Eve Chase's debut is a bundle of mixed emotions that make for an outstanding read. The serene much-loved and lived in estate on the shores of Cornwall lends itself brilliantly to the story, giving the reader a feeling of tranquility and a foreboding feel all at once. The happy family tucked amongst the property's beautiful grounds has no way of knowing that their lives will forever change, rain and winds bringing more than dark, gloomy skies. The story has a gothic echo of Rebecca du Maurier, whom I just love. I think Chase does a fabulous job of surprising the reader, making one feel safe and happy and then quietly wrenching the feet out from under you with another heartbreaking twist to the story. One cannot help but fall in love with the Alton children and share in their grief as they experience change during once-loved holidays at Black Rabbit Hall. Eve Chase is an excellent story teller and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I was filled with anticipation as I read, a creepy unsettling feel from beginning to end. Intriguing. I'm going to keep my eye out for more of Eve Chase fiction.
**I happily won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I wish to thank Putnam Books for this glorious read.
Eve Chase is an exciting new voice in fiction and has worked as an editor and feature writer for various magazines in the UK. She lives in Oxford, England. Black Rabbit Hall is her debut novel. For more info, visit Chase on Twitter @evepchase, Facebook at eve.chase.author or her website at www.evechase.com.
~ Seventh book completed in #CleanSweepARC Challenge. ~