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Daniel is desperate for a job. When someone slides a note under his door offering him the groundskeeper’s position at an old estate, it seems too good to be true.

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 waits for him inside the doorway. It contains money and promises more.

Daniel is desperate. Against his better judgement, he moves into the groundskeeper’s cottage behind the crypt. He’s determined to ignore the strange occurrences that plague the estate.

But when a candle flickers to life in the abandoned tower window, Daniel realizes Craven Manor is hiding a terrible secret...one that threatens to bury him with it.

©2017 Darcy Coates (P)2018 Darcy Coates

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not for me

Second listen. I got this before I realized I could return books on Audible. It's also been a while since I first listened to it (and I hadn't bothered to review it before so I didn't remember) and I thought, ok, it'll pass the time tonight.
This was not good. The plot relied on the protagonist being kind of stupid and making ridiculous, counterintuitive decisions, and to me, that is just lazy writing. The plot and the characters are equally thin.
The only thing I can say for it is that it had a relatively happy ending.
Oof.

Oh, also, American narrator but a lot of not American English terms, which threw me off. And the author overused "though." Like, "blah blah blah, though." I thought it was strange.

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slow burn

I actually stopped listening to this novel once because of the slow burn of it but stick with it. seriously, once it gets going, it really gets going and the characters and story are worth the development.

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Frusterating but Okay

The main character is so forgiving and "understanding" that he has no common sense what so ever. All his interactions with his selfish, disgusting cousin are horrible and toxic. The guy is literally committing a crime and you're worried he'll tell the police about a ghost?!
ugggg this book was frusterating.

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A very good and spooky book

I listened to this on a road trip and I was really impressed. I didn't want to stop listening! It had excellent pacing and the author would reveal truths and new information every chapter. I highly recommend this book if you like supernatural stories about haunted houses. Great voice acting as well!

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  • Catherine Simpher-Benwell
  • 2018-03-28

Really Enjoyed

I really enjoyed this story. It held my attention throughout. It wasn’t too predictable and had a fun spin on the paranormal. The writing style is a bit simplistic but that’s ok. The narrator did a great job.

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  • Acallia
  • 2018-04-08

10+ Star Audio Book

Twist turns, very scary, and amazingly compassionate well written book. A must listen to Ms Coates did it again with an awesome 10+ star Audio Book.

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  • Daniel Hickey
  • 2018-06-26

potential

plot staples were sound, character development was elementary. narrator is excellent. Overall I did enjoy it but feel it lacked depth. I do not highly recommend this book but it has its charms.

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  • Craig specht
  • 2018-04-07

awesome

I really enjoyed this book, as all the author's books this one was really good too. the narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Kay
  • 2019-05-22

Frustrating protagonist

I’ve just started reading this author. I really like the Carrow Haunt, but I had to force myself to finish Craven Manor. I just could not get over how dumb this protagonist is. If he can make a wrong choice, he does it every single time. Which was a problem since he is in a bluebeard’s wife type of scenario. You knew that as soon as he got that list of things he was forbidden to do, that he would do every one them. He doesn’t even last 24 hours. He also believes anything he is told, and lets other people form his opinions for him. It was frustrating to listen to him make mistake after mistake. I don’t know how he could have survived on the street without gaining any street smarts. The narrator was just okay. His German accent was unrecognizable and his voices weren’t very distinct (terrible since there were very few characters with speaking parts), but his pronunciations were fine and the audio quality is good. Very disappointing all around.

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  • Maria
  • 2019-03-30

Was this a teen's school project?

I don't understand the positive reviews on this book. I dearly LOVED Hunted so when I read the summary for this book I clicked "purchase" at lightening speed. I thought this would be more of a thriller, it's not even remotely scary. It's more of a supernatural creature drama. I was very bored and unimpressed. The only good thing I have to say about this was that the main character was pretty likeable and when I managed to keep listening I found myself rooting for him. Overall, very silly book that I feel should be advertised as something more for YA.

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  • Thomas Scotland
  • 2018-06-07

Amazing

An amazing story. I could not put this one down an finished it in 4 days. A story of a man down on his luck quickly transforms into a delightful paranormal thriller. I will be purchasing many more books from this author. I dare say it's the best work of fiction I've ever read. The narrator made an excellent performance as well. I hope this book becomes a Series, as I don't want to leave Craven Manor just yet. If you have any doubt, get this book. You will be hooked.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-12

It had potential

I really liked the beginning of this book, but by the middle, I couldn't wait for it to be over with.

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  • Santie Sol
  • 2018-10-15

Nope

Sorry but just no. Not scary. Not particularly interesting or even entertaining. Hard to find 15 words to say about it.

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  • peter
  • 2018-09-01

Awful narrator

Is this book had been read by a competent British narrator would have been more bearable. Will Damson’s performance was almost childlike and the story became ridiculous. None of the characters was developed to any degree and the writing got to be just annoying. I’m so surprised by the positive reviews.

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