Book Review: Grimalkin Manor by Sherry Roit

16498097Title: Grimalkin Manor

Author: Sherry Roit

Genre: Horror

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

The case seems simple enough: prove to a wealthy client that his mansion is not haunted. Five American ghost hunters and one English psychic converge on the old house to complete the routine task. One night, like so many others they’ve spent, to put to rest the frightening rumors. Apart from the clashing of personalities, nothing will happen. Or so they assume. It would seem Grimalkin Manor has other ideas… and she knows their secrets.

I found Grimalkin Manor at a book fair, and was pleasantly surprised by the synopsis. I thought it would be a delightful ghost story, and looked forward to reading it. However, once I started reading, I was a tad bit dissapointed.

The storyline was interesting, about a group of ghost hunters heading out to investigate a haunted mansion, and a gifted psychic who would accompany them on their trip. While the story was intriguing, the characters were only remotely interesting. They each had their own quirks and history. Zoe was like a mother figure to everyone, but had a secret crush on Jonas who either didn’t know or didn’t want to acknowledge it; Jonas was struggling with having recently divorced his wife; Mike was troubled by secrets he couldn’t tell and often lashed out; Aaron struggled with who he was and how he got into ghost hunting, and James, the psychic, was troubled because of something in his past, and because of his abilities.

However, the background stories never really read like full stories. It feels as if we’re getting half of it, but not always the whole story. Not all characters were likeable, and I had trouble connecting to some of them. The most interesting character by far, was the house itself, but there too I felt like we didn’t get enough background story to fully comprehend what was happening.

The narrative was all right for the most part, but sometimes it jumped from one character to another. It was an okay read, but this diffused some of the suspense for me.

 

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  1. Sorry this was disappointing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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