Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

For fans of Kate Morton and Sarah Waters, here’s a magnetic debut novel of wrenching family secrets, forbidden love, and heartbreaking loss housed within the grand gothic manor of Black Rabbit Hall.

Ghosts are everywhere, not just the ghost of Momma in the woods, but ghosts of us too, what we used to be like in those long summers . . .

Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family’s country estate, where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, of course, it does. 

More than three decades later, Lorna is determined to be married within the grand, ivy-covered walls of Pencraw Hall, known as Black Rabbit Hall among the locals. But as she’s drawn deeper into the overgrown grounds, half-buried memories of her mother begin to surface and Lorna soon finds herself ensnared within the manor’s labyrinthine history, overcome with an insatiable need for answers about her own past and that of the once-happy family whose memory still haunts the estate.

Stunning and atmospheric, this debut novel is a thrilling spiral into the hearts of two women separated by decades but inescapably linked by the dark and tangled secrets of Black Rabbit Hall.

My Review:
BLACK RABBIT HALL is a unique kind of novel. Part Gothic, part psychological thriller, part romance, it is set in an old manor house in Cornwall England. In the 1960's Amber and her family spend their summers at Black Rabbit Hall. One such summer, tragedy strikes, and her mother dies in a horse accident. Unable to fully care for Amber and her siblings, her father soon remarries an old flame. At first, her new stepmother tries hard to fit in, but the children never warm up to her cool aloofness and hoighty attitude. 

Thirty years later, Lorna and her fiance are eager to find a hall to host their wedding. Lorna is drawn to Black Rabbit Hall, an old run down home that has seen better days. She meets with the matriarch of the home and spends some time at the hall planning the wedding and reception. Little does she know that soon, secrets begin to unravel and she finds a link in her past that ties her to the once beautiful home. 

Recently there have been a surge of novels released that pertain to old buildings that shift from the historical past to the contemporary present. This is one such book. I really was impressed with this book. Each character fascinated me because they each had faults. There was something always a little off or mysterious about them, and I liked that. Next, I loved how the old house and it's history was depicted. A lot of thought and creativity went into creating the backstory. And lastly, I loved the cold matriarch and how all the secrets were slowly released until the final climax. It was all very well done. Just my kind of book. I read it in two sittings. Highly recommended.

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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