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  • A Northern Michigan Asylum Novel
  • By: J.R. Erickson
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Navarro
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Calling Back the Dead

By: J.R. Erickson
Narrated by: Kelsey Navarro
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Summary

The sprawling Kerry Manor has stood abandoned for nearly a century.

But that hasn’t kept the darkness at bay. Stories about the cursed house trickle out. Violent deaths, strange sightings, and always the chilling sound of a little girl’s song permeates the murky halls.

Today, Kerry Manor is restored to its original grandeur. Corrie and Sammy Flynn, and their daughter Isis, move into the house for a winter retreat. As they settle into the dim, gothic rooms, they cannot imagine the terror that awaits them.

Kerry Manor houses a malevolence that spans a century. A twisted tale that began when a little girl went into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane and emerged as something dark - something evil.

Kerry Manor is the second novel in a series of stand-alone stories in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series. Start your chilling journey today.

©2019 Jacqueline R Erickson (P)2019 Jacqueline R Erickson

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A great psychological thriller!

Calling Back the Dead is the perfect fall listen. This stand alone, second book of the Northern Michigan Asylum series captured my attention with this psychological thriller. Meet Corrie and Sammy. They have rented the well-known cursed house, Kerry Manor. Sammy loves horror, authoring a scary comic. Little did he know, this house would be his demise. And what happens next is frightening! From haunting creepy nursery rhymes to having that feeling of being watched, the suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat. And just when you think you have the answers, another twist will lead you in another direction. It has all the elements of a great horror story! I was hooked and will go back and find the first book in the series now.

Kelsey Navarro is an amazing narrator. She adapts to this genre with such ease, building the suspense and creating the personalities of all the characters perfectly. I love her creepy little girl nursery rhyme voice, the kind that you will hear in the middle of the night! She creates the atmosphere with her voice and kept me riveted.

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loving this author

Great set of books, I'm working my way through them..... Highly recommend to a fan of a ghost novel with an actual story! 👍

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Oh this was a create twist. Really enjoyed it. Loved the flow of the story.

I voluntarily received a courtesy copy of this audio book from AudiobookObsession and I am choosing to leave a review.
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Calling Back the Dead

Corrie and Sammy love Halloween, scary and spooky things. When given the chance to move into the restored Kerry Manor for the winter they jump at the chance. Only this is the biggest mistake of all time. They have all their friends over for the Coolest Halloween party only when the sun comes up their lives will be changed forever. The story is intense and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Great listen and the narration was easy to listen to and really brought the story to life. Thanks Audiobook Obsession for the recommendation.

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A haunting with substance

This was a great listen, well written and narrated.
The storyline was very clever. It wasn’t a scary horror, more an intriguing supernatural to me and I enjoyed it very much
It was easy to listen to with good substance other than just trying to be spooky and I will be listening to the rest in the series!
Definitely worth a listen!

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Great book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Although this is book 2 of the Northern Michigan Asylum series I was happy it can be listened to as a stand alone.
A great supernatural murder mystery that gets very creepy in places.
Kelsey Navarro does a fab job narrating as usual and look forward to listening to more of her work.

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A beautifully written haunting standalone

I love the fact that this book is part of a series but every book can be read as an individual standalone. The story initially started off a little slow but I'm glad I stayed with it . The book was set in a great location and the narrator spoke so clearly and was easy to understand . Reading this one has made me want to read the book I missed and the ones that follow. I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Creepy

I’m not one for creepy horror books but I had to give this one a shot. Happy I did, this was super creepy but also had good characters and storyline. I also really liked the Narrator. #audiobookobsession 🎧🎧

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Good listen.

The story itself was better than the first book. it flowed so much easier and any questions were answered. I enjoyed listening to it!

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A well written haunting story of love, possession, mystery, twists with a surprising turn at the end.
Kelsey did a wonderful job narrating.

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  • timj26
  • 25-08-19

Excellent

A fan of all things horror Sammy moves his family into a gothic mansion with a sinister past
From a cult of doctors experimenting with the paranormal to creepy possessed little girls this is not your typical haunted house story
Well narrated and a good use of some horror staples highly recommended
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  • Spooky Mike
  • 30-08-19

Spooky paranormal Murder Mystery

All around I thought this was a good story. Fairly unique with a good plot and decent characters. In general, I don’t like stories that bounce between past and present. Usually even though they try to inform you when it is past or present, it can cause confusion as to what timeline you are actually in once you get immersed. This one wasn’t confusing, but I’m not entirely sure that it added to the overall story. The present day part was a thrill ride full of twists and turns. As noted, even though this is part of a series this stood alone and it made me want to listen to the first book.

The story is a bit of a mixture of genres. You have the supernatural aspects, but I heard it more as detective story where Sammy’s family tries to solve his murder. There are some paranormal aspects that add a nice haunting to the story and the setting of the Manor was perfect. Definitely a place I want to move into and throw a Halloween Party, but with a different outcome. I will say, given all the different directions the book went, I was caught completely off guard by the ending.

