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From number one bestselling author Caroline Mitchell, comes the first chilling Slayton thriller for fans of C. J. Tudor and Stephen King. If you open your door to the Midnight Man, hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won't be leaving here... On Halloween night in Slayton, five girls go to Blackhall Manor to play the Mid From number one bestselling author Caroline Mitchell, comes the first chilling Slayton thriller for fans of C. J. Tudor and Stephen King. If you open your door to the Midnight Man, hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won't be leaving here... On Halloween night in Slayton, five girls go to Blackhall Manor to play the Midnight Game. They write their names on a piece of paper and prick their fingers to soak it in blood. At exactly midnight they knock on the door twenty-two times - they have invited the Midnight Man in. It was supposed to be a game, but only four girls come home. Detective Sarah Noble has just returned to the force, and no one knows more about Blackhall Manor than her. It's a case that will take Sarah back to everything she's been running from, and shake her to the core. Will she be ready to meet the Midnight Man?


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From number one bestselling author Caroline Mitchell, comes the first chilling Slayton thriller for fans of C. J. Tudor and Stephen King. If you open your door to the Midnight Man, hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won't be leaving here... On Halloween night in Slayton, five girls go to Blackhall Manor to play the Mid From number one bestselling author Caroline Mitchell, comes the first chilling Slayton thriller for fans of C. J. Tudor and Stephen King. If you open your door to the Midnight Man, hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won't be leaving here... On Halloween night in Slayton, five girls go to Blackhall Manor to play the Midnight Game. They write their names on a piece of paper and prick their fingers to soak it in blood. At exactly midnight they knock on the door twenty-two times - they have invited the Midnight Man in. It was supposed to be a game, but only four girls come home. Detective Sarah Noble has just returned to the force, and no one knows more about Blackhall Manor than her. It's a case that will take Sarah back to everything she's been running from, and shake her to the core. Will she be ready to meet the Midnight Man?

30 review for The Midnight Man

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    An atmospheric read that starts off with a bang! “If you open your door to the Midnight Man Hide with a candle wherever you can Try not to scream as he draws near Because one of you won’t be leaving here” The small town of Slayton is rocked to its core when a group of 5 girls go to Blackhall Manor on Halloween night to play the Midnight Game. The game, along with the legend of the Midnight Man, has been around for decades. Unfortunately, one of the girls never makes it home after the Midnight Man ac An atmospheric read that starts off with a bang! “If you open your door to the Midnight Man Hide with a candle wherever you can Try not to scream as he draws near Because one of you won’t be leaving here” The small town of Slayton is rocked to its core when a group of 5 girls go to Blackhall Manor on Halloween night to play the Midnight Game. The game, along with the legend of the Midnight Man, has been around for decades. Unfortunately, one of the girls never makes it home after the Midnight Man actually shows up. Detective Sarah Noble, having just returned to work after suffering a scandalous loss, knows all about Blackhall Manor and the dangers within the walls. With the help of others, including a sensitive boy who feels things on a deeper level, can she stop the Midnight Man before she herself becomes one of his victims? This is an enjoyable mystery filled with atmosphere and a sense of dread. There were a few moments of unease as goosebumps appeared on my arms. The characters are all compelling, and it was interesting to see how three seemingly separate POVs came together to solve two different mysteries. I wasn’t impressed with the revelations towards the end. While they sort of worked, they didn’t seem completely plausible. I felt a bit duped. Overall, this is an enjoyable and engrossing read that was hard to put down. Perfect for a chilly fall evening (wrapped in a blanket and drinking wine to keep warm...of course), when leaves are falling and jack-o-lanterns line the porch stairs. 🎃🍂 Thank you to Embla Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Expected Publication Date: 10/13/21. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Spencer

    This is the first fictional audiobook I’ve read and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The Midnight Man follows the residents of Slayton after 5 teenage girls play the midnight game and one goes missing. Sarah has to work to try and track down the culprit by looking into the past. It’s very rare that I’m shocked by a thriller at this point. But this one was definitely able to shock me! It actually took me a while to fully wrap my head around the twists. This was great to listen to during October, it had a This is the first fictional audiobook I’ve read and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The Midnight Man follows the residents of Slayton after 5 teenage girls play the midnight game and one goes missing. Sarah has to work to try and track down the culprit by looking into the past. It’s very rare that I’m shocked by a thriller at this point. But this one was definitely able to shock me! It actually took me a while to fully wrap my head around the twists. This was great to listen to during October, it had a great spooky vibe. However, this did reduce a little after the first chapter (which I really loved). It’s possible that I may have enjoyed this more if I had read the physical book. I’m still new to audiobooks and did find I kept drifting off and then struggled to follow what was happening. That being said, I thought the narrators and finished production were excellent. I admit I did find one of the final twists hard to get my head around, I’m not sure if that was because of the format, but I’m still trying to fit the pieces together in my head. I will definitely be grabbing future books in this series! I would recommend this audiobook to thriller/mystery lovers! I want to thank Tandem Collective, Embla books, Bonnier books and Caroline Mitchell for allowing me to listen to a copy of this audiobook and give my personal thoughts.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    'If you open your door to the Midnight Man, Hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, Because one of you won’t be leaving here…' The Midnight Game has become a tradition for teenagers to play at Halloween in the small town of Slayton. A select group is ‘invited’ to play by sneaking into a creepy, derelict house before midnight and follow a set of instructions to invite in the Midnight Man on the stroke of midnight. Each player then lights candle so they can explore th 'If you open your door to the Midnight Man, Hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, Because one of you won’t be leaving here…' The Midnight Game has become a tradition for teenagers to play at Halloween in the small town of Slayton. A select group is ‘invited’ to play by sneaking into a creepy, derelict house before midnight and follow a set of instructions to invite in the Midnight Man on the stroke of midnight. Each player then lights candle so they can explore the house, but if the candle goes out it means the Midnight Man is near and one of you could die. You are cordially invited to play the Midnight Game Blackhall Manor, 31st October 2019 00:00 If you tell you’ll go to hell In 2019, five teenage schoolgirls receive this invitation to play the Midnight Game. But only four of them will go home again. Detective Sarah Noble, just returned to work after a year’s leave, has been assigned a desk job to ease her back in to work. The rest of the team are less than welcoming, resenting her for being away for so long and are reluctant to involve her in the investigation of the missing girl. However, unknown to them, Sarah knows more about Blackhall Manor than anyone else in Slayton. She knows what happened there twenty-five years ago on Halloween and why the house has never been lived in since. It’s something she’s been trying to forget all her life but now she’ll have to face her worst nightmares if the Midnight Man is to be stopped. This atmospheric, suspenseful novel is a combination of police thriller and horror story with a touch of the supernatural. It’s an intense and spine chilling read that will hook you in and compel you to keep reading. Blackhall Manor is the perfect gloomy ruined mansion for the creepy game the teens play. Like every small town Slayton has its secrets and its odd characters like Christian, at the beck and call of his obese mother when he’d rather be in his room gaming, and Elliot the psychic young boy who has nightmares about the Midnight Man. While the build-up of the plot was terrific with plenty of spookiness and some nail-biting moments, the ending felt somewhat contrived. The revelations suddenly came a bit too fast without enough prior lead in and the appearance of a new character could have been better foreshadowed. However, the journey was still well worth the ride, especially if you enjoy the thrills of a good horror story. Perfect for reading at Halloween or on a cold, dark winter’s night. With thanks to Embla Books and Netgalley for a copy to read. Publication 13th October 2021. Original review first published in Mystery and Suspense Magazine https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/th...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Chu (The ChuseyReader)

