by Sherry Soule
Publisher: Disenchanted Publishing
Publication date: April 30, 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal
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by Sherry Soule offers paranormal elements, and a suspenseful murder mystery complete with ghosts, the occult
and a side dish of romance. I found it
to be a suspenseful, dark and haunting tale that I easily consumed. Three word review: suspenseful, eerie and
Mystery, Murder, Manolo Blahnik… A devoted fashionata and practical New
Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural—until she inherits
Summerwind Mansion. . . . When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops
seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to
seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares
of a young woman also murdered in the house. Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are
mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds
herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer—before they strike
again. The problem is . . . whoever it
is may not be human. Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning
the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding
caretaker, Dorian, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a
major distraction for Skylar. Determined to play detective—instead of the
fashion police—and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged
into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. As the
boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to
stay alive long enough to learn the truth.
The tale begins in New York City where we meet our
protagonist Skylar Blackwell. She is a successful fashion photographer whose
Uncle has recently died leaving her the Summerwind Mansion on the California coast.
When she is laid-off from her job, she packs up and heads out West, to settle the
estate and discover how her Uncle died. The tale that unfolds is filled with malevolent
entities, an unusual staff and a series of unexplained murders. While not
perfect, this tale entertained me as we unearthed the secrets of Summerwind.
Skylar Blackwell is a self proclaimed fashionista and
romance book lover. She has grown up
around a family that believes in the supernatural but claims she does not. I found her to be a contradiction. On one
hand she believes runes protected her and then despite what she witnesses she
declares there is no such thing as ghosts as she clutches a protective amulet. She
believes she has a sixth sense, and thinks the amulet warns her, all while she
tries to dismiss or explain what occurred. She was kind, thoughtful, snarky, confident and unsure. Sadly, I never completely connected with her.
Dorian is the properties caretaker. He is mysterious and gorgeous. His
interaction with Skylar goes from hot to cold One minute he is warning her away
and the next he is asking her to go riding. There was definitely a physical
attraction and interests but for most of the novel they behaved liked
strangers. While everything is explained, I never quite bought into the romance. Other characters added to the mystery and kept me in suspense.
Summerwind Mansion was almost like a character itself and I
loved the creep factor it provided. Everything about it from the paintings to the weird noises made me shiver. Soule spun a clever paranormal mystery. For
me, this was the best aspect of the novel. I loved everything from the wind to
the paranormal warnings. The sense of foreboding the author provided with subtle
clues and changes thrilled me. Skylar has bizarre dreams and in them, we learn about events
in the past and I enjoyed the way it was told. The ghost was dark, violent and believable. The occult, historical
events and current danger all felt genuine. This would make a cool haunting movie.
Those who enjoy haunts and paranormal mysteries will enjoy Immortal
Eclipse. Despite the disconnect I felt with the characters, I was thoroughly entertained.
Three cups of coffee out of five
Labels: adult paranormal romance, Disenchanted Publishing, Sherry Soule