Type: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Disenchanted Publishing
My Copy: Sent
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.
Skylar Blackwell lives in the Upper East Side of New York; she is a successful photographer and lives alone in an apartment she inherited from her grandmother. She has always had an acute sense of intuition so when things feel wrong, she listens. Recently she has been experiencing some strange things at her apartment, scraping sounds, whispers on the wind and moths swarming her windows. Two weeks ago she received a package in the mail from her uncle, he wanted her to come and visit, unfortunately he died just days later. His lawyer keeps calling about the estate; she needs to make some decisions, then much to her dismay, a decision is made for her when she is fired from her job; apparently she now has the time to go to California.
She flies out and meets with the lawyer and finds out she has inherited it all, a huge mansion on the ocean, a large amount of cash and an unusual amulet that seems to be welcoming when she puts it on. She drives to the house only to get into a horrible accident that totals her car and must walk the rest of the way. The employees that greet her when she arrives are suspicious and want to know what she is doing here; she believes that there are some very strange people who worked for her uncle.
Dorian Delacroix is the caretaker who is at first unwelcoming however as time goes on he is the one person who she can count on in this ever increasingly strange world she has ended up in. And while things around seem out of control she is finding answers to not only questions about her uncle’s death but of others who have died since. However the danger is catching up with her and she needs to find out what is going on before she also ends up dead.
This is a haunted mansion story with quite the twist. I enjoyed the premise of the story, the inherited mansion, the young girl in over her head, the strange employees that have deep roots in the house and the man who she ends up trusting above all else but who has a very dark secret. The characters were just as they should be for an old fashioned mystery and it worked well. I liked Dorian however got tired of the fact that he could not make up his mind about Skylar, I get that he was hurt before and he does have this huge secret that might be a deal breaker, but he would act like he wants her and then would push her away. Skylar was hard to like at the beginning as she was more into being this fashionista than anything else, and I did not need the name dropping of all the types of shoes she liked to buy, I get it, she liked expensive shoes. She seemed very young however as she dealt with all the strangeness of the house, the death and danger, she grew up a little. She even became quite strong willed when dealing with the risks; she even got pushy with Dorian, a man who did not know what he wanted.
This book is told in the first person present, which is different, you only know what Skylar is thinking, however the author does work around it as Skylar eavesdrops on a lot of other conversations. The book was fast paced and built up tension as you headed toward the conclusion which was action packed and fraught with dangerous situations. All in all a good mystery with many paranormal twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.
I give Immortal Eclipse by Sherry Soule 3.0 stars!