TITLE : Girls Of Brackenhill
AUTHOR : Kate Moretti
GENRE :Thriller, Suspense, Mystery
FR RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐( 4 Stars)
DATE OF PUBLISHING : November 1st 2020
DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with an ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Girls Of Brackenhill by Kate Moretti is a gothic mystery thriller that is perfect for the spooky season. Creepy mansion on a hilltop with vast forest grounds surrounding it was the ideal setting for this novel. I knew when I read the synopsis that I would be all over this book in a heartbeat, and I wasn’t wrong. After reading Home Before Dark, I was craving something similar, and when I saw this one, I knew I hit the jackpot. The spookiness, the haunted or not feeling, the creepy things, and paranormal events just added to the intrigue and mystery of this book.
The story follows Hannah, who is called back to the storybook mansion on Catskill mountains – to take care of her uncle after a tragic event. She goes back to the castle with her paper-perfect fiancé and uncovers secrets that were long buried. Her presence sets off a chain of events that unfurls further and leaves Hannah doubting what is real and what’s not. 16years ago, she left the castle without her sister Julia – who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. At the mansion, Hannah starts to figure out the truth of the traumatic events that made her confused, leaving more questions unanswered.
The writing was compelling and engaging from beginning to end. It’s not a fast-paced thriller, but one that gradually unfolds bit by bit. The mystery surrounding Hannah’s sister and another mysterious missing of young girls are all tied to the mansion and her family. This adds a lot of questions that will slowly unveil. Adding to the spooky and disturbing mansion are supernatural events that set the tone of the book. The spooky vibes are on point, and the paranormal atmosphere elevates the story efficiently.
While I loved the setting, writing, and how complicated the protagonist was, the story concluded hastily, wrapping up without giving all the answers. I felt that Hannah was a bit obsessed over her first love, and it bordered on being uncomfortable to learn her inner thoughts. The problem I saw with shipping the two of them together was because he seemed to be a bit of a cad, who was careless with her feelings. I wish we were given more information regarding the events rather than things ending on a vague note.
Overall I had a great time reading this book. It was captivating and a compelling read. I also enjoyed the paranormal aspects of the story giving the mansion the perfect creepy vibe to engross the reader. I am rating the book 4 stars, and I highly recommend checking it out. I will be on the lookout for Kate Moretti’s book in the future, and I hope I will be able to get to her backlist book soon. It’s a good book to read during the fall time. The atmospheric and paranormal ambiance combined with a mysterious mansion and missing girls is guaranteed to hook you in. If you liked Home Before Dark type of books, then this one will be perfect for you. The book comes out in November, so keep an eye out for this one!!
Author of The Vanishing Year, The Blackbird Season and In Her Bones Kate Moretti’s THE GIRLS OF BRACKENHILL. A newly engaged woman is summoned to her aunt’s storybook mansion in the Catskill mountains – her beloved aunt has been killed in a tragic car accident and her uncle is gravely ill and at the end of his life, to the scene of her sister’s mysterious and traumatic disappearance sixteen years earlier. She discovers that some family secrets will not stay buried and sometimes old ghosts haunt forever.