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Stormi's Review: Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion by Channing Whitaker

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Publisher: Dark Oak Mysteries

Released: April 21, 2015

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Length: 290 pages

Format: ebook , paperback

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Eighty years ago, a wealthy Midwest family returned home from a magic show, after which neither they, nor the magician, Malvern Kamrar, were ever heard from again. When several bystanders died in their mansion, the house was sealed. After nearly a century of rumors and haunted stories, for a live TV event the mansion will be opened, allowing five contestants to spend one night and win their share of a million dollars. The contestants: a psychic, a high-tech ghost hunter, a Hollywood scream queen, a local woman, and a skeptic, fuel excitement as each tries to solve the mystery. Upon entering, the journal of the family patriarch, Vinton Drake, is discovered, illuminating the mystery, rooted all the way back to Vinton’s service as a medic in WWI, when he first met the magician. Departing from the familiar haunted house tale, this story explores the very nature of belief in the supernatural, with consequences more frightening than any ghost story. Intensity sours when the contestants discover their lives, and thousands more, are in genuine peril. Is the mansion haunted? What fate befell Malvern and the Drake family? And will the contestants uncover the truth in time to save themselves?

Four Boundless Stars

Let me start off by saying I love stuff like this. The description had me from the start. Shows and books involving "hauntings" have always been some of my favorites. The wealthy and well known Drake family goes missing after seeing a traveling magician. For years after they disappear the Drake Mansion is shrouded in mystery. Strange deaths occur till the house is boarded up. Now a new show wants to send 5 contestants, all from different walks of life, into this house for 1 night for the chance to win a prize of a million dollars. Will they all make it out? Will they find out the secret? Will they find out the truth? This book was a great story of mystery and intrigue. The truth is found and it's not anything like what I expected. At the end only 2 contestants remain and can claim the prize, but the mysteries they uncover are amazing. This was less of a ghost story and more of a finding the truth story. I won't lie, the ghost aspect wasn't present much and it was a bit of a let down. Besides that this book was really well written and kept me reading late into the night.

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