I really liked Sammy. He reminded me a lot of myself and while he didn’t have the biggest part in the story, I liked all the little information about him. His awesomeness, which is constantly being praised by his wife, Corrie, made me like her that much more for recognizing it. Her love for him was palpable and the tragedy of her loss hits you hard as you learn how much she truly loved him and what she is willing to do to get him back.

Kelsey Navarro did a really good job. I liked the different inflections she had in her voice and thought she did a good job with the character voices. The cadence and tone she used with her character voices made it sound like the characters were actually talking to one another. I look forward to more of her narration.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Milica
  • 04-12-19

Absolutely Amazing Exciting and Chilling!!

Kerry Manor is the new home Corrie and Sammy move into, not realising the dark and evil presence that resides there. The house is haunted by a girl that was sent to the asylum, but came out something far worse and far scarier.

Chilling, scary, amazing, brilliant, exciting, eerie, WOW!! Jacki has yet again created a masterpiece with Calling Back the Dead. It builds up at an eerie yet enthralling pace, gives you shivers, and at the same time eager to keep listening (like a kid watching a scary movie while peeking over a blanket). The plot and characters are developed well and the story an absolute gem. I love the "then" and "now" stories that unravel simultaneously, keeping the listener intrigued throughout.

Kelsey narrated well, with great intonation and good energy in her performance. I would definitely listen to her again.

Overall, i highly recommend this series. Every book is stand alone so you dont need to hear the others to understand the story (although you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didnt)! Dont hesitate and get this one, then find the others and get them too! You wont be sorry, you will be amazed!

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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  • Chopsticks11
  • 14-09-19

Look No Further for your Halloween Read

This is the second book in this ‘series’ and it is just as phenomenal as the first. When I finished the first book, I wondered how it was a ‘series,’ but I’m starting to see it now. There is a different narrator, but since it has different characters than the first book, this did not take anything away from the story. Ms. Navarro did just as great of a job with the narrations and the characters.

There was not as much of the asylum in this particular story, but it does still play a pivotal role. This is the perfect time of year to read this story as well because it largely centers on a Halloween party.

I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. Ms. Erickson does an amazing job of intertwining characters, timelines and creepiness that make her books page turners.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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  • taslls
  • 15-09-22

Awesome

This has been my favorite so far! I like how things in previous books creep into the next one. Can’t wait to listen to the next in the Northern Michigan Asylum series.

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  • Mama
  • 29-07-22

Not a fan of the Narrator

The Narrator did not vary the voices which made it difficult to know who was talking at the time. more difficult was the Then and Now time shifts, as the then and now still used past tense verbs. I had to go back and double check who and when the chapters were taking place.
It was a good story, but reading would be a better choice to follow along better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-22

love is a he'll of a thing

u need to listen to it , all of it not just the story the story inside the story

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  • Teresa Hanan
  • 14-03-22

Great Twist

I am really enjoying the books from this author. This one has a great twist at the end.

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  • Craig specht
  • 24-10-21

this was good but!

I liked this book but unfortunately some authors have to drag a certain issue thru this. I won't get into this because audible will no doubt not post this. but the storyline was good and the narrator was good also.

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  • Turning Another Page
  • 30-09-20

Calling Back the Dead

Would you believe it if someone came to you and said they see ghosts? Do you believe in ghosts? If your answer is yes to both, this is definitely the book for you. Erickson’s second installment in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series is downright creepy. While the first one was easy to predict, this one has a couple of twists that will entertain readers.

Sarah and Corrie are in a huge haunted manor all by themselves after a deathly terrifying Halloween party thrown at the manor, where one person winds up dead. The story begins with a detective questioning them about their take on the series of events leading up to the party. Sarah has a twin brother, HAD a twin brother, named Sammy, who was also Corrie’s husband. Sammy and Corrie move into Kerry Manor with their little girl, Isis, for a little while. Immediately, Corrie’s demeanor starts to change and Sammy is worried that the stay may not have been the right choice. Deciding to throw one last bash on Halloween before trying to persuade Corrie into moving again, he doesn’t realize the implications of waiting. As both Sarah and Corrie recount their lives leading up to the party, Sarah begins to look into possession and an asylum that is heavily rooted in the manor’s history while Corrie looks for a way to bring Sammy back to life. Death surrounds the manor and both women find that things aren’t always as they appear. Will they be able to get out of Kerry Manor alive or will the dead come back to make a claim for their souls?

Erickson leads her readers into a cold and dark world, but quite a fascinating one. While the story and the characters are fictional, the asylum is real and has been researched thoroughly. This provides originality, while still giving the author credibility. This place, you can imagine, has a ton of creative and unusual stories and this is where Erickson is able to lure her readers into this first installment. Navarro’s narration is fantastic. Erickson has another enticing story, and Navarro compliments both characters quite well. Each character she narrates has a different tone, the pace is nice and steady as the story intensifies, her emotional queues are on par with the story, and she makes the reader feel like they are in the story with Erickson’s characters. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and mysteries, you may want to pick it up for a read. This is the second installment within the series; however, it can be read as a standalone. Everything is different with the exception of the asylum. Just to clarify, this is a story about ghosts, but it is more of a thriller over horror.

The audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five star rating for Calling Back the Dead by J.R. Erickson.