Book Review

‘Black Rabbit Hall’ by Eve Chase

brh ecSTORY: Amber and Toby and Barney and Kitty.

The four Alton children spend every day of the hot Cornish summer playing games on sun-baked lawns or building dens in the dark woods. Endless days of laughter and fun, without an adult in sight.

But no one can foresee the storm that will bring it all to a tragic end.

Afterwards, Black Rabbit Hall, their home, with its endless corridors and ancient creaking clocks, is a twisted and changed place, set to steal the last vestiges of their childhood and innocence. A home that not all of the Altons will be strong enough to survive.

Now, thirty years later, a message from one of the Alton children is discovered carved into an old oak tree. Could the tangled truth of that terrible summer finally creep into the light? Or should some secrets be left in the past for good?

REVIEW: The Alton family has owned Black Rabbit Hall in Cornwall for a long time. It is quite old, very large, and slowing crumbling. While the family lives in London, vacations are always spent here. Mrs. Alton is originally from Boston. Her husband and their twins, Amber and Toby and younger daughter, Kitty, and younger son, Barney, all love their time spent here. When a sudden storm hits, Mrs. Alton ventures out on her horse to get her son, Barney, only to be killed when the horse rears up. The children are all devastated at the loss of their beloved, fun-loving mother.

Within a year, their father brings a wealthy woman named Caroline and her son, Lucien, to visit with them at the Hall. The children immediately dislike her. Amber and Lucien soon settle into a type of friendship but Toby hates him and the boys fight. When their father marries Caroline, the children have no choice but to learn to tolerate her. She is strict to her stepchildren but adores her own son, Lucien.

As the story continues, we find more than a friendship develops between Amber and Lucien leading to serious results. This is when Caroline steps in and her real selfishness is shown.

The story switches back from the late 1960s to present day. Today, Lorna and Jon are looking for the perfect wedding venue and when she finds the Hall on the internet, something clicks in her memory and she knows she must visit the place and see if it will be suitable for their wedding. What she finds is more than she had expected which leads to her past becoming clear.

I have tried to give a brief snippet of this story without giving too much away. For me, the book is dark and somewhat depressing. It’s not exactly what I thought it would be. I have to admit that once you start reading it, you will definitely want to finish it.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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