Wednesday 28 June 2023

The Midnight Manor (Twisted Trails, Book One)

The Midnight Manor (Twisted Trails, Book One) by Fionna Cosgrove (Self-published, edited and proofed by Hannah Gramson.) Paperback RRP $14.95     ISBN9780645723304

Reviewed by Debra Williams

Fionna Cosgrove is a self-professed fan of the quirky, dark and mysterious, having been raised on a diet of the X-Files, Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps. She has produced a fun book for Middle-Grade readers, where they get to choose from 10 possible endings to a spooky storyline.

The storyline focuses on a mother and child travelling to Gramp’s house by driving through the night. At midnight, a thick fog rolls in and they are unable to continue, seeking refuge in the mysterious Midnight Manor, with its collection of very strange guests.

Written in second person narrative, there are some moments which sensitive stomachs might struggle with (relating to body parts and eating!) The narrative shifts between second person and the narrator making quirky comments aimed at the reader at the end of each chapter, sometimes with advice. At the end of the book the author has all the twists and turns explained and the outcome for each one as chosen.

It’s an engaging, eerie adventure for readers aged eight and over.

Cosgrove is an Australian author. Her Twisted Trails series can be found online through booksellers or by contacting her at

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