For years the abandoned MacKenzie mansion remained hidden in rural Wisconsin. Rumors and stories of apparitions, odd noises, accidents, and strange deaths in or near the property were enough to convince the townsfolk it was haunted and they stayed away.
Lucas MacKenzie and his brother Nate know nothing of this when they inherit the property and decide to bring their families to Wisconsin for a major renovation project with HGTV stardom in mind. As they tear out old fixtures and open shuttered windows, the house begins to reveal secrets of a terrible past and it soon becomes clear the MacKenzies are in grave danger. In the end, only one person can save them.
|Publisher:||Land of Oz LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)|
About the Author
In addition to writing, Cailyn is an accomplished weather photographer and her work has appeared in several publications including Life Magazine and Time Magazine. She is also a composer and musician with three album releases to her credit. Cailyn lives near the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin and when she's not writing spooky stories, loves hiking with her children and dogs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was not a good book until the last 10 percent of the story. Shepherd’s Warning is about a family who inherits a home in Wisconsin. As they go about restoring the home, which is known in the area as being haunted, they start to realize something is wrong and that they are in danger. I felt like I was reading a story by an 8th grader. In my opinion, part of what makes a spooky story scary is detail descriptions and the build up of tension. Descriptions were limited and zero tension. The story did not flow. The author jumped around so much, that I kept going back a couple pages to see if I missed something. It was quite distracting and made it difficult to get into the story. The one positive thing about this book was the last 10 percent of the story. Finally, the author was descriptive and managed to build a little tension leading to the end of the story. And the last page of dialogue was a nice little kicker. If only she had wrote the whole novel with that kind of intensity and details, I would have gave this book 5 stars. Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read and review this book.
I am a sucker for all things haunted house and ghost related. I can never get enough. Unfortunately it is so hard to find a good ghost story that grips my interest but this one absolutely did. It’s a slow burner and we’re introduced to a lot of characters. They’re complex and they’ve been through hell. The family dynamics can be rough to read at times so much so that I cringed reading some of the dialogue but it’s realistic and that’s what I liked about it. The house is an ancient evil that causes tragedy, injury, and death to anybody involved. So you can only guess what happens with the Mackenzie family moves in. This reminded me a bit of House on Haunted Hill remixed with The Shining. The pacing was a bit disjointed and it could have used a bit less show than tell but I enjoyed this horror tale a lot and I want to see what else this author has in store.
Plenty of scares, thrills and spine chilling moments. There are certainly enough scares, thrills and spine chilling moments here to satisfy most lovers of the supernatural and horror genre. Considering this is Cailyn Lloyd's first book she certainly shows a mastery of the art of providing a satisfyingly absorbing and page turning read. I read that the author spent three years living in an allegedly haunted house and experienced the strange and eerie atmosphere derived from such a location. Although I'm a confirmed sceptic on such matters there is no doubt that such experiences would have enhanced and seeped though into Cailyn's writing. The story is set in rural Wisconsin and centres on a strange anomaly of an abandoned mansion that has the requisite history of ghostly happenings intertwined with strange unexpected deaths and a disappearance. The locals as in keeping with such stories are deeply suspicious of the property and keep their distance. Following the death of their mother, Lucas MacKenzie and his brother Nate inherit the property (for which they had no previous knowledge) and begin a renovation project. Now the fun starts and layer by layer the incredible and terrifying past history of the house is revealed, a past that will threaten the lives of all who enter it. With its short chapters (there are over 70 in all) often ending on a dramatic moment and a pacy plot that never lingers for long I found myself having difficulty in putting it down and read long into the night. Also as a UK reader I was intrigued with the historic connection that the plot has with our at times rather bloody history we had here. This blending of the supernatural, horror, mystery, the occult and history certainly made an engrossing read and if you like a good scare then I would certainly recommend that you give this a try.
Net Galley Review This is a wonderfully written horror/ghost story. MacKenzie mansion has remained empty for years when brothers, Lucas and Nate, are bequeathed the mansion in their mother's will. Once they start renovations things begin to happen in their lives and their families lives. This was a fast-paced read told from multiple viewpoints. It was incredibly hard for me to put down and walk away. I love the world-building, the amazing characters, and the history behind the house and characters. This was a wonderful debut!
I love when fate intervenes. I was on NetGalley to see what books I needed to post reviews for, and I decided I wanted to read a horror book soon. So I clicked on that section, and saw the cover for Sheperd’s Warning because it caught my eye. When I read that it takes place in rural Wisconsin, and it was a debut novel, I knew that would be my next read. And I must say, an excellent book for a new author. Cailyn Lloyd does a fabulous job with the building of suspense. While I was never freaked out (watching horror movies since the age of eight, might have jaded me a bit…) she kept perfectly ratcheting up the anxiety that her characters were experiencing. What started as a new beginning after a tragedy, quickly led to feelings of uneasy, then to the characters feeling jittery, with the final outcome of complete terror. Lloyd also did very well with incorporating the supernatural aspect. Wisconsin is well known for its many haunted houses, hospitals, and buildings, so the MacKenzie mansion fit in perfectly with it’s rural surroundings. Lloyd has the perfect balance of very detailed descriptions of the mansion, surrounding woods, and town. But she doesn’t go on and on with it, to the point where I wanted to skim, so that is always a plus for me. I think the reason why I enjoy horror so much is because there is almost always a mystery involved in the story. Why is the killer or supernatural entity doing what they are doing? Lloyd wrote a very interesting mystery, incorporating historical data and folklore. I enjoyed the journey she took me on. The very small thing that I have to mention is how I was a bit confused, at first, in regards to the characters. Lloyd gave us half a dozen names, and it was immediately on with the story. Although she does develop the characters going forward, it took me a couple of chapters to straighten out their relationships to each other. But it could have been that I was a bit sleepy since I started reading right before bed. Looking forward to her future works. And if you enjoy Dean Koontz or John Saul, definitely give this one a try.