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review 2017-10-13 20:53
Gruselkrimi in Cold-Case-Manier
Die Heimsuchung von Grayson Manor - Cheryl Bradshaw

Addison Lockhart wird seit frühester Kindheit von grausamen Visionen und düsteren Ahnungen gequält. Meistens ist der Tod darin zu Gast und sie haben sich häufig als Wahrheit entpuppt. Nichtsdestotrotz wird sie von ihren Eltern zum Psychiater geschleppt und lernt, diesen Teil von ihr zu unterdrücken. Bis zu dem Tag, an dem sie „Grayson Manor“ von ihrer Mutter erbt und in das verwunschene Haus zieht. 

Ich hatte mir bei „Die Heimsuchung von Grayson Manor“ eine atomsphärische, gruselige Horror-Haus-Geschichte gewünscht. Schon allein die vielversprechende ‚Heimsuchung‘ und der dunkel klingende Name ‚Grayson Manor‘ laden zu schaurigsten Vorstellungen ein. Bekommen habe ich einen sanften Gruselkrimi, dem es zumeist am richtigen Schauerambiente fehlt.

Addison Lockhart ist Anfang 30 und hat von ihrer Mutter „Grayson Manor“ geerbt. In diesem Haus hat sie ihre Kindheit verbracht, ihrer Tochter allerdings nie etwas davon erzählt. Außerdem kündigen sich weitere Familiengeheimnisse an, denen das letzte Quäntchen Spannung fehlt.

Die Handlung entspricht einem Krimi in Cold-Case-Manier. Addison stößt auf eine alte und somit kalte Spur und versucht, den Ereignissen von damals auf den Grund zu gehen. Das ist alles andere als einfach, weil die meisten Beteiligten verzogen oder längst verstorbenen sind. Hier ist es natürlich hilfreich, wenn man eine Seherin ist … 

Es geht quer durch die 50er-Jahre mit einem Blick auf alte Hollywood-Legenden. Intrigen, Affären und unbequemer Geltungsdrang erhalten ebenso Raum wie Addisons Gabe, die sie auf längst vergessene Spuren bringt.

Der Schreibstil ist meiner Meinung nach ok und angenehm zu lesen. Die Übersetzung wurde von anderen Lesern bemängelt, was ich nur teilweise unterschreiben kann. Mir sind zwar auch manch holprige Sätze aufgefallen, allerdings war ich meistens so in der Handlung drin, dass ich sie nicht als störend empfunden habe.

Gefehlt hat es mir dafür eindeutig am gruseligen Grundton und der angemessenen Horrorstimmung, die Cover, Klappentext und Protagonistin versprechen. Wenn die Protagonistin um die 30 ist, hatte ich mir schon intensiveren Horror erwartet, der mir die Zehennägel hebt. Leider sind mir diesbezüglich die Füße aber eingeschlafen. Es gibt zwar einige schaurige Stellen, aber nichts davon hat bei mir für Gänsehaut gesorgt.

Den Cold-Case-Stil hingegen finde ich sehr nett, weil ich gerne in alte Zeiten eintauche und gleichzeitig den Bezug zur Gegenwart sehen kann. Wie schon gesagt, verschlägt es Addison vor allem in die 50er, wo sie sich mit der Geschichte ihrer Familie auseinandersetzt.

Untermalt wird das Ganze von einer sanften Liebesgeschichte, Addisons Selbstfindung und die Wiederentdeckung ihrer Fähigkeit. 

Mit dem Ende hat mich Cheryl Bradshaw in zweierlei Hinsicht überrascht. Erstens hatte ich das Gefühl, dass es sehr abrupt gekommen ist. Denn die Handlung ist mehr oder weniger gleichmäßig vorangegangen und plötzlich war ich am Ende angekommen. Zweitens hatte ich mit diesem Ausgang nicht gerechnet, was mir doch gefallen hat.

Insgesamt ist „Die Heimsuchung von Grayson Manor“ ein Gruselkrimi in Cold-Case-Manier, der bestimmt weniger anspruchsvollen und jüngeren Horrorlesern gefallen wird. Bei den erfahrenen, alten Hasen im Horrorgenre werden wohl die Füße kalt bleiben, obwohl die Handlung durch den Unterhaltungswert punkten kann. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-10-12 20:48
Attention grabbing opener
Gone Daddy Gone (Sloane Monroe) (Volume 7) - Cheryl Bradshaw

Talk about starting out with a bang! The opening chapter of Gone Daddy Gone certainly grabs the attention of the reader and sets up the whodunit for this tale. This is my first read in this series and it is obvious that Sloane has a past, but I had no trouble following the story line. The book is well-written, the characters are interesting, and the pacing keeps the story moving quickly. We also get snippets from the bad guy that are a bit creepy and a nice addition to the story.

