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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?
I’ve discovered that life doesn’t always turn on the obvious things – people dying, marriages, all the stuff that gets carved on the tombstones – but little unrecorded things too.
Black Rabbit Hall is a slow, atmospheric novel of family secrets told with beautiful prose and imagery. It is a dual time story set on an old English manor, beautifully done.
There is one big twist in the story which you could see coming from a mile away, but I don’t think it takes anything away from the reader.
A great book for fans of Kate Morton.
4 out of 5 stars.