Amber and Toby and Barney and Kitty.
The four Alton children spend the hot Cornish summer playing on sun-baked lawns or building dens in the dark woods. Endless days of laughter and fun.
But no one foresees the storm that brings it all to a tragic end.
Afterwards, Black Rabbit Hall, their home, is twisted and changed. A place they won’t all 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?
This is a beautiful seductive and atmospheric read. Black Rabbit Hall is the imposing dilapidated home of the Alton children and their parents.
Told within two timelines, the first being of the four children, whose lives are changed when a tragic accident takes the life of their mother, and the second some thirty years later with Lorna trying to find the perfect venue for her wedding.
I love books with Cornwall as the setting. My childhood was set in Cornwall and reading about this beautiful and magical place always makes me feel like I am going home. Eve Chase has captured the place perfectly and her debut novel is one that is brilliantly written and stylishly plotted.
I didn’t want to finish this tale, and while I usually read a book in one sitting, I deliberately took longer with this one and was sad to finish it. I really can’t wait for Ms Chase’s next offering.