Black Rabbit Hall

Black Rabbit Hall

Large Print - 2016
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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?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410489371
141048937X
Branch Call Number: LP CHASE-E
Characteristics: large print
539 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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badgirls
Jul 20, 2016

This is a great beach book! Two stories happening at different times, includes a mystery & lots of intriguing characters.
Story set in a mouldy old 'pile' of an estate, Black Rabbit Hall, belonging to a prominent but cash poor family.

ChristchurchLib May 15, 2016

In the 1960s, the Alton family loved their time at their Cornwall manor, nicknamed Black Rabbit Hall by locals, until a tragedy changed everything. Thirty years later, Lorna Dunaway comes upon it as a possible venue for her upcoming wedding. And while it is literally falling apart, there's something about it that tugs at her memories from childhood, and she's determined not only to find out its secrets, but to have her wedding there. Fans of Gothic fiction like Kate Morton's The Lake House will enjoy this compelling tale.

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lpreston214
May 06, 2016

I wasn't sure what to expect with this but was pleasantly surprised. Past and present collide when Lorna stops at the vaguely familiar Pencraw Hall to investigate it as a possible wedding venue. As she learns more about the family that used to live there, the more hooked she gets. Meanwhile we learn about the history from another character, Amber, who narrates the past (which is actually just the 1960s). Tragic deaths, a wicked stepmother and more keep the story moving. Very good first novel.

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Sarah1984
May 04, 2016

SPOILERS/SPOILERS/SPOILERS/SPOILERS!!

21/9 - I really enjoy this kind of story, where the mystery and the connection between the past and present is slowly revealed as the plot goes back and forth. I loved this as much as Kate Morton's books. The mystery was very skilfully revealed. I had originally picked Amber as Lorna's mother, but when it was revealed that Lorna's birth certificate had Peggy's name on it, the book successfully tricked me into believing what I was being told. I had no inkling that the birth certificate was faked until Caroline admitted the truth. From the description on the back of the book I was expecting a more substantial supernatural theme, or even actual supernatural goings on. Clocks that never tell the correct time and some physiological weirdness going on with Lorna, weren't quite the extent of what I was imagining. The last 50 pages was real heart pounding stuff, literally my heart was racing with a mixture of fear and anticipation at what Amber would find as she searched for Barney. A great debut book. I look forward to seeing what else Chase will write.

ehbooklover Apr 17, 2016

4.5 stars. I just loved this! Part mystery, part romance, all Gothic! A dilapidated mansion, lots of interesting and flawed characters, and the intersection of past and present are just some of the reasons that I enjoyed this book so much. The fact that the ending gave me chills didn't hurt either! This title was very reminiscent of Kate Morton's books. I look forward to more from this very promising author.

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wiredonjava
Mar 31, 2016

The characters in this book were nicely displayed and easy to grow attached to. The writing style and plot developed steadily and made it an intriguing page-turner.

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moviefan01
Mar 29, 2016

Overall I enjoyed this book. Engaging characters and well plotted with good pacing, and I liked the alternating scenes between now and 1968/1969. But I spent a lot of time feeling like I was stuck in one of those old Agatha Christie novels, Sleeping Murder or Endless Night perhaps, and all those rooms in Black Rabbit Hall! Like a Clue! game, I kept expecting Colonel Mustard to show up with the revolver.

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harrissusanc
Mar 02, 2016

In alternating time sequences and narrators, Lorna goes down a rabbit hole before her marriage and finds her biological parents. It's too bad what else she finds is so over played, because this is not compelling. It's the psychological take on any Gothic country house novel where the only ghost is yourself that distinguishes this book and keeps you reading. And the keen beautiful discovery of nature.

SPL_Robyn Dec 28, 2015

Top Pick 2016:
Eve Chase is the pseudonym for a British Press journalist; this is her debut novel of family secrets and things forbidden, set in the gothic manor called Black Rabbit Hall. For fans of Sarah Waters (Fingersmith) and Kate Morton (The Distant Hours).

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SPL_Robyn Feb 22, 2016

It is not often that a debut novel draws comparisions to classics of a genre, but Black Rabbit Hall delivers a rich, engaging story in the vein of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. Scouting locations for their upcoming wedding, Lorna and Job travel to Cornwall to seek out Pencraw Hall – known to locals as Black Rabbit Hall for the hundreds of rabbits that inhabit the crumbling estate’s grounds – an estate Lorna visited once with her mother as a young child. Once they arrive, Lorna feels a strong sense of déjà vu and although it is nearly derelict, she is delighted with the eccentricities of Black Rabbit Hall – the colourful and innumerable rooms, the ivies that have broken through the mortar to trail up the interior walls, and the elderly matron of the hall, Mrs. Alton. Mrs. Alton slowly reveals the story of Black Rabbit Hall and the once prominent family that called it home, and Lorna discovers her connection to the manor is not one of mere memory. Chase exposes Lorna’s connection through a second narrative, that of Amber Alton, a young girl who lived at Black Rabbit Hall thirty years previously. By switching back and forth between the past and present, Chase weaves an incredibly atmospheric story with a pace that keeps pages turning long into the night. Reminiscent of other gothic stories like Valerie Mendes’ Larkswood, Black Rabbit Hall is an imaginative, brooding debut novel of tragic romances and obsession. Best enjoyed on a dark and stormy night near a crackling fireplace.

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