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Reviewed by Ana-Maria Leasa for Readers' Favorite
The Ghosts of Lewis Manor by Marcia Maidana tells the story of Seraphina Addington. In a time of war, Seraphina tries to speak to a little boy who turns out to be a ghost, and her parents witness the situation. Concerned for their daughter, they send Seraphina, together with her dog, Piper, to live at All Hallows, a country house of an old family friend, General John Lewis. But little did she know that no place was safe, especially All Hallows. Once Seraphina reaches her destination, she meets with the housekeepers, Samuel and Agatha Goswick, and their children, Julius and Caroline. And so her new life starts. New and important acquaintances are made, like Captain Ross Stewart and Officer Elliott Kennard, and new and disturbing questions arise. Is she the only one who can see ghosts? Who are the spirits that haunt All Hallows? But most importantly, is there a serial killer in the woods?
I devoured each word of The Ghosts of Lewis Manor by Marcia Maidana. The writing style and ingenuity of it made me unable to guess the real criminal even as I was approaching the end of the story. With each page, new clues and pieces of information were added, making me rethink what I thought I knew and what I had discovered. I also loved the riddle found by Seraphina in the library. It got me more immersed in the story while trying to solve it before I found its solution in the book. Suspense and mystery were the main components that kept the plot moving quickly without appearing hurried. These factors also made it impossible for any point in the plot to act as a resting place. For example, when Seraphina discovers the riddle in the library, it gives the reader another point of suspense to hang on to and the story another mystery to solve. The characters approach the theme of death less with hesitation and fear and more with irritation, curiosity, and the drive to understand it.