Craven Manor by Darcy Coates

Craven Manor

By: Darcy Coates
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 260
Craven Manor by Darcy Coates

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.

Daniel is desperate. Against his better judgment, he moves into the groundskeeper’s cottage behind the crypt. He’s determined to ignore the strange occurrences that plague the estate.

But when a candle flickers to life in the abandoned tower window, Daniel realizes Craven Manor is hiding a terrible secret… one that threatens to bury him with it.



I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Craven Manor. I’d read a few other books by this author and was still on the fence as to whether or not I liked this author’s storytelling. I’m glad I took the chance on this one, as I found I really enjoyed it.


Daniel is really down on his luck and crazy close to being homeless again so when he gets a mysterious note offering him a job at an abandoned mansion nearby, he jumps at the chance. I understand his desperation, but everything about this “opportunity” is off the charts murdererish. He has no idea this place even existed, no clue where the note came from or how they found out about him, and just so many other things that scream NOPE. Even after he shows up at the house, things don’t get any less creepy. I’ll admit, I probably would have gone along with it for a minute myself bc of my fascination with old houses, but I feel like there has to be a limit on just how far I’d be willing to look the other way.


The story about the house and its owners etc was, in my opinion, pretty sad. I was a little surprised at how things went, so that’s good but I just felt bad for everyone involved. I liked Bran’s character, then I wasn’t sure what to think for a while. I do wish Daniel had asked more questions throughout the story, but that’s just me.


Despite a few little weirdo problems, I really did like Craven Manor. So much so that I read another of this author’s books right after and it fell flat for me in comparison lol. If you’re looking for a good ghost story with some interesting twists and turns, this might be a book for you.



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