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Kat's Review of Henderson Manor by Emma Clapperton (Patrick McLaughlin #2)

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Emma CLapperton Henderson ManorMy Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Do you believe a house can remember things that have happened in the past? 

As D.S Preston and D.C Lang investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow they ask themselves, who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? They believe their questions are answered and the case is closed.

Sam Leonard could not be happier, he has an amazing acting career, a loyal best friend and a fantastic girlfriend and after a previous turbulent relationship, what could go wrong? 

Patrick McLaughlin’s life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better. But a house that Patrick buys is not all it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased and a fairly recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase? 

Henderson Manor will bring together the lives of several unsuspecting people…but can a house let go of its past?

My Review: I’m not a fan of the ‘psychic type’ books but Emma Clapperton’s first book made me re-think that statement. Having read about and got to know Patrick McLaughlin I was quite looking forward to this next book. The intro of the book is interesting and immediately caught my attention. We meet Sam Leonard who is a successful actor and he meets his soon to be girlfriend, Deborah. His life seems extremely good with a new girlfriend in tow and his best friend Jenny around, until a previous relationship comes back to haunt him.

In addition to Sam, Jenny and Deborah we also meet up with DS Preston and DC Lang again. They’re called in to investigate the suspected death of a young girl found living alone in her house. Whilst Preston and Lang are busy doing their jobs, we also meet up with Patrick and his wife Jodie. Life is looking up for Patrick and with a baby on the way their move to a new house looks to be a fresh start.

I really liked the characters of Sam, Jenny and Deborah and they added what almost felt like a separate element to the story. However, as the story progresses all the characters involved become intertwined and things start to spiral rapidly. In her first book I really liked Patrick and Jodie, and although it takes at least a third of the book before we see them it feels like I was greeting old friends again. Like I said I’m not a terribly huge fan of the paranormal but Emma Clapperton has managed to tell this story without the psychic side going too far so it becomes ridiculous. It’s believable and in particular this book seemed quite a bit more exciting than the last.

The nicest thing about this book was the ending. Although I fear this may be the end for Patrick and Jodie, the plot twist thrown in at the end was a corker and it leaves you wanting to read more about the couple. This certainly grabbed my attention and I got through it in pretty quick time. It was well paced and didn’t let up right until the last page. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to see what EC produces next. 

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