Thursday, November 21, 2013

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling / Michael Boccacino / 239 pages / Horror

A cryptic Gothic horror novel by a debut novelist has a young widow take a governess job with a family dealing with a recent death and a house full of secrets. A deal has been made with an evil being with consequences impacting the present and the future. Will Charlotte figure out the mysteries and keep the family safe?

Not a book for the seasoned horror reader but good for paranormal fans. Charlotte is a believable character who has to make some difficult decisions. The manor house with its hidden rooms and revealing cupboards is a great character in itself.

Some comparable novels are: Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield and A Spirited Manor by Kate Danley. 


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