Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Book Review: "Black Rabbit Hall" by Eve Chase

So I picked up this book thinking that this was going to be a kind of haunted old Victorian house mystery. Which it isn't in the traditional sense, but the book still mostly worked for me.

The Altons are a happy family of 6 living in England in the 1960s. Successful dad, bubbly American mother and 4 close knit siblings - Amber, Toby, Barney and Kitty. They spend their holidays at crumbling, but genteel Black Rabbit Hall where they kind of run wild in a carefree way like you do in nature when you're a kid.Of course, nothing good lasts forever and the death of a family members set all of their lives on a dramatically different course. 

In the present time, Lorna and her fiancee are looking for a place to hold their wedding. Lorna has very strong memories of being in the area and visiting Black Rabbit Hall, even though they have a hard time locating it. When she is reunited with the house, she feels a strong attachment to the place that she can't quite explain but the creaky old lady who lives in the forlorn estate gives her the chance to stay a few days to get reacquainted with it. Lorna's time there provides her with questions she didn't even know that she had....and considerably more.

I can appreciate that the author let's us fill in our own thoughts during some of the gaps of time in the book but a lot of potentially really interesting moments fall in these "left out" sections and it left me wanting. It's not like it was a ridiculously long book and she needed to wrap it up. I felt like a reader left hanging in a couple of instances and I did not like the feelings.

I give this book an overall 3 stars. It's not really reinventing the wheel, it's kind of predictable but it's entertaining and the setting is interesting.



Thank you so much for your comment. I'd love to talk books with you!