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Crystal is an orphaned child, after her mom and dad died in a fatal car crash and then her Aunt dying in a house fire. All Crystal wants are some answers about her family. What kind of people were they? Anything any orphaned kid would like to find out about their moms and dads. Well she finally has her answers available with her moms best friend locates her and makes a visit. To get all the answers Crystal wants, her Aunt requests that she come to her house and spends a few weeks with her and her kids to get to know each other.
As soon as they arrive, not only does the family, including the unofficial Aunt, start acting weird but she is also having awful nightmares. Her only reprieve out of the stay is the company of the housekeeper and the gardner, they seem the less strange out of the whole house. She is also enjoying the view of sexy man Cray, however he wants nothing to do with her and does his best to keep his distance. She is able to become friends with a local and she starts telling Crystal all the stories and mysteries of the family and the house they live in.
Can Crystal figure out all she needs to know about her family before her time is up? And will she also find out if there are any truths to the stories about the family and the house? If you are up to a well written book and love suspense, this book is right for you!
To say that Crystal has had a rough life would be a massive understatement. She has endured more loss than anyone so young should ever have to suffer. My heart ached for her and I found myself hoping that this young woman would find some happiness. When Isobel, her long lost aunt, walks into her life, Crystal is excited about the prospect of having a family and a place to belong. She follows Isobel to Thorncrest Manor hoping to learn more about her family and the parents she never knew. Unfortunately, Crystal’s dreams soon turn to nightmares. Strange things start happening at Thorncrest, and Crystal even begins to question her sanity. Crystal’s quest for information might cost her everything she holds dear.
Crystal is a very complicated young woman, and it seems as if all her relationships, whether platonic or romantic, are complicated as well. Her relationship with Cray is no exception. I must admit that I had a very hard time getting into their relationship. He gives her absolutely no reason to like him. When he isn’t outright ignoring her, he insults her, and yet for some reason Crystal is unbelievably attracted to him and quickly begins falling in love with him. Their interactions were nearly always uncomfortable, and it took a very long time for them to open up to each other. I was relieved when they finally began having more normal interactions, but this feeling was short lived. Crystal couldn’t relax in the relationship. She was constantly doubting Cray’s affection for her. They would have a good heart to heart, and then literally in the next minute she’d get upset or jealous and they would be back to fighting again. Trying to follow all their mood swings was truly exhausting.
I really question Crystal’s decision to stay at Thorncrest Manor. From her very first day there, it soon becomes apparent that something is very wrong with the Locke family. Not only is Isobel acting like a completely different woman, but Crystal has vivid, violent nightmares and is possibly being tormented by ghosts. Crystal tries to rationalize all the strange things that happen, but very unconvincingly. I know that Crystal is a smart girl. She wouldn’t have survived everything that has happened to her if she didn’t have a good head on her shoulders, but anyone in their right mind would have left after the first few days. Crystal really wants to know more about her parents, but it quickly becomes clear that Isobel has no intention of giving Crystal any more information. I just had a hard time believing that Crystal had a compelling reason to stay in a situation that was becoming increasingly volatile.
When Crystal’s eyes are finally opened to the reality of the Locke family and her connection to them, Crystal is constantly in danger. Graphic violence is prevalent throughout the last half of the book. I found it very hard to read. There are also some descriptions of rape that are disturbing as well. Readers particularly sensitive to this type of material are forewarned.
The last half of the book is very extreme. Crystal and those she cares about are tortured mentally and physically. I confess I had to put the book down at times because it was just too much. I pressed on because I clung to the hope that Crystal would find a way out and find some measure of happiness. However, the ending leaves a lot of questions unanswered. While Crystal is reunited with some of those she cares about, others are still in peril. I can only hope that Ms. Khan has a sequel in the works to soften the blow.
Reading The Lebrus Stone was an intense experience. Crystal is a well rounded character who deserves every shred of happiness she can find. Fans looking for a different kind of paranormal tale might want to give The Lebrus Stone a try.
originally posted at long and short reviews
Story line - Excellent
Characters - Complex and mysterious
Cliffhanger? - the story ends leaving you wondering if there is a book 2.
Pace - Slow going at first - got more interesting past the 69% mark
Romance - to be honest I would not say this was a Romance book its a Paranormal Suspense.
FMC - Crystal is an 18 year old orphan who has spent her lifetime being distant and just trying to get along in the world, she has her boss whom she holds most dearest, and TJ who she works with but has no romantic affection for. There is mysterious best friend who is no longer on the scene due to a fall out but you do not find any of that out until the very end. When a mysterious Aunt arrives at her workplace she learns that there is a chance to find out about her past.
She is however cautious and doesn't rush off to the wilds of West Virginia straight away, and her new Aunt seems to be on the level and so finally she agrees to visit. To meet the distant cousins and find out about her family.
