by Anne Loader McGee
176 pages – ages 8+
Published by Vendera Publishing on March 10, 2011
Mallory Gilmartin did NOT want to move to Cedar Creek. She had to because of her parents divorce. She is now living in the Marlatt cottage and weird things are happening at the Marlatt Manor (mansion). Mallory starts having dreams about a girl, Violet, who disappeared at the Manor and other creepy and weird things start to happen. Mallory, her grandmother (who already lives in Cedar Creek) and Mallory’s new friend, Kyle try to figure out the mystery behind the strange things going on and the mystery behind Violet Marlatt. What happens in the Manor? The truth is beyond reality!
I have to say first that I am not a huge fan of scary stories that are just scary to be scary. The Mystery at Marlatt Manor was not just a scary book, it had a great mystery in it also (and I do like mysteries), so I thought this book was a good book. There were some parts that really creeped me out but only because it was spooky, not because it was violent or anything bad. I really liked Kyle in the book. Mallory was a good main character too. I would have liked the dreams Mallory had to be explained a bit more, but I guess that adds to the whole mystery. The plot of the book was very good and it kept you guessing what would happen next. I would really recommend the book to kids who are fans of mysteries. I think it is good for all ages because it was a clean read (other than creepy parts if kids get scared easy).
Check out the trailer – it shows how spooky the book is!
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