    I liked the premise and had high hopes. I'm definitely in the minority so please read other reviews as well to decide whether you want to read this. This just wasn't for me. This is my first time where a book has actually gotten on my nerves and I found a few parts hard to read. I don’t normally DNF but I wish I had. 1 Liner Summary: Detective Sarah investigates a murder case where only 4 out of the 5 girls who had played the Midnight Man game (like Bloody Mary) in the Black Manor returned, forci I liked the premise and had high hopes. I'm definitely in the minority so please read other reviews as well to decide whether you want to read this. This just wasn't for me. This is my first time where a book has actually gotten on my nerves and I found a few parts hard to read. I don’t normally DNF but I wish I had. 1 Liner Summary: Detective Sarah investigates a murder case where only 4 out of the 5 girls who had played the Midnight Man game (like Bloody Mary) in the Black Manor returned, forcing Sarah to revisit and confront her traumisiting past. Read this if you like: Mystery, thriller, crime, detective, spooky, multiple 3rd person point of views. What I Didn’t Enjoy. • This book started off with a bang but I didn’t feel the impact. Since it was only chapter 1 I wanted to give the book a chance but it never recovered for me. Perhaps it was the writing, it felt quite simple, straightforward and surface level so I could never engage or connect with any characters. The parts that should’ve invoked some sort of reaction or emotion, had no impact on me (or maybe I just have a heart of stone haha). • We were in 4 different points of views and except for the Midnight man chapters, the rest did not have a distinct voice. Other than Sarah, I didn’t feel like each of them added significantly to the story. The whole book could have been from Sarah’s point of view. • There was so much mystery around Sarah’s past and yet the reveal about her partner and this mysterious incident was extremely anticlimactic. They were mentioned very briefly in conversations as if I was telling you about my bad day yesterday and then brushed under the rug never to be revisited again. It felt insignificant when in fact, they were extremely traumatic events! • There was little set up around the midnight man game and the Blackhall Manor. It didn’t feel dark, creepy or haunted. We were told a bit of history and then I had to simply accept it. • There was a lot of meandering around. In between the major events, I don’t remember much of the actual investigation, it felt like a lot of fillers. I was skimming the book pretty fast and by the time the twist came I had already lost all interest and just wanted to get it done. The identity of the Midnight man and his obsession was really random and didn’t make much sense to me. Cringeworthy and what got on my nerves: The Midnight Man and office dialogue was cringey and hard to read. • The Midnight man sounded like a sassy teenager dishing out some lame comebacks. When the identity was revealed and why, it feels even more ridiculous because the tone was very very young and immature. • The police workplace scenes were essentially petty and immature school yard drama. The protagonist didn’t grow from it and I didn’t feel touched when they slowly accepted her. It was completely unnecessary and wouldn’t have made a difference to the story if they had welcomed Sarah back with open arms. It actually got on my nerves because it was outright bullying and for no good reason. The protagonist - Sarah had gone on sick leave for her mental health due to a traumatic incident. When she returned to work everyone treated her like crap, threw her under the bus where possible, gave her the less desirable tasks, gossipped and left her out. Initially, we were led to believe it was because they were blaming her for the incident (even then it doesn’t justify their behaviour), but it turned out they were angry because she took sick leave for a long time and therefore couldn’t backfill her role so everyone had to take on extra workload. I have no words. There simply wasn't enough world building of the workplace such as detail about the characters or impacts to make it feel realistic to me. Here are some example dialogue that raised an eyebrow (These are adults talking): “Slayton's biggest loser cop” "I don't think you’re ready to play the Midnight Game yet, are you? Have you figured out who I am? No. Of course you haven’t. You’re not really cut out for policing, are you, Sarah? If incompetence was a sport, you’d come in first every time.” “But then, you have a forgettable face. Your clothes blend in...even your house feels like its hiding” “Shouldn’t you be going home, Ms Part-Timer? The grown-ups have work to do” Many thanks to NetGalley and Emblabooks for the ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Halloween Night - Slayton Five girls go to Blackhall Manor (Yes! The Blackhall Manor!) to play the midnight game. They write their names on paper, soak it in their blood and knock (not three times) twenty-two times - thus, inviting in the Midnight Man! "If you open your door to the Midnight Man, Hide with a candle whenever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won't be leaving here..." Remember, he is not Candyman - he is the midnight man. Five entered the Manor - onl Halloween Night - Slayton Five girls go to Blackhall Manor (Yes! The Blackhall Manor!) to play the midnight game. They write their names on paper, soak it in their blood and knock (not three times) twenty-two times - thus, inviting in the Midnight Man! "If you open your door to the Midnight Man, Hide with a candle whenever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won't be leaving here..." Remember, he is not Candyman - he is the midnight man. Five entered the Manor - only four will go home! Some game, huh? Detective Sarah Noble has just returned to the force, and she knows a very painful thing or two about Blackhall Manor. This new case will not be a welcomed blast from the past. In fact, it is going to be a nightmare! Intriguing, dark, atmospheric, and deadly. This is the beginning to the Slayton Thrillers and what a first installment! I enjoyed this intriguing and tension filled book. It kept me on my toes, guessing and doing my own detective work. I was way off with my guess and though the reveal was a little out of left field, I didn't mind it too much. I hope future books dive a little more into Sarah's past and her character is fleshed out a little more. There were times when I read this that I felt as if I had missed something. But I have a feeling the next book will fill in some gaps and dazzle me even more. Enjoyably dark and sinister. Thank you to Embla books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I had amazing reading journey! I loved the mystery of haunted house, I loved the paranormal - oh let’s say: premonition-al part of the story! I loved the plot line reminds us of a chilling mash up of Whisper Man and Broadchurch! I loved the characters: Sarah who is survivor of big traumas, a loner, a fighter who struggles to gather her composure to adjust in civil life! I also loved Elliot and Maggie! I also loved Elsie and her secret passion about books! The heart pounding pacing, the chapters I had amazing reading journey! I loved the mystery of haunted house, I loved the paranormal - oh let’s say: premonition-al part of the story! I loved the plot line reminds us of a chilling mash up of Whisper Man and Broadchurch! I loved the characters: Sarah who is survivor of big traumas, a loner, a fighter who struggles to gather her composure to adjust in civil life! I also loved Elliot and Maggie! I also loved Elsie and her secret passion about books! The heart pounding pacing, the chapters which end with striking cliffhangers keep you guessing whodunnit till the end! Only thing I got a little disappointed was the big revelation ( the identity