Review: The Secrets of Hartwood Hall by Katie Lumsden

Title: The Secrets of Hartwood Hall

Author: Katie Lumsden

Pages: 339 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Random House/Michael Joseph

The Blurb

1852.

Margaret Lennox is offered a position as governess at Hartwood Hall. She quickly accepts, hoping this isolated country house will allow her to leave her past behind.

But Margaret soon starts to feel there’s something odd about her new home, despite her growing fondness for her bright, affectionate pupil, Louis.

Strange figures move through the dark.

Tensions rise between the servants.

The east wing sits eerily abandoned . . .

Even stranger is the local gossip surrounding Mrs Eversham, Louis’s widowed mother, who is deeply distrusted by the nearby village.

Margaret is certain that everyone has something to hide.

But as her own past threatens to catch up with her, she must learn to trust her instincts before it’s too late . . .

The Review

I do love a bit of gothic fiction.

The Secrets of Hartwood Hall is a great example of modern day gothic fiction done well. It uses all the best tropes and themes – creepy mansion, secrets, division between household staff and the owners and it is packaged in an extremely readable story.

Our heroine, Margaret Lennox, has been offered a place at Hartwood Hall to work as a governess and it is just what she needs. Recently widowed, Margaret is escaping her past and hoping to find a successful future, however, when the secrets hidden in Hartwood Hall start to plague her we see just how unsafe she actually is.

The Secrets of Hartwood Hall is a great read. It has mystery, intrigue, prejudice, small town mentality – all the things that heighten the tension in the story. It really is a page turner.

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