Amidst the terror of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Eliza and her troubled little sister Rebecca have had their share of tragedy, losing their mother to the Blitz and their father to suicide. But when they are forced to leave London to work for the mysterious Mr Brownawell at Abigale Hall, they find that the worst is yet to come…
There are tales that the ghost of Mr Brownawell’s bride-to-be haunts the desolate mansion, and in the village there are shocking rumours of maidservants meeting a terrible fate within its walls. But is it superstition that Eliza should be afraid of or is there something real and deadly lurking in the dark, dusty rooms of Abigale Hall? Yet vicious, cold-hearted housekeeper Mrs Pollard will stop at nothing to keep the mansion’s terrible secrets, and she exerts a twisted hold over Rebecca.
To save herself and her sister descending into madness, Eliza must wage a desperate battle to escape back to London and uncover the horrifying truth before Abigale Hall claims two more victims. Taut and suspenseful, Abigale Hall is a thrilling debut from Lauren A. Forry.
Abigale Hall is a slightly tame horror novel. It is ideal for young adults and adults who don’t like to be to horrified.
The whole story is steeped in mystery and intrigue. It is very obvious from when both sisters arrive at Abigale Hall that things are not quite right and Eliza does her best to get to the bottom of it all.
I felt quite sorry for Eliza, having lost both parents, her and Rebecca’s lives take a very uncertain turn and are forced to work to earn their keep. Eliza is also having to be parent to her younger sister which you wouldn’t think would be to bad but Rebecca is a very strange girl and is obviously quite disturbed.
This is one of those books that I think would make a great film as the setting of the house as well as the house itself you just know on looks alone would have you hiding behind the cushions.
There are a couple of nice characters in the story but the rest are not very likeable at all, especially Mrs Pollard. Her treatment of everyone that she has to deal with is quite shocking and she certainly is far from an ideal boss.
The house obviously holds some dark secrets and I have to say I had absolutely no clue as to what it was and was as shocked as Eliza when all is revealed.
Abigale Hall is a decent read and one I would recommend. For me though it was slightly to tame for my tastes and only really started to horrify me towards the end, hence my rating, but other than that I really enjoyed the novel for what it was.
Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.
Abigale Hall is available to purchase from Amazon.