While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly receives a phone call from his estranged aunt, who turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Though his father seemed guarded about the past, Daniel's need for family and curiosity compel him to visit.
Located in a secluded area of the Northwest, Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. Her halls sit empty and a thin layer of dust adorns the sheet-covered furniture. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart.
Sherriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds. Seeing Daniel struggle, he vows protect the young man who captured his heart, and help him solve the mystery behind the haunting and confront the past - not only to save Daniel's life, but to save his family, whose very souls hang in the balance.
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 2
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Tropes: Badass Hero, Hurt / Comfort
Word Count: 71,700
Setting: Emerson, Oregon
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Okay Kim on https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1909761143?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 wrote:
This is the second book I have read by a bright upcoming rising star of writing.
‘Objects in the Rearview Mirror’ was my first meeting with this young man FE Feeley Jr.
And I am not looking back. If you are an aficionado of doors that squeak and things that go bump in the night Stephen King style here is a new author you will adore.
Daniel Donnelly has at his young age been affected by tragedy recently with the loss of his parents. Struggling to get his footing, he is contacted by an Aunt, his father’s sister Carol, who asks him to come and visit. Traveling from Texas to the Portland area seemed like a good idea, the change of scenery would do him good.
A storm hits while driving and Daniel pulls off to the side of the road where he is frightened by a wolf watching him. A car arrives and it is the local sheriff Hale Davis. When the good sheriff hears Daniel is heading to Carol’s he quickly tells Daniel to follow. Hale has been working around The Manor since he was a young boy.
We meet Carole who has workman scurrying to open the manor to dust the cobwebs out of the many rooms which have been neglected over the years, to paint, to repair etc. Carole tells Daniel that she will be slowly turning over the house and its lands to Daniel as he is the last remaining family in the inheritance line. This author allows the reader to see the house, the grounds and visually with his words feel something ominous, something we can’t quite put our finger on, as we watch as Daniel has these dreams that we cannot make sense of and the hair on the back of your neck stands up…..
In addition to the story, our author has given us love, with the relationship between Hale and Daniel as it grows from strangers, to friendship to a wonderfully sensual love.
We go further in learning all the back stories of the house and the family members….and the house comes alive with evil and we are ever drawn to what and who is behind it. Hale is determined to love and protect and the race is on. My heart raced through the scenes of horror and my imagination was whetted by the authors words. If you like a good ghost story The Haunting is a true blockbuster .
Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal romance Guild Review Chair
In all the paranormal world, I love ghost stories the most!
I love tragic good ghosts and the bad ghosts that are scarier than hell.
In fact, the scarier a ghost story is, the better.
But it must and I do mean “must” have a believable happy HEA.
A couple of years ago, I stumble upon the PB version The Haunting of Timber Manor in a trade game I play in on another sight. Read it and thought it was a good ghost story at the time, but it needed to be fleshed out in some areas and I rated it a 4 Star read.
The only reason I didn’t put it back in the trade game I was playing in, is that the author had signed it and I had trouble letting it go because of it.
And when Dreamspinner had some really fantastic PB sales last year, I bought the other two PB stories by Mr. Feeley to read at a later date.
Last October,I really got into F.E. Feeley’s stories when I decided to read Objects in the Rearview Mirror to get me in the mood for Halloween.
Damn, that one hooked me, along with Still Waters and I ended up re reading The Haunting of Timber Manor again.
Still had a couple of problems with it, but then I learned that there was a 2nd edition coming out.
Okay, I’m officially an addict when I pre ordered the PB 2nd edition and I’m not a big fan of 2nd editions, but this time I made an exception.
I so glad I did!
All the problems that I had with the first one were corrected and because the style of writing changed with some bonus material added in. Parts that were not scary in the first book, was scary this time around! What a difference!
What can I say…Mr. Feeley…I would love to read more, please! Because this author is now an official auto buy for me and I’m giving The Haunting of Timber Manor 2nd edition a 5 star rating just because thump, thump, thumping got to me and scared the bejeesus outta me. I made the mistake of reading it late at night while home by myself during a windstorm.
I also have to find a way to meet Mr. Feeley to sign my new book so it will match the other one I own