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Calling Back the Dead

A Northern Michigan Asylum Novel
Written by: J.R. Erickson
Narrated by: Kelsey Navarro
Series: Northern Michigan Asylum, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Maria Fernanda G. Lechuga
  • 2020-08-27

Amazing, great narration

I enjoyed this book a lot and Kelsey Navarro's narration made it even better. Her narration of this book was fantastic, you could feel all the emotions, the heartache, the pain, everything was really well performed. I've had listen to other narrations by her and this was an amazing one for sure.
The book is well written and captivating, with the misteries it carries, it makes you pay attention to every word and every detail that is said, in the hopes you can make sense on what's going on and unravel everything before they do. The book is feel with deep emotions, pain, heartache, grief, and it hurt to listen everything the characters go through, but it's part of what makes it a really enjoyable book.

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  • Diana in SC @AudiobookObsession
  • 2020-08-24

A spooky and unique paranormal thriller

This audiobook surprised and entertained me with its unpredictable, emotional, scary, and romantic story. Yes, there have been famous novels about a haunted house or possession by an evil spirit or about making the dead return. This book has all of those elements, but it is far from being an awkward hodgepodge. J.R. Erickson has brilliantly written something subtle and extraordinary with realistic details. It is about love, life, and family. It can break your heart and send chills up your spine. It has a bittersweet tone threaded through with a sneaky evil. The deliberate pacing sucked me in and made me yearn to return to it every time I had to leave my audiobook. Although there are brief bursts of violence, the story does not linger on any graphic or bloody details. I do not remember any bad language. There is hardly any sexual content, just a little making out and a few closed door love scenes.

This is a standalone book in a series of related books. The setting is 2001-2002 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It starts with a murder on Halloween, and the timeline switches back and forth to what happened before the murder and what happened after. The story is told in present tense first person perspective of two characters, Corrie and Sara. Corrie is a young woman about 31 and mother of a toddler whose beloved husband, Sammy, was brutally murdered after a Halloween party at the large historical house that they rented for six months. Sara is Corrie's sister-in-law and the twin sister of Sammy. The narrative choice of having these two characters' perspectives really opened up the possibilities and increased the tension. I also appreciate the fascinating minor characters in the book.

This “Calling Back the Dead” was further enhanced by an expert performance by Kelsey Navarro. At first I didn’t really like the voice/accent that she had for Corrie, but I soon realized that it was perfect for the character. I am not familiar with accents in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, so I am not sure if the accents were accurate. She did make every character's voice distinctive. The narrator provided excellent pacing, especially with the most thrilling scenes. She also was perfect at the wide range of emotions present in this story.

This is my first book by J.R. Erickson, and I can’t wait to listen to more in this series. It blew my mind. I totally recommend this book to everyone who likes paranormal thrillers, light horror books, or tragic romances. In addition, everyone who likes haunted house books should try this one.

I requested and received a free audiobook copy via #AudiobookObsession, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
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  • Teresa Noel
  • 2020-08-13

My favorite yet

Calling Back the Dead is the 2nd book in the Northern Michigan Asylum series by J.R. Erickson. It is the 3rd book in the series I have read. I read book 6 first then book 1 now book 2. This is a stand alone series. They all feature the Northern Michigan Asylum in some way but none of the people are the same nor are the stories. These books all seem to have a past present thing going on. So you will jump around quite a bit in time. The asylum does have a tiny part in this book from the distant past. Then you have the present, but you also have the recent past leading up to Sammy's death

This out of the 3 books I have read is my favorite. This book takes you through several stages of grief. There is a mystery and my favorite, there are ghosts.

In this book you have a young couple and their baby daughter who sublet a Kerry Manor for the winter. The house is said to be haunted. Which is right down Sammy's alley. He loves all things spooky. Halloween is right after they move and Sammy and Cory decide to host a huge Halloween party. On the night of the party Sammy is brutally killed out in the yard.

As Cory falls apart with grief Sammy's twin sister tries to help find the murderer. The ghost is that of a little girl. and the killer is someone you will never guess.

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  • JBronder Book Reviews
  • 2020-08-12

Spine Chilling Second Book in the Series

The Kerry Mansion is haunted and has been recently restored to its former splendor. Sammy and Corrie Flynn and their two-year-old daughter are excited to stay in it for the winter season. With stories of a little girls singing and other darker events it is a big draw to Sammy, a huge horror story fan. But there are dark things happening and Corrie has been changing. They decide to throw a huge Halloween party, but things go bad when the next morning Sammy is found dead and it is looking like Corrie killed him.

I loved Sam and his horror story obsession; I was so sad when he was found dead. Sara is Sammy’s twin sister. She mentioned to Sammy earlier about Corrie’s changes and he initially dismissed them. After his death, Sara become frustrated with the police and decides to investigate on her own. At the same time, Corrie is having some serious doubts about her own sanity.

Some Can See, the first book in the series, was a good start although a bit rough. Calling Back the Dead instantly sucked me in and had me enthralled through the entire story. I do believe in evil and haunted places and Kerry Mansion would be one of those places that I would avoid in real life. There is so much pain and suffering revolving around this house and its history that you just know nothing involved with it will end well.

This is a great second book to the Northern Michigan Asylum series. You can read it as a standalone book. I listened to the audiobook and I think Kelsey Navarro did a fantastic job narrating this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily listened to it and posted an honest review.

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  • Sara
  • 2020-08-12

Kelsey Navarro does her best work yet!!

I really liked this audiobook. I’m not sure if it’s just me but the North Michigan Asylum for the Insane puts instant creeptastic visions in my head. Sammy Flynn is obsessed with all things horror and ghoulish, he’s ecstatic at the opportunity to move his family into the Kerry Manor for the winter… I mean, a century-old asylum… like a century-old asylum with rumors of hauntings. But no, those rumors and stories of violent deaths seem to only increase Sammy’s excitement. I’m not even sure how my husband could possibly talk me into moving into an old asylum… I love my husband but he’s on his own! So anyways, from that move in things start to get eerie and life will never be the same for this family!

The narrator Kelsey Navarro was fabulous! She has some great energy. To be able to have the characters seem like they’re conversing was a serious talent. I’ve listened to several of Navarro’s narrations and this is, by far, her best work yet! Besides the narration, the author, J.R. Erickson, gives us her best book from this series yet. Ok, ok, I know, this is only the second book, but the story was so good! I just ate this creepy story up and couldn’t stop until there was no more… I can’t wait for more!


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  • Dawn H
  • 2020-08-12

Chilling

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by J.R. Erickson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

This is the second in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, but it’s a stand alone novel. There’s no relation between this and the first book in the series except the part that the Northern Michigan Asylum and the evil Brotherhood plays.

When Corrie and Sammy Flynn move into the scary Kerry Manor, Sammy is in heaven. He is obsessed with all things horror. In fact, Halloween is like their Christmas. They have the best Halloween party ever, decorating the entire manor, but Sammy ends up murdered.

Sammy’s twin Sara is sure that Corrie didn’t murder Sammy. While Corrie is spiraling, and the police are trying to find evidence against her, Sara decides to investigate the murder. The investigation takes her to places she never imagined she’d find herself in, and she meets some people who aren’t anywhere near “normal.”

The narrator did a great job with the voices, pace, and timing.

Calling Back the Dead is more horror than just paranormal, but it is still good. The ending was an absolute surprise!