Craven Manor by Darcy Coates

Craven Manor

Daniel is desperate for a job. When someone slides a note under his door offering him the groundskeeper’s position at an old estate, it seems too good to be true.Alarm bells start ringing when he arrives at Craven Manor. The mansion’s front door hangs open, and leaves and cobwebs coat the marble foyer. It’s clear no one has lived there in a long time.But an envelope waits for him inside the doorway. It contains money, and promises more.Dani...

Details Craven Manor

TitleCraven Manor
Release DateDec 1st, 2017
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Ghosts

Reviews Craven Manor

  • Shaina
    This was an excellent ghost story. I loved the main character’s attitude; although he was a bit naive, Daniel was delightful. It’s nice to see his type of character. In a lot of ways he reminded me so much of someone close to me and he was hardworking, so I bonded with him instantly. It was very refreshing. I loved the entire premise and legacy of the family at Craven and the story surrounding it all. I loved reading this a lot. I received an...
  • Kimberly
    CRAVEN MANOR, by Darcy Coates, is a supernatural novel with a rather unique scenario. In the beginning, we are introduced to a young man--Daniel Kane--who is searching for odd jobs every day just to survive. His cousin, Kyle, allows him to stay in his cheap apartment--providing Daniel can get together enough money to pay half the rent. Immediately, Coates is able to show us the intrinsic differences between the two. Daniel is something of a rare ...
  • Marie
    This was another awesome ghost story by author Darcy Coates and I have added it to my favorites shelf. The mystery begins when Daniel receives a note under his door to become a groundskeeper of an old mansion called "Craven Manor". He is wary of who sent him the note and why they would want him to take care the mansion. But as mysterious as it sounds he sets off to find out if the note is for real or if someone is playing a trick on him.But it is...
  • Matt Rudy
    I can't believe this book is nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award. It was a very average story. I decided to edit this review a little bit after talking to a few people and after thinking more about the story. Things make a little bit more sense to me now, but I'm still not sold on this book.The story starts out with Daniel getting a job offer to be the groundskeeper for Craven Manor. He decides to take the job because he really needs the money...
  • Paul
    somewhere between 3 & 3.5 stars. some good atmosphere yet i found the writing style so straightforward, which in itself isnt a negative but it wasnt quite as atmospheric as it may have been with a little more flourish. the ending also seemed a little draggy to me but overall an enjoyable read.
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    This was the first book I've read by Darcy Coates and it was really good!If you don't like very scary books, no worries, you won't have to sleep with the lights on or anything. It's just a little creepy and there's a few 'hold your breath' and 'make you jump' scenes but nothing over the top.I'm kind of picky about ghost/ haunted house stories especially the endings but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It wrapped up nicely and didn't leave ...
  • Peter
    Daniel Kane, is a homeless person, looking for a job. His cousin Kyle takes him in so he can help pay the rent. Daniel works all kinds of odd job to help his cousin pay the bills. One day a note is slip under his door, with some money, and a job offer. Against his better judgment, Daniel decides to take the job. The position is grounds keeper at Craven Manor. Daniel moves into the ground keepers cottage, right behind the crypt. Daniel goes to the...
  • Amitaf0208
    Enjoyable however the main character was too gullible and I was frustrated at times at his choices.
  • Susan
    Not as creepy as The Carrow Haunt, but still a very enjoyable book.Daniel is living with his cousin Kyle in a 2 bedroom apartment. Daniel is glad Kyle let him live with him, since he was living on the streets before Kyle found him.Kyle may not be the best roommate, and Daniel still doesn’t have a steady job, but he thinks he will get by like this. But his search for a job is not going that well, and he goes hungry a lot since all his money goes...
  • Nora Peevy
    Bran is an endearing character. This book is original and captivating. I read it in one sitting. I loved the cat. 😉
  • Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos
    There is just something special about reading a book by Darcy Coates for me. Her writing doesn’t stand out above her peers in style or clever self expression. Neither the stories as a whole nor the separate pieces which make up those stories are groundbreaking. She writes good, classical ghost stories. Any experienced horror reader will see every twist and turn coming from a mile away. And yet... they are so thoroughly enjoyable each and every ...
  • HK
    it was interesting at first but it got slow towards the end 😬
  • Lisa Eirene
