Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Published by Crossroad Press on 24 January 2018
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Have you ever been so scared your soul left your body?
All her life, Lesley Carpenter has been haunted by a gruesome nursery rhyme - "The Scottish Bride" - sung to her by her great grandmother. To find out more about its origins, Lesley visits the mysterious Isobel Warrender, the current hereditary owner of Linden Manor, a grand house with centuries of murky history surrounding it.
But her visit transforms into a nightmare when Lesley sees the ghost of the Scottish bride herself, a sight that, according to the rhyme, means certain death. The secrets of the house slowly reveal themselves to Lesley, terrible secrets of murder, evil, and a curse that soaks the very earth on which Linden Manor now stands. But Linden Manor has saved its most chilling secret for last.
©2014 Catherine Cavendish (P)2018 David N. Wilson
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This was a short and sweet audio book, at 3 hours long. It’s easy to listen to in short commute-length installments too.
Nancy Peterson has a warm and compelling voice which perfectly suits Lesley Carpenter, the narrating character of this story. She’s torn from her ordinary and life when she feels compelled to research the origins of an old folk rhyme from her childhood, she visits Linden Manor during her studies and discovers much more than she was counting on. Peterson also gives a range of characters their own distinctive and convincing voices.
The story is very atmospheric and gothic in style, when Lesley visits the manor she is gradually told stories by an unnecessarily creepy old woman (all horror stories should include an unnecessarily creepy old woman, in my opinion) and the mystery deepens until you reach the thoroughly depressing conclusion. It’s a slow burner, despite the short length of the book and not a great deal happens beyond characters telling each other stories.
It bounces back and forth between the past and present-ish, it’s quite hard to tell exactly when the story is set which makes it timeless and will remain a fun listen for years to come.
The horror itself was quite mild in my opinion and it failed to heebie my jeebies, but it was an excellent exercise in storytelling and was a perfect match between author and narrator. If you’re a fan of classic haunted house stories with dark origins, I think this is something well worth a listen.
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