of perpetrator) I have to admit that person was not the one I putted my bet on! But there are some little plot holes weren’t completely filled! Normally I cut one point when I’m not fully satisfied with the wrapping up of the story but I only cut half star and gave 5 stars ( 4.5 was rounded up to) because sometimes the journey is matters more than your goal. My reading journey was much enjoyable then seeing the story’s conclusion. I think after reading the story I thought I wanted to spend more time with those characters and made sure they were all right: they already suffered so much and I wished to see their closure. Let’s take a closer look to blood chilling, terrifying plot line. The story starts 25 years ago on Halloween in Blackhall Manor which turns into a haunted crime scene as a husband massacres his entire family, including his dad and after the carnage he’d created, he takes his own life! The young girl of the family hid in the closet when her father found him to pull the trigger. The last thing she remembered her mother’s pleading voice screaming : “not my little girl” Now 25 years later, the place is empty but the ghost of young girl’s mother keeps screaming: “not my little girl”! Midnight man is rumored to lurk around the corridors of manor to take the lives who dares to intrude. There’s already a poem was written about him: “If you open your door to the Midnight Man, Hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, Because one of you won’t leave here.” Five girls are invited to play Midnight Game in Blackhall Manor. Libby thinks this was Angelica who likes to intimidate the four of her friends must be the one who sent the invitations to them. The rules of the games are clear : -Rule one: Stain some paper with a drop of your blood -Rule two: Turn off the lights at midnight, leave the paper at the front door and knock twenty-two times. Open the door. You have invited the Midnight Man in. -Rule three: Relight the candle. You must avoid the Midnight Man until the 3.33 a.m. If your candle extinguishes , it means the Midnight man is near. If he finds you, you will die. And actually at the end of the night: one of them couldn’t leave the manor. After the impactful two events later, we’re introduced officer Sarah who is returning back to her job because of one year long absence of leave. Her colleagues talk behind her back, her superiors walk on eggshells around her. Something so tragic might have happened to her connected with her husband she has ill fated relationship. She’s sent to take statements of people after Halloween pranks which lead her to talk to two women from her past: her childhood best friend Maggie who is raising her seven years old son Elliot alone after her war hero husband was taken to the hospital for psychiatric care. And Elliot also suffers from nightmares related to Blackhall Manor and Midnight Man which picks Sarah’s interest. The other woman of her past is Essie who is also dealing with obesity, taken care of by her 25 years old, introvert, counsel games addict son. When Sarah plans to stay out of trouble, the threat letters she’s gotten forces her to confront with her hidden past. Somebody tries to avenge her by going after five girls who played the midnight game and the person has no intention to stop till she surrenders! Should she sacrifice herself to save the lives of the girls? What’s the connection of Sarah with this haunted place? Overall: the characters were multi dimensional and easily relatable. I couldn’t put it down! I love Mitchell’s previous works! But I mostly enjoyed this one! I hope we see Sarah back in near future for another crime mystery! We need more Slayton thrillers! Special thanks to NetGalley and Embla Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: October 13, 2021 “If you open your door to the Midnight Man, hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won't be leaving here...” begins the urban legend of “The Midnight Man”. For years, young people have participated in the game, gathering together in vacant buildings and calling on t Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: October 13, 2021 “If you open your door to the Midnight Man, hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won't be leaving here...” begins the urban legend of “The Midnight Man”. For years, young people have participated in the game, gathering together in vacant buildings and calling on the Midnight Man, who, if he finds you, will gut you and display your insides. When a new group of children try out the game at Blackhall Manor, an abandoned home in Slayton, things immediately go wrong as one-by-one, the participants start to vanish. Sarah Noble is back on the job as a detective, after taking a leave, and only she knows how dangerous Blackhall Manor can be; after all, her entire family was killed within its walls. Sarah must use her knowledge of Blackhall Manor even though her history with the house has been a well-kept secret, to find the missing girls before they turn up dead. Caroline Mitchell’s newest novel, “The Midnight Man” is a haunting and terrifying story of an urban legend come to life. Similar to “The Whisper Man” with a little bit of “The Amityville Horror”, Mitchell’s “Midnight Man” is the perfect freaky fall read. Although Mitchell has many novels under her belt, I have only read those that belong in her murder mystery Ruby Preston series (which I also thoroughly enjoyed). “Midnight Man” has some police procedural components to its plot as well, yet Mitchell takes it one step farther, combining all of her talents into one creepy thriller. Mitchell’s characters are all equally suspicious and likable, and the “Midnight Man” himself is completely unexpected, bringing a shocking final twist to the satisfyingly delicious ending. The novel is told from varying perspectives of characters in the novel; Sarah, of course, but also a few more of Slayton’s key players. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to see the plot from varying angles, and this writing style only added to the “who-dunnit” part of the story. I adore urban legend stories, and I’m so glad that Mitchell chose to share “The Midnight Man”. It has all the elements of a horror novel, mixed with a detective story and just a little snippet of the paranormal. A hands-down success for Mitchell!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Another excellent book by the talented author Caroline Mitchell. Every book she writes is of a consistently high standard and this standalone is no different. It’s Halloween night in Slayton and five girls go to Blackhall Manor to play the Midnight Game. They write their names on a piece of paper and prick their fingers to soak it in blood. At exactly midnight they knock on the door twenty-two times – they have invited the Midnight Man in. What was thought of as a game turns out to be far more se Another excellent book by the talented author Caroline Mitchell. Every book she writes is of a consistently high standard and this standalone is no different. It’s Halloween night in Slayton and five girls go to Blackhall Manor to play the Midnight Game. They write their names on a piece of paper and prick their fingers to soak it in blood. At exactly midnight they knock on the door twenty-two times – they have invited the Midnight Man in. What was thought of as a game turns out to be far more serious when only four girls come home. Detective Sarah Noble has just returned to the force, and no one knows more about Blackhall Manor than her. It’s a case that will take Sarah back to everything she’s been running from, and shake her to the core. This is a real page turner, good characters, well written and an exciting plot make this a read you will struggle to put down. Just what we have come to expect from author Caroline Mitchell. I would like to thank both Net Galley and Embla books for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Peter Monn