While it doesn't take long to figure out the direction of the tale, the details were a surprise - at least to me. I can't speak for those that are familiar with the series. Overall, this mystery pulled me in and held my interest throughout, and the characters are sufficiently interesting to have me looking up earlier books in the series. 

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text 2017-10-09 12:35
Blog Tour: Gone Daddy Gone by Cheryl Bradshaw with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today’s stop is for Cheryl Bradshaw’s Gone Daddy Gone. We will have info about the book and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

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From New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Bradshaw:   A single moment is about to change Sloane Monroe's life forever ...   On an early winter morning, college student Shelby McCoy walks the quiet, snowy path back home. A tree branch snaps in the distance. Then another. A man is there with her, following close behind, whispering her name. She looks back, sees him gaining on her, and runs. Who is this man, and why is he carrying a gun?   *Can easily be read as a standalone!

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The man stood across from Bonnie and Hank’s hotel, watching everyone say goodbye. From the looks of things, Cade appeared to be returning to Wyoming, and Sloane would stay behind. Good. It would be much easier for him to divide and conquer this way. He took one last drag on his cigarette and flicked it to the ground, stubbing it out with the bottom of his shoe. He thought about leaving, but he couldn’t tear his eyes away from Cade and Sloane, holding hands, standing together beside the truck for one last embrace. The embrace was long. Too long. It made the man uncomfortable. Get on with it already. Leave. Viewing such tenderness between two people turned his stomach, like a virus had entered his body and quickly spread. Anger. Slow, festering anger. His heart beating faster and faster. He reached out, clutching a tree for support, inhaling and then exhaling and then inhaling again. Focus. Remember what you’re here for and why. You’re in control. It’s all going according to plan. Cade gripped the handle of the door, but then leaned back to Sloane, whispering something in her ear. For a moment it looked like she might cry, but she didn’t. Seeing the display of emotion between them was almost like witnessing two lovers on a movie screen, a magical connection that seemed too unrealistic to be real. For a fleeting moment the man was reminded of a time in his own life when he too had been in love. A time so long ago, he strained to remember it. Over the years he’d been with plenty of women. A few of them he’d even cared for on a marginal, detached level. The rest served a single purpose—a warm body on a cold, lonely night. He had only ever felt real love for a woman once, and that woman had been his wife, and when he lost her, he lost everything.

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Bradshaw writes in the genres of mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, and supernatural suspense. To date, she has published almost two dozen novels and novellas, including her New York Times bestselling mystery series based on a sassy, OCD challenged private eye named Sloane Monroe. In 2013, Bradshaw’s fourth novel in the series, Stranger in Town, was a finalist for a Shamus Award, and that same year, book three in the series, I Have a Secret, won best thriller of the year from eFestival of Words. She was raised in California and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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review 2016-07-03 14:55
"Stranger in Town", by Cheryl Bradshaw
Stranger in Town - Cheryl Bradshaw

Book 4, in the Sloane Monroe mysteries

Although this book is the 4th in a series it can easily be enjoyed as a standalone. So no worry if you start here you will warm up to the lead character from the get-go and you will want to know what makes her tick.

When I first read the synopsis, the fiction premise based on real events picked my curiosity and at first glance the story of abducted children intrigued me so much I needed to see how the author would spin her tale and deliver it to her audience. Being my first experience with the author I didn’t know what to expect and I can now say I enjoyed this well-turned out mystery and I will keep an eye on Ms. Bradshaw from now on.

The premise in a nutshell:

Private eye (Sloane Monroe) with basic grammar skills looks for two kidnapped girls in small town, and gets cozy with the Sheriff’s son.

This is a smooth and gripping storyline that keeps a steady tempo from the opening phrases and gradually pulls one in with its vivid characters and its gut wrenching plot. The first person narrative makes the experience lively and realistic. There are no twists to talk about and one can easily see how the drama will develop and that our protagonist will save the day…..Mrs. Bradshaw made a light story out of a terrible topic so we can digest the touching subject of kidnapping, human trafficking, illegal adoption, selling of children and body parts for profit.

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text 2015-08-08 11:10
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