Saturday, July 13, 2019

Review: Blackthorn Manor Haunting by Cheryl Bradshaw

Blackthorn Manor Haunting (Addison Lockhart, Book #3)
by Cheryl Bradshaw
Release Date: May 27th 2018
2018 CreateSpace Independent
Kindle Edition; 210 Pages
ISBN: 978-1720351412
Genre: Fiction / Ghost
Source: Review copy from publisher

2 / 5 Stars

A woman in black stares at the sea, her body transparent, eyes brimming with tears.

Hoping to get a better look at the woman, psychic medium Addison Lockhart leans out over the manor’s windowsill, gasping when she feels an intense pressure pressing down on her back—someone thrusting her forward. She grabs the side of the window to brace herself, but it’s too late. She’s already falling.

Who is the strange, melancholy woman haunting Blackthorn Manor? And why is someone out to keep Addison from unlocking the manor’s darkest secrets? 

My Thoughts
Blackthorn Manor Haunting definitely had an interesting premise and I am always up for a good ghost story, but I have to admit that I was not a big fan of this book. The main character comes from a long line of psychic women and has the gift to see spirits, but when she is pushed out of a second-story window at the beginning of the book, unhurt, with no recollection of where she was, I was ready to give up pretty much at that point.  

First of all, let me start with what I did find interesting, the overall story.  The premise was good, and I am always up for a good ghost story. It was quick to read and the action moved along quite rapidly, but to be honest, I wasn't really invested in the story or in the characters.  Having read the previous installments in this series, I was hoping for a bit more investment in the characters, but really could not get into the story or the characters; so little time was spent developing them or fleshing them out that I feel like I haven't really learned nothing new about them since the first book.  In fact, I actually found Addison more annoying than usual in this book.  You would think that by the third book I would be much more invested in the lives of the characters, but I only feel...disinterest.

Blackthorn Manor Haunting is a quick read, and although I really liked the premise, I couldn't empathize with any of the characters, and I couldn't really invest in the story line.  I will probably not continue with this series, but I do urge you to judge for yourself and take a look.  Ghost stories are something I do have a lot of experience reading, and while this one was not for me, it may be for you.   


  1. Terrific review, Stephanie.

    I do like the cover.

    1. I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get into it.