Top positive review
All the stars!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 29, 2021
I love Beverley Lee's short fiction, so I had no doubt I'd love her novel. I didn't even know what it was about, seeking to surprise myself. There's one grieving couple, a tiny English village, an old cottage nestled in the forest, a crumbling gothic mansion by the lake, and the instant dose of dread from realizing something is definitely not right here... This type of story is why I love reading.
Dan and Faye Morgan lost their teenage son and are still reeling. His aunt also dies, leaving him her cottage where he used to spend his summers. Dan's tried to forget the past, a web of secrets and mysteries unfurling from Barrington Hall, but the past has been waiting for his return. Faye also finds herself drawn from her isolated grief back into the world because of these tantalizing mysteries. What else is lurking in the woods, watching the Morgans? What did a young Dan encounter at the formidable Barrington Hall?
I want to say more, but I don't want to spoil anything. Safe to say if you love gothic stories thick with grief, steadily rising dread, layers of mystery, and a generous foundation of folklore, this is for you! Beverley Lee is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to read her next masterpiece.