The Haunting of Blackwych Grange was an attempt to put a unique spin on the tale of a haunted house. Blackwych Grange has been abandoned for a very long time. No one has been allowed to investigate the property due to a dreadful accident that happened 5 years previously. Paula is part of a small team granted access. As the team start investigating it is apparent that the lead investigator, Mac, wants to recreate the disastrous earlier investigation.
Once the investigation is underway we start to find out more about the dark history affecting Blackwych Manor. We learn more about Elizabeth Manning. Living at Blackwych Manor in 1851, Elizabeth is ruled by her awful uncle. What takes place with Elizabeth in this period sets the scene for what came after.
I regularly pick up books from lesser know authors, and have found some hidden gems in the past. I found reading The Haunting of Blackwych Manor somewhat difficult. The part of the story set in the present tells the tale of the purportedly scientific investigation into Blackwych Manor, and this was ok. However if you were wanting haunted house scares and a creepy atmosphere the book did feel sadly lacking.
When I was reading the middle section set in 1851 about Elizabeth I really found myself struggling to engage with the storyline. Now it may just be me, but I found that I could quite easily skim read most of the section, with a full understanding of what was going on. Objectively my thinking is that the historical section could have done with some editing down. Some really serious editing down. I think my enjoyment of reading this book would have been far more if I’d this section had been so ver much shorter! For me this is a 2 star read, not the worst that I have read, but a little more work would greatly improve the scoring.
****I purchased this book. This is review contains my honest opinion, and all opinions are my own****