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Something terrible happened at Towneley Manor… It has been ten years since Tamara walked the dark halls of her family home. Something happened to her in the manor when she was fourteen, but she can’t remember any of it. A whole month of her childhood is just blank, and nobody will tell her what caused it. Shortly after, her parents sent her to boarding school without an Something terrible happened at Towneley Manor… It has been ten years since Tamara walked the dark halls of her family home. Something happened to her in the manor when she was fourteen, but she can’t remember any of it. A whole month of her childhood is just blank, and nobody will tell her what caused it. Shortly after, her parents sent her to boarding school without any explanation and she thought she would never go back again. A decade on, Tamara can’t sleep. She has nightmares about the house and the brooding woods. She sees a dark place in her dreams, a place she knows she mustn’t go. Something is waiting in the woods of Towneley Manor, and the only thing Tamara can remember is the symbol she sees in her dreams. An eye surround by a black sun. Watching her. Never letting her go. The Towneley family keep dark secrets, and the manor holds the worst of them. Children dying in the walls, servants disappearing. As Tamara unwinds the secrets of her family, she starts to discover what happened to her all those years ago. When her memory unfolds and she finds out what haunts the halls of Towneley Manor, she soon wishes she had never gone back…


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Something terrible happened at Towneley Manor… It has been ten years since Tamara walked the dark halls of her family home. Something happened to her in the manor when she was fourteen, but she can’t remember any of it. A whole month of her childhood is just blank, and nobody will tell her what caused it. Shortly after, her parents sent her to boarding school without an Something terrible happened at Towneley Manor… It has been ten years since Tamara walked the dark halls of her family home. Something happened to her in the manor when she was fourteen, but she can’t remember any of it. A whole month of her childhood is just blank, and nobody will tell her what caused it. Shortly after, her parents sent her to boarding school without any explanation and she thought she would never go back again. A decade on, Tamara can’t sleep. She has nightmares about the house and the brooding woods. She sees a dark place in her dreams, a place she knows she mustn’t go. Something is waiting in the woods of Towneley Manor, and the only thing Tamara can remember is the symbol she sees in her dreams. An eye surround by a black sun. Watching her. Never letting her go. The Towneley family keep dark secrets, and the manor holds the worst of them. Children dying in the walls, servants disappearing. As Tamara unwinds the secrets of her family, she starts to discover what happened to her all those years ago. When her memory unfolds and she finds out what haunts the halls of Towneley Manor, she soon wishes she had never gone back…

30 review for The Haunting of Towneley Manor: 'The Haunting of' Series - Book 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jannifer Owens

    Started out strong... It had great potential initially but it was anticlimactic. We didn’t get to the climax until three quarters of the way through, then it was only a page with no real antagonist or defining moment. Then it was done.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Doctor

    Great book! Very mysterious and a great read for a dark and stormy night. One of the best short reads! I highly recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I enjoyed this story, it was creepy, albeit frustrating. I liked the setting and the weird things that kept happening in Towneley Manor. What frustrated me is the reluctance of Tamara, the main character, to talk to her husband about anything. I would have been a lot more outspoken. Also frustrating is some of the loose strings left untied at the end. We're all dying to know what's behind the door, what's in the envelope, but she's like, "nah, don't go there" and we don't. Bummer. Other than all I enjoyed this story, it was creepy, albeit frustrating. I liked the setting and the weird things that kept happening in Towneley Manor. What frustrated me is the reluctance of Tamara, the main character, to talk to her husband about anything. I would have been a lot more outspoken. Also frustrating is some of the loose strings left untied at the end. We're all dying to know what's behind the door, what's in the envelope, but she's like, "nah, don't go there" and we don't. Bummer. Other than all the weird loose ends that are never adequately explained, the story kept me interested through the end. If I'm ever in a horror novel, I'll talk a lot more and look behind more doors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    I disliked each and every character, but what was worse is that they didn’t like each other. I understand that was part of the story but I didn’t like it. I finished the book but skimmed 95% of it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Rondeau

    Very confusing! I am torn as to what my feelings are. First I found it depressing that she could be married to a man for so many years and keep so many secrets from him. Second there were so many ups and downs about the haunting itself I was at the point I wanted to strangle her myself. Very glad it had a decent ending but I still think Billy should grow some spine.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    DNF @ 30% (not normal for me) ... I really just couldn't get into this book. I disliked the characters, the setting was flat and hard to imagine and the story wasn't developing. There is a lot of repetition. I think the hardest part for me was that I actively disliked the main character and her attitude towards everyone, which made it difficult to care about her situation. Therefore, it was easy to walk away from the book when I wasn't enjoying it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Juliana

