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Reviews for Owl manor – Abigail, Book 2 of the Owl Manor Gothic Suspense Trilogy!

5.0 out of 5 stars … “Owl Manor had been home to too much atrocity — it had been defined by it.” Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2020 Verified Purchase

This is the second part of a trilogy and you really have to read Owl Manor – The Dawning first. In fact, I reread it in preparation of reading this book (time well-spent)…

Fourteen years after that horrific night, the owls descend once again upon the old manor… A few days later, Abigail returns to the only home she has ever known, Owl Manor. She catches the remaining staff by surprise, not having sent news of her impending arrival. Abigail has plans for the house, but will the circumstances allow her to make the changes? The staff speculate about what might have driven her back to the manor…

One year later, Owl Manor is opened for long term stays. Hopeful guests must be interviewed and pre-approved by Abigail. She is surrounded by a faithful staff led by Patty Green, upon whom she came to rely upon heavily. Soon, the manor is filled to capacity with guests, who have been approved for varying lengths of stay. The guests are Elwood King, Victor Highmore, Alan Shaw, Clarence Beechworth, Lavinia Thompson and Harriet Cooper. The story told from points of view Abigail, Elwood, Victor and Patty. Who has deep, dark secrets buried deep inside? Everything is not what it appears to be…

From chills running down your spine, to thrills that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and more… This story takes you deep into Owl Manor and its current occupants… You can feel the atmosphere surrounding you, enclosing you, terrifying you… Once you start reading, you will not be able to stop… The gifted storytelling by Ms. Harrison will leave you gasping for breath and wondering what could possibly happen next… When you get to the end, you will be left begging for the final book in this trilogy… I am (im)patiently waiting and Book 3 cannot come so enough… Owl Manor might be “a grotesque place with a grotesque history,” but I cannot get enough of it!

-Gabi Rosetti, Amazon Reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars  An exciting read!
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020 Verified Purchase

I eagerly awaited Book Two of the Owl Manor Trilogy and it was totally worth the wait. Book Two continues the story of Owl Manor with Abigail, the next generation to inherit Owl Manor and its dark legacy of unexplained murders, madness, “evil in the walls that seem to breathe” and owls who attack certain people and protect others.

Zita Harrison writes with such rich and descriptive language that I felt as if I was watching a movie instead of reading her book on my Kindle. She paints pictures with her words. I could visualize and actually feel I was “in the room where it happened.” The story line just flows. Although her genre is Gothic Horror, her style has a hopefulness that keeps it from being depressingly dark. Yes, there are those ghastly murders, ominous owls and spirits that drift from their world to ours (you’ll want to make sure your windows and doors are locked) but there is also the personal journey of the heroine, Abigail, who says at one point: “ The frost on the pane, which had seemed so ominous before, now reminded me of beautiful lace. Why had I not seen that before? Is the world, in the end, just a reflection of one’s state of mind?” Read the book to discover if Abigail is transformed or destroyed by the betrayals and horrors she experiences.

I highly recommend “Owl Manor: Abigail” if you are looking for an exciting read. Then together we can anticipate the final book in the Owl Manor Trilogy-“Owl Manor: Nightfall.”

Bonnie Gallup, Amazon Reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars  ABSOLUTELY A KICK A$$ READ!!!
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2020 Verified Purchase

OMFG!! I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a phenomenal edge of your seat read & need the lights on to read it!! You’ll have to read the first book, but you’ll fly thru it in no time because I couldn’t put that book down & the only reason I’d stop was because I needed to get my heart rate down!!! And this book is off the charts!! Incredible detail, that’s what makes this author so unique, no holding back & that’s the whole point of what makes it scary as hell!! You’ve read what the book is about, so I don’t waste time with details because you just need to read them!! So what are you waiting for??? But the books & be prepared for one helluva great scare!!!

JacqueB63, Amazon Reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling sequel
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2020 Verified Purchase

I just finished book 2 of the Owl Manor trilogy where the story begins after Abigail has grown into adulthood and living in New York . When she is jilted by her fiancé, she returns to Owl Manor where she can hide away from her heartache. Without knowing of the dark past of Owl Manor, she opens a lodge, and as the lodge fills with guest, the Owls return. So does a restless evil that could cost Abigail her soul.