    Omg!!!!! One of the best mystery thrillers I’ve read this year! A must read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    daniela weber

    with all its chilling vibes and halloween atmosphere I feared the solution for the mystery might be a supernatural one - but no, the horror here is much more complex than that, and its reasons most human. ♡

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publishers for an ARC, in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for this book the premise was enticing and sounded a bit spooky. Slightly different to some of the other books I have read and loved by this author. It starts off with a great prologue that really made me feel intrigued to read on. However it became a bit of a mundane supernatural thriller, albeit with few thrills. Fortunately, this was a fairly easy read so didn’t take too much ti Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publishers for an ARC, in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for this book the premise was enticing and sounded a bit spooky. Slightly different to some of the other books I have read and loved by this author. It starts off with a great prologue that really made me feel intrigued to read on. However it became a bit of a mundane supernatural thriller, albeit with few thrills. Fortunately, this was a fairly easy read so didn’t take too much time to read, fairly simple and the basic plot was confusing. But I didn’t really relate to any of the character’s. Could do with a bit more detail in the back story of the main character. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Overall not a bad book, but not a great one either. Will definitely read more by this author in her usual genre

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ruthy lavin

    Nail biting stuff from beginning to end in that good ole inimitable British crime drama way. A great read = 4 stars ⭐️

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Twenty-five years ago, shot and killed his wife, their two children and then turned the gun on himself. The large house they lived in still stands and has become one of those places that kids like to visit on Halloween. Five teenage girls brave visiting the Blackhall Manor to play the Midnight Game. They write their names on a piece of paper and prick their fingers to soak it in blood. At exactly midnight they knock on the door twenty-two times - they have invited the Midnight Man in. But only fou Twenty-five years ago, shot and killed his wife, their two children and then turned the gun on himself. The large house they lived in still stands and has become one of those places that kids like to visit on Halloween. Five teenage girls brave visiting the Blackhall Manor to play the Midnight Game. They write their names on a piece of paper and prick their fingers to soak it in blood. At exactly midnight they knock on the door twenty-two times - they have invited the Midnight Man in. But only four girls return that night. Detective Sarah Noble has just returned to the police force, having been gone for a year due to personal issues. She's only working limited hours, taking witness statements for various police reports received. She knows more about Blackhall Manor than anyone ... but then Sarah harbors a secret... and this case will take Sarah to places in her head she just doesn't want to go. Who is the Midnight Man? And what does he ultimately want? This is a well-thought out plot with an intriguing story line. There are several elements that are compelling, even riveting. Elements of a haunted house mystery, a bit of crime fiction, a little of the paranormal... makes this the perfect read for Halloween. There is a cat.. but not a black one. No witches, goblins, etc ... just pure suspense from start to finish. Many thanks to the author / Embla Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this paranormal suspense. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    The Midnight Man is a gritty, enthralling and compulsively readable second instalment in the Slayton Thrillers series about a crime that happened many decades previously that comes back to haunt the locals. On 31st October as the clock struck midnight, Nigel Middleton loaded his gun and shot his parents, wife and two children in Blackhall Manor in the small community of Slayton. He then took his own life. Thirty years later on Halloween night, some teenagers break into the abandoned manor to pla The Midnight Man is a gritty, enthralling and compulsively readable second instalment in the Slayton Thrillers series about a crime that happened many decades previously that comes back to haunt the locals. On 31st October as the clock struck midnight, Nigel Middleton loaded his gun and shot his parents, wife and two children in Blackhall Manor in the small community of Slayton. He then took his own life. Thirty years later on Halloween night, some teenagers break into the abandoned manor to play the midnight game. But things take a devastating turn when thirteen-year-old Angelica Lawson disappears. Nobody knows what happened. Nobody except seven-year-old Elliot. But nobody wants to listen to the creepy little kid from the poor part of town. Across the neighbourhood, Sarah Noble lives a lonely existence. Shunned by the community for crimes committed by her husband, Sarah recognises an outsider when she sees one. So when Elliot whispers ‘The Midnight Man is coming…’ into her ear, she takes him seriously. The words echo in Sarah’s consciousness, a shiver driving its way up her spine. And as more teenagers start to go missing, Sarah realises there is a killer on the loose. Who or what has brought a murderer to their door? Some games should never be played. Because the Midnight Man is coming… And soon he will strike again. This is a compelling and absorbing continuation of the series in which Mitchell has penned another cracking thriller with all the drama, peril, twists and red herrings needed to keep even the most demanding of crime readers chilled and entertained. It's chock full of mystery and gritty darkness as well as having that eerie autumn evening atmosphere that is perfect for the spooky season when the nights are drawing in exponentially. It moves at a brisk pace and features a cast of characters that engage you from the start, and the grisly murders we're certainly a little more gruesome and brutal than we are used to with Mitchell, which I didn't mind at all. It's a spine chilling and intensely creepy read from start to finish with supernatural elements to it and a terrifying and truly vice-like opening that grips you fully. The dread seeps through the pages from the moment you start to read and never subsides. Highly recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    (2 1/2 stars) A murder mystery with a fringe of paranormal and psychic abilities. Just enough psychic in there to be believable. It pains me to give only two and one-half stars because I really like Caroline Mitchell's books. The only reason I can't give it an "I Liked It" vote was that it is a first-in-series and thus loaded with background-filler. Thankfully, now that the filler has given us the personalities of the main characters, who can be trusted and who cannot; and, the why characters are (2 1/2 stars) A murder mystery with a fringe of paranormal and psychic abilities. Just enough psychic in there to be believable. It pains me to give only two and one-half stars because I really like Caroline Mitchell's books. The only reason I can't give it an "I Liked It" vote was that it is a first-in-series and thus loaded with background-filler. Thankfully, now that the filler has given us the personalities of the main characters, who can be trusted and who cannot; and, the why characters are where they are, the rest of the books in this series will be more enjoyable to me. If you like "filler" then you will enjoy this book. It is well written with a pretty good storyline.