Book Review: Elderwood Manor by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes

22042305Title: Elderwood Manor

Author: Christopher Fulbright, Angeline Hawkes

Genre: Dark Fiction, Horror, Ghosts

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Things fall apart—Bruce Davenport knows this all too well.

On the heels of his wife’s death, laid-off and penniless with an eviction notice on the door, the only thing left for him and his four-year-old son Cody is Bruce’s childhood home, secluded deep within Ozark forests, haunted by the ghosts of his past.

After he receives a strange phone call from his dying mother, who has lived alone in the house for the past 15 years, Bruce reluctantly returns to the estate with his son.

But they soon find that something else dwells in the home, in the earth, in the woods. Unseen things are out for vengeance and blood. If they can survive the night, they may just find out what truly lies within the walls of…Elderwood Manor.

If he wasn’t in so much trouble money-wise, and heartbroken after his wife’s death, Bruce wouldn’t have gone back to his childhood home, not even if his mother called. But he has little other option, and his mother is dying, slowly withering away in Elderwood manor, and Bruce reluctantly agrees to come back to the estate. He brings along his four-year-old son, Cody. But as soon as he arrives at Elderwood Manor, he finds the mansion occupied by a sinister force, that threatens his own life, and the life of his son.

This was a quick read, a novella, and seemed like the typical haunted house story, up until the monster was introduced. This brought a whole new dimension to the story, and showed the authors’ creativity. I’d never expected something of the sort, and was pleasantly surprised by the “villain”. The story was atmospheric and haunting, and the writing was lyrical and suspenseful.

Elderwood Manor was one of the few novellas I read this year that really managed to creep me out. Definitely recommended, and I look forward to reading more books by this author duo.

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