A new adventure for Liz and Kim! After I finished reading the first book in this series – McCann’s Manor: Portal – I was not sure if I wanted to read this book at first, because the end of the first book had such a satisfying feel to it that I didn’t think anything could possibly be better than that. I was wrong! This sequel was even better than the first! I am glad I got over my hesitation to read it (it’s a problem I had with other series, but I am trying to get over that!).
Reading this book was like reading two novels thrown together, but it was fun and exciting that way. Liz and Kim are not the only ones who got to live through a story in this book; John, Mark and, yes, even Benjamin go on their own adventure as well. I did not have any trouble switching between the two stories.
I was very impressed with how well the author had put together the “other world” that is in the story. It has a history, politics, religion, etc. It was described very well and I was also impressed by all the various inhabitants in that world. It all just fit together so perfectly. Well done!
As to the murder mystery that Liz and Kim are trying to solve, it had me on the edge of my seat. I kept trying to figure out who the killer was! And whoever the killer was turned out to be very smart, a little psychic themselves and always one step ahead of them.
Liz and Kim are such endearing characters. They really handled stressful, scary and life-threatening situations so well. I was impressed on how well Liz was able to keep her cool when facing the killer, and could only feel for her at one point where she finally breaks down. I loved how she used her psychic abilities as a weapon against the killer! That was so awesome. What happened at the end of THAT scene was a shock and I could relate to the sense of numbness the characters felt.
Am I glad I read this sequel? Absolutely! Am I tempted to read the third installment in this series! You bet! Some antagonist still lingers. Some threat to Liz and Kim is still after them. I have to know who or what it is! Liz and Kim are bound to find out and I want to be there for their next adventure as they journey onward along with their new companions at their sides!
(reviewed 86 days after purchase)