Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase 

Category: Crime / Mystery

From the Back Cover
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.

This was Kelly’s book for January as part of the #12booksin12months reading challenge.

What format did you read the book in?: Paperback

Why did you choose to read this book?: I wanted something to get me through the bleak January so looked up novels based in Cornwall (somewhere we love to go on holiday). I came across this book and past it by initially but the title and blurb intrigued me.

What did you like most about this book?: I adored this book and recommend it. It was a complex but realistic story of a family living through death, remarriage, financial struggles and mixed-up childhoods. The characters were fab and it was superbly written. It was Eve Chase’s understanding of grief that struck me the most. Such insight is hard to convey well in fiction. I believe this was her debut novel so I will definitely look out for her second.

Anything you didn’t like about this book?: No, I can’t think of anything I didn’t like.

What book are you going to read next?: Panic Button by Charlie Gallagher

L2R Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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