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Ghosts of Manor House

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Edmund and Mary Wilder are very much in love. But the death of their young son, Tommy, has shattered their family. Edmund is determined to bring them back together, drawing on the only bit of strength he has left—his love for Mary and their daughter, Stephanie. But Mary sinks deeper into depression while little Stephanie’s anger grows. Edmund flounders in his attempts to r ...more
Paperback, 1, 186 pages
Published September 6th 2017 by Powers Publishing
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Whispering Stories
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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Ghosts of Manor House is a short ghost story of just 202 pages, I’m not sure where this book would sit genre-wise as it’s not quite horror, not really a thriller, I can’t say it is suspenseful either, it is just a lovely interesting ghost story, though without the scary side to it.

Edmund and Mary’s son Tommy has recently died and Mary is struggling to come to terms with his death, she is very depressed. Edmund is at the end of his tether with t
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-horror
I really love the cover of Ghosts of Manor House. It has a beautiful and eerie feeling to it. I also like that  the tree was featured rather than the house as is typical with haunted house stories.

In general I did like Ghosts of Manor House. It kept me interested and, even though the end is a little easy to see coming, I still wanted to get there. The writing is very good. This is an author that I would like to keep an eye on as I think that once he moves away from his influences I think his wri
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone whom loves well written fiction especially ghost stories with haunted houses.
Shelves: fiction
Ghosts of Manor House by Matt Powers is a wonderful ghost story of which Dean Koontz & Stephen King themselves would be proud of! In parts it also has a wonderful old fashioned Poe feeling about it too. The story is so engaging that once you start reading it, it's very hard to put down. The characters are all very well written along with being so original.

I don't want to give the plot away at all of course. However there are many twists and turns in the story that the reader doesn't expect or se
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Slow-build creepy. Great back story. No gore.
David Holbrook
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Manor House is a compelling and frightening first start from an author obviously inspired by the master of embodying non-human objects with evil, Stephen King. Matt Powers might have written another haunted house story, but the ghosts are intriguing characters linked to a dark and mysterious past that takes the reader on a historical journey from the battlefields of the Civil War to the present day. The protagonist is an anguished novelist trying to write the great American Novel and save his ma ...more
Mary Smith
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
True Excellence
There are some plots you really enjoy, then there is truly excellent writing that makes you forget you're reading. i adored every second of this book. The surprising take on a classic fairy tale was beautifully written! It had wit, adventure, twists and turns, This is one of the most outstanding characters Novel that I've ever read. The quality of the editing and plotting is superb. I plan to read every book this author writes. " Matt Powers is expert and professional book writer
Phoebe Smart
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. A ghost novel with several plot lines, likable characters that you can relate to, and a few unexpected twists. I hope this author continues to write and further develops.
Matt Powers is expert writer.
L. Brown
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll preface my review by stating that I typically don't read this genre, but I was given a copy by the publisher and gave it a try. That being said, this was a pretty fun and spooky book. Nothing too frightening, gory, etc...But psychological, indeed. Simple little mystery involving a big spooky house, posing as a bed and breakfast, is intriguing enough; but, the book has the power to steal you away into the house and you to may imagine having to save a wife.

Just a good book.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
‘Tis the season for scary ghost stories, AmIRight? It wouldn’t be Halloween without a few. We at Reading for Sanity wouldn’t feel right about you living your Halloween season all non-scary and such, so today I’m bringing you a review of a haunted house book.

Haunted houses are, without a doubt, one of the funnest scary things about Halloween, ya know? I’ve talked about my love for non-human characters in the past, and haunted houses are definitely on my list of Fave Characters that are not human.
Olga Miret
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I write this review on behalf of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors check here if you want to get your book reviewed) and thank Rosie Amber and the author for providing me a copy of the book that I freely chose to review.
The description of the book provides us with a good gist of what the book is about (and it is accurate) but the title itself will stir readers in the right direction. Yes, this is a book about ghosts and it centres on a house. Manor House is a house with plenty of history behind.
Noelle Kelly
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Edmund and Mary, along with their daughter Stephanie find their lives at a standstill after the loss of their son, Tommy. Mary receives an invitation to mysterious Manor House,  where Edmund will work on his novel and the family will repair their relationships. It’s clear from the beginning that the whole family, but especially Mary are desperately grieving, adding another dark dimension to the story.

Edmund goes to Manor House ahead of his family to work on his writing, but all is not as it seem
Niyati Em
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was completely hooked to this and could not wait to keep unravelling what happened next. Edmund's life is at a standstill. His job is monotonous and his personal life is deeply affected by the death of his child. He wants to make a change. He wants his wife to go back to what she was. And he wants to find contentment and happiness in life. Sounds like a story we all know about. Isn't that what everyone wants? To be happy in life?

And to be happy, Edmund and M
Jamal Lewis
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ghost of Manor House was a horror-filled, mysterious, and an excellent read. Short enough to read in one sitting and if anything that was the only con. The author did a great job describing the house and tree's history. I was completely engaged throughout the story. And, as a mystery enthusiast, I desperately wanted to figure out the story before I got to the end.

Highly recommend to horror and fiction readers.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway, horror
GHOSTS OF MANOR HOUSE is a great creepy read. This is more of a novelette with 2 and 3 page chapters. It's good for a quick spooky read. ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Auden Johnson
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Ghosts of Manor House sucks you right in. I had to be careful reading it on the subway. I was so into this book I almost missed my stop.

I was immersed in trying to figure out the mystery of Manor House, the tree and its residents. The pacing was good. You didn't have to wait long for something to happen. The story had a nice mix of interesting history, suspense and mystery.

I don't know if I'd call this story scary. More heartbreaking and a little twisted.