    Meh The author kept building suspense then going no where with it. Even the end was anti-climatic and abrupt. And then the characters went on with their lives as if nothing much had happened. The author could have done so much more with the story. He didn't bother and neither should you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    After my intense love/hate interaction with Sickness Behind Young Eyes, I hurried to read the other Jack Lewis book I had on my Kindle. I was hoping the “incredible book spoiled by ridiculous ending” problem was a one-off, but unfortunately, the trend carried over. Another piece of atmospheric horror, with a narrator who may or may not be reliable, and whose own perception of reality shifts and changes throughout the book as more of her memories surface. If your narrator doesn’t trust herself, d After my intense love/hate interaction with Sickness Behind Young Eyes, I hurried to read the other Jack Lewis book I had on my Kindle. I was hoping the “incredible book spoiled by ridiculous ending” problem was a one-off, but unfortunately, the trend carried over. Another piece of atmospheric horror, with a narrator who may or may not be reliable, and whose own perception of reality shifts and changes throughout the book as more of her memories surface. If your narrator doesn’t trust herself, do you? More importantly, should you? And then, once again, there is bullet train of an ending that suddenly derails. One action that should have been part of the end becomes the entire resolution, still with the underingly problem never really solved. But all the loose ends get forced into a pretty bow, whether they really tied together or not, and we’re left with a pseudo-happy ending completely out of keeping with the rest of the story, and with the horror genre in general. I have no problem with subverting expectations, but there has to be a reason behind it. Here, I felt like there was some kind of word count limit, and the author hit it early and had to quickly end the book whether it was time or not. I remain extremely disappointed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto

    I gave this horror novel 4 Stars because it offers some really terrifying Scares; in fact, in terms of Frights, this novel "keeps on keeping on." I enjoyed it, but I didn't give 5 because something in the story progression just felt a little "uneven " to me. For example, early on the protagonist tells her unwanted psychiatrist what a "good " man is protagonist 's husband; but the story doesn't bear that out, even before the character devolution later on. And why is she seeing a psychiatrist she I gave this horror novel 4 Stars because it offers some really terrifying Scares; in fact, in terms of Frights, this novel "keeps on keeping on." I enjoyed it, but I didn't give 5 because something in the story progression just felt a little "uneven " to me. For example, early on the protagonist tells her unwanted psychiatrist what a "good " man is protagonist 's husband; but the story doesn't bear that out, even before the character devolution later on. And why is she seeing a psychiatrist she considers of no use (she constantly harps on "thirty pounds a session!") both at the beginning and for one final roundup after the conclusion. That didn't ring true for me. ["Thirty pounds a session!" paid by a protagonist without employment?]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Krissi

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The author paints a creepy, atmospheric scene for the reader with Towneley Manor, and you feel the stress and strain from Tamara, the main character, throughout the book. One thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the complete lack of trust and communication between Tamara and her husband (really..... not telling someone anything about yourself is a bit over the top to me). But, this is less an issue with the novel, and more with the character development being a I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The author paints a creepy, atmospheric scene for the reader with Towneley Manor, and you feel the stress and strain from Tamara, the main character, throughout the book. One thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the complete lack of trust and communication between Tamara and her husband (really..... not telling someone anything about yourself is a bit over the top to me). But, this is less an issue with the novel, and more with the character development being a bit exaggerated. I added another book by this author to my TBR pile. Good, creepy, fast paced haunted house read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    More like 1.5 stars. Ghost stories are hard to write without them coming across as incredibly cheesy so I always try to go into them with lower expectations than normal but this still didn't cut it for me. There were some seriously creepy scenes in this book but the rest was mediocre at best. The writing wasn't great, the ending was pretty abrupt, and the story itself was pretty lackluster. I think this could have been a really great ghost story but there were a lot of errors and it lacked too m More like 1.5 stars. Ghost stories are hard to write without them coming across as incredibly cheesy so I always try to go into them with lower expectations than normal but this still didn't cut it for me. There were some seriously creepy scenes in this book but the rest was mediocre at best. The writing wasn't great, the ending was pretty abrupt, and the story itself was pretty lackluster. I think this could have been a really great ghost story but there were a lot of errors and it lacked too many things to list.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Muriel Zondervan

