Sunday, March 6, 2016

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase!

It is seldom that I read a novel and want to shout about it from the rooftops, but Black Rabbit Hall is one such book. Beautifully written with overtones of Daphne Du Maurier’s, Rebecca, it pulls you in like a magnet, and at times, it’s as if you’re under a spell.

I preferred the story of the Alton children to that of Lorna, but as the novel progressed, Lorna earned her worthy place within the pages.

An utterly engaging fictional world with wonderfully drawn characters, a great sense of place and atmosphere, whilst peppered with magical prose. This book is laden with family secrets, it has both depth and soul, ensuring you will truly forget about the real world as you get deeper and deeper into Black Rabbit Hall.

A certainty for my favourite book shelf, despite being able to predict some of the secrets before they were revealed, and unusually for me, I will read Black Rabbit Hall over and over again. A modern day classic in my humble opinion, and I don’t say that lightly.


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.

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