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 The Midnight Man - ★★★★ #2 Untitled - To be read The Midnight Man is the first ever book I’ve read by Caroline Mitchell, and I am now a huge fan! The Midnight Man is the first book in the Slayton Thrillers Series, and I will keep my eyes peeled for the second one, whilst exploring the other books Caroline has written in the meantime! Synopsis: From number one bestselling author Caroline Mitchell, comes the first chilling Slayton thriller for Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 The Midnight Man - ★★★★ #2 Untitled - To be read The Midnight Man is the first ever book I’ve read by Caroline Mitchell, and I am now a huge fan! The Midnight Man is the first book in the Slayton Thrillers Series, and I will keep my eyes peeled for the second one, whilst exploring the other books Caroline has written in the meantime! Synopsis: From number one bestselling author Caroline Mitchell, comes the first chilling Slayton thriller for fans of C. J. Tudor and Stephen King. If you open your door to the Midnight Man, hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won’t be leaving here… On Halloween night in Slayton, five girls go to Blackhall Manor to play the Midnight Game. They write their names on a piece of paper and prick their fingers to soak it in blood. At exactly midnight they knock on the door twenty-two times – they have invited the Midnight Man in. It was supposed to be a game, but only four girls come home. Detective Sarah Noble has just returned to the force, and no one knows more about Blackhall Manor than her. It’s a case that will take Sarah back to everything she’s been running from, and shake her to the core. Will she be ready to meet the Midnight Man? My Thoughts: Listening to The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell was such an adventure! The Midnight Man is an action packed book that keeps you hooked and keeps you guessing until the very end. Even though I’ve read many mysteries in an audiobook format, this one managed to grip me from the first minute. The music at the beginning gave me goosebumps and set the mood for the book. And the narrators did their job perfectly well. Very interestingly, there was always a certain suspense in their voices, in the way they said things, in the anticipation of a very unsettling moment. Especially those suspenseful parts… I liked the mystery side of it, and I was intrigued the whole way through. I especially liked the hidden mystery aspect and the connection of different people – it made me suspect everyone and everything. We are led on a path to believe a few different theories. We have the Haunted House, the game this person is playing. But we also have a few people that are newly involved, as well as some people who have been haunted by it for a long time. This mixture added greatly to the intensity of the story, and I did enjoy its culmination, although it was a little bit predictable for me, especially in the few chapters leading to the end. The Midnight Man is a very solid mystery novel, especially for the spooky season. And if you choose the audiobook, I promise you there won’t be any regret. It adds a little bit of that pumpkin spice mystery taste to it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    This one sounds SO GOOD! I can't wait to read it! This one sounds SO GOOD! I can't wait to read it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    I own several books by this author, and this is the first time I have read one! I know, I know... Her latest book The Midnight Man is a fabulously addictive crime, thriller and series suspense novel that has its roots based in the past. After a family is murdered an urban legend gradually starts to permeate from the abandoned and creepy Blackhall Manor. Fast forward 25 years and a group of teens decide to follow the rules to summon the Midnight Man. A game, nothing will really happen, but five gi I own several books by this author, and this is the first time I have read one! I know, I know... Her latest book The Midnight Man is a fabulously addictive crime, thriller and series suspense novel that has its roots based in the past. After a family is murdered an urban legend gradually starts to permeate from the abandoned and creepy Blackhall Manor. Fast forward 25 years and a group of teens decide to follow the rules to summon the Midnight Man. A game, nothing will really happen, but five girls arrive and only four return home again! Well, this had a very series feeling to it pretty much all the way through. The opening for the story sets the tale that is to follow. I do like the way an old mystery or crime can give credence to a rumour. This sets the atmosphere for the story and with the inclusion of someone who has knowledge of the old manor it also adds secrets. When the teen goes missing it starts to bring the past to the forefront of peoples minds. This gives the police investigation a nice twist. There is more to Det. Sarah Noble than first meets the eye. She has recently returned to the force and she herself bears an air of mystery. This is a story that has mystery upon mystery. The author has started with one theme that centres around the Manor, it has then been morphed, twisted and tweaked. This gives the reader a chance to encounter several characters, a few other theories and this leads the reader to start drawing conclusions. I found myself convinced I had this one sussed out, and then I changed my mind, and yep changed it again! I love it when this happens. As this is the first time I have read anything by this author I found a deeply twisted story that was creepy yes, but not too frightening. It is a mix of crime, thriller, mystery and suspense, it does have an element of police procedural. There is far more to this story than I have hinted at here, and I did find it hard to put down. It is one I would definitely recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    The Book Review Café

