Author: J.R. Erickson
Narrator: Kelsey Navarro
Length: 7 hours and 57 minutes
Series: Northern Michigan Asylum Series, Book 2
Publisher: J.R. Erickson
Released: Aug. 15, 2019
The sprawling Kerry Manor has stood abandoned for nearly a century.
But that hasn’t kept the darkness at bay. Stories about the cursed house trickle out. Violent deaths, strange sightings, and always the chilling sound of a little girl’s song permeates the murky halls.
Today, Kerry Manor is restored to its original grandeur. Corrie and Sammy Flynn, and their daughter Isis, move into the house for a winter retreat. As they settle into the dim, gothic rooms, they cannot imagine the terror that awaits them.
Kerry Manor houses a malevolence that spans a century. A twisted tale that began when a little girl went into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane and emerged as something dark – something evil.
Kerry Manor is the second novel in a series of stand-alone stories in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series. Start your chilling journey today.
J.R. Erickson (aka Jacki) is an indie author who writes murder mysteries woven with elements of the paranormal. Since childhood, J.R. has been fascinated by otherworldly things. She started penning creepy stories in her adolescence, but didn’t pursue a career in writing until her mid-twenties. Like most paths, J.R.’s has been winding and filled with detours.
Today, she lives in the forests of northern Michigan with her excavator husband and her critter-loving son. In addition to writing, J.R. teaches yoga, hosts the true crime podcast Bitter Endings, and spends every spare minute hanging with her family and her kitties.
Her latest series, the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, is inspired by a real former asylum in Traverse City. J.R. regularly visits the former asylum that has been partially renovated into shops, restaurants and condominiums.
Kelsey Navarro grew up in Las Vegas with a background in film, singing, and acting. She narrates anything from self-help to erotica. In her spare time, she reads voraciously and enjoys listening to a good podcast or audiobook. She worked in management for over nine years and nerds out over personal development, superheroes, and really great food.
Ethel woke in her little room and clenched her blanket close. She had to pee, and stood before realizing she was not in her room at Kerry Manor, but in this square, cold room. Another little girl slept in a bed along the opposite wall. Ethel started toward the door, but something dark and oozy stood there blocking it. She saw glowing red eyes in its black, shapeless face. She crawled beneath her covers. She heard it drag across the floor and pause at her bedside. Its sour breath poured hot through her thin blanket. She tried not to move a muscle, but fear loosened her bladder and warm pee spread into the mattress beneath her.
Would you believe it if someone came to you and said they see ghosts? Do you believe in ghosts? If your answer is yes to both, this is definitely the book for you. Erickson’s second installment in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series is downright creepy. While the first one was easy to predict, this one has a couple of twists that will entertain readers.
Sarah and Corrie are in a huge haunted manor all by themselves after a deathly terrifying Halloween party thrown at the manor, where one person winds up dead. The story begins with a detective questioning them about their take on the series of events leading up to the party. Sarah has a twin brother, HAD a twin brother, named Sammy, who was also Corrie’s husband. Sammy and Corrie move into Kerry Manor with their little girl, Isis, for a little while. Immediately, Corrie’s demeanor starts to change and Sammy is worried that the stay may not have been the right choice. Deciding to throw one last bash on Halloween before trying to persuade Corrie into moving again, he doesn’t realize the implications of waiting. As both Sarah and Corrie recount their lives leading up to the party, Sarah begins to look into possession and an asylum that is heavily rooted in the manor’s history while Corrie looks for a way to bring Sammy back to life. Death surrounds the manor and both women find that things aren’t always as they appear. Will they be able to get out of Kerry Manor alive or will the dead come back to make a claim for their souls?
Erickson leads her readers into a cold and dark world, but quite a fascinating one. While the story and the characters are fictional, the asylum is real and has been researched thoroughly. This provides originality, while still giving the author credibility. This place, you can imagine, has a ton of creative and unusual stories and this is where Erickson is able to lure her readers into this first installment. Navarro’s narration is fantastic. Erickson has another enticing story, and Navarro compliments both characters quite well. Each character she narrates has a different tone, the pace is nice and steady as the story intensifies, her emotional queues are on par with the story, and she makes the reader feel like they are in the story with Erickson’s characters. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and mysteries, you may want to pick it up for a read. This is the second installment within the series; however, it can be read as a standalone. Everything is different with the exception of the asylum. Just to clarify, this is a story about ghosts, but it is more of a thriller over horror.
The audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five star rating for Calling Back the Dead by J.R. Erickson.
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