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Posted July 21, 2012
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Mysteerie Manor seemed right up my alley, I love crime/mystery books and of course I have a love for paranormal. I may have had my standards set a little to high with this book, I was hoping it to be more like a Heather Graham book, but it wasn’t.
I felt the book started of a little shaky, I noticed a lot of details that turned one page of info into 4 pages. Let’s take this sentence for example, “Fragrant Strawberry bath gel that transformed in to a luscious creamy foam.” I felt it wasn’t necessary to go in to that much detail. I also noticed at the beginning quite a few spelling errors and errors with punctuation, like to many periods not enough commas. Along with missing quotation marks.
While reading things seemed to get better, although I did noticed that some area’s of the book seemed rushed. And some parts of the book flowed better than others.
I think the biggest thing about this book that is bothering me now is the ending, it had a very big abrupt and out of the blue plot twist. All of a sudden Mario and Maryanne are going out, I know through out the book it hinted that the liked each other. I felt it could have had a better transition. The other plot twist I am having an issue with is Steve becoming abusive to Joan, where in the world did that come from?
Now it may seem like I am bashing this book, when truly I’m not. This was Sharon Hays first book and I think she did a good job for it being her first. The overall plot kept me interested. I love how the house had such a big role in the story, with it’s secret past and hidden ghosts. I am definitely waiting for book two to come out.
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Posted October 5, 2011
Maryanne O'Donnell had a great interest in antiques, along with her curiosity in learning about anthropology and history. She was always searching for investment properties with the help of her best friend, who was a real estate broker. The 'Valencia Manor' was not only an eighteen-hundred Italian beauty, but was a steal on the housing market, and Maryanne's historical dream-come-true. Finally, after years of wishing the mansion was hers, Maryanne had the opportunity of making a killing, or did the abandoned ramshackle plan to make its own killing? Moans-and-groans, spirits, and moving objects were just a few traits of the Manor's frightening personality. What other surprises are in store for Maryanne, or anyone who dares to enter in the dark of night at your own risk as the doors open-and-close for you? I highly recommend this gripping thriller, filled with escalating tension to all mystery lovers. Sharon Hays fills the pages with intense suspense from beginning to end, with riveting intensity made for the movie screen. The author introduces the reader to terrifying, unforgettable events that will haunt long after we close the book. When did Maryanne disappear, and who finds her? Will the Police be able to solve the mystery of events that cannot be explained, or is a psychic needed? Who threw Mario over the railing, and how many tragic deaths were reported from the time of construction to its last owner? The author penned a spell-binding Masterpiece, inviting the reader to walk through cobwebs into a house of horror as your heart begins to race. Who will be the next victim, unprepared to face the truth of what haunts behind closed doors? "MYSTEERIE MANOR" is as scary as SCREAM, as entertaining as THE OMEN, and as chilling as A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2011
The Writting was to choppy & stilted, the Author lost me in the first chapter. To many repetative scenes and going over the same thing. The overall premise of the book is good and so is the jacket cover, but that's all can be said for this book. Pass on this one.
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Posted April 3, 2011
Mysteerie Manor - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
'She let out a big sigh of relief when she felt the keys and picked them up, dust and dirt clinging to her hand. She hoped that was all, thinking that spiders and bugs of all sorts inhabited basements that were left for years. She didn't want to start a collection now, she chided to her unconscious. Heart racing, she quickly pulled herself up and clumsily made her way toward the door, where some early evening light still shown through. Stumbling over miscellaneous items, she tried hard not imagine what could be there. Dead animals had flashed through her mind. Someone or something moved on the opposite side of the dark room as she made an effort to reach the exit. The light from the door helped to guide her out of the room. She was about to reach the door when it suddenly slammed shut, and then the room became pitch black. Maryanne reached out and pulled on the door, and to her surprise, it opened with not much effort. It must have been the wind, she continued to rationalize. Taking in a deep breath, she could feel her heart in her throat as she yanked on the door and made her way around it. Maryanne crawled ineptly, halfway on her hands and knees up the stairs to the yard and kept on going, not looking back. She forced her way through the brushes and back to the sidewalk, wiping off cobwebs and the like from her clothes. She would wait until daylight to continue this exploration.'
Maryanne O'Donnell has just had her first, of many more to come, experiences with the strange life that inhabits what is known as the Valencia Manor in Boulder, Colorado. With the death of the latest owner, the Manor has been put on the market with her best friend Joan Bishop being the agent with the listing. Maryanne has a degree in anthropology and history with her specialty being in the dealings of antiques so the Manor and its history are of great interest to her. She is also tossing around the idea of possibly investing in this late 1800 Italian beauty. And that is exactly what prompted her to talk Joan into giving her the keys for an early look-over before it's officially placed on the market.
As with most houses of this age, it was rumored that the Valencia Manor was haunted. There were a few moans and groans that could be heard coming from the house but after all, it was an old house that still had some settling to do. But the screams that could be heard coming from the upper part of the house couldn't be passed on as age. Nor could the tragic deaths that had occurred from the time of construction through the death of the last owner's daughter. But spirits? Maryanne didn't believe in them. Neither did her new love Mario. Even after he was tied and thrown over the railing did he believe it was anything other than a living, breathing human that had overpowered him. He continued his belief until the disappearance of Maryanne. It was as if she had vanished into thin air. She had visited the Manor and wasn't seen nor heard from again. The police were starting to believe that she just might be dead. But not Joan. She know her friend was alive and with the help of Mario she would find her no matter what it took. Even if it meant calling in a Priest or even a medium.
Posted July 14, 2011
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