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Ebook Details
  • 07/2019
  • B07SKXNH8W
  • 398 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 07/2019
  • 978-0578664972 B07SKXNH8W
  • 398 pages
  • $12.29
Cailyn Lloyd
Author
Shepherd's Warning
Cailyn Lloyd, author
For years the abandoned MacKenzie mansion remained hidden in rural Wisconsin. Rumors and stories of apparitions, odd noises, accidents, and strange deaths in or near the property were enough to convince the townsfolk it was haunted and they stayed away. Lucas MacKenzie and his brother Nate know nothing of this when they inherit the property and decide to bring their families to Wisconsin for a major renovation project with HGTV stardom in mind. As they tear out old fixtures and open shuttered windows, the house begins to reveal secrets of a terrible past and it soon becomes clear the MacKenzies are in grave danger. In the end, only one person can save them.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: Lloyd's plot brings along with it the usual trappings of the genre that readers will be familiar with: mysterious pasts waiting to be investigated, hauntings, cautious locals, and headstrong out-of-towners who don't heed their warnings. What helps set it apart from some of its contemporaries is an early-on decision to jump headlong into the stranger aspects of its genre, and inject a bit of life into a tried-and-true formula.

Prose: Lloyd's prose does well to establish the picturesque scenery and grandiose MacKenzie Manor, though some readers may be less interested in the character-crafting, where many of the cast can start to feel like template-swaps of the same build.

Originality: Lloyd makes an interesting call by deciding early on to give away the ghost, so to speak, and introduce not only the supernatural, but mystical as well —all of which may serve to grab readers with the unexpected move.

Character Development/Execution: The cast of Shepherd's Warning are serviceable, if occasionally feeling rushed or somewhat underdeveloped. Still, fans of the genre will have enough meat to hook into that it should keep them invested.

Date Submitted: May 05, 2022

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 07/2019
  • B07SKXNH8W
  • 398 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 07/2019
  • 978-0578664972 B07SKXNH8W
  • 398 pages
  • $12.29

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