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Calling Back the Dead

A Northern Michigan Asylum Novel
Narrated by: Kelsey Navarro
Series: Northern Michigan Asylum, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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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 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
  • ontario canada
  • 08-25-19

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Just in time for Halloween

The plot of Calling Back the Dead intrigued me from the get-go and, though I found the jumping-back-and-forth in the timeline confusing, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. And if you enjoy audiobooks, Kelsey Navarro is a great narrator.

This is a great read just in time for Halloween.

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Great ghost story

In short I really enjoyed it. It was great story I finished it in less than two days. And honestly although the author has a few King references throughout the story I personally enjoyed this story much more than King’s previous 3 books he has released. I will definitely be checking out more from Erickson in the future as this story has put them at the top of my list of authors. Also the narrator was really good and easy to listen to as some can just absolutely ruin an entire story and make you not want to finish or even return the book. This one I will definitely be keeping and if you’re curious yes I also just finished The Institute by King and promptly returned it. That one I can’t recommend but this one is well worth the credit.i received this title in exchange for honest review which I always strive to do no matter who the author is.

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  • Marcus
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  • 09-08-19

Supernatural Murder Mystery

This story is told in both past and present tense. Sammy is dead and while we follow his wife Corrie's path to closure, we also experience the days that lead up to the event. In trust murder mystery fashion, the author keeps you guessing.

Along with switching between past and present, the story switches between Corrie (told in first person) and Sammy's sister (told in third person). There's essentially 2 supernatural stories going on as they each take different paths to solve Sammy's murder and put evil to rest.

These divergent paths give rise to many, many supporting characters. I suspect I may have gotten even more from this book had I listened to the first in the series as many of these seemingly minor characters seemed to have some "meaning" that isn't divulged here. That said, I still think it stands well enough on its own.

As for narration, I found Navarro's voice pleasant, though she didn't do much to distinguish one character from another. Add in that the author kept having the book jump between first and third person (as well as past and present), and things could get fairly hard to follow.

While I expected a twist at the end, I will say this one surprised me -- and then the book ends with yet another minor twist and cliffhanger.

I was provided this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. A lot happened here, but it was pretty enjoyable.

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 10-21-19

A haunting with substance

This was a great listen, well written and narrated.
The storyline was very clever. It wasn’t a scary horror, more an intriguing supernatural to me and I enjoyed it very much
It was easy to listen to with good substance other than just trying to be spooky and I will be listening to the rest in the series!
Definitely worth a listen!

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  • ChaosKay
  • 10-07-19

Great book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Although this is book 2 of the Northern Michigan Asylum series I was happy it can be listened to as a stand alone.
A great supernatural murder mystery that gets very creepy in places.
Kelsey Navarro does a fab job narrating as usual and look forward to listening to more of her work.

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  • Selina ryles
  • 09-21-19

A beautifully written haunting standalone

I love the fact that this book is part of a series but every book can be read as an individual standalone. The story initially started off a little slow but I'm glad I stayed with it . The book was set in a great location and the narrator spoke so clearly and was easy to understand . Reading this one has made me want to read the book I missed and the ones that follow. I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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  • krystal marin
  • 09-10-19

Creepy

I’m not one for creepy horror books but I had to give this one a shot. Happy I did, this was super creepy but also had good characters and storyline. I also really liked the Narrator. #audiobookobsession 🎧🎧

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 09-02-19

A love story with ghosts

This is fairly entertaining and I'd wholeheartedly recommend it to readers of ghost fiction but this story deals predominantly with a grieving widow and her feelings and less with actual ghosts.

I did not enjoy it as much as I'd hoped to, but it was certainly spooky in parts and well written.

The narration was spot on and cannot be faulted.

I received my copy free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • Helen
  • 08-24-19

fab book

As an ambassador with the Supernatural Regulatory Division,
enjoyed this book lots of twist and turns