Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: The Haunting of Timber Manor
SERIES: Memoirs of the Human Wraiths – Book 1
AUTHOR: F.E. Feeley Jr.
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 283 Pages
RELEASE DATE: 01/09/2017
While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly receives a phone call from his estranged aunt, who turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Though his father had seemed guarded about the past, Daniel’s curiosity and need for family compel him to visit.
Located in a secluded area of the Northwest, Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. Her halls sit empty and a thin layer of dust adorns the sheet-covered furniture. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart.
Sheriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds. Seeing Daniel struggle, he vows to protect the young man who has captured his heart, and help him solve the mystery behind the haunting and confront the past—not only to save Daniel’s life, but to save his family, whose very souls hang in the balance.
2nd Edition – First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, January 2013.
It was a joy to see a well written ghost story in this genre. Not that there haven’t been others, but they are so few and far between. F.E. Feeley Jr. has brought us a very readable and very well written story of a young man being drawn into his family’s dark past.
Daniel Donnelly is a young man who is devastated by the death of his parents in a sailboat tragedy at sea. In one fell swoop his parents, who have been his rock his entire life, are gone. Then comes a phone call from his Aunt Carol in Oregon. It turns out he has a living family member that he never really knew about.
When he gets to the small town where she lives and stops on the side of the road to wait out a huge rainstorm, he is rescued by the local Sheriff, Hale Davis, who leads him to his aunt’s house. Or I should say mansion. It turns out the family is filthy rich. Why did his father never speak about the family?
Something is lurking at Timber Manor. Waiting to be released on the world. Evil lives. Can Daniel, Hale, Aunt Carol and the servants make it through what is to come? I’m not going to do any spoilers. I really liked the story. It kept me entertained and kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next.
There were some sad points in the book, and some happy ones. I liked the tie in with the timber wolves…and oddly, I kind of felt myself ‘feeling’ for Christopher. He was so broken in life. But did he deserve what happened to him all those years ago? I’ll leave that for you to decide.
If you enjoy a good ghost story, I would suggest you pick up this book today. I see that it is the first in a previously released series, and I’m guessing the others are also going to be re-released, but I don’t know that for sure. What I do know for sure is that I’ll be searching them out to read. I liked this author’s voice. The changing viewpoints worked well, as did the lead up to the dramatic end of the book.
I highly recommend this one!