By the end of the book, I kinda wanted to
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel was received free in return for an honest review.

A ghost story in October, what better time to read one than when the nights are drawing in and the wind howls mournfully outside. For such nights, Ghosts of Manor House is perfect. Between these pages you will find the haunted Manor House and its equally disturbed companion, the old oak, Mr Travels. Together they have been the
site of many an unfortunate death and judicial hanging over the centuries.

It is to this house that Edmund and
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Give me a book featuring an eerie house and I'm a happy reader.  Ghosts of Manor House appealed to me based on the title alone.

The author does a wonderful job at conveying the emotions of grieving parents who've lost a child - my heart broke for them.  I also liked how the gruesome history of the tree was established in the prologue and gives a foundation for the mysterious happenings.  Once the family arrives at the house, you just know nothing good is going to happen.

After the first few chapte
Jenny Reeve
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I enjoyed this book so much. Every ‘short’ chapter was a thrill. I could not wait to get to the next chilling part of the tale. The storyline was unusual and the author certainly has a vivid imagination to have come up with this wonderful tale.

I must admit, once I was halfway through the book I had an inkling of where the characters would end up, but how they reached their destinations was simply wonderful to read. I took in every description that was written down, from the décor of the rooms t
Nia Ireland
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Following the death of one of their children, Mary and Edmund decide to take a break and go stay at the Manor House B&B for a while with their surviving daughter and try to recover some peace. While there, Edmund, who is an aspiring author, takes the time to finally start writing his book and collects the stories of the old house to share with the world.

Though this story is very much a nod to The Shining by Stephen King, but on a smaller and more intimate scale, it’s still a very enjoyable read
Kerry King
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Work of Contemporary Fiction of Manor House.
To be perfectly honest, I'm not a big fan of anything that has to do with reading Ghost novels. My dad, on the other hand, loves these types of stories and his recommendation for Ghosts of Manor House was so strong that I decided to pick it up for myself. It was a good call. Matt Powers delivers the most essential pieces, inspiring and Emotional, simple yet explanatory. Very nicely put together, concise yet elaborate enough.

This book is a rea
Tobyann Aparisi
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tobyann by: AZ
Ghosts of Manor House is a really great read, it pulls you in and keeps you wanting more (kind of like the house will see what I mean when you read it)! This is a love story with a lot of on the edge of your seat kind of thrills. The author did a wonderful job building his characters! They are people we can identify with going through painful and terrifying things together as a couple, as a family, as a house haunted by the past and the inhabitants within. I think you will enjoy ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I’ve read a page turner like Ghosts of Manor House. This book has Steven King feels and a haunted house premise, but brings it’s own unique style to this genre with it’s thrills, suspense, and edge-of-your-seat plot. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end! This read follows main characters Edmund and Mary and the spooky, supernatural occurrences they encounter when they go to Manor House. It’s a short read, but that’s part of the book’s strength- it flows perfec ...more
Simon Ffinch
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First let me say that horror stories are not usually my thing but I really did like this book.

In a lot of ways it is more a story about family love than anything else. That is not to say there were not times that I felt the hair on the back of my neck standing up and chill running down my spine. It is written in an interesting style that captures you right from the start making you feel like you are almost experiencing the events described actually first hand and in real time.

It is just the righ
David Carl
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great story and a superb ghost story. The non-human characters are very interesting.
Once I started reading this book, I never imagined this for my life about Edmund and Mary. When Mary receives an invitation for the family to become guests at Manor House, a seemingly quaint Bed and Breakfast. This, she assures her husband, is the answer to all their troubles.

Edmund arrives ahead of his family to spend a couple days working on his long-delayed novel.

A true love story, Full of a heart touching
Christopher Michael
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found Ghosts of Manor House to be compelling, heartbreaking, and page-turning. In my opinion, those are the three things that every great book needs to have and Powers has delivered! The story feels inspired by Steven King, yet is a new and fresh tale all together. The descriptions and writing voice is excellent. The characters are outstanding and it provides for a well-balanced world, much like in real life. I honestly could not put this book down and I finished it in a couple of sittings. Ta ...more
Evan Smith
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall this book was well done there was good suspense form the beginning to the end keeping back enough detail to keep you wondering, nice detail to the descriptions and side stories, and a great twist at the end to tie things together. There were some further details that would have filled out the story better. The author went into good description of the main characters and their backstories but there could have been more on some of the supporting characters and story aspects like the greet ...more
M.J. Mallon
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from the author but this does not influence my opinion.

I really enjoyed Ghosts of Manor House. It's the type of ghost story that works in a psychological way playing to your greatest fears: the fear of a child dying, the fear of your family, sister, children being in danger. The prologue really captured my attention immediately and the epilogue likewise was excellent. Altogether, a very readable book written in an style that has no flowery language or gimmicks. It is simply a
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Psychological Thrillers are tricky things. They draw you in. Twist you up. Then leave you scratching your head wondering. Well this one did that for me anyway.

There were moments when I felt I needed to quit listening to this., but it was rather compelling. I had to continue. I was pretty sure I knew what was going on an how things would go. But, it didn't matter. Manor House held me hostage.

I guess the author did a good job then. Isn't that what a psychological thrill is supposed to do?
Jason DeLong
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great debut from Matt Powers! Reminiscent of Stephen King's early works, fans of the genre will feel a strong connection to this creepy tale with strong themes of family, the ethereal realm, and the creative muse.

Powers does a great job of keeping the reader guessing - the twists and turns are subtle and never gimmicky, and Powers trusts his readers' ability to be patient and live in the 'slow burn' of uncertainty for the duration of this brisk novella. Highly recommended!
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