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Chills and thrills
on 30 April 2015
In Grayson Manor Haunting, Cheryl Bradshaw explores a variation on the cosy mystery/thriller form she has become known for. Addison Lockhart is a young woman looking for a new start and thinks she has found it in the manor house inherited from her recently-deceased mother. Once she moves in though, a latent psychic sensitivity from childhood reasserts itself as she encounters the ghost of a Hollywood starlet who may have been murdered.
Grayson Manor Haunting is a mystery as much it is a paranormal thriller or ghost story. The author’s previously demonstrated skills in setting up twists and turns are well employed as Addison searches for the truth behind the spectre of Roxy Rafferty. The readers is kept guessing and the pages keep turning, which is what you want from a good mystery novel.
Compared to Sloane Monroe, Addison comes across as a distinctly different character. She is more a victim of circumstance than a professional investigator to start with and more of an outsider as well because of her psychic gift. She does develop and come to terms with herself somewhat as the story progresses but it will be interesting to see what direction the character is taken in future books.
The author’s economic and concise prose, which does not abandon richness in favour of sparseness, remains a joy to read. It serves Grayson Manor Haunting particularly well in the supernatural scenes as choice phrases are used to convey atmosphere without overburdening the reader with an excess of description. There are chills here to match the thrills.
Grayson Manor Haunting sits at a perfectly balanced meeting point between the cosy mystery, thriller and supernatural/paranormal genres. If that sounds like your thing then I recommend you pick up this book today.