Serafina has lived secretly in the basement of Biltmore Estate with her pa for most of her life. She's long used to sneaking through the mansion by night, catching the many rats that overrun the place. Then children at Biltmore start to go missing. Only Serafina knows who is responsible: a menacing man in a black cloak who prowls the halls late every evening. To stop him, she teams up with a boy named Braeden, the nephew of the estate's owners. Can she and Braeden unmask the Man in the Black Cloak before it's too late?
I enjoyed the setting of this story (a huge mansion in North Carolina the year before 1900) because so many things can happen in such a huge place. Also, mansions represent frightful things and black magic, since a "haunted house" is usually called a "haunted mansion." It's unlikely that you've heard about a haunted cottage.
My favorite character was Serafina because she's so brave and clever. I'll never have enough courage to wander through a dark basement or carry rats with my bare hands.
I would recommend this book because it is full of mystery. Who is the Man in the Black Cloak? What happened to Serafina's mother? Why does Serafina's pa forbid her from entering the forest? What happens to the victims of the Man in the Black Cloak?
It is a "stand-alone." I don't know if the author has any sequels planned with a separate storyline, but all questions listed are answered.
Those that are wanting of
surprise and suspense
should definitely READ
Serafina and the Black Cloak.
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