    A 'so-so' read. Not the most terrifying of novels I have ever read. Poor usage of the English language. Lots of little holes in story. Amazed at how a tape recorder, unused for some 10 years is capable of playing an old recording.... Must have had the longest-life batteries that, for some reason, did not corrode. Meh, book. Doubt if I will read any other of this author's works.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    A Lancashireman tries to marry Shirley Jackson to Nathaniel Hawthorne at the Winchester house. Things get...dicey from there. "The Haunting..." lacks the sexual love of tension and disdain for the audience to be a truly gothic novel. Despite that, there are a few truly creepy bits that had me glaring at shadows for a while. The biggest problem is one that is common to many horror novels: Unbelievably Stupid Protagonist Syndrome. Tamara is constantly shoving her face into the Gom Jabbar that is th A Lancashireman tries to marry Shirley Jackson to Nathaniel Hawthorne at the Winchester house. Things get...dicey from there. "The Haunting..." lacks the sexual love of tension and disdain for the audience to be a truly gothic novel. Despite that, there are a few truly creepy bits that had me glaring at shadows for a while. The biggest problem is one that is common to many horror novels: Unbelievably Stupid Protagonist Syndrome. Tamara is constantly shoving her face into the Gom Jabbar that is the titular manor and her childhood trauma, but each time comes away having learned and absorbed from the experience. So as the evil and weird shit start to pile up, each time she comes across it, she's baffled as though tons of weird shit hasn't already happened.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Purvis

    Good storyline The storyline is good but needs editing. The inconsistencies really bothered me - she had to walk down the hall to go to the bathroom but later went to bathroom adjoining her bedroom, the house had no electricity but they were able to charge their cell phones, the house phone was disconnected but when she lost her cell phone she made calls on the house phone...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Sell

    The Haunting of Towneley Manor This is one of the most terrifying books I've ever read & believe me, I've read some scary books! This one pulls you in slowly then it takes off but in so many twists & turns that you haven't a clue who is good or bad, same or crazy much less how it will end!! Amazing job! I give you 10☆s! The Haunting of Towneley Manor This is one of the most terrifying books I've ever read & believe me, I've read some scary books! This one pulls you in slowly then it takes off but in so many twists & turns that you haven't a clue who is good or bad, same or crazy much less how it will end!! Amazing job! I give you 10☆s!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Nichols

    The Haunting of Towneley Manor I love good haunted house stories and I enjoyed this book very much. The characters all were interesting and I didn't want to put the book down until finished it. Great ending. I recommend this story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Allen

    Not a book I would read again. I was not thrilled with having to read through so much filler to get to the point. I also didn't like the idea of just selling the old house rather than it burning or something to clear the property. This just left it to be someone else's problem.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Miss Sharon L Wells

    A good read with some chilling moments I thought the book had the right amount of suspense and spine tingling moments throughout. I like haunted stories and this one kept me reading until the end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Meh. It was alright I had a hard time getting into this book. It drug on forever and the ending was nothing...it never filled in the details. I believe it was a free book...at least i hope it was.

  20. 5 out of 5

    N

    The suspense is excellent, Mr Lewis does an amazing job at creating a creepy atmosphere for the book. The biggest disappointment came from the fact that nothing happens. There isn't a coherent plot, no real explanation or resolution for what is going on.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    The perfect book for when you want something just a little scary. Good characters, good plot, mildly pulse pounding situations. Just the right amount of scary for when you're home alone. Recommend

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Well, it kept my interest mostly, but I felt like it just wrapped things up all of a sudden after so much slow build. Some things got a bit repetitive, and I wanted the main character to dig up more backstory than she did.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily M Fagan

    Just meh There was some suspense but really had a poor ending to the book. There was little closure and really no resolute to the characters. Felt unfinished

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Grubb

    OH WOW The story is Great. It is a horror that creeps slow thru you. You think you have the answers to the mystery but you are not sure. This is worth reading.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Virginia's

    Great book Couldn't put it down was a very good book to read my kind of book to read. Can't wait for more books from Jack Lewis.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis H. Pajka

    Very good read. I didn't want to put it down.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Willi

    This was a great read! It had me on the edge of my seat & I couldn't put it down. This was a great read! It had me on the edge of my seat & I couldn't put it down.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Turner

    Shadows Grief what a great spookie book. Really kept me and at times felt quite scared which is just what I like. Absolutely brilliant.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Delpha

    Riveting Read Very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the mystery. And best of all was the ending. Happy reading y'all.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Read most of the way through, but just couldn't make myself read till the end. It's slow and nothing was happening. Don't bother reading this!

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