Friday, 27 February 2015

Those ghosts can make any house unquiet

Mire House is dreary, dark, cold and infested with midges.  But when Emma Dean inherits it from a distant relation, she immediately feels a sense of belonging.

It isn’t long before Charlie Mitchell, a grandson of the original owner, appears claiming that he wants to seek out his family.  But Emma suspects he’s more interested in the house than his long-lost relations.

And when she starts seeing ghostly figures, Emma begins to wonder: is Charlie trying to scare her away, or are there darker secrets lurking in the corners of Mire House?

This is a gothic novel in the vein of Northanger Abbey about a creepy house and its occupants.  Not my typical pick and this is why Netgalley is so good; it allows you to try genres and books that you would normally try.

I mean who in their right mind would see a remote house once and then remove themselves from their former life (even if that new house was inherited) but that said if she had acted like a normal person there would not be a story!

The prose of this novel was, at times poetic and the story had many fresh original elements that kept the familiar plot original enough to keep this reader entertained, although the pace did stumble to a crawl towards the end. 

The mixing of the different times was intriguing with many twists and turns on the way, and ratchets up the unquiet of this novel to an amazing level of tension, dread, foreboding, and ambiguity to keep the reader guessing, right up to the final reveal or twit which was unexpected to say the least

This book is creepy in every sense of the word and that feeling stayed with me for quite a while after the ending. 

Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.

I rated this 3 stars on Netgalley and 'it was ok' on Amazon (3 stars) and Goodreads (2 stars)

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