Eve Chase is a vastly underrated author in America, in my opinion. Her haunting stories centered around large estates in England with hidden secrets never fail to capture my heart and imagination. Now I’m wondering why it took me so long to finally check this book off my list!
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.
A few years ago I discovered Eve Chase’s The Wildling Sisters on Netgalley and absolutely fell in love with her gothic writing style. Summer seems to be the perfect time to read these stories when time seems to slow down and anything seems possible. I love the idea of escaping to a slightly derelict house on the coast of England with a history begging to be uncovered for the summer holidays. The idea alone fills me with childhood wonder and excitement.
This story was slow at certain times, but I felt entirely swept up in the atmosphere as if I was there myself. I especially loved how the alternating perspectives began to bleed together as the story drew on. The allure of history, mixed with the mystery of the present created a dynamic story that I simultaneously couldn’t read fast enough, and yet didn’t want to end. This was truly my favorite kind of book. It had a fantastic setting, intriguing characters, a bit of romance, history, and a melancholy tone. My heart ached for the family’s story that was trapped in the walls and in the heart of one cranky old woman. The sad magic hidden of Black Rabbit Hall spoke straight to my soul.
If you’re a fan of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, I highly recommend checking out Eve Chase’s books. I’m eagerly hoping I will be approved to read her upcoming summer release, The Daughters of Foxcote Manner, by her publisher! I can’t seem to get enough.
Rating: 5 stars