I received this book for free from Audiobookworm Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Richard Alan Storry on March 16th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery
Narrator: Jake Urry
Source: Audiobookworm Promotions
Length: 4 hours and 13 minutes
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In a remote, crumbling, gothic mansion the aged Lord Alfred Willoughby writes his Last Will and Testament, and deliberates over what is to become of his vast fortune after his passing. The obvious thing is to leave it to his only son, Matthew, but the boy has grown up to become a wastrel, unable to hold down a job and constantly relying on hand-outs from his father. So what to do? He finds himself torn. His head tells him to leave Matthew nothing at all; but his heart feels differently. After all, he is still his son...
Finally, he settles on the solution: In one last-ditch attempt to show his son that nothing worth having is gained without effort he sets a series of enigmatic puzzles. If Matthew can successfully solve them he will inherit the entire estate. If he fails, he receives nothing.
However, it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mansion hides many secrets, and things are not at all as they first appear...
I listened to this audiobook almost all in one day! I had a a bit of driving to do one weekend early in October. I thought this book would the perfect audiobook to kick off my mood for the month of October. This is a pretty short book and it was nice to be able to listen to the whole thing in just a day or two. I really enjoyed the narrator’s voice! Jake Urry has a very deep voice that makes him sound much older than he his. His deep, rumbling voice was perfect for the setting of this story and definitely gave me the mystery vibe I was looking for. Check out an excerpt of the audiobook below:
The Plot and Setting
This story is set in a gothic mansion and begins in the middle of a storm. Throughout the story, we explore this huge mansion that is full of hidden rooms and passages. I loved this setting and it really reminded me of a classic mystery story with hidden clues. As far as the mystery itself, I enjoyed following the characters solve one clue and move on to the next. It felt almost like the characters were playing a game – that is until things take a more serious turn. I will say that at some point, the solving of the clues started to become a bit monotonous. However, as the characters near solving the mystery things get a little crazy! The ending definitely took me by surprise and was not what I was expecting.
While I enjoyed the characters in this story, I’m not emotionally attached to any of them. I think this partially is due to the short nature of the book (it’s only 136 pages in physical form, so it’s novella length). I found Lord Alfred Willoughby to be quite an interesting character, but sadly we don’t get to spend much time with him. I enjoyed the main character’s POV but I also didn’t find him to have much of a personality. I found the main character to be a bit flat and I think this contributed to my lull in enjoyment during the middle of the story.
Overall, I enjoyed this little mystery story! The process of solving each clue to solve the final mystery kept me interested and intrigued, despite finding the main character a bit dull at times. The way the mystery wrapped up really took me by surprise and made me see the whole story in a different way. The narrator’s deep voice was perfect for this gothic mansion setting. I recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for a short mystery story with a bit of a creepy setting.