Sunday, January 17, 2016

Book Review: 'Black Rabbit Hall' by Eve Chase

My Rating:  4 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Amber and Toby and Barney and Kitty.

The four Alton children spend every day of the hot Cornish summer playing games on sun-baked lawns or building dens in the dark woods. Endless days of laughter and fun, without an adult in sight.

But no one can foresee the storm that will bring it all to a tragic end.

Afterwards, Black Rabbit Hall, their home, with its endless corridors and ancient creaking clocks, is a twisted and changed place, set to steal the last vestiges of their childhood and innocence. A home that not all of the Altons will be strong enough to survive.

Now, thirty years later, a message from one of the Alton children is discovered carved into an old oak tree. Could the tangled truth of that terrible summer finally creep into the light? Or should some secrets be left in the past for good?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed Black Rabbit Hall. This novel was very interesting and I loved how the story bounced between the past and the present, giving alternate views for each time period.

This book focuses on the lives of two women, Lorna and Amber, and  Black Rabbit Hall becomes an eerie backdrop in each woman's life.  I think I enjoyed reading about Amber's life in the past more than Lorna's story in the present. Amber's story was heartbreaking and it really drew me in and made me want to know what would happen next.  Lorna's story was not as intriguing to me.  I guess I just preferred to read about the past rather than the present.  Lorna's story just seemed a little bland compared to Amber's life at Black Rabbit Hall.

I felt that most of this story was original but there were parts that had a 'Flowers in the Attic' feel to it.  The writing and story kind of reminded me of V. C. Andrews and that is not a bad thing.
I love V. C. Andrews novels.

I really enjoy reading a novel that has a Gothic feel and some mystery to it and Black Rabbit Hall did not disappoint. The story kept me intrigued until the very end.  I recommend reading this book if you are a fan of mysterious Gothic fiction.

This book will be released on February 9, 2016.

You can pre-order Black Rabbit Hall at Amazon.

*I received this e-book for free from the First To Read Program in exchange for an honest review.

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