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Summary

Daniel is desperate for a job. When someone slides a note under his door offering him the groundskeeper’s position at an old estate, it seems too good to be true.

Alarm bells start ringing when he arrives at Craven Manor. The mansion’s front door hangs open, and leaves and cobwebs coat the marble foyer. It’s clear no one has lived there in a long time.

But an envelope waits for him inside the doorway. It contains money and promises more.

Daniel is desperate. Against his better judgement, he moves into the groundskeeper’s cottage behind the crypt. He’s determined to ignore the strange occurrences that plague the estate.

But when a candle flickers to life in the abandoned tower window, Daniel realizes Craven Manor is hiding a terrible secret...one that threatens to bury him with it.

©2017 Darcy Coates (P)2018 Darcy Coates

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Enjoyable and fast paced.

Great listen, went through it in about 3 days. I usually read/listen to Stephen King, but find him a little long winded at times. Craven Manor got straight to the point with a likable main character.

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this book is AMAZING! Just when you think you have figured out the plot, it twist and turns! written and read extremely well - would not recommend for listening to walking home late at night (like i did)😁

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Brilliant yet again

Love all of Darcy Coates stories this one my favourite so far full of twists and turns.
The narrator was also very good except for Daniels neighbour Mrs kurshner sounded Chinese and not German but that didn't bother me at all in fact I think she was better Chinese lol.

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Well worth a listen, absolutely fantastic

Characters well fleshed out and a twist I don't not see coming, scary and thoughtful

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Very enjoyable!

Fast paced and good storyline really had me gripped until the end! would highly recommend.

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I’m on the fence with this one ...

I love a great ghost/horror/thriller novel. This wasn’t great, but it was ok. The main character came across as very drippy and annoying, but I wonder if part of that was due to the narration which I really didn’t like, I couldn’t work out if the narrator was responsible for making the book sound a bit amateur or if it was just the writing style itself. I wasn’t compelled at first to listen but I did out of curiosity and it was ok. I wouldn’t listen again, nor would I buy a physical copy to read. If you’re just in the mood for something a little bit ghostly that doesn’t really make sense and it’s on a daily deal, then yeah. Otherwise, don’t spend a full credit on it.

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Craven Manor

Loved it, listened over and over Darcy Coates is very good at twists and turns.

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Thrilling story

Loved this. Twists and turns, scary and exciting. Loved the ending. Ten out of ten.

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This is scary

Listened to a few 'ghost' stories , but this one was truly nail biting at times. Really enjoyed it though . Would definitely recommend

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Another brilliant story from Darcy Coates

I enjoyed this, it did take a while to get into but once the pace picked up I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Catherine Simpher-Benwell
  • 28-03-18

Really Enjoyed

I really enjoyed this story. It held my attention throughout. It wasn’t too predictable and had a fun spin on the paranormal. The writing style is a bit simplistic but that’s ok. The narrator did a great job.

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  • Acallia
  • 08-04-18

10+ Star Audio Book

Twist turns, very scary, and amazingly compassionate well written book. A must listen to Ms Coates did it again with an awesome 10+ star Audio Book.

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  • Daniel Hickey
  • 26-06-18

potential

plot staples were sound, character development was elementary. narrator is excellent. Overall I did enjoy it but feel it lacked depth. I do not highly recommend this book but it has its charms.

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  • Craig specht
  • 07-04-18

awesome

I really enjoyed this book, as all the author's books this one was really good too. the narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Kay
  • 22-05-19

Frustrating protagonist

I’ve just started reading this author. I really like the Carrow Haunt, but I had to force myself to finish Craven Manor. I just could not get over how dumb this protagonist is. If he can make a wrong choice, he does it every single time. Which was a problem since he is in a bluebeard’s wife type of scenario. You knew that as soon as he got that list of things he was forbidden to do, that he would do every one them. He doesn’t even last 24 hours. He also believes anything he is told, and lets other people form his opinions for him. It was frustrating to listen to him make mistake after mistake. I don’t know how he could have survived on the street without gaining any street smarts. The narrator was just okay. His German accent was unrecognizable and his voices weren’t very distinct (terrible since there were very few characters with speaking parts), but his pronunciations were fine and the audio quality is good. Very disappointing all around.

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  • Maria
  • 30-03-19

Was this a teen's school project?

I don't understand the positive reviews on this book. I dearly LOVED Hunted so when I read the summary for this book I clicked "purchase" at lightening speed. I thought this would be more of a thriller, it's not even remotely scary. It's more of a supernatural creature drama. I was very bored and unimpressed. The only good thing I have to say about this was that the main character was pretty likeable and when I managed to keep listening I found myself rooting for him. Overall, very silly book that I feel should be advertised as something more for YA.

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  • Thomas Scotland
  • 07-06-18

Amazing

An amazing story. I could not put this one down an finished it in 4 days. A story of a man down on his luck quickly transforms into a delightful paranormal thriller. I will be purchasing many more books from this author. I dare say it's the best work of fiction I've ever read. The narrator made an excellent performance as well. I hope this book becomes a Series, as I don't want to leave Craven Manor just yet. If you have any doubt, get this book. You will be hooked.

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  • Mark D
  • 09-04-18

Nope

I usually like her books but I just couldn't with this one. It's pretty predictable where it was going. If that's what you like then you will like it.

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  • Dadaesque
  • 11-04-20

Not a treat for the ears.

This was a book club selection. I like spooky ghost stories so I thought this would be a fun listen. The plot sounded promising but the writing was lazy. Characters were underdeveloped. Narrator was boring and came off a bit racist when reading dialogue for neighbor. I shall not be listening to another pedestrian yarn from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-18

It had potential

I really liked the beginning of this book, but by the middle, I couldn't wait for it to be over with.

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