    BEWARE The Midnight Man he will he will haunt your dreams, cause you too put everything else on hold as you lose yourself in this nail biting, creepy read, that will send shivers down your spine! This book combines elements of horror, thriller, and crime into a frightening story based on The Midnight Man, an urban myth that has gained momentum ever since a family was murdered at Blackhall Manor 25 years previously. Told in the present, a group of teenage girls summon the Midnight Man when they p BEWARE The Midnight Man he will he will haunt your dreams, cause you too put everything else on hold as you lose yourself in this nail biting, creepy read, that will send shivers down your spine! This book combines elements of horror, thriller, and crime into a frightening story based on The Midnight Man, an urban myth that has gained momentum ever since a family was murdered at Blackhall Manor 25 years previously. Told in the present, a group of teenage girls summon the Midnight Man when they play the Midnight Game. What starts out as a harmless game turns into something far more sinister when only four of the girls’ return. Caroline Mitchell pulls the reader in with a shocking opening, and then she keeps the reader in her clutches until the very last heart pounding page! The scene is set from the first page. A sense of malevolence radiates from within, building at every twist and well-placed turn. Detective Sarah Noble has just returned to the force. Like many fictional Detectives she has her demons, but it’s hardly surprising when you learn more about her horrifying backstory. Blackhall Manor is a character in its own right. It sets the mood for The Midnight Man perfectly. The Manor is shrouded in a veil of mystery, horror and gloom, which adds to the atmosphere, and makes the read far more creepy. I found The Midnight Man to be a throughly enjoyable mystery filled with a growing sense of dread. Highly recommended. 

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love this authors books and when I saw the cover and read the description for her latest, I just knew I was in for a thrilling reading experience. Caroline well and truly sets the scene with this first book in the series. There’s an almost horror vibe going on when it comes to the Midnight Game. The more I read about this game, the more I knew I would be way too scared to ever play it! The author also creates such intriguing protagonists. The main character’s own personal background sent my hea I love this authors books and when I saw the cover and read the description for her latest, I just knew I was in for a thrilling reading experience. Caroline well and truly sets the scene with this first book in the series. There’s an almost horror vibe going on when it comes to the Midnight Game. The more I read about this game, the more I knew I would be way too scared to ever play it! The author also creates such intriguing protagonists. The main character’s own personal background sent my head in a spin and I just couldn’t get enough of this book from picking it up. There were just so many elements that I loved within the story and every one just took this book to the next level. The author seems to excel with every book she writes and I desperately want the next book, like now! This was just sooo good and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. The Midnight Man is a story that will make you want to go to bed with the lights switched on, whilst checking your doors and windows numerous times to ensure they are fully locked. It made the hairs on my arms stand on end the deeper into the story I got. Man, oh ,man it didn’t half creep me out as I waited with baited breath as to who The Midnight Man could actually be. The pacing was brilliant and had me on the edge of my seat through out. An amazing start to this series! My thanks to Embla books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  21. 4 out of 5

    RK_reads

    '𝑰𝒇 𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒍 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒂 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆, 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝑩𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒓' A spine-chilling, terrifying, totally engrossing plot that had me cowering under my blanket as I read. When a group of teenagers are anonymously invited to the dreaded Blackhall Manor, to play the Midnight Game, an urban legend that has been around for decades, against their better judgement, they rise to the challenge. But when one of them turn up dead, the town of Slayton fears that there is a killer on the loose. Det. Sarah Noble is back to work af '𝑰𝒇 𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒍 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒂 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆, 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝑩𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒓' A spine-chilling, terrifying, totally engrossing plot that had me cowering under my blanket as I read. When a group of teenagers are anonymously invited to the dreaded Blackhall Manor, to play the Midnight Game, an urban legend that has been around for decades, against their better judgement, they rise to the challenge. But when one of them turn up dead, the town of Slayton fears that there is a killer on the loose. Det. Sarah Noble is back to work after a year of medical leave. Already battling enough demons of her past, she knows she is not ready for the job. But she also realizes that she is the only one who can stop the killer. With Halloween just around the corner, this was the perfect read to get the spooks-factor up. The author has done a fantastic job in creating a sense of foreboding as she describes the town of Slayton and Blackhall Manor that that darkness is so palpable as the narrative progresses. While the story in itself was riveting, the psychic and spectral elements in the plot made it unputdownable.  The ending was a bit long drawn out, but impressive. Sarah isn't your usual strong and suave protagonist; she is, in a word, a mess. And yet you tend to root for her as she tries to find her feet in the world after everything that has been tossed her way. Elliot is another one of my favourite characters in the book, for obvious reasons. The manner in which the author has addressed various addictions throughout the storyline - be it Elsie's to food, Christian's to video games or David's to porn - is quite commendable. Overall, a terrifying read that is apt for the season. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    India McLeod Kay

    I had such a high hopes for this book. The premise was such an intriguing one and I was hooked from the opening lines. With such a shocking start to the novel, I fully expected the book to take me on a tense journey. The first 50% of the book continued to intrigue me, I was hanging on each page, looking for clues and was shocked by a very early twist that I did not see coming. The dark gothic atmosphere was perfectly done and I was fully immersed in the gritty world. However, it all went downhill I had such a high hopes for this book. The premise was such an intriguing one and I was hooked from the opening lines. With such a shocking start to the novel, I fully expected the book to take me on a tense journey. The first 50% of the book continued to intrigue me, I was hanging on each page, looking for clues and was shocked by a very early twist that I did not see coming. The dark gothic atmosphere was perfectly done and I was fully immersed in the gritty world. However, it all went downhill after the halfway mark. I began to get bored in the second half of the book and concerned that the plot wasn't going anywhere good. I found myself reading purely to finish the book, rather than being genuinely interested in what was to come. As for the ending, I was so disappointed. For me, the murderer's reasons for their actions made absolutely no sense and included some bad mental health representation. This was a particularly disappointing read because the beginning started off so strong.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    A creepy old dilapidated house with its own horror story. A scary game played by teens on Halloween. One of the teens goes missing. That’s me hooked! The story of Blackhall Manor is known by all the residents of the small town. 25 years ago the father killed his whole family then turned the gun on himself. It is believed the house is cursed and has been left locked up since the day the police left. Until the night 5 local girls receive anonymous invitations to play The Midnight Man game at the M A creepy old dilapidated house with its own horror story. A scary game played by teens on Halloween. One of the teens goes missing. That’s me hooked! The story of Blackhall Manor is known by all the residents of the small town. 25 years ago the father killed his whole family then turned the gun on himself. It is believed the house is cursed and has been left locked up since the day the police left. Until the night 5 local girls receive anonymous invitations to play The Midnight Man game at the Manor. On the back of the cards the words ‘If you tell you go to hell’. When one of the girls goes missing the others are too terrified to admit where they were. Did they summon the midnight man? Is he after them next? Sarah returns to the village with her husband and their cat. They are both police officers but Sarah is currently on leave. Her story unfolds as the book progresses. We meet many interesting characters in the book, my favourite being 7 year old Elliott who is having nightmares about The Midnight Man, apparently seeing him in his dreams. Who is The Midnight Man? Well you will just have to read the book to find out! Thank you to Embla Books for an advance copy of this book to review. Due out in October just in time for your Halloween reading 🎃

