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Publisher's Summary

It's no easy job being the town nutcase. Ella knows from experience. She's grown up in a quaint little place with people who pretend the extraordinary isn't happening around them. They ignore the bumps in the night and won't talk about doors closing by themselves or items moving mysteriously.

They also won't talk about the old woman who haunts the streets, long in her grave but for the nights when a particularly bad storm blows through. Those who do are fibbers, begging for attention.

But Ella knows it is no lie - when the lightning cracks and the rain thrashes, someone goes missing: a child, lost to the night. There is no breaking and entering, no foul play, and no clue as to where they've gone.

Urban legend says that if the old woman stops in front of your house, you're next.

Well, Ella has been next for years. She's resisted the urge to run out into the darkness with everything she has. She’s resisted that old mansion up on the hill, beckoning her. She’s resisted giving into people saying she's crazy.

But then a handsome new boy with a troubled past moves across the street. Suddenly Ella isn't the only one haunted by the old woman. But it's not clear if the new boy is here to help Ella...or help the woman drag Ella up to the mansion.

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Loved it!

I could listen to another 10 books with these characters and this narrator. This was a very entertaining story and not the same ol' same ol' of other books that have been boring me to tears lately. I will miss Ella and Brayden.

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Disappointed

Nicole Poole knocked it out of the park yet again but even she couldn’t bring back this story. I’ve read other K.F. Breene books and this was such a huge let down. This was such a slow pace as well, characters weren’t as interesting, and it didn’t have the same energy as other books by the same author.

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Couldn't stop listening

Great story line! it was like I was watching a movie. Loved the narrator! Great character voices.

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Wonderful

Always love any K.F Breene And as always Nicole Poole was amazing! Would definitely recommend

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We enjoyed this, great book for Halloween 🎃.

The story was paced well and had plenty of twists and turns. The narration was well done. We enjoyed this story.

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This Is A Winner!!!

This novel is one of KF Breene’s best. This storyline mixes urban legends of ghosts in a small town with plenty of action, mystery, suspense, and a touch of romance. Good narration.

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Not what I expected

One of my favorite authors, however, this book was just okay. Seemed the first half dealt with high school social horrors I would love to forget hehe. The second half took place in the dark with whining girls always tugging on someone’s arm or pushing each other. The only interesting part was the last 10% where it finally started to take off with some suspense and mystery, then it was over. Meh.

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Scooby-Doo meets the Actual Paranormal

I'm a sucker for a haunted house story, and if you grew up on Scooby-Doo, like myself, then you're probably going to enjoy this book. Overall, I enjoyed this story but I would've loved if the plot progressively grew much darker and twisted throughout the entire book, ant not just at the end. I also feel that there were some parts of the book that didn't need to be as drawn out, because it felt as if the story was dragging. Despite all that, the characters were fun, well developed, and the story was interesting! I definitely will listen again!!!

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I liked it, but didn't love it.

I want to start by saying I love Breene and Poole, each are extremely talented. I just didn't love this book half as my much as I do Breene's other work. It's about adolescents and it reads that way as well. It's a fun yet scary story, and the wit was on point as usual! All in all, good but not great.

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Love This Story

Nicole poole is an amazing Narrator. she did an outstanding job with this Novel. The scare factor is fantastic. K.f. Breene did a fantastic job keeping the suspense going threw the entire story. If you are reading this review buy the book.

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  • 08-14-20

Buy a different KF Breene book instead :(

This is a kids book, about 17 year olds, who act and talk like 12 year olds, voiced by a middle aged woman (who is brill in other audiobooks but jarringly the wrong age for this) with a FOUR HOUR long chase scene in the middle. Other books by this author are fab: read/listen to them instead.

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  • 08-12-20

Secret of McKinley Mansion

This is a brilliantly funny scary ghost story, with loads of tention, great characters, with even a who's done it thrown in. Loads of fun to listen to, read brilliantly as always by Nicole Poole.