him.I did predict the twists quite easily, but I read a lot of horror and still enjoyed the read so much I finished it in one sitting.Plus I know the writing must have been good, because I despised Kyle and cheered when anything and everything bad happened to him, because he deserved it all.Maybe I'm the real bloodthirsty monster here?
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  • John Hennessy
    January 1, 1970
    Craven Manor, by Darcy Coates, is my first read by this author, and is also my first review of 2018. I'm a subscriber to this author's newsletter, and finally decided to purchase this title to see, finally, what the fuss was all about.Her writing style is extremely engaging, and in this story, it only focusses on a limited number of characters - Daniel, the young man who literally lives day to day, eeking out a living doing various jobs. His relative, Kyle, is more secure, allowing Daniel to sta Craven Manor, by Darcy Coates, is my first read by this author, and is also my first review of 2018. I'm a subscriber to this author's newsletter, and finally decided to purchase this title to see, finally, what the fuss was all about.Her writing style is extremely engaging, and in this story, it only focusses on a limited number of characters - Daniel, the young man who literally lives day to day, eeking out a living doing various jobs. His relative, Kyle, is more secure, allowing Daniel to stay at his place, but it's not without cost, as is anything a family member professes to do out of love, duty, or something else.Fed up with this state of affairs, Daniel reluctantly takes up the post offered to him by the mysterious Bran - the man who apparently owes the manor of the title, but is rarely seen. In fact, a bony, malnourished cat makes more of an appearance than Bran does.You'd think he would pay Daniel via Paypal, BACS or Bit Coin, but no, Bran pays using unusual and spectacular gold pieces, and as the atmosphere builds nicely, the mystery unfolds, literally piece by piece.Daniel decides he actually can stay at the creepy manor even though Kyle is not too sure about that. Added the fact that Kyle gets more than a bit jealous of the gold pieces, the narrative builds with a crescendo, and it is here that the book kicks into overdrive.I really like this genre, and I also write in this genre. So why four stars, and not five? Well, this is a very solid tale from Miss Coates. There's nothing really to fault, however, parts of the pace dropped off in the middle of the book, and even during the story's third and final act, but this was the first time I read this author's work, and I would like to read more.Craven Manor grabs you - from the eerie cover, to the well drawn characters, to occasional snappy and fun dialogue. Daniel's fate remains uncertain throughout the story and this, if anything, is what will keep you reading. If I re-read it, I may scale it up to five, but this reading tells me her vast army of readers are not wrong. Craven Manor is a solid, engaging, and engrossing horror tale. It sticks to the creeping horror instead of delivering shock value for shock value's sake.I liked it. A lot.
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  • James Jeans
    January 1, 1970
    A fairly entertaining read, it struggles for position as my favorite of the Darcy Coates' novels that I've read thus far. The main character, Daniel, is a little bit frustrating. He's decent to the point of blind naivete, and this drives him to make some truly dumb decisions, but it subverts some of the expectations one has in these sorts of stories.Coates manages to write some really interesting stories, despite many of them having incredibly similar themes. BRIEF SPOILERS HERE: I've now read t A fairly entertaining read, it struggles for position as my favorite of the Darcy Coates' novels that I've read thus far. The main character, Daniel, is a little bit frustrating. He's decent to the point of blind naivete, and this drives him to make some truly dumb decisions, but it subverts some of the expectations one has in these sorts of stories.Coates manages to write some really interesting stories, despite many of them having incredibly similar themes. BRIEF SPOILERS HERE: I've now read three haunted house novels by Coates, and all of them have ended with the protagonist living happily ever after in the haunted house, and two of them have had the protagonist happily co-existing with a form of haunting. They have very Beetlejuice endings.But despite her books being very similar structurally, the scratch a particular itch. They're spooky without being garish, the stakes seem high even if it tends to work out in the end, and each story reads like they'd make a very good episode of a PG-13 horror anthology series.Craven Manor is a fast, light, read, and it's just the right amount of "Spooky!" If you want some cheap thrills, check it out.
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  • Ayush Kumar
    January 1, 1970
    The writing can be sort of clunky, but is also occasionally breathtakingly innovative. The protagonist is occasionally barely believable as a person, and the characters aren't really well-rounded. But it's a good story, lending a fresh take on the haunted house genre. Horror enthusiasts bored of Stephen King's more meandering style might want to give this a read.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    This is a solid 3.5 stars. It has some convincing set pieces of literary horror, but also plays things a little too nicely. However, a sequel is a possibility that would be a nice way to revisit the main characters.
  • Sandeep Mehra
    January 1, 1970
    Quite good. Not an unmissable read (and not that spooky to be honest) but a pleasant overall read.
  • Kathy Worrell ツ
    January 1, 1970
    A well written horror story.The battle scene was a little long, but what battle scene isn’t? Great ending.
  • Joanne Liddement
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant! My favourite of all Darcy Coates books. I read this well into the night and couldn't sleep until i found out what happened in the end. Well written and a great plot and looking forward to the next book.
  • Farhan
    January 1, 1970
    Started off good but fizzled out. More of a thriller than horror. Didn't enjoy as much as her other works.
  • Lori Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the premise, loved the characters! Couldn't put it down. My only nitpick is that the main character was pretty gullible and sometimes acted in ways that were a little unbelievable. That's just a tiny problem, though. I really enjoyed this book.
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  • Quoski Workhardest
    January 1, 1970
    GreatWhat a lovely storyline. Magnificent story! I would absolutely read this book twice. Looking forward to more from this author.
  • Lisa Eirene
    January 1, 1970
    I don't understand the high ratings and reviews of this book. This book is very poorly written. The concept could have been really interesting but the execution was poor. The characters were flat and unrealistic. The supernatural aspect of the book could be interesting but again, poorly written full of cliches!
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  • Su Halfwerk
    January 1, 1970
    Craven Manor was worth the wait. The "idea" of the book was intriguing on its own, but when the book came out...I can't describe how it captured my attention and time.I wanted to shake the main character, almost screamed a couple of times "NO!" at him, but that's the level of involvement the tale entailed; single-minded, focused. Not many stories can do that anymore.Every time I thought I figured out the twist, I find a turn in events that could ultimately change the meaning of everything in the Craven Manor was worth the wait. The "idea" of the book was intriguing on its own, but when the book came out...I can't describe how it captured my attention and time.I wanted to shake the main character, almost screamed a couple of times "NO!" at him, but that's the level of involvement the tale entailed; single-minded, focused. Not many stories can do that anymore.Every time I thought I figured out the twist, I find a turn in events that could ultimately change the meaning of everything in the story. I love that in a book. I also adore the economy of the writing. No paragraphs on end repeating the same thought, no excessively detailed description. It was just the right balance between concept, writing, narrative and intrigue. I can't recommend, Craven Manor enough. Darcy Coates is increasingly becoming my go-to author when I want to lose myself in a book.
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    I want those hours of my life backI made myself finish this book. It started off with a good story line but then went on some bizarre direction.
  • Emese
    January 1, 1970
    It was an excellent read. The protagonist was horrible naive but it did not bother me that much. I could still dig myself into the story and enjoy the ups and downs. I would wholeheartedly suggest this books to fans of horror, gothic style and supernatural.
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