Darcy Coates writes very interesting stories but they all follow the same pattern:
1. The main character is always broke and can't seem to refuse the haunted house or the job at the haunted house.
2. There's very, very little dialogue between characters and it always seems to be a solo adventure.
3. The character is scared to death but never leaves the house, committed to the task of cleaning it as if that was more important than safety.
4. I happened to find the same writing style over and over again with the same use of words and descriptions. There's not much character development either.
5. The house or mansion or manor is always very well hidden from civilization and very far away from the city, tucked away in a huge forest and is always tangled in vines and weeds.
6. There's always something hiding in the house that won't reveal itselt almost until you reach page 120.
This particular story was pretty good although it was predictable. I knew beforehand that the car wouldn't start and that Guy would end back in Rookward when he got lost in the woods. The ending was nice and the twists as well.
To me, this author has a lot of potential but it is not fully developed because her stories are small, sometimes consisting of five or six characters and they all follow the same pattern. I think she is capable of writing something bigger, less predictable and engaging. I read this book in one day. It was engrossing and easy to read. It makes for a good story when you're bored. The descriptions are creepy and it is an overall good experience. However, I can't seem to read one book after another from this author without rolling my eyes at the similarities between each one. They are the same story told all over again with different broke characters and a long forgotten forest hidden mansion.