One golden family. One fateful summer. Four lives changed forever. Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family's country estate where no two clocks read the same.
Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, one stormy evening in 1968, it does. The idyllic world of the four Alton children is shattered.
Fiercely bonded by the tragic events, they grow up fast.
But when a glamorous stranger arrives, these loyalties are tested.
Forbidden passions simmer. And another catastrophe looms...Decades later, Lorna and her fiance wind their way through the countryside searching for a wedding venue.
Lorna is drawn to a beautiful crumbling old house she hazily remembers from her childhood, feels a bond she does not understand.
When she finds a disturbing message carved into an old oak tree by one of the Alton children, she begins to realise that Black Rabbit Hall's secret history is as dark and tangled as its woods, and that, much like her own past, it must be brought into the light. A thrilling spiral into the hearts of two women separated by decades but inescapably linked by Black Rabbit Hall. A story of forgotten childhood and broken dreams, secrets and heartache, and the strength of a family's love. Praise for Black Rabbit Hall 'Apart from the occasional classic, I have rarely felt the urge to read a book twice ...Black Rabbit Hall's beautifully crafted mystery is a delight I want to experience again and again ...make Chase's debut the one to pack in your suitcase *****' Stylist 'There's something about tales of mysterious old buildings that have the ability to set hairs on end.
In this one, two intertwining stories explore the magnificence of Black Rabbit Hall and the dark secrets behind its walls.
Perfect' Red 'Atmospheric, with echoes of Du Maurier, this haunting novel enchanted me' Fanny Blake, Woman & Home 'Beautifully, poetically written and reminiscent of everything from I Capture The Castle to Hansel And Gretel.
Eve Chase is a name to watch' Wendy Holden, Daily Mail 'A cracking pool-side saga' Good Housekeeping 'Black Rabbit Hall pulls you like a sleepwalker into a beautiful, hazy story about a grand Cornish home full of character and thunderclap memories, we found ourselves breathless with anticipation. Eve Chase's debut novel is like a prolonged and beautiful daydream, celebrating the enduring power of place in our lives' iBooks Books of the Month 'Black Rabbit Hall is a seductive wonder of a novel; with echoes of Daphne Du Maurier and Dodie Smith, it pulls you irresistibly into its world where nothing is quite as it first appears' Elizabeth Fremantle 'Expertly crafted, dark, beautiful and utterly enthralling' Rowan Coleman 'Family secrets, forbidden lust, and a family of four extraordinary children who'll stick with you long after they've scattered off the page.
Eve Chase kept me up with her gorgeous descriptions of a crumbling Cornwall estate and the unruly brood who meets tragedy within its walls' Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet 'A stunning new writer has arrived - gripping and heart rending, this novel is full of original characters which don't let you forget them' Katie Fforde 'A deliciously intriguing novel whose rich sense of time and place bear more than a few echoes of du Maurier's best' Alex Marwood, Edgar Award-winning author of The Wicked Girls 'A sheer delight. It has everything: a glorious setting, characters to fall in love with, secrets galore and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very last page.
Wonderful' Veronica Henry 'A plot so absorbing that Black Rabbit time will creep up out of the pages and envelop you completely ...To say I loved this book would be an understatement' The Book Bag It's a fast-paced story of secrets, betrayal and consequence ...we promise you'll be gripped' Essentials Magazine 'The perfect piece of summer escapism, gently edged with glamorous fairy dust.
We loved it' Psychologies Magazine, September Book Club choice 'A fabulous story.
Masterfully realised by Chase, this is one of those books that demands complete attention and lingers in your mind for days after finishing the last page' Thebookbag.co.uk 'Brilliant' The Lady 'Debut novelist Chase weaves together Lorna's investigations with Amber's tribulations, a tapestry embroidered with madness, a horrifying accident, and malicious lies. Compellingly readable and riddled with twists and turns worthy of Daphne du Maurier, Chase's tale will delight' Kirkus Reviews 'A hugely intriguing read and, combined with the twists and turns that cleverly connect past and present, the gripping narrative left us gasping for more.
Poignant and suspenseful, Black Rabbit Hall is the perfect alternative summer read.' Heat 'An absorbing, pacy book full of secrets, lovable characters and dramatic turns, Black Rabbit Hall revolves around the lives and loyalties of four siblings caught up in a life-changing event at their family's country home in Cornwall.
A fantastic debut.' Mumsnet 'A beautifully written novel.' Marie Claire
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 16/06/2016
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781405919326