The Curse of Malenfer Manor
I was expecting a Gothic novel, of course, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was so much more.
Dermot Ward survived the Great War, but not without scars, both physical and emotional. Following the end of the war, Dermot is in Paris trying to drink away the horrors he has experienced, when he sees his friend Arthur Malenfer walk by. Stunned and confused, Dermot leaves his drink and runs after the man he knew died in the war.
When Dermot catches up with Arthur, it takes him a while to understand that Arthur is, indeed, dead, but has been searching for Dermot because he has a favor to ask that only the living can accomplish. Dermot can't refuse Arthur, and the two journey to Malenfer Manor so Dermot can do what Arthur has asked of him.
At Malenfer Manor, Dermot and Arthur must do what they can to defeat the Curse, but there is more to the mystery than the curse. A ghost story, a war story, a story of revenge, a story of greed....
McChesney creates a diverse ensemble of characters that all fit into the Gothic motif. Dermot and Arthur are interesting characters in and of themselves, but also because of their experiences in a horrific war.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book on several levels. This is another one that would have been perfect for Carl's RIP Challenge. Should have participated this year. If you are taking part in the challenge, I recommend this one. Or mark it down for next year.
Supernatural/Mystery/Historic Novel. Oct. 1, 2013. Print version: 264 pages.