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Darkwood Manor (Shivers #4)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews

An estate haunted by over a hundred years of tragedy--and Donovan Black stood at the heart of it. Like Darkwood Manor, Donovan was an utter mystery. An FBI sharpshooter who couldn't break away from his past, he only wanted to make sure that history didn't repeat itself--especially now that the manor had a lovely new owner.
Isabella Ross had either discovered the perfect va
ebook, 179 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Harlequin Intrigue (first published January 17th 2011)
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And Jenna Ryan does it again. Wonderful in chilling, quasi-gothic imagery of a dilapidated, fog-enshrouded manor on top of a Maine cliff, multiple mysteries involving ghosts, disappearances, and murder, a dark and brooding hero, a headstrong heroine in distress, great pacing, wonderful chemistry, palpable attraction...

It all meshed perfectly into this great HI story. No wonder Ms. Ryan is one of my favorite authors. She (almost) never misses.
Mar 23, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darkwood Manor holds a special place in my heart for very personal reasons. It was one of those "right place at the right time" books and it was the first book of Jenna Ryan's that I read. I had no idea anybody was even publishing gothic fiction (which seemed to fall out of favor in the 1970s), but when I ran across this one at the bookstore, looked at the cover and read the back cover blurb my first reaction was, "Huh...a modern-day gothic. I should give this a read."

So I did.

And I liked it. I
If I had to make Darkwood Manor into a movie it would fall into the film noir category. The mood is dark, forbidding, and mysterious; the criminal is greedy and malevolent; there is a blonde dame and a strong, tall, dark hero. I don't think there was ever a mention of sunlight and the humour didn't lighten things up much.

I had to back up once or twice to get the supporting characters straight and I had to re-read the description of the manor once or twice especially when Katie goes missing and I
☆°•..  Jillie Anne ..•°☆
Just love this writer.. My second book of hers. Darkwood.. read this when you are not distacted ! There are a lot of characters to keep track of. Lots of action and spookiness. Would have liked a bit more romance but you can't get everything. A good book to read alone with some hot coco.. Have fun reading this ( audiobook wonderful.. just love this reader Liz Bieler you have a great voice and are a great listen ! )
Feb 11, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, 2011
Quick, easy read with plenty of interesting characters and plots. Reminded me a tiny bit of those old gothics, but never quite achieved it.

The snarky, smart-alecky dialogue at the beginning of the book was getting on my nerves. Either I got used to it or the author didn't use it as much. Finally, a HUGE coincidence at the end of the book was hard to swallow, but oh well.

This would have gotten a higher rating but for these few issues. Still, an interesting read.
Misha Crews
Dec 11, 2012 Misha Crews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This was a very enjoyable, old-fashioned kind of gothic mystery. The story was complex and the characters were fun. I'd definitely read it again!
Feb 15, 2015 Ash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Suspense was good. The killer was totally unexpected. Romance was also sweet. Loved Donovan and Isabella.
Mar 22, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlequin, romance
My first Harlequin Shiver novel, and man was it creepy! It had me captured from the beginning to end! Highly recommended!
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I read this quite some time ago and it was really good!
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Jenna Ryan was born in Victoria, British Columbia. After long stints in different cities across Canada, she returned home to Vancouver Island where she has lived ever since. She has had thirty-one books published in the Harlequin Intrigue series. Her ideas come from real life, and she is helped in her writing by her sister Kathy.

She enjoys reading and is a big fan of women's fiction, psychological
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Other Books in the Series

Shivers (8 books)
  • Stranger in a Small Town (Shivers, #1)
  • Mystery Lover (Shivers, #2)
  • Keeping Watch (Shivers, #3)
  • The Secret of Cypriere Bayou (Shivers, #5)
  • Waterford Point (Shivers, #6)
  • Triple Exposure
  • Stranger, Seducer, Protector (Shivers, #8)

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