The Ghosts of Lewis Manor

Fiction - Paranormal
338 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2022
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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.

Carmen Tenorio

The Ghosts of Lewis Manor by Marcia Maidana is about Seraphina Addington, a young woman with psychic abilities, who was displaced from London because of the war and forced to live in the English countryside of Burley. All Hallows is part of the vast estate of her father's friend who invited her to be a guest. To complicate things further, her arrival is said to coincide with a suspected serial killer's schedule of finding their next victim, which is the fifth year of a 5-year killing interval when a young woman suddenly disappears or is murdered in Burley. Determined to stop this atrocious cycle of crime, Seraphina seeks assistance from various people that she encounters in both the world of the living and the dead to help her solve the mystery and save the next victim. She believes this is the only to way appease the restless spirits and end the series of tragedies.

The Ghosts of Lewis Manor is quite a compelling whodunit whose World War II backdrop adds more to the somber and tense mood created by an anticipated tragedy that's about to happen. The book is well-written and has a lot of twists, events, and people that are surprisingly connected to each other. It has a simple story arc, but the protagonist still had to deal with a lot to seek certainty, resolution, and closure. The novel has good pacing and is not short on interesting characters with personalities that develop well and are not merely static throughout. Author Marcia Maidana certainly has a creative and riveting writing style to sustain the reader's interest until the very end. Highly recommended for those who enjoy stories with intriguing characters, good settings, and unforeseen plot turns with a sprinkling of romance and perturbing paranormal events.

Vincent Dublado

The Ghosts of Lewis Manor by Marcia Maidana is a paranormal thriller with a strong historical background, a ghost and crime story taking place during the early days of the London Blitz. Seraphina Addington is doubly vulnerable to air raids for the death and destruction they bring; she could see the dead. Only nineteen, they have been a part of her life. The sightings were rare until the war started. Spirits torn by conflict were hard to ignore. Being an only child had made her parents overprotective of her. Because of her rare ability, they send her away to the home of an old friend named John Lewis for her well-being. But Lewis Manor and the woods where it stands proves contrary in giving Seraphina peace of mind. Someone is trying to kill her. She must use her gift to communicate with the dead to solve the mystery in the manor and save herself from an impending murder attempt.

The Ghosts of Lewis Manor will keep you intrigued and turning pages. Marcia Maidana’s storytelling gives you important clues and carries you along to the end as you pay attention to Seraphina’s point of view. You can’t help but feel a distinct admiration for the way Maidana sustains tension and suspense through the things happening in Seraphina’s life. Sending her away to live with a family friend is a grave sign that more drama and mystery are about to unfold. The manor has a foreboding and eerie atmosphere, and the setting convinces you that no peace of mind is to be found here. The writing voice puts everything into an intriguing and mysterious dimension and confidently takes you into the past to witness unsettling situations. It’s a must-read with suspense that builds and characters that sustain it.

Essien Asian

It is the height of World War 2 and London bears the brunt of the Luftwaffe's aerial bombardment. Because of this reason, Seraphina Addington's parents send her off to the relative safety of the countryside, far from the bombs and the sirens. She relocates to the beautiful town of Burley where she is a guest of General Lewis, an old friend of her parents and his caretakers, the Goswicks. As she acclimates herself to her new home at Lewis Manor, she becomes aware of a malevolent presence that haunts the mansion. She stumbles on a mystery involving a missing lady, with bodies in the forest, and a killer on the loose. Can she solve this mystery before the killer strikes again? Find out in The Ghosts Of Lewis Manor by Marcia Maidana.

Marcia Maidana's mystery novel is a very interesting read. I consider the use of the early war years as a setting for the storyline a plus in terms of uniqueness and her characters are very well fleshed out. Their origin stories are presented in such a way that it rapidly becomes obvious how all of them are tied to the main story. The romantic subplot between Seraphina and Captain Stewart made for some nice reading, especially when following their flirtatious conversations; it's a mix of comedy and seriousness. The storyline alternates between pacy and sedate but the one thing that's constant is the build-up to the big reveal. The Ghosts Of Lewis Manor is an absolute delight to read. Marcia Maidana's style of storytelling is simply breathtaking. An excellent piece of work by all standards.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Ghosts of Lewis Manor by Marcia Maidana is a paranormal tale of choices. Seraphina was born with the ability to hear and see the dead. Some may see it as a blessing, others a curse. The London Blitz has brought hundreds of lost souls out and Seraphina is overwhelmed. The war is only going to get worse so her parents send her away to keep her sane. But the old mansion in the English countryside is not much better. Monsters walk the corridors and the woods around the house and they aren’t all dead. Lewis Manor has a deadly past and it’s down to Seraphina to solve the mystery surrounding the house. If she can’t solve the past, she may not be able to stop her own murder in the here and now.

The Ghosts of Lewis Manor by Marcia Maidana is a dark story that starts slowly and builds up the pace. While some see a slow start as a bad thing, it allows readers to get a real grip on the story and keeps them guessing all the way. The ghosts are a pivotal part of the story and, together with the living, they are developed into characters we come to know well, characters we can relate to. Their stories are fascinating but this is one of those nothing-is-ever-as-it-seems stories, with plenty of twists and turns. The ending is unexpected, a real surprise, and not one that a reader could possibly guess. I thoroughly enjoyed this spine-tingling, eerie novel and I highly recommend it, and the author, to all fans of the paranormal.