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 ...more
My thoughts in a nutshell
This is my second book by the author, and I failed again. The first read was hilarious, even though it was a horror. Now, I realized Darcy Coates just couldn't write a great horror story. It's a sad fact.
The story is about…
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Daniel gets a housekeeper job in an old, abandoned house. He needs money, so he accepts the offer. He starts to see a ghost, and he finds out that Craven Manor is not as empty as he thought.
I really enjoyed this one. It was an interesting ghost story with lots of mysteries involved. I enjoyed the twists and turns to Craven Manor in regards to the Myrick family and what’s really going on at the estate.
I loved how the beginning of the book instantly pulls you into the mystery and atmosphere of Craven Manor.
This is the first book that I’ve read of Darcy Coates and I was impressed. I enjoyed her writing, the plot of the book and how she kept me guessing as the book moved along. ...more
I decided to edit this review a little bit after talking to a few people and after thinking more about the story. Things make a little bit more sense to me now, but I'm still not sold on this book.
The story starts out with Daniel getting a job offer to be the groundskeeper for Craven Manor. He decides to take the job because he really needs the money. Little does he know this manor is very haunted. ...more
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 ...more
Loved it. Even if the story was a little predictable, I could not put it down. It's definitly my kind of ghost story with lots of spooky atmosphere and mysteries. I really liked the characters (especially Bran!) and loved to find out about the backstory of the owners.
I definitly recommend reading it if you like a good ghost story without too much blood and gore :)
This was my first Darcy Coates book and I buddy read it with my good friend, Mindi (@gowsy33)
This author came recommended to me by Destiny (@howlinglibraries) the last time I mentioned loving haunted house tales.
CRAVEN MANOR is one of those books I would buy as a book present for a large swath of readers. I think it would be appealing to a lot of different people with varied tastes. It would be perfect to read on the plane or on vacation; I can see myself getting a ...more
I think I have a problem. (Well, I actually have many because, life you know?) But I have a book problem when it comes to Darcy Coates. I read Hunted last year and it was SO GOOD! And I think that's part of my problem. It exceeded expectations and I keep wanting her other books to wow me the same way. Both The Carrow Haunt and Craven Manor are fine ghost / haunted house stories. I didn't hate them. But when I KNOW she's capable ...more
Last month I read The Carrow Haunt by Coates, and I have to admit I was surprised by the ending of ...more
I'm sorry but I can't read this now. Daniel, our main character is flat and stupid, the plot seemed far-fetched and the story was full with clishes. I hoped this would be a good horror book but no. It was not creepy at all. At least, not for me. ...more
“Even if I get murdered, it’s still better than being homeless again.”
― Darcy Coates, Craven Manor
As always my reviews are based off of my true and honest opinion and I do my best to keep all reviews spoiler free.
Daniel lives with his cousin and works odd and end jobs while trying to find a steady one. He is a caring person who gives what little he has to help others. He's a trusting soul but smart and doesn't scare easily. Now his cousin basically gives his room away and expects even...more
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 ...more
I liked this narrator!
Not as creepy as The Carrow Haunt, but still a very enjoyable book.
Daniel is living with his cousin Kyle in a 2 bedroom apartment. Daniel is glad Kyle let him live with him, since he was living on the streets before Kyle found him.
Kyle may not be the best roommate, and Daniel still doesn’t have a steady job, but he thinks he will get by like this. But his search for a job is not going that well, and ...more
Daniel is broke. He lived on the streets for a short time after his grandmother died. Six months ago, his cousin Kyle offered him a room in his apartment if Daniel pays rent. It isn’t much - the neighborhood is poor and the six-story apartment building is a little more than ‘gently used’ ...more
Let's get the negative out of the way first. The writer paints a GREAT picture with words and I found myself "sucked into the scene" with the characters. However, she tends to use some of her descriptions ...more
From the get go the setup was creepy. You knew something was waiting for Daniel. You knew something was going to happen. But you couldn't help but root for Daniel.
The ghost in Craven Manor can be equalized as the one in ...more
She lives on the Central Coast of Australia with her family, cats, and a garden full of herbs and vegetables.
Darcy loves forests, especially old-growth forests where the trees dwarf anyone who steps between them. Wherever she lives, she tries to have a ...more