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Calling Back the Dead

A Northern Michigan Asylum Novel
Written by: J.R. Erickson
Narrated by: Kelsey Navarro
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The sprawling Kerry Manor has stood abandoned for nearly a century.

But that hasn’t kept the darkness at bay. Stories about the cursed house trickle out. Violent deaths, strange sightings, and always the chilling sound of a little girl’s song permeates the murky halls.

Today, Kerry Manor is restored to its original grandeur. Corrie and Sammy Flynn, and their daughter Isis, move into the house for a winter retreat. As they settle into the dim, gothic rooms, they cannot imagine the terror that awaits them.

Kerry Manor houses a malevolence that spans a century. A twisted tale that began when a little girl went into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane and emerged as something dark - something evil.

Kerry Manor is the second novel in a series of stand-alone stories in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series. Start your chilling journey today.

©2019 Jacqueline R Erickson (P)2019 Jacqueline R Erickson

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 2019-08-30

Spooky paranormal Murder Mystery

All around I thought this was a good story. Fairly unique with a good plot and decent characters. In general, I don’t like stories that bounce between past and present. Usually even though they try to inform you when it is past or present, it can cause confusion as to what timeline you are actually in once you get immersed. This one wasn’t confusing, but I’m not entirely sure that it added to the overall story. The present day part was a thrill ride full of twists and turns. As noted, even though this is part of a series this stood alone and it made me want to listen to the first book.

The story is a bit of a mixture of genres. You have the supernatural aspects, but I heard it more as detective story where Sammy’s family tries to solve his murder. There are some paranormal aspects that add a nice haunting to the story and the setting of the Manor was perfect. Definitely a place I want to move into and throw a Halloween Party, but with a different outcome. I will say, given all the different directions the book went, I was caught completely off guard by the ending.

I really liked Sammy. He reminded me a lot of myself and while he didn’t have the biggest part in the story, I liked all the little information about him. His awesomeness, which is constantly being praised by his wife, Corrie, made me like her that much more for recognizing it. Her love for him was palpable and the tragedy of her loss hits you hard as you learn how much she truly loved him and what she is willing to do to get him back.

Kelsey Navarro did a really good job. I liked the different inflections she had in her voice and thought she did a good job with the character voices. The cadence and tone she used with her character voices made it sound like the characters were actually talking to one another. I look forward to more of her narration.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • timj26
  • 2019-08-25

Excellent

A fan of all things horror Sammy moves his family into a gothic mansion with a sinister past
From a cult of doctors experimenting with the paranormal to creepy possessed little girls this is not your typical haunted house story
Well narrated and a good use of some horror staples highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Chopsticks11
  • 2019-09-14

Look No Further for your Halloween Read

This is the second book in this ‘series’ and it is just as phenomenal as the first. When I finished the first book, I wondered how it was a ‘series,’ but I’m starting to see it now. There is a different narrator, but since it has different characters than the first book, this did not take anything away from the story. Ms. Navarro did just as great of a job with the narrations and the characters.

There was not as much of the asylum in this particular story, but it does still play a pivotal role. This is the perfect time of year to read this story as well because it largely centers on a Halloween party.

I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. Ms. Erickson does an amazing job of intertwining characters, timelines and creepiness that make her books page turners.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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  • Milica
  • 2019-12-04

Absolutely Amazing Exciting and Chilling!!

Kerry Manor is the new home Corrie and Sammy move into, not realising the dark and evil presence that resides there. The house is haunted by a girl that was sent to the asylum, but came out something far worse and far scarier.

Chilling, scary, amazing, brilliant, exciting, eerie, WOW!! Jacki has yet again created a masterpiece with Calling Back the Dead. It builds up at an eerie yet enthralling pace, gives you shivers, and at the same time eager to keep listening (like a kid watching a scary movie while peeking over a blanket). The plot and characters are developed well and the story an absolute gem. I love the "then" and "now" stories that unravel simultaneously, keeping the listener intrigued throughout.

Kelsey narrated well, with great intonation and good energy in her performance. I would definitely listen to her again.

Overall, i highly recommend this series. Every book is stand alone so you dont need to hear the others to understand the story (although you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didnt)! Dont hesitate and get this one, then find the others and get them too! You wont be sorry, you will be amazed!

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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  • seelk
  • 2019-11-07

suspensful

A good example that I would listen to just about anything one of my 'eargasm' voices narrates.
Ms. Navarro did an amazing job pulling me into the story.

Not my usual genre, so I stepped out of my box and tried it. Well written and those who love this genre will enjoy this story that has a mix of horror, suspense, mystery, paranormal. My heart was in my throat the whole time and well after I finished it. I had a bit of hard time at the beginning following the 'now', 'then', and back to 'now' timelines, but once the pieces started to fall into place, it got easier. Disturbing at times, the story has a few twists that I didn't expect and at the end we find out who did what and is not who you expect either.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2019-10-29

Wow!

Wow! What a story! Kelsey's voice was perfect for this book! J.R. Erickson wrote an amazing story & I was hooked the entire way through. I really felt as though I was in the story. Living it along with the characters. I look forward to any future audiobooks from this author - especially if it's the same narrator.

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  • Amanda C
  • 2019-10-15

Spooky

I really enjoyed this. It was a little creepy and spooky. The mystery kept you guessing. I really enjoyed the back and forth timeline, it kept things intriguing.
Kelsey Navarro did a great job narrating. She was clear and a pleasure to listen to.
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  • richard joesten
  • 2019-10-15

Calling back the Dead

This is a fantastic mystery read. It keeps you guessing on the storyline. So I was on the edge of my seat, all the through this read. Its a real page turner and the Narrator does a fabulous job as well. The Author done a fantastic job at world building and bringing out the characters. I definitely recommend this listen.
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  • Lynn Shaw
  • 2019-10-09

Haunting ghost story!

Calling Back the Dead has all the necessary elements for a haunted thriller. Ghosts, a haunted house, and possession! Toss in a murder mystery and you have the recipe for a fantastic read. With the author's use of multiple POVs and alternating timelines, the reader is getting 3 stories in 1. I love this installment in the Northern Michigan Asylum series. It can be read as a standalone too. There are a few references to book 1, but they are explained and will not be lost on the reader.

Narrator Kelsey Navarro did a fantastic job delivering the chills of this haunted tale. I had goose bumps!

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  • Nickie.long.al
  • 2019-09-24

wow love this series

Love this book Love this series so far
Five star audio book
#AudioBookObsession gave me the chance to listen to this audio book and i loved it so much. I know its a standalone series but i do recommended that you listen to book one and keep listening because each book is really good.