But things get a bit strange when she arrives, the Lockes are acting strange and the house is extremely spooky. Crystal is beginning to suspect she was brought here on false pretenses.
Now one of the Supporting characters is Cray, Crystals Non blood related cousin, and Crystal is attracted to him (god knows why, as I didn't find him at all romantic he spent most of the book being standoffish and abrupt to Crystal).
The only ones who seem to have any kindness for Crystal are the housekeeper and the gardener and when Crystal begins to have powerful nightmares and the locals inform Crystal of the mysterious past and supposed curse on the family does she come to realise she is not safe there.
Crystal is stuck with wanting to know more about her past and the impending feeling that she is not safe at Thorncrest Manor.
With things going bump in the dark, and the weird ways that the Locke's have, she tries to find out more by going to see a local mystic. That's when things start to really get interesting. But that I will leave you to find out yourself.
The writing is well done, the mystery keeps you guessing until about 50% on what paranormal happenings are going on at Thorncrest, But I found that the relationship between Crystal and Cray was too vague and it made me really wonder what Crystal saw in Cray.
But there wasn't much given about Crystals past and her Boss until very late on. Yes, they are introduced, and there is interaction, but I would have liked a little bit more. There was a lot of mystery with the Locke family, but I did wonder why Crystal would put up with their attitudes when she had been quite independent her whole life.
But the suspense and mystery kept me turning the pages, and you are really kept guessing for a long while which was great, we finally start to understand who the Lockes really are, but not completely, so I am assuming that there will be a Book 2, well I hope so.
Cray did redeem himself partly by the end of the book, but I feel that their relationship was more a case of manipulation rather than soul mates. But I guess that is in the hands of Miriam Khan.
Crystal has had a rough go at life. An orphan who lived in group homes, she's cared for herself for a long time. She doesn't trust or rely on anyone but herself. Then a woman shows up at her work saying she's her aunt, and she knew her parents and has some things to explain. Then she somehow talks Crystal into going across the country to where her home is. So Crystal is on a journey to see where her mother came from and why her mom ran away from it. As well as meet her cousins who aren't technically her cousins by blood. LOL It's complicated see. Crystal is an interesting character. She's hardened over time. She doesn't like emotions, she needs to be strong all the time, and yet she's an emotional mess on the inside. She feels like she needs answers about her parent's death, and she's stuck trying to figure out her past that she never really lives her present. Nor can she move on to her future. So she travels to the gloomy town of Blacksville, to Thorncrest Manor, or shall I say creeptastic Mansion LOL.
When Crystal arrives, it's like no one but the gardner and the cook care. No one even greets her. Plus the house and weather are gloomy all the damn time. When she does finally meet her family, no one really even gives her time to say hello, they don't care that she's there. It didn't start off so nice for her. And then Cray comes into the picture. Crystal is drawn towards him immediately. Things are not as they seem. There are so many secrets and unexplained things floating around.
The writing is well done. I loved the ghosts towards the beginning that totally freaked Crystal, and myself, out! And the family secrets and witchy things going on :) My only complaint is that I wish the characters and their relationships were explored a little more. Like Crystal and her coworkers. Yes, we are told about them, and we see a little interaction, but if these two people have been her only trust system for a while, I would have liked a little bit more, instead of just a description of Crystal's opinions. And with the whole Locke family, I know some explanations are given, but maybe a little more back story, or in depth interactions. I know it's just me and I like a good bit of detail to help give me a feel for each character, and that isn't always easy when told from the main characters pov. Anyways, the plot and mystery kept the pages turning, and there's such a wonderful way the gloom sucks you into the story. The dark, noir feel to the place keeps you on your toes. And things are explained, but not completely, so we'll be seeing more. I'm going to say I look forward to book two of this series. :) 4.5 WITCHY GHOSTLY PAWS :)
Crystal didn’t have an easy start in life, first her parents died in a car accident so she was sent to live with her aunt, who was then sadly killed in a house fire. With no family left to care for her she spent the rest of her childhood in foster care, so it was easy to understand why she was so curious and trusting when a woman turns up at her work claiming to be a long lost great aunt. Inviting Crystal to stay with her for a while to learn about her mother was an invitation Crystal couldn’t turn down, only she didn’t expect her visit to be so, eventful.
Thorncrest Manor was your typical creepy old mansion, filled with an equally unwelcoming family and things that go bump in the night. Only the staff seemed to have any time at all for their special visitor and I wonder what made Crystal decide to stay rather than just walk out the door and high tail it back home like I would have done. She does manage to find some friendly people in the town who are eager to fill Crystal in on the weird and wonderful things that go on at the Manor… at which point I would be running to buy my bus ticket home, but still she stayed… that could have something to do with Cray!
The Lebrus Stone is a suspense story with a paranormal twist. There are elements that I really enjoyed and overall the writing is good but for me the story moved slowly in parts and the ending left me turning the page wondering if that’s it or if there is going to be another book to carry the story on.
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