I love a good book full of mystery and the journey of people and how one decision (whether big or small), can change where our paths might lead.
For fans of Kate Morton and Daphne du Maurier, 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.
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 Penraw 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.
Well, this novel had me hooked from the beginning. It didn’t start with a bang, but it definitely had my attention from the very first page. The characters, the location, the house…all of them together made for a fascinating tale of two women and how their lives are connected to Black Rabbit Hall.
The two points of view worked well, as Chase was able to pause at just the right moments. I almost skipped to the next sections just to find out what was coming next. Almost. But then I’d start reading and get hooked into the new one.
There were many moments when I thought I knew where certain things were going and then Chase would throw in a plot twist or two. While there were some things I wanted more details on towards the end and it wasn’t what I expected from this novel, I still enjoyed what was on these pages instead of my initial thoughts.
Have you read this one? What’s a women’s fiction you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
(Heads up: some adult material, but nothing too descriptive or gratuitous)