Moving to my stepfather’s English country mansion sounded so promising. But the Arnaud Manor is neglected and unwelcoming, and I get the feeling it isn’t exactly uninhabited. Something wants to hurt us–especially my little sister, Tabby.
Okay, so I might be a little sensitive lately. My parents act oblivious to me, my old life is far away in San Francisco, and the gorgeous guy I just met tells me terrible stories about the infamous Madame Arnaud who lived here long ago, and about missing children and vengeful spirits. The kind of stories that are impossible to believe–until you’re living in one of them, fighting to protect everyone you love…
What first drew me to this story was a family moving to a English country mansion, a haunting, and a sense of mystery to it…I’m not a paranormal reader normally but this one called out to me and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a debut novel as well and it was definitely entertaining and spooky to say the least. I think many young readers will find it flows really well and there is a lot of tension and surprises you don’t see coming…
Another thing that grab my attention was the infamous Madame Arnaud’s role in the story. I didn’t see that coming. I can’t tell you what part of the plot relates to, you will have to read the book to find out!
I also enjoyed the historical aspects to the story and feel it enriches and gives the plot more depth. I recommend this to young readers who enjoy light paranormal stories with a blend of the past.
I’m giving this a four star rating.
Stephanie M. Hopkins