    I don't understand the high ratings and reviews of this book. This book is very poorly written. The concept could have been really interesting but the execution was poor. The characters were flat and unrealistic. The supernatural aspect of the book could be interesting but again, poorly written full of cliches!
  • Lorraine
    Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Just the right amount of spooky without being too scary. I will definitely keep Darcy Coates as one of my favourite authors.
  • Robert Vanneste
    Entertaining . Daniel isn't the brightest of bulbs . But I guess if he was the story would have ended sooner . Meh .
  • Kathy Worrell ツ
    A well written horror story.The battle scene was a little long, but what battle scene isn’t? Great ending.
  • Shelby Kollin
    I wish I had more to say about this one, but really all I can tell you is that this was a fun read with some great creepy feels to it and entirely typical for a haunted mansion type of story. I would probably recommend to someone during the Halloween season.
  • Sarah Davies
    I have never read a Darcy Coates story before, but now will gladly look for her books to read. This is a great story of Daniel who is desperate for a job, who has no money and nowhere to live. But suddenly he is offered a groundskeeper job in an old mansion (which he didn’t even know existed). But why is there so many rules? Such as do not open your curtains at night , do not open the door to the tapping he hears and do not enter the tower. But...
  • Mehsi
    Daniel gets the job offer of his life, work at a big manor, but not everything seems right.So, I couldn't sleep and I was in for a bit of a horror book. Hey, if I can't sleep anyway. :P I knew that with Darcy Coates I would be having a ride of creepiness, so I was eager to start this one. I quickly found out that, apparently, I already read a bit of the book. I was at first worried that I may have read the book and that Goodreads had gone and eff...
  • C. McKenzie
    Daniel goes from living on the street to living in his cousin's apartment, to being the caretaker at the spooky and ramshackle Craven Manor. His employer has explicit, but mysterious instructions, and Daniel's paid with antique and valuable coins. It's soon evident that there's something malicious afoot and the ghostly young child has carried her fear about this evil force with her to the crypt. We won't discover the truth about Craven Manor unti...
  • Emily
    Quite different compared to the author's previous works, but this is still very much a gothic ghost story at it's core.I feel the characters could have been fleshed out a little more (no pun intended), but I did enjoy the relationships between Daniel, Bran and Annalise in particular. Daniel was such a naive sweetheart that I alternated between wanting to hug and shake him.I did predict the twists quite easily, but I read a lot of horror and still...
  • Doreen Fernandes
    Spine tingling horror The book was interesting from start to finish. It was difficult to put down. Darcy Coates imbues the characters in his book with life. You can actually feel what Daniel is going through as he takes up his assignment in an eerie place.
  • Michelle
    Very unique storyline with a great main character.This one wasn't as scary as The Haunting of Ashburn House, but it was still creepy (especially the scene in the abandoned town).And again, cats! I love books with cats.
  • Angela Verdenius
    This horror story has twists and turns, and the ending is unusual. Enjoyed it for a quiet afternoon read.
  • Hunter R.
    A simple ghost story, full of feelings and action. I would say one can read it over a cup of tea on a rainy day, that is if one has the stomach for it.
  • Teri
    3.5 starsI've seen Darcy Coates books all over Amazon and Goodreads, and her eerie covers always catch my eye, but I'd never read any of her work.  After Craven Manor was nominated for a Goodreads award in the horror category, I knew it was time to change that.My heart immediately went out to Daniel.  He's down on his luck, with barely a penny to his name, but is so generous to others.  Maybe he's a bit naive, but I awarded him bonus points fo...
  • Mortisha Cassavetes
    Holy Cow! This book was OMG awesome! I loved this book so much it definitely made it to my 2018 Favorites List. The book follows a young guy named Daniel who is really homeless but staying with his dreadful cousin Kyle, which let me say right now I hated him! Daniel gets a letter under the door offering him a job at Craven Manor a spooky abandoned estate. Daniel takes the job because it comes with lodging and gets him out of Kyle's apartment and ...
  • Marian
    Our adventure begins when Daniel finds a curious note addressed to him, informing him that he has been hired as a groundskeeper for a place called Craven Manor. The barest of directions are left for him, and Daniel probably would have not given it another thought if not for his cousin suddenly complaining about him “not contributing enough”.
  • Lacey Allain
    Adding Darcy Coates to my favorite authors list! This book was spooky and fun, it reminded me of The Haunted Mansion and I loved it.
  • Jennifer
    Who doesn’t wanna read a book about a spooky mansion and the cranky misunderstood ghost having a crush on the human groundskeeper ?????