Author: Lynn Carthage
Series: The Arnaud Legacy #1
Published by: Kensington Books, February 24, 2015
Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary via Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Irving has traded life in San Francisco for her stepfather’s ancestral mansion in rural England. It’s supposed to be the new start her family needs. But from the moment she crosses the threshold into the ancient estate, Phoebe senses something ominous. Then again, she’s a little sensitive lately—not surprising when her parents are oblivious to her, her old life is six thousand miles away, and the only guy around is completely gorgeous but giving her mixed messages.
But at least Miles doesn’t laugh at Phoebe’s growing fears. And she can trust him…maybe. The locals whisper about the manor’s infamous original owner, Madame Arnaud, and tell grim stories of missing children and vengeful spirits. Phoebe is determined to protect her loved ones—especially her little sister, Tabby. But even amidst the manor’s dark shadows, the deepest mysteries may involve Phoebe herself…
Haunted is dark, creepy, twisty, and entertaining. A ghost story about a family running from an unknown tragedy to a crumbling haunted castle in England. This is that story of a girl trying to protect her family from unspeakable horror.
Phoebe has done something horrible enough to prompt her family to move all the way to England, to a crumbling mansion belonging to her stepfather. As soon as she steps foot into the house, she senses that something is off. She starts hearing things in the night and seeing things that shouldn’t be there.
Then Phoebe meets Miles and learns about the story of Madama Arnaud, the Matriarch of the Arnaud family who is believed to have lured and killed many children in the mansion.It’s not long before Phoebe finds herself face to face with Madame Arnaud who is one of the creepiest characters I have ever read. Her story was disgusting and disturbing in the best kind of way.
I really liked the character of Miles. His story was compelling and brought a lot to the book. He has his own little twist that I certainly didn’t see coming. He is a very important part in Phoebe’ story and I loved their interactions with each other.
The writing was pretty good. I found it to be very decriptive. It was not hard for me to picture the crumbling mansion in my head or the creepy characters. To picture in my head the ugliness of Madame Arnaud. There did seem to be a little bit of a lag for me around the middle of the story but, the many twists and turns made up for it.
There is one twist in the book that isn’t technically confirmed by any of the characters, but is believed to be factual. I am definitely hoping it gets explored more in the next book, as it seems to be an important part of the story.
I appreciate that this book didn’t end on a cliffhanger. It ended where I thought was a perfect place to end, where this chapter of the story gets mostly resolved and a new chapter can easily start. I am excited to see where the author takes the story from here and I’m excited to see what happens with Phoebe in the next book.