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diane Merritt

    Twisty, creepy, cringy. This book makes you not want anything to do with the Manor..yet you need to know. Good thing it was a gloomy day here helped set the mood reading this terrific book. Could not put it down....it sucked me right in.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to Embla Books and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell is an unputdownable serial killer thriller set in a haunted location. Just like that, this book contains two of my favorite thriller tropes: (1) hunting a serial killer and (2) a creepy location. The story revolves around Detective Sarah Noble. She's just returned to work following a year off for mental health, and it's not going well. On Halloween, five girls go to Blackhal Thank you to Embla Books and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell is an unputdownable serial killer thriller set in a haunted location. Just like that, this book contains two of my favorite thriller tropes: (1) hunting a serial killer and (2) a creepy location. The story revolves around Detective Sarah Noble. She's just returned to work following a year off for mental health, and it's not going well. On Halloween, five girls go to Blackhall Manor to summon the Midnight Man, and only four girls go home. What happened to the fifth girl? Who is the MIdnight Man terrorizing the town? And what secrets in her past has Sarah been hiding from everyone else? Here is a chilling excerpt from the Prologue that introduces the spooky setting: "My spirits sank as Blackhall Manor came into view. The dilapidated building was perched in solitude on its hilltop, surrounded by a thick white mist which rolled in off the fields. It wasn't the lifeless trees standing sentry that gave me the creeps as we navigated the winding path. Nor was it the ravens perched on the barbed wire fence. It wasn't the sound of the wind howling through the galvanised outbuildings, or the creatures scurrying in the thick undergrowth. All those things would have frightened me once, but they paled in comparison to the tall brick building looming ahead. It came with a history fit for any ghost story. None of my friends visited. Neither would I, given a choice. In Blackhall Manor, it was Halloween all year long." Overall, The Midnight Man is an absolutely amazing thriller that is sure to become a bestseller. It will appeal to fans of the Unsub series by Meg Gardiner, which is my absolute favorite thriller series, as well as books by C. J. Tudor like The Chalk Man. I seriously could not put this book down and finished it in a day. One highlight of the book is the "hunting a serial killer" trope. I love how The Midnight Man sends Sarah notes and how we also get some creepy chapters from his perspective. Another highlight of the book is the creepy setting of Blackhall Manor, which added a lot of suspense to this plot. Because this book contained my two favorite tropes, I enjoyed reading it so much, and I am giving it 5 explosive stars! If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of thrillers in general, you won't regret checking out this book when it comes out in October!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    This is a great read. A group of school friends receive an invitation to play a game and are told to go to a derelict mansion. The Midnight Man is waiting for them and one of them does not come out alive. The other friends are in shock and vow to keep the game a secret, until one of the other girls is taken from her home. Sarah has just returned to work in the Police and is keen to help find the killer but her colleagues have not welcomed her back as she’s imagined. Sarah finds it hard to fit in This is a great read. A group of school friends receive an invitation to play a game and are told to go to a derelict mansion. The Midnight Man is waiting for them and one of them does not come out alive. The other friends are in shock and vow to keep the game a secret, until one of the other girls is taken from her home. Sarah has just returned to work in the Police and is keen to help find the killer but her colleagues have not welcomed her back as she’s imagined. Sarah finds it hard to fit in with the team after being off for so long and it’s clear some of the team don’t want her there. Sarah gets in touch with an old friend and her son seems to know about the Midnight Man but Sarah is pushed out when she mentions it to her colleagues. This is a gripping thriller that will give you the creeps but will also have you racing through the pages to find out who the Midnight Man really is. Thanks to Embla books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Bridgeman

