Art student Ursula St Clare is not happy when she is forced to spend her summer break alone in a chilly, isolated mansion perched on the edge of a cliff. When a neighbour warns her that Colton Manor is haunted, Ursula decides to sublet a room in the hope that some human company will help keep the ghosts at bay.
Scientist Damien Knight is self-proclaimed sceptic when it comes to all things supernatural. He needs somewhere to stay while his home is being renovated, and Ursula is instantly attracted to the sexy older man. She entertains thoughts of a summer fling with her new housemate, but it isn’t long before Damien starts acting very strangely and Ursula begins to fear for her safety.
Has she let a dangerous, unstable man into the house, or is it Colton Manor and its evil legacy which is causing him to behave so bizarrely?
Colton Manor is a 37,000 word novella.
I loved this 10 chapter book. In the past, Edward terrorized his wives because he was jealous, sadistic, and paranoid. The opening was pretty intense because his wife ran and jumped off a cliff in order to escape him. From there, I knew he was an evil person. Present day, Ursula moved into Colton Manor during her vacation. It was spooky the way creepy things kept happening around the estate, especially at night. My favorite lines: 1) “Blame isn’t going to help us now.” 2) For a few moments she had known what it felt like to fly, and it was exhilaration, not fear, that filled her heart even as she plummeted towards her death. At last she was free.
I really liked that Ursula and her neighbor, Bonnie, were proactive in solving the mystery of the estate. They were heroines who took it upon themselves to protect each other; they didn’t wait for a man to help them. I liked that they were strong women, especially Ursula. It was impressive since she was in her early 20’s.
The tension between Ursula and Damien was really interesting. He moved in because his place was being fixed. Their discussions and arguments were entertaining. The age difference didn’t bother me–he was in his early to mid-thirties. They kept going back and forth about if ghosts exist. She believed in it, but he didn’t. Opposites truly attract; I loved their sexual tension.
The ending made me feel bad for Edward, which was a nice surprise. I was definitely shocked.
I RECOMMEND this book to read.
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