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Sunday, December 20, 2015

THE HAUNTING OF BLACKWOOD MANOR by Darcy Coates





Review: THE HAUNTING OF BLACKWOOD HOUSE by Darcy Coates

Wow wow and wow. My "go-to author" of horror has delivered again! Commencing with an uproarious (scary!) Reader's hook, we are then allowed to take a breath and relax, for a while.  Ms. Coates then begins to build the horror, subtly at first, so we readers are like a frog in a pot slowly coming to boiling point. It doesn't take long to reach SCARY. Protagonist Mara is a wonderful backdrop to whatever everybody else, past and present, sees as hauntings. Right along, she is the supreme skeptic, and she has her reasons, as the reader will discover. The climactic scenes are some of the most implacably frightening supernatural events in my lifetime of reading experience, and the conclusion is ably and superbly written and plotted.

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