    Hugest of thanks to Embla Books for approving my request to read one of their first titles, 'The Midnight Man' by Caroline Mitchell, which, I am calling it now, could make the village of Slayton as integral to Caroline's fiction as Castle Rock is to Stephen King's. It is a town where even the people living there feel is cursed, that there is a darkness, a fog which hangs over it and, having read this series opener, I can see why. Overlooking the town is Blackhall Manor, scene of a family massacre Hugest of thanks to Embla Books for approving my request to read one of their first titles, 'The Midnight Man' by Caroline Mitchell, which, I am calling it now, could make the village of Slayton as integral to Caroline's fiction as Castle Rock is to Stephen King's. It is a town where even the people living there feel is cursed, that there is a darkness, a fog which hangs over it and, having read this series opener, I can see why. Overlooking the town is Blackhall Manor, scene of a family massacre which casts a pall over the entire place. Locals are desperate to knock it down, it stands as an emblem of entitlement , the epitome of the haves versus the have nots, as is echoed by the social divide between Upper and Lower Slayton. There has been blood spilt in the construction of the house, unaccountable deaths, and the mythology of the Midnight Man game which occurs on Halloween. Signing your name in blood on a card will bring an invite to the Midnight Game, no one knows who put the cards and instructions in the 5 school girls bags, it seems like any other Halloween night prank, survive until 3.33 a.m and win kudos from all around. So they think nothing of it as they turn up to the dilapidated mansion, with their candles and lighters, knocking 22 times and repeating the poem- ''If you open your door to the Midnight Man, Hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, Because one of you won’t leave here.” But this is no ordinary house. And it is all fun and games until one of the girls vanishes.... Running parallel to this story is that of Sarah Noble, about to return to her police job after a year on the sick for unspecified mental health issues. Her husband, also a police officer, won't leave her alone despite them having split up prior to the start of the book, and he has quite clearly done something or been involved in something which has tainted Sarah's fellow officers perception of her. To say they don't welcome her back with open arms is an understatement. Tied to a desk under the watchful eye of her superior, she is on restricted duty and told to take witness statements in the community. Until she is called off this task to a missing person report from the mother of one of the girls who went to Blackhall Manor, and never came home... Threaded through these plots are the first person killer narratives, giving you glimpses inside this tortured psyche, as the town of Slayton desperately searches for the missing Anjelica. The Midnight Man is here and ready to play... I found the mix of paranormal, and police procedural, really engaging, there is a realism to the police scenes which is reminiscent of Lynda La Plante, and the author's own experiences as a long serving, female, police officer. She nails the dynamics of the squad room, and so when the supernatural elements are introduced into the narrative, you have absolutely no issue with them. Hugely engaging and genuinely scary, I think this is a brilliant read for autumn/winter, and recommend it to any thriller fan.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Collins

    The Midnight Man is an utterly chilling read, perfect for Halloween. Caroline Mitchell opens her new thriller with a shocking opening that made me wonder what on earth was going on. Caroline Mitchell sets the tone of the book really well in the opening pages and it does make for a terrifying opening. The Midnight Man centres around a dangerous game which gives the book a very supernatural feel as the effects of playing the game take hold. It appears that once you start playing, the game never le The Midnight Man is an utterly chilling read, perfect for Halloween. Caroline Mitchell opens her new thriller with a shocking opening that made me wonder what on earth was going on. Caroline Mitchell sets the tone of the book really well in the opening pages and it does make for a terrifying opening. The Midnight Man centres around a dangerous game which gives the book a very supernatural feel as the effects of playing the game take hold. It appears that once you start playing, the game never leaves you. I had to know what was going on here and who was behind what was happening. Who is The Midnight Man who haunts people’s dreams? Even as I was reading, I kept looking up every time I heard a strange noise, and I clutched my kindle a little bit tighter. I’m not kidding, this happened on more than one occasion as I was reading this book. I thought Detective Sarah Nobel’s story was very intriguing and I liked her resilience and her determination to get to the bottom of the case. I wondered just how much this case would affect her, particularly as we begin to learn more about her childhood. Caroline Mitchell keeps the tension turning up a notch as strange things start happening her. I was utterly gripped as Caroline Mitchell delved into the heart of the mystery and as Sarah Nobel confronts her worst fears. The tension is spot on, and everything unravels in a very clever way as Caroline Mitchell reveals the truth. I loved The Midnight Man. The characters come to life on the page, and I can’t wait to see where Caroline Mitchell takes this new series next. If you are looking for a thriller perfect for the spooky season, then look no further than this book. I highly recommend it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine Chatty.Chapters

    This book was a good spooky read that I would classify under the haunted house trope. The first half of the story was super eerie and chilling. I loved the setting in a spooky little town called Slayton and the whole idea of the haunted BlackHall Manor. The story definitely starts with a bang, but unfortunately the second half fell flat for me. I was so underwhelmed by the ending and the big reveal of who “The Midnight Man” really was. I also personally feel like this story should have been left This book was a good spooky read that I would classify under the haunted house trope. The first half of the story was super eerie and chilling. I loved the setting in a spooky little town called Slayton and the whole idea of the haunted BlackHall Manor. The story definitely starts with a bang, but unfortunately the second half fell flat for me. I was so underwhelmed by the ending and the big reveal of who “The Midnight Man” really was. I also personally feel like this story should have been left as a stand-alone without the open ending for a book two. At this point I’m not entirely sure I will pick up the next Slayton novel, but we will see! I actually googled The Midnight Man after reading this and was surprised that ‘The Midnight Game’ is actually a real game!! When I was younger a group of friends and I always loved playing those spooky games like ‘Bloody Mary’ and Quiji boards. We probably would have played this Midnight Man game if we knew about it then. There’s also a movie that came out in 2013 called The Midnight Game. I’m curious to watch it now after reading this book. I went into this book not knowing anything about what it was based off, but found this all so interesting!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Oh wow! This book certainly starts with a bang! Literally! The first couple of chapters took me right back to my teenage years; it was so reminiscent of the horror movie classics that I loved to watch through my fingers but then haunted my nightmares. Slayton is a town with a dark history. 25 years ago a loving father killed his family at Blackhall Manor on Halloween. Now 5 girls play a game from urban legend at the same location with tragic consequences. Are these coincidences or does something Oh wow! This book certainly starts with a bang! Literally! The first couple of chapters took me right back to my teenage years; it was so reminiscent of the horror movie classics that I loved to watch through my fingers but then haunted my nightmares. Slayton is a town with a dark history. 25 years ago a loving father killed his family at Blackhall Manor on Halloween. Now 5 girls play a game from urban legend at the same location with tragic consequences. Are these coincidences or does something evil plague the town? The spooky premise and tension in the first few chapters had me quickly hooked. After the initial scare fest the terror-meter drops and we’re left with more mystery than horror. The story is told from a few perspectives but Sarah is the main protagonist. She’s a detective who has just returned to work after a long term mental health issue following a traumatic experience. She’s not welcomed back with open arms, and is given menial tasks but is determined to gain her colleagues respect. The mystery aspect to the story is enjoyable and full of twists and intrigue. I found myself unable to stop turning the pages and read it in a couple of sittings. I must admit I was a tiny bit disappointed that there weren’t more truly scary moments and I thought more could have been made of the supernatural premise of the game. However, the final twist was a complete surprise and the ending picked up the tension and terror that had been there at the start. Things were tied up neatly but left an opening for more books in the series, which I’ll be very keen to read.

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