Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

An enormous house in Cornwall is filled with love and laughter during lazy seasons of the 1960s when Hugo Alton and his nontraditional American wife vacation with their brood: teenaged twins Amber and Toby, lively 5-year-old Barney, and the youngest, sweet and chubby Kitty. Over thirty years later, Lorna and Jon discover the nearly hidden estate on their search for a wedding venue. Lorna is enchanted, her love of old clothes and houses something she shared with her recently deceased mother. Jon is more wary – and he hasn’t even met the owner yet. Compelled by a force stronger than mere curiosity, Lorna is determined to learn the house’s secrets – story that holds unspeakable tragedy for the Alton family.

Through parallel narratives, debut novelist Eve Chase creates a haunting tale in a gothic setting, building suspense slowly and inventing a distinctive cast of characters.

Readalike: Similar in tone and atmosphere to The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield but slightly more hopeful.

 

 

 

Readalikes:  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

 

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