“Black Rabbit Hall is not a house that lends itself to ‘getting on.’ any more than it does phone calls…It unfolds at its own pace, its corridors, anterooms, and the repeated pauses of its views fostering a dreamy kind of lingering, an openness to getting lost. Is this because it was build for the leisured class, she wonders, or something else?” Eve Chase, BLACK RABBIT HALL
For fans of Kate Morton and Sarah Waters, 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.
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.
Rebecca, Little Stranger, The Distant Hours…
Gothic, romantic, house-centered fiction laden with family secrets is a favorite of mine. I enjoy nothing more than cozying up with a multi-period mystery, set in an unforgettable estate, peopled with men and women brought together by blood and circumstance.
Black Rabbit Hall is a welcome addition to the genre. I could see the action as if I were watching a film. The prose is elegant, the plot kept me reading late into the night, and though the story is heartbreaking, redemption comes. Prepare to be drawn to, beguiled by, and to fall in love with Chase’s moody, fascinating characters.
Fans of multi-period mystery set on crumbling British country estates will devour Black Rabbit Hall.
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