Harrison has a gift for weaving a dark tale that keeps one glued to their seat. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dixiegirl, Amazon reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars  Owls and the Spirits of the Dead Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020

Zita Harrison has penned a sombre and chilling sequel to her masterpiece of gothic horror, Owl Manor: The Dawning. Channelling Emily Brontë, she’s chosen just the right words to transport the reader back to those days of manor houses and ladies’ maids, a time that seems to be perfect for scenes of horror to unfold.

It’s a good idea to read the first book in order to have a full appreciation of how poor Abigail came to be such a cold, self-repressed person. I was concerned for the emotionally neglected child she was in The Dawning. It made me happy that Patty, the housekeeper to Rafe Bradford, the late owner of Owl Manor, was there to be supportive and nurturing to Abigail then, and again when she returns.

The first guests who appear as Abigail begins renting rooms in the Manor as a mountain resort fill out the cast of well-developed characters colorfully. Without spending a lot of time with each one, they’re still adequately endowed with unique personalities, moving the story forward at a good pace.

The effects of rising tension among guests, staff, and Abigail herself, as the owls reappear and all kinds of frightening supernatural activity occur, made me race through the pages until the climax of this excellent novel. I look forward to the third book in the Owl Manor trilogy!

Catriona Lovett, Amazon Reviewer



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Book Review: Gunmetal Gods, by Zamil Akhtar

What a read! An epic saga reminiscent of Game of Thrones in its complexity and grandeur. Political ambition and corruption, backstabbing, treachery, religious hypocrisy, cruelty, bloodshed, all against the backdrop of a variety of gorgeous settings, all brought to life by the author’s use of rich and detailed imagery, and original, often poetic diction. Then there is the array of riveting characters: Paladins, Janisseries, Zabadars, horse warriors from the plains, “whose children learned to ride horses before learning to walk,” jinns, magi, dark spirits. I found myself completely absorbed in the scenes he painted to the point where I had it in front of me as I was on my treadmill!

The story is an ancient one, one of the battle for power between two different beliefs, that of East and West, and internal struggles within those beliefs. From the east, we have Kevah, a worshipper of Lat, from the Kingdom of Sirm. From the West, we have Micah the Metal, Ethosian worshipper of the Archangel, from the holy empire of Crucis. Both are fighting for Kostany, the “holiest city on earth” that originally belonged to the Ethosians, was taken by the Latians, then was taken back by Micah. Both are equally zealous in their conviction that the city belongs to their faith, and in their drive to get it back. They also have something else in common which is bigger than the two faiths, something more personal, which fuels Kevah’s drive, and which Micah slowly becomes aware of.

The question, as always, is, who does the holy land really belong to?

As both the heroes change, becoming more vicious, they both attribute their savagery to “rage transmitted to worship,” rage that will avenge their respective beliefs and kingdoms. But the enjoyment they take from that rage is disturbing and one can clearly see the darkness that overtakes them both, right down to the black metal arm that replaces one of Micah’s limbs, a symbol of that darkness.

What began as an exciting read for me became a bit exhausting, however, as the story progressed. It was like wading through non-stop conflict and fighting with no reprieve, and made the two heroes appear a little one-dimensional. Some longer breaks in between, with perhaps a deeper look at the plight of some of the other characters, like Princess Celene, would have been nice. What was her story besides a revolting few minutes with Micah? Who was she besides a nun? I would also have like to have seen more backstory about Aican, the Ethosian who appeared out of nowhere to switch sides. That felt a little forced. And I would have loved to have seen more of Labyrinthos  – more detailed descriptions of the inside of it, perhaps some history as to how a labyrinth of caves ended up housing evil, perhaps some of its culture.

Overall, a gripping read, and, for fans of Game of Thrones type stories, you will love this one!


Book Review: Pivot by L.C. Barlow

Having been always fascinated by the workings of a mind that follows evil, I was intrigued by this book. A child brought up and conditioned to murder – what sort of conscience would she harbor? Does an innate sense of good versus evil exist in people despite how they are raised, or are there people in the world who simply do not see evil for what it is?

Jack kills without hesitation because she has been trained to do so, but tears flow from deep inside, from a place that screams in protest. And Barlow’s brilliant rhetoric… “butterflies with broken wings”…constantly instills in the reader the sense that there is something terribly wrong with this picture.

I couldn’t put the book down, right from the grisly opening chapter to the end, and finished it in three days. Barlow’s vivid descriptions with attention to the smallest detail, “cigarette bobbing up and down as he sought his lighter”…put the reader right at the scene.

Pivot is a captivating and thought-provoking story that will stay with you for days.


Recent reviews for Owl Manor – the Dawning, my Gothic thriller!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars