The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

by Vaughn Entwistle
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Revenant of Thraxton Hall initially captured my interest because it features Arthur Conan Doyle as the main character. If you don’t know who he is, then you’ve probably either lived under a rock for the past century, or you’re just no fan of mysteries. Arthur Conan Doyle is the author of the Sherlock Holmes books, only the greatest detective the world has ever known. Another notable character in the book is Oscar Wilde – Picture of Dorian Gray, anyone? Give me two famous authors fighting paranormal mayhem together, and I’m hooked. Unfortunately, the book was a bit of a let-down. It started out way too slow. By the time we get to Thraxton Hall, where the real action begins, we’re already one hundred pages into the book (or around that number, I didn’t check). To shortly recap the story, Arthur Conan Doyle gets a message from a medium who asks him to help her solve a murder. Except it’s a murder yet to happen, and it’s her own murder. Conan Doyle refuses at first, but then changes his mind, and drags Oscar Wilde along on an adventure of a lifetime, to the first ever meeting of a secret society interested in the supernatural. They’re meeting at Thraxton Hall, a famous gothic manor with plenty of secrets to hide. If it weren’t for how the first half of the book was so excruciatingly slow, I would’ve really liked this book. It has an awesome premise, and heck, what’s not to like about two famous authors fighting the supernatural? But like I said, it starts off slow. All suspense is drained by the time we actually get to the suspense part. And then there’s Oscar Wilde. He’s portrayed here as a person who can’t make up his mind. He’s a stereotype, a cliché, too over the top to be real. Arthur Conan Doyle acts and behaves like a real person, but Wilde doesn’t. Other things that annoyed me: the constant use of long, complicated sentences and words just to make the book sound Victorian. It was a good idea to make the book sound Victorian given the time and setting, but this was the main reason why the narrative dragged so much for the first part of the book. And how Arthur Conan Doyle is constantly referred to as Conan Doyle. Not Arthur. Not Doyle. Conan Doyle. This distanced me from the main character, and made it difficult for me to feel any connection to him. All in all, a good read if you like paranormal mysteries and/or if you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes. It could use some work though, and be warned, you’ll have to bite through the first tediously long chapters if you want to get to the good part.
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
Oscar Wilde is by far my favorite character in the book not only is he a great friend towards Conan Doyle but he made me laugh, he actually reminded me a lot of my brother with the way he is about his clothes. At the end Wilde’s foresight really astonished me because he seems so self-absorbed that you wouldn’t think he could be deliberately calculating as he turns out to be, but in a good way! I didn’t find any parts in this tale predictable which for me means a lot since I read so many mysteries/crime/thrillers I normally already know who did it before I even get to the good part (which of course is the reveal of who done it) but this one had me guessing all the way up until the criminal reveals himself to the reader. The coffin scene in the story where Conan Doyle struggles with life and death was outstanding the author’s narrative delved into many paranormal incidences surrounding death and coming back from the brink of death. This one was definitely a page-turner for me!
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
I am a Arthur Conan Doyle fan, and a Sherlock Holmes fan as well, I was happy to receive the honor of reading this book. I find that Vaughn Entwistle has done well following in the genre along with many new authors like  Michael Kurland have revived the character and spirit of the original characters. I love the premise that the book looks at the dark period of Arthur Conan Doyle's life and how he was consumed by his character. I have had the fortune of meeting some of today's great authors, and find that characters talking to them is a common situation. The crux of the mystery follows the dark and twisted logic of Holmes, and has the remarkable nature of the true characters at its heart. The addition of the characters like Oscar Wilde and Georgina are great literary additions to the story... I hope to look into the second novel by this author and will be recommending this book to all who love Doyle's work and the case files of Sherlock Holmes.