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Haunted mansion has a secret...
15 December, 2013
Summary: Summary: Mystery, Murder, Manolo Blahnik
A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural—until she inherits Summerwind Mansion…
When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house.
Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer—before they strike again.Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar.
Determined to play detective—instead of the fashion police—and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth.
Set in a haunted mansion inherited by cynical fashionista Skylar, Immortal Eclipse is a deliciously scary novel reminiscent of our favourite horror movies. I’ve watched many movies like it but never quite read a book like it, and as Skylar herself says, she’s not going to be one of those dumb heroines that get prematurely killed.
As she gets fired from her prestigious fashion photography job, she decides to investigate her beloved uncle’s death in the creepy old mansion that she’s inherited from his will. The mansion is filled with scary pictures with their eyes cut out, and Skylar sees ghostly images of a pale girl with long black hair in a white dress everywhere she turns. She gets a niggling feeling that the servants of the house are harbouring a secret, especially when she hears them chanting at night in a scary coven.
If horror movies had Skylar as the main character, they would totally become more awesome. She’s a name dropping fashionista who feels more grounded with her Manolo Blahniks even when being chased by a ghost in a creepy mansion. Her investigative nature makes her the perfect person to get to the bottom of her uncle’s murder and unravel the mansion’s secrets on the way. Even though she has a sixth sense inherited by her grandmother, she’s still rational and cynical which helps her deal with the repeated hauntings and murders with her head screwed on tight. Her witty, sharp nature makes her a fun person to follow amongst the scary setting.
Dorian, the mansion’s caretaker is a sexy brooding man who is instantly attracted to Skylar and their blooming romance is an interesting one. For some reason, he doesn’t want to get close to Skylar despite their instant attraction. They get close, and he keeps on pushing her away. This is a clean romance (surprisingly) which can be read by young adults as well.
From meeting the mansion’s strange inhabitants, to being haunted by a vengeful ghost, to the deaths that keep on cropping up and the secrets of the Summerwind mansion, I was enthralled. Immortal Eclipse delivers a lot of chills and scary moments and intrigue that will have you jumping mingled with mystery and intrigue to keep you guessing.
I loved Immortal Eclipse for a fresh, scary and unique read and recommend it to anyone into horror movies. I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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