Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 2 July 2015
“One golden family. One fateful summer. Four lives changed forever.
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, one stormy evening in 1968, it does.
The idyllic world of the four Alton children is shattered. Fiercely bonded by the tragic events, they grow up fast. But when a glamorous stranger arrives, these loyalties are tested. Forbidden passions simmer. And another catastrophe looms…
Decades later, Lorna and her fiancé wind their way through the countryside searching for a wedding venue. Lorna is drawn to a beautiful crumbling old house she hazily remembers from her childhood, feels a bond she does not understand. When she finds a disturbing message carved into an old oak tree by one of the Alton children, she begins to realise that Black Rabbit Hall’s secret history is as dark and tangled as its woods, and that, much like her own past, it must be brought into the light.”
Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and share my opinion. It had been sat on my ‘to read’ pile for such a long time and I had always been curious about it so I was glad to finally get round to reading it.
The prologue set the mysterious scene well, already I was imagining all sorts!
Reading from Amber’s point of view and learning about her family and life at Black Rabbit Hall really made me smile – the author created a wonderful atmosphere of happy days-gone-by. That was until things took a dark turn which left me holding my breath, wondering what had actually happened.
The modern-day perspective came from Lorna who was planning her wedding. I got chills when she found herself at Black Rabbit Hall although, at that point, I couldn’t figure out why.
For me, there was an overwhelming feeling of fate weaving its way through the storyline. It kind of felt like everything was happening for a reason, I just couldn’t work out what that reason was until the end.
A thread of romance lifted things and brought about a sense of anticipation which I particularly enjoyed.
The authors descriptions made each scene so easy to visualise. As I progressed through the book I was captivated by all the goings on at the house, both past and present.
This was a mysterious and addictive 5 star read. A puzzle to be pieced together bit by bit.
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