Billed as an old fashioned ghost story, Darcy Coates’ Craven Manor is a book that chills and surprises in equal measure.
Until around the halfway mark it’s all about making us feel spooked by the said manor.
Coates focusses on Daniel a desperate young man living a miserable existence, who is given the opportunity to tend to the now seemingly abandoned manor.
When he is showered in riches for his job he suspects something is amiss, and his world is smashed into pieces after an encounter with his cousin Kyle; the binary opposite to Daniel.
This creates a dynamic as they both need each other to a point, but at the same time they are better without each other. This sub plot carries the story in the background to the bigger picture.
Coates must also be praised for the number of convincing twists he pulls off, with logic making them quite believable even as the finale looms.
It’s a bittersweet tale but Craven Manor is a exercise in great storytelling from a promising author.
Craven Manor is available now on Amazon Kindle.