The Caging at Deadwater Manor

Inspired by True Events

Young Adult - Horror
246 Pages
Reviewed on 05/20/2017
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Author Biography

Sandie Will is an award-winning young adult novelist who lives in Tampa Bay, Florida and works as a manager and geologist by day. She has written two novels and is currently working on her third. Her first novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor, is a young adult psychological thriller/horror that was the recipient of a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Book Award in YA Horror. Her second is a YA historical time travel series called Time Lands. The first book of the series is titled, The Hunger, and is expected to be released in 2018. She has been married to her husband, Charlie, for 30 years and they have two grown sons. Her favorite place to write is in her back room “treehouse” in the arms of an old oak.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

During a hospital visit, a young woman is detained and incarcerated against her will in the thrilling suspense novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will. Jeanie's mother died when she was fourteen, leaving her and her brother to be raised by their father. Incongruously, her once loving father now hates Jeanie, but yet, still loves her brother. Her father never misses a chance to verbally chastise Jeanie and spew his venomous distaste for her. Unable to do anything about her circumstances at present, Jeanie has plans to escape her abusive situation on her eighteenth birthday. Fortuitously, the day of her birthday arrives, and her father surprises her with a car. Now Jeanie has a better mode of transportation that will expedite the plans she has prepared for that very night. However, her father has one request of Jeanie; she needs to visit her emotionally ailing aunt at the local psychiatric hospital. Because she loves her aunt, Jeanie complies and puts a hold on her plans until the following morning. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake. When Jeanie enters the hospital, she is abducted and drugged. When she wakes, Jeanie finds herself imprisoned in a cage in an attic; adjacent to her is another cage occupied by a girl. Horrified and frightened, Jeanie realizes the neighboring young female occupant is dead. What is going on? Why is this happening to her? Will she be able to get out of there alive?

Based on real events, The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will is an exhilarating young adult suspense novel reminiscent of the Gothic horror story, Flowers In The Attic by V.C. Andrews. In the first chapter, the reader is captured by Jeanie's fortitude despite her circumstances, and is able to connect and empathize with her character. From there the story takes off, surprising the reader with unexpectedly appalling and terrifying incidents. From the alarming hospital scene onward, the horror and suspense continue to build to a chilling and shocking climax. For those who love a shiver inducing story, this is a fabulous suspense novel that makes the hardiest reader's blood run cold. However, due to some of the more adult situations, I recommend it to readers over the age of sixteen.

Jennifer Zamboni

Holy Heck!

This book is intense! I'd classify this book somewhere between YA and NA, as the main character is subjected to some pretty intense situations.

This book sucker punches you in the gut, as you can only witness as 18 year old Jeannie is held captive in an insane asylum. Every word of every horror she is put through will stay with you.

And the ending, oh the ending... That's all I can say about that. Be prepared to I’m be glued to the page. This is an amazing debut novel and I can't wait to find out what other stories Sandie Will has up lurking inside her!

Michelle Iden Rowe

Gripping tale that has you clutching your heart in a good way. The dynamic characters put you right in the story along with them. This is a testament to a gifted literary talent that this author Sandie Wills truly is . Hard to fanthom that this is her debut novel. The style that she writes is very skilled.
This is definitely a page turner and on the edge of your seat read. The horror contained in the storyline makes you take a step back knowing that this in part was based on a true story.
The ending is quite the surprise. The author does a great job engaging the reader. Looking forward to more from this true talent. FIVE ☆☆☆☆☆

patricia steich

I love this book best i read in a long time. Sorry I am finish with it it was so good now I need something to read just as good

Meagan R.

This book was riveting. I couldn't put it down. The writing made me feel like I was right there with Jeannie during her harrowing ordeal. And with the story being inspired by true events, I cringed at the thought of someone being locked away in an attic. The story brought to light the atrocities patients had to endure long ago. I'd highly recommend reading this book. It got under my skin.

Kylor R

The author kept me intersted throughout the book, I just couldn't put it down! Highly recommended and I look forward to reading additional books by Sandie.