The Haunting of Timber Manor by F. E. Feeley Jr.
Title: The Haunting of Timber Manor
Author: F. E. Feeley Jr.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Blurb: 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 seemed guarded about the past, Daniel’s need for family and curiosity 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 protect the young man who 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.
Review: This is a ghost story woven around a romance. Told in first person narrative by all of the main characters, and with much of the story explained through flashbacks, it can be a little disjointed at times, but this does allow for a deeper understanding of the thoughts and actions of the people involved. While it takes a while to get there, the story does pick up and the ending is eventful.
The romance between Daniel and Hale is sweet and with the dual perspectives, you get insight into the minds of each man as they explore their feelings. Their romance is a friends to lovers tale, and the sex scenes move the relationship forward. The ghost story is layered and intense and many would consider it spooky.
There is a lot of emotional growth experienced by the characters as the ghostly aspect of the story develops. For those of you who love the supernatural and occult and situations that demand a medium, this story might be for you. You even get to read some of the story from the medium’s perspective. 😉
This book is full of emotion, loss, love, and fear. It explores decisions a family made in fear and how they have long lasting consequences. There were some pretty disturbing ideas dealing with mental illness and what can happen to a family as a result.
I think this is the first published book by this author, and I applaud the editing and writing. With more experience, this will be an author to enjoy. I look forward to seeing Mr. Feeley develop as a writer.
Sometimes for a reader the connection with the book isn’t made and that is what happened for me. There were too many POV’s, too much talking in the character’s heads, and info dumps. There are many readers who will enjoy this one, but it I have to admit I just couldn’t get into it.
Reviewed by: Nina