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- Print Length: 427 pages
- Publisher: Vesuvian Books (3 Oct. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073QYW64Y
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- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,644,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There is a book before this one, Blackwell, which sort of lays the history out of what happened at the manor 100 years ago. Personally, I would recommend you read it, although this is billed as a stand alone. I just think you'll have a better picture of Mr Magnus Blackwell, and what he did, than is recapped here. However, I wasn't too impressed with it, myself!
This one was a much MUCH better read! It grabs you, and pulls you kicking and screaming through every vision Lexie has. Through every event at the manor. Through the trip back to Boston and her mother. And back to New Orleans.
It recaps much of what happened to Magnus, O'Connor, Francis and Katie, but you don't get how the two men felt at the time, that doesn't come across time so well.
You get sort of hints spat at you, about what's really going on. About Remi, and what he is up to. About Magnus and what he begins to feel for Lexie, about his sorrow at what he did all those years ago. You get hints about what Ms Mann (Magnus' secretary) did, after the death of the Blackwells.
And then when Lexie goes to New Orleans, you get hints and clues and you aren't ever really sure just who is the bad guy and who isn't!! You really don't know until all the cards are laid out, just who is playing who!
Oh and I loved being kept on my toes!!
Told mostly from Lexie, Magnus and Remi's point of view, I would like to have heard from Will, Lexie's fiancee too, but that's a minor niggle, and just a comment more than a criticism.
Its a long book, some 360 odd pages, but I read it in one sitting. Did not move, not once!! It grabs hold of you that well!!
I am left with only two questions:
1. When is the next book out?? Because I sooooo wanna read it!!! It's clear Lexie has power, its just what she is going to do with it.
2. Just WHO the hell is the grey Maine Coon cat?!?!?!?!?!
Because I read it in one sitting, because it grabbed and didn't let go, because of that Damned cat...
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Interior Designer, Lexie and her architect fiancé Will move into the rather run down Altmover Manor. This is Will’s dream home, a mansion he can fully restore with Lexie for them to spend their lives in. Except there’s more beneath the rotting wood and dodgy wiring than meets the eye. Lexie meets the ghosts of the past, quite literally and starts uncovering some sinister goings-on. When one of the ghosts, the previous owner Magnus starts attaching himself to her and it becomes apparent that some serious Voodoo is connected to what is going on Lexie and Will get dragged into a dangerous mystery.
So, of course, I tripped over, in the beginning, thinking this was a fantasy when it quite clearly is a paranormal mystery! This isn’t a genre I read much but it was a convincing story. The first half didn’t grip me as much as it could have. I felt like Lexie came across as a bit, well, dim. She was asking all the right questions and was doubting the right people but then she would just shake it off and carry on like everything was fine. I think it would have been better if she hadn’t been suspicious at all.
The second half of the book was very strong and I read it twice as fast as the first half of the book. Magnus is an outstanding character. I loved the way he fit in and almost wished he wasn’t a ghost. His charisma shines through and reading his passages with Lexie were thoroughly enjoyable.
The way that the mystery works out and how Lexie rises to the challenge is not only clever but well executed. This was an enjoyable book with a lot going on throughout.
Sending huge thanks to Alexandra Weiss, Lucas Astor and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned that is until Lexie Arden and her fiance, Will Bennet purchase the neglected Mount Desert landmark. Altmover Manor has been neglected for years left to rack and ruin Lexie and Will want to restore it back to its former glory...but its previous owner has other ideas, especially as he his bound to the house.
As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.
Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future for everyone...
This was an enthralling read from start to finish. From a haunted mansion to the voodoo and magic of New Orleans. Swathed in intrigue and suspense I was kept on the edge of my seat. The plot flowed with all the elements working together seamlessly. The descriptive details of New Orleans played in my mind like a show reel. The characters were brought to life with such personality and realism that I could hand on heart believe this story to be real. I really enjoyed this it and can't wait to read more in the series.
Would highly recommend to readers who enjoy paranormal reads mixed with colourful characters, and an intriguing plot.
**Arc received courtesy of the Author in exchange for an honest review for Words Turn Me On Book Blog**
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