2020 · Blog Tour · Book review

Book Review: The Whispering House by Elizabeth Brooks @ManxWriter @izzieghaffari @DoubledayUK

About the book

Freya Lyell is struggling to move on from her sister Stella’s suicide five years ago. Visiting the bewitching Byrne Hall, only a few miles from the scene of the tragedy, she discovers a portrait of Stella – a portrait she had no idea existed, in a house Stella never set foot in. Or so she thought.

Driven to find out more about her sister’s secrets, Freya is drawn into the world of Byrne Hall and its owners: charismatic artist Cory and his sinister, watchful mother. But as Freya’s relationship with Cory crosses the line into obsession, the darkness behind the locked doors of Byrne Hall threatens to spill out.

The whispering House is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

It’s very true that looks can be deceiving and Freya Lyell finds that Byrne Hall is maybe not all that it looks to be.

Freya’s older sister Stella died five years ago committing suicide by jumping off a cliff near to Byrne Hall. Freya and her Dad have struggled to come to terms with her death and during a wedding in the grounds of Byrne Hall Freya stumbles drunkenly inside and comes across a picture of Stella, but was it a trick of the eye? Maybe the alcohol and location were playing tricks? Freya decides to come back and stay in the the local village and find out what she can about Byrne Hall and it’s owners. Did they know her sister?

The Whispering House is a gothic thriller that really sets an atmosphere. The house is described wonderfully and really gives you the chills. I had goosebumps while reading but was totally intrigued with the place. It was almost like an extra character in the story.

From early on I had an idea of what was going to be happening, or what direction the story was going take and I enjoyed finding out if I was right (I was). There were a couple of times I did think I maybe had it wrong though and it was interesting to see how the story developed.

The characters are well formed and the mother – son relationship between Cory and Diana was interesting. They’re both quite messed up characters and Diana’s illness just added to the eeriness I feel. I found Freya to be a bit easily led, I wanted to give her a kick up the backside quite a few times.

The Whispering House is definitely a very atmospheric story that has a real creepiness about it. It’s a story full of family secrets and darkness and although it’s not a fast paced story it slowly builds to a climatic ending.

Many thanks go to the publishers for the blog tour invite and for the ebook.

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