This book is the first installment of my favorite series!
“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.” Serafina is a girl that has been secretly growing up with her pa in the basement of the Biltmore Estate. One night while she’s on a prowl, hunting for vermin to remove from the Biltmore, she witnesses a mysterious man in a black cloak chase a young girl from upstairs, eventually catching her. Serafina watches, horrified, as the man’s cloak absorbs the little girl. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina ventures upstairs, where the rich folk live, in broad daylight. There, she is accidentally seen by the Vanderbilts’ nephew, Braeden. She warns him about the Man in the Black Cloak, and how no one visiting the Biltmore Estate should be trusted. More and more children start going missing, and one suspect begins to stand out from the rest. Can Braeden and Serafina save the day? Or will all of the visiting children disappear, one by one?
Robert Beatty’s thriller series is one of my favorites, and I hope you give it a try. I would recommend this book for everyone age 10 and up. It has some gruesome moments, and there are some deep emotions and thoughts that go through the characters’ heads. It gets quite intense towards the end, and might get a little scary at some parts for younger children. I loved it, and had my mom read it, too. She liked it as well. Here is the link to Robert Beatty’s Serafina website. Happy reading!