I enjoyed Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase. I wasn’t out and out blown away by it but I had flashes where I loved the writing and the story kept me captivated throughout.
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on February 9th 2016
Genres: Family Life, Historical Fiction, Mystery
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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.
First Line of Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
“I feel safe on the cliff ledge, safer than in the house anyway.”
My Thoughts on Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase:
Black Rabbit Hall centres around an English manor house called Black Rabbit Hall and the house itself was almost like a character in the book. It is the setting for carefree summer fun when Amber is a child; it is also the setting for her mother’s mysterious death. And other sinister events are hinted at early in the book. It is shabby, quirky house where the clocks all run on different time and it holds its secrets close to its heart.
“It really would be quite easy to get lost in Black Rabbit Hall. To think you were going in one direction but be heading entirely in another.”
After Amber’s mother dies, Amber has to step up and be a mother like figure to her younger brother and sister and to also try to control her odd twin brother. The relationships in the book really caught my attention, they are so different and everything felt so off. I was anxious to see what events unfolded and I just knew it was going to be bad.
“But after Momma dying, the small things don’t matter so much. You don’t feel a scratch on your foot if you’ve gashed open your head.”
There is also another point of view in the book – Lorna, a bride to be who is looking for a venue for her wedding. She feels an irresistible pull to Black Rabbit Hall but also feels that the house has secrets that she needs to uncover.
We weave back and forth between the two timelines and the connections between the past and present are slowly unfolded for us. What I did feel was that I wasn’t as gripped as I should have been while reading it. I thought the writing was fab at times but overly descriptive at others and it took a long time for the all the dots to join and for the book to get to the moving.
However by the end I was totally sucked in and felt emotionally touched by the events. So I did enjoy it, I just wished it moved a little swifter at times.
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Who should read Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase?
I’d recommend this to you if you like atmospheric reads centred around family secrets, a grand old house and points of view that jump back and forth between the past and the present. Do be aware that I felt the pace wasn’t perfect and the mystery wasn’t overly complex but there is enough good stuff to make this one worthy of adding to your to-be-read stash. Fans of authors such as Kate Morton, Eva Rice and Hazel Gaynor should also enjoy.
Thanks to NetGalley and G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Group) for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.