The Mannequins by Elyse Salpeter



My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

In the deep woods of California, there’s an old decaying mansion with a terrible secret. When any enter its doors, the house claims them, propelling them to a land in a different reality, run by a man who calls himself, the Preacher. If you play by his rules, you live a life of luxury, but if you displease him? With a flick of his wrist, you are transformed into a living doll, a mannequin, and there is no escape… until the madman is done playing with you.


Genre:  Horror

Series:  –

Pages:  210 (estimated)

Release Date:  2014-10-23


Teaser (Amazon)

Jack ran his fingers through his thinning hair. He had been thirty-two when he and the film crew first went into the house and though now he was only forty-seven, he could easily pass for sixty.


My Opinion

The book introduces you to a film crew and an old house. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With The Mannequins, Elyse Salpeter has created a thrilling, entertaining and cleverly elaborated horror story. Jack is a very likeable character who wants to free those who are kept prisoner. I was drawn into the story right away. The author tells the story in a very intense way – giving the reader the opportunity to get somehow involved as well. As the story proceeds you learn more about the characters and – you automatically start to be anxious about them. This is a book for you if you appreciate a refined horror story. This is not a slasher.

This is a book to read again. Highly recommended!


About the author

Elyse Salpeter is an author who loves mixing “the real with the fantastic” in her novels. Nothing makes her happier than taking different scenarios and creating worlds where things just aren’t what they appear to be.

Her Dark Fantasy Series, THE WORLD OF KAROV and THE RUBY AMULET take us to other realms filled with magic and evil… Her Contemporary Thriller, THE HUNT FOR XANADU is about a young girl on a mission to avenge her parents, murdered in their quest to find the mystical land of Xanadu. She just released a creepy little horror tale called THE MANNEQUINS, about a film crew that enters an abandoned, decaying mansion… and disappears.

And lastly, Her Young Adult novels, FLYING TO THE LIGHT and FLYING TO THE FIRE are about a young deaf boy who knows what happens to you when you die and now people are after him for the answers. The books are fast paced thrillers that keeps the reader on their toes, never quite knowing who, and who not, to trust.

When she’s not writing, she’s cooking, working out, running after her twins and eating shock food in her Gastronaut Club. Please come on over and learn more about her at her webpage at


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Mannequins?  Or – if you did not yet read The Mannequins – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Mannequins was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



6 thoughts on “The Mannequins by Elyse Salpeter

  1. Thank you so much for your review and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I will give you a little nugget: The Mannequins idea came from a nightmare I had… I had a visual of a man standing on a hill, holding the shoulder of a very little boy and looking down on a decrepit, evil mansion…

  2. I love old houses, the spookier, the better. I grew up in one, but my ghost as a child was loving and kind. I should probably write her story. Thanks for the great review!

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