Tilbage til Black Rabbit Hall
Title: Black Rabbit Hall
Author: Eve Chase
Published in English: 2015
Dansk titel: Tilbage til Black Rabbit Hall
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017
Forlag: Lindhardt og Ringtoft
Finished Reading: April 2019
Genre: Historical & Historical Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Ghosts are everywhere, not just the ghost of Momma in the woods, but ghosts of us too, what we used to be like in those long summers …
Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family’s country estate, where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, of course, it does.
More than three decades later, Lorna is determined to be married within the grand, ivy-covered walls of Pencraw Hall, known as Black Rabbit Hall among the locals. But as she’s drawn deeper into the overgrown grounds, half-buried memories of her mother begin to surface and Lorna soon finds herself ensnared within the manor’s labyrinthine history, overcome with an insatiable need for answers about her own past and that of the once-happy family whose memory still haunts the estate.
The one thing I had a major problem with in this book was the present tense telling. Besides that, I truly liked the book with its two storylines. My attention was piqued within both storylines throughout the entire book. I really did have a hard time putting it down.
Each character was well developed – their emotions and situations was very realistic. The Alton family was truly inspiring and each character was alive and relatable. What this family endured was almost unbearable for me to read.
Black Rabbit Hall – the building, had me fully engaged, there was just something about the place, which seemed magical and almost alive! I could see myself moving through the house and visiting each room, picturing toys and whatnot on the floor.
I have not read anything that remotely resembles this book. It was truly a unique reading experience and either you love the book or you hate it. I was a bit confused to begin with since it changes so much in time and perspective.
It had some mystery to it, but unfortunately, I guessed long before the reveal – how Lorna was connected with Black Rabbit Hall.
The only reason why this doesn’t get a five is the Present tense writing. Other than that, it was flawless. I particular like that, the author isn’t afraid of using taboo subjects!