#BookReview – Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

                                     About the Book

23337562Ghosts 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

I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s next book The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde last summer, so when I discovered her debut in the library, I knew I had to read it.

What a wonderfully tense and atmospheric book this was! I enjoyed both eras, the 60s and present day, as I liked the main characters, Amber and Lorna.

The descriptions of Black Rabbit Hall in the 1960s really did make me feel as if I was there with the family on their school holidays. I loved reading about their exploits with their Momma, who sounded like a wonderful woman so full of life and joy. I loved the twists and turns in the story, with the tension upping with nearly every turn of the page.

The present day story was a such a clever mystery that kept me flipping the pages wanting to discover the connections between Lorna and Pencraw Hall. The descriptions were so creepy and tense that I could see it all happening in my mind’s eye. I had inkling about what Lorna was going to find out, but it didn’t spoil the twist at all.

I’m so glad I’ve read both books by the author and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I definitely recommend this if you enjoy dual time atmospheric novels full of family secrets.

 

 

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