The Caging at Deadwater Manor

The Caging at Deadwater Manor

by Sandie Will


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A young adult insane asylum psychological thriller inspired by true events.

A dad with a vendetta. An unsuspecting daughter. A psychiatric hospital known for questionable acts. And staff who keep secrets in the attic.



On a cold, January evening, fourteen-year-old Jeannie Kynde is told that her beloved mother drowned in the murky waters along Florida's Gulf Coast. Her distraught father turns on Jeannie, no longer the caring father she once knew. Four years later, Jeannie is finally old enough to escape her father's clutches, but he has different plans. He imprisons her at Deadwater Manor, a psychiatric hospital with an unscrupulous past. Between endless psychiatric treatments and a hospital staff up to no good, Jeannie faces insurmountable odds as each day ticks away. Will she be locked away forever? Or can she fight against the nightmare that has now become her world?

If you like suspenseful shockers, you're sure to love this psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and stay with you long afterward. Check out the great reviews on this novel that debuted on the #1 Hot New Releases bestseller list.

Note: This book is intended for mature young adult, new adult, and older audiences due to profanity and sensual content.


The inspiration for the story came from Sandie's beloved father who worked in various psychiatric hospitals during short periods of his career. In the attic of one such hospital, he made a disturbing discovery - one that bothered Sandie so much, she had to create a story around it. Though fiction, many parts of the book intertwine the patient routines, treatments, and outbursts that she learned from her father and other research in a way that makes the story vivid through Jeannie's perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540517371
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 772,927
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Sandie Will is an award-winning young adult novelist who lives in Tampa Bay, Florida and works as a manager and geologist by day. She has written two novels and is currently working on her third. Her first novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor, is a young adult psychological thriller/horror that was the recipient of a 2017 Readers' Favorite Book Award in YA Horror. Her second is a YA historical time travel series called Time Lands. The first book of the series is titled, The Hunger, and is expected to be released in 2018. She has been married to her husband, Charlie, for 30 years and they have two grown sons. Her favorite place to write is in her back room "treehouse" in the arms of an old oak. Her websites include and

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The Caging at Deadwater Manor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Rainne More than 1 year ago
An intense thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, rooting for the protagonist to make it safely through to the end, and what an ending!! I didn’t see that coming! Jeannie’s dad hates her and after years of mentally abusing her, contrives with the staff at Deadwater Manor, psychiatric hospital, to have her locked away. What she suffers at their hands is harrowing, and almost breaks her, but she doesn’t give up hope, and with the help of another ‘patient’ they plan their escape. This debut novel from Sandie Will is well written and engaging. It draws the reader in to share in Jeannie’s terror and frustration. Knowing that this is a fictional story doesn’t stop the feeling that this has possibly happened, or could happen, to someone, somewhere!
ForeverRomantic More than 1 year ago
Sandie Will has written a crippling story about the miserable life of Jeannie Kynde, first at the hand of her narcissistic father and then during her stay at an insane asylum. The story starts sad enough, with her father making fun of her disability and calling her all manner of names, then it went into the unfair incarceration of eighteen year old Jeannie. What Jeannie had to endure during her months in captivity are enough to make one physically ill. She never gives up, attempting to escape every chance she gets. Those attempts were frighteningly scary. It had me on the edge of my seat fearing for capture. But the biggest shock of all was yet to come, in the form of her brother, Rick. WOW, what a gut wrenching, nail-biting, knee-jerking read.
Tammy Lee Bradley More than 1 year ago
This story grabs you right from the start. Knowing that it was based on true events made my stomach actually hurt while reading it. It has that "Oh my GOD this is horrible but I can't look away" feeling to it. With an appalling yet plausible story line (everything weird happens in Florida), sick plot twists, and the corruption of a young unsuspecting girl by a warped parent, it reads like an updated V.C. Andrews novel on steroids. A very intense Mature Young Adult read with profanity, torture, and sexual scenes approach with caution. RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 READERS' FAVORITE HONORABLE MENTION BOOK AWARD IN YA HORROR
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite During a hospital visit, a young woman is detained and incarcerated against her will in the thrilling suspense novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will. Jeanie's mother died when she was fourteen, leaving her and her brother to be raised by their father. Incongruously, her once loving father now hates Jeanie, but yet, still loves her brother. Her father never misses a chance to verbally chastise Jeanie and spew his venomous distaste for her. Unable to do anything about her circumstances at present, Jeanie has plans to escape her abusive situation on her eighteenth birthday. Fortuitously, the day of her birthday arrives, and her father surprises her with a car. Now Jeanie has a better mode of transportation that will expedite the plans she has prepared for that very night. However, her father has one request of Jeanie; she needs to visit her emotionally ailing aunt at the local psychiatric hospital. Because she loves her aunt, Jeanie complies and puts a hold on her plans until the following morning. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake. When Jeanie enters the hospital, she is abducted and drugged. When she wakes, Jeanie finds herself imprisoned in a cage in an attic; adjacent to her is another cage occupied by a girl. Horrified and frightened, Jeanie realizes the neighboring young female occupant is dead. What is going on? Why is this happening to her? Will she be able to get out of there alive? Based on real events, The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will is an exhilarating young adult suspense novel reminiscent of the Gothic horror story, Flowers In The Attic by V.C. Andrews. In the first chapter, the reader is captured by Jeanie's fortitude despite her circumstances, and is able to connect and empathize with her character. From there the story takes off, surprising the reader with unexpectedly appalling and terrifying incidents. From the alarming hospital scene onward, the horror and suspense continue to build to a chilling and shocking climax. For those who love a shiver inducing story, this is a fabulous suspense novel that makes the hardiest reader's blood run cold. However, due to some of the more adult situations, I recommend it to readers over the age of sixteen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read, should be a movie