Saturday, July 30, 2016
Review:Black Rabbit Hall
By Eve Chase
Genre Adult Contemporary
Amber Alton has always been certain of one thing. Holidays and summers are spent at the family's estate Pencraw Hall or, as their mother calls it, Black Rabbit Hall. But one Easter holiday something horrible happens that alters Amber and her siblings lives forever.
Decades later Sonya, a young girl on her way to the alter, considers having her wedding at Black Rabbit Hall. There's something almost eerily familiar about the old derelict house. But as she learns more about the house her own future will never be the same.
It is one of those journeys.
When I saw this book and was told it would be like a Kate Morton book I was very intrigued! I've only read one Kate Morton book but loved it!
I love atmospheric books with creepy old houses and family secrets and Black Rabbit Hall didn't disappoint. It jumps back and forth between Amber's and Sonya's perspectives and when it got to the end of one character's perspective and jumped to the other it did so with little cliffhangers so intense I'd have to flip to the next section on that character's perspective to make sure things were okay before going back to where I was. Hmm, not sure that made sense but if so, it was a good thing. I liked the way the characters, though not all likable were, fleshed out and real. You could almost feel sympathy for all of them. Even the crumby ones. The house its self was a character I think I liked best of all. I wanted to go to this strange house by the end of the book.
Not everything was perfect in the book, however. I think perhaps the twist ending was supposed to surprise us but I saw it coming from a mile away. It didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book but not seeing it coming would have been much better. Still, I enjoyed it, sped through it and will gladly read anything else Chase writes.
Should you read it?
I'd highly recommend it. Even if it is a tad predictable.