Exorcism: The Ravencrest Saga series review by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

Exorcism: The Ravencrest Saga

By: Tamara Thorne, Alistair Cross
Genres: Horror
Exorcism: The Ravencrest Saga series review by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

It’s springtime at Ravencrest Manor. Flowers are blooming, Belinda is seething, and an invisible lover celebrates the Rites of Spring with anyone, willing or not. Within the mansion, the scent of violets pervades the air, and in her room, Belinda sees the beautiful ghost of Violet LeBlanc - the White Violet - a silent screen star who married a Manning and lost her life to the Manning Curse. The same curse that has caused Eric Manning to withdraw from Belinda.

In the majestic old pool house, something sleek and silver swims in the depths of the Greek Pool as a Jazz Age orchestra strikes up a tune and the ghosts of tuxedoed men and women in art deco gowns do the Charleston. The spirit of Violet’s husband, the darkest and most powerful Manning of them all, oversees the party ... and when the music fades and the ominous chanting begins, the devil himself is said to appear.

Also by this author: Eternity, Mother, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, The Crimson Corset




Just when you think everything in Ravencrest will calm down, Thorne and Cross come out with another part of the story. And as usual, this one will have you in its grip within just a few pages.


The usual list of characters is there: Belinda, Eric, Grant, Riley, Cordelia as well as Justine, Violet, Henry, and a few others who each play their own important part. I’ve grown to love (or hate) these characters as if I know them personally. It’s actually kind of bittersweet because as a reader, you can see aspects of their lives they can’t, and it’s frustrating. I just want Belinda and Eric to be together and happy with Grant and his husband, Riley, living their best lives and doing their part to keep the Manning’s safe. I want Cordelia to quit being such a manipulative witch.


One thing I’ve enjoyed about this part of the Ravencrest Saga is that we are given more info about Violet Manning. I had always wondered what her story was and I feel like I got it in Exorcism. Opposite of the good of Violet, Justine is playing her role to usher in the destruction of the Manning family. Which isn’t surprising. It’s actually gross in a way, but I’ll leave it at that. I enjoyed getting to know Father Alejandro a bit more. He seems like a cool guy.


Ravencrest Exorcism is another piece of the Ravencrest mystery. I feel like it’s like having 5 big puzzles to put together to see the final picture. Each puzzle has its own importance but is a picture in and of itself. Thorne and Cross have never failed me. They give me stories I fall in love with that keep me on the edge of my seat. Wanting more, but afraid of what’s next.

If you haven’t read the Witches of Ravencrest, do so. It’s worth your time and such a great story to get lost in. It leads up to Exorcism and good lord does that family needs an exorcism.

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About Alistair Cross

About the Author

Alistair Cross' debut novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller earning praise from veteran vampire-lit author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and New York Times bestseller, Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series. In 2012, Alistair joined forces with international bestseller, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write - among other things - the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, reached the bestseller’s list in its first week of release. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which has featured such guests as Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore.

About Tamara Thorne

Tamara Thorne has collected ghost stories, true and fictional, since she saw her first Twilight Zone as a tot, and continues to this day. In addition to writing novels and stories of the paranormal, she also writes non-fiction and is an active ghost hunter. She makes her home in southern California with her husband and their feline family and when she’s not writing, can be found haunting ghost towns, phantom-filled hotel rooms, and other spooky places. Tamara loves to hear from her readers. Whether you have questions or comments or would like to share your own ghostly experience,come visit her at her website www.tamarathorne.com.

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