Thursday, April 7, 2016

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

Published July 2nd 2015 by Michael Joseph 

Amber and Toby and Barney and Kitty.

The four Alton children spend every day of the hot Cornish summer playing games on sun-baked lawns or building dens in the dark woods. Endless days of laughter and fun, without an adult in sight.

But no one can foresee the storm that will bring it all to a tragic end.

Afterwards, Black Rabbit Hall, their home, with its endless corridors and ancient creaking clocks, is a twisted and changed place, set to steal the last vestiges of their childhood and innocence. A home that not all of the Altons will 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? Or should some secrets be left in the past for good?

My Thoughts…

Dual storylines, different eras, intertwining characters, and an amazing story are exactly what you will find within the pages of Black Rabbit Hall.     There is a mystery to be solved and skeletons in the closet to be found.      I was hooked.   

When reading a book with dual storylines one can seem to get lost in the shuffling back and forth sometimes, in Black Rabbit Hall that definitely did not happen.   The 60’s told by Amber Alton is told by a young girl whose family is being torn apart and her world changing so quickly.    All she wants is to keep her family together.    Lorna tells the story of current time and revisiting a place that she remembers visiting with her mom.     This special place pulls at her, makes her visit again, and hopefully gets married there.     I knew Amber and Lorna’s stories had to intertwine, I thought I could figure out how and I am happy to say that I was right.   

If you love a book with secrets, mysteries, and a perfect story this is the book for you.   I recommend checking out Eve Chase’s Black Rabbit Hall. 

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About the Author:

Eve Chase is an exciting new voice in fiction and has worked as a journalist in the UK. She lives in Oxford, England. Follow her online at and on twitter @EvePChase.


Black Rabbit Hall is a twisting gothic of family secrets, forbidden lust, and a family of four extraordinary children who’ll stick with you long after they’ve scattered off the page. Eve Chase kept me up with her gorgeous descriptions of a crumbling Cornwall estate and the unruly brood who meet tragedy within its walls.”—MIRANDA BEVERLY-WHITTEMORE, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet

“If Daphne Du Maurier and Ruth Rendell in Barbara Vine mode had been able to collaborate, they might have come up with something like BlackRabbit Hall: Rebecca meets A Fatal Inversion.. A remarkable debut from an exceptionally talented and accomplished author."—John Harwood, author of The Ghost Writer 
“A deliciously intriguing novel whose rich sense of time and place bear more than a few echoes of du Maurier's best.”—Alex Marwood, Edgar Award-winning author of The Wicked Girls

“Featuring a haunting, captivating storyline, an unforgettable Cornwall estate, and a cast of beguiling characters, Eve Chase has created a stunning page turner. Black Rabbit Hall deserves a place among the very best in gothic fiction.”—Michelle Gable, bestselling author of A Paris Apartment
Black Rabbit Hall is an enthralling and deeply moving novel about family secrets, loss, and love. I was charmed by the beautifully-evoked Cornish setting, and the engaging children who are brought so vividly to life. Eve Chase is a wonderfully gifted storyteller.”—Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier’s Wife

“Expertly crafted, dark, beautiful and utterly enthralling.”—Rowan Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Mother and The Day We Met

“A deliciously addicting gothic in which dark secrets of the past scratch at the door of the present in a big, old, crumbing house on the wild Cornish coast…you'll love Black Rabbit Hall."—Wendy Webb, bestselling author of The Tale of Halcyon Crane

“Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase is the spellbinding, lusciously-written story of two families twined together across the span of time, trapped in limbo in a magical, sea-swept Cornwall house with secrets as deep as its Normandy roots.” —Carla Buckley, author of The Things That Keep Us Here
“Eve Chase's deliciously intriguing descriptions will pull you in alongside her heroine Lorna in the red car that moves like a drop of blood down the drive to the house of secrets and dusty enchantments, as the outside world fades away.”—Deborah Lawrenson, author of The Lantern and The Sea Garden

“A seductive wonder of a novel; with echoes of Daphne Du Maurier and Dodie Smith, it pulls you irresistibly into its world where nothing is quite as it first appears.”—Elizabeth Fremantle, author of Queen's Gambit and Sisters of Treason

“A stunning new writer has arrived--gripping and heartrending, this novel is full of original characters which don’t let you forget them.”—Katie Fforde, bestselling author of Life Skills

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