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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Stacey Cole
  • 10-21-18

Enjoyable and fast paced.

Great listen, went through it in about 3 days. I usually read/listen to Stephen King, but find him a little long winded at times. Craven Manor got straight to the point with a likable main character.

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  • jessiemillar
  • 04-18-18

craven manor review

this book is AMAZING! Just when you think you have figured out the plot, it twist and turns! written and read extremely well - would not recommend for listening to walking home late at night (like i did)😁

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  • Sarah L C
  • 03-28-18

Brilliant yet again

Love all of Darcy Coates stories this one my favourite so far full of twists and turns.
The narrator was also very good except for Daniels neighbour Mrs kurshner sounded Chinese and not German but that didn't bother me at all in fact I think she was better Chinese lol.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-18-19

Thrilling story

Loved this. Twists and turns, scary and exciting. Loved the ending. Ten out of ten.

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  • TrickstersDaughter
  • 05-19-21

I’m on the fence with this one ...

I love a great ghost/horror/thriller novel. This wasn’t great, but it was ok. The main character came across as very drippy and annoying, but I wonder if part of that was due to the narration which I really didn’t like, I couldn’t work out if the narrator was responsible for making the book sound a bit amateur or if it was just the writing style itself. I wasn’t compelled at first to listen but I did out of curiosity and it was ok. I wouldn’t listen again, nor would I buy a physical copy to read. If you’re just in the mood for something a little bit ghostly that doesn’t really make sense and it’s on a daily deal, then yeah. Otherwise, don’t spend a full credit on it.

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  • Joanna Luckhurst
  • 04-12-21

A Ghost Story with a Magical Twist!

Thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness of this novel. Fantastic characters and unusual plot make this probably my favourite Darcy Coates book.

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  • Martin
  • 11-26-20

Strange and not scary

I was really looking forward to this book and I had it on my wish list for a couple of years. I am a big fan of horror but this sadly left me so disappointed.

The book is based on Daniel who is sweet but a bit of a drip. It is obviously written by an older person as the thoughts of Daniel are very unlike those of a young man!

I can't be bothered to write a long review but what I will say is that the book is not scary, the story is just weird and it doesn't seem to make very much sense or have a very good ending. The ghosts don't find peace. I would not recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-24-20

a great listen

I loved the story and all the twists though it gets a little hectic towards the end. definitely worth it though!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-30-20

A Gem

Well I'm not going to beat around the Bush, I have found Darcy's work hit and miss. Some books flowed and you cannot wait for the next part, almost compulsive reading but some I've truly struggled with. Some seem to be just repetitions of previous plots which is a shame as when she is on to something she shines.
This book I found thoroughly engaging and enjoyable. Her twist on afterlife spirits are interesting, I was hoping it wouldn't be a tele porting zombie again and was pleasantly impressed. This one definitely was enjoyable from start to finish with the odd frustration throughout but not enough to destroy anything at all. Darcy is a talented writer but you get the feel some of her books are a rush to fulfill a contract, this one is definitely not the case. Highly recommend this one, reminded me of 'The Moondial' principle which made the setting more enjoyable.

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  • Anna
  • 01-03-20

Simple, basic, standard horror

Very simple story line, standard characters. I enjoyed it but wasn't gripped by the story line or and of the characters.

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  • Panagiota
  • 04-13-18

Gripping Story

Loved everything about this book, the story, the narrator the characters. First time in a long while I found it difficult to stop listening.

Great job thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-18

Surprisingly Good

More of a supernatural fantasy than a horror book. The protagonist is likeable and the story is interesting.

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  • Naedrax17
  • 11-04-20

Another great listen

Really enjoyed this. I wished Daniel stood up to his cousin a bit more, I didn't find it overly creepy but a good story about a good guy given a second chance. Loved the interactions from the characters. I enjoy Darcy Coates writing but yet to find a story that I find creepy.

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  • Scott Buxton
  • 08-27-19

dissapointed!

started out really well but became very monotonous and felt more like a child's book as time went on.

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  • Patris
  • 06-22-19

Exactly what you'd expect...

This is an easy listening book. A good old fashioned 'haunted house' story. It's not going to win any literary awards but it's a bit of fun.