Tuesday, 3 November 2015

House of Shadows - Nicola Cornick

London, 1662:
There was something the Winter Queen needed to tell him. She fought for the strength to speak.
‘The crystal mirror is a danger. It must be destroyed – ‘
He replied instantly. ‘It will’.

Ashdown, Oxfordshire, present day: Ben Ansell is researching his family tree when he disappears. As his sister Holly begins a desperate search, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to an ornate antique mirror and to the diary of Lavinia, a 19th century courtesan who was living at Ashdown House when it burned to the ground over 200 years ago.

Intrigued, and determined to find out more about the tragedy at Ashdown, Holly’s only hope is that uncovering the truth about the past will lead her to Ben.

REVIEW: The stories, premise, and tie-ins are creative and very good. Unfortunately, I found the writing to be unpolished and a bit amateur (which shocked me, since she is a bestselling author).

Thanks you to Net Galley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


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