“1646 – A time of English Civil War, when life is cheap, death common and superstition consumes the hearts of God-fearing folk. The life of a healer is precarious, dwelling in the shadows of normal society. Ostracised, their time running out as the self-appointed Witchfinder General scours the countryside for the Devil’s whores…
2016 – One dark night, one sleepy town, one family gripped by terror. The EAPI paranormal team are called to investigate dark poltergeist activity. But, as the eternal night finally loosens its grip, it seems that some evil deeds are never forgotten, reaching out from beyond the grave to exact their revenge…”
What I thought:
You may have guessed from every other review I’ve ever written, but I don’t do horror or thrillers. I’m an incredible wimp where this genre is concerned, so I normally stay far away from it. However, I wanted to make an exception for The Manningtree Account. One of my goals for this year was to read more books out of my usual genre, so I figured why not jump in at the deep end?
I’m happy to say this didn’t scare me witless (huzzah!). The Manningtree Account isn’t so much outright horrifying as it is unsettling, or disturbing – and I can cope with disturbing just fine!
Heather is a medium, and has taken on the job of investigating the ghost terrorising Dawn and her family. “Things aren’t as they seem” would be one hell of an understatement! And I didn’t see the end coming, either (I blame my inexperience with the genre for that); I honestly thought it would end differently. I like how it was delivered, too, but I don’t want to spoil anything here.
It’s a novella so I flew through it. The story was told over two very different time periods – 1646, the cause for everything that went wrong, and 2016, where everything that went wrong in 1646 came back to haunt the descendant of a witch hunter. Wright uses past and present beautifully to tell her story, adding just the right amount of information at the right moment without giving too much away.
On that cue, they leapt. The lost. The shadows. The evil. The wagers and bargains made by helpless souls. They all leapt at the poor child. Darkness tore through her heart. Long talons ripped the flesh of her body as poison ran through her veins, burning her soul from her feeble body. Her screams carried through the small cottage, the room itself deafening with piercing cries.
The Manningtree Account is loosely based on a true story. In case you’re curious to find out more Wright has included the history at the back of the book, which added another interesting layer of depth.
If you’re looking for a chilling read, you’ve found it! Anyone who’s a faster reader than I will likely get through this in one sitting, so if you don’t have much time on your hands you’ll be able to squeeze this in! Just remember to always leave a candle burning 😉
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