Abigale Hall by exciting new writer, Lauren A Forry
Black & White Publishing, PB, £7.99
Reviewed by Sally Rodger
For fans of Daphne du Maurier comes this spine-chilling tale from an exciting new writer.
An atmospheric chiller following the life of Eliza Haverford. It’s just after the end of the War and orphaned Eliza is sent with her vulnerable younger sister Rebecca to work at a remote Welsh mansion. The only other inhabitants are the formidable Mrs Pollard, the threatening servant Mr Drewry and the owner, Mr Brownawell, an aged invalid.
Tales of ghosts and missing servant girls begin to have their effect of Eliza and though she longs to escape, she cannot leave Rebecca. Back in London, Eliza’s sweetheart, Peter, sets about trying to find her. Through twists and turns, the tensions build until the final climax and all the house’s secrets come tumbling out. But the story still has one or two surprises in store.
This was a real page-turner. Just when I thought I’d worked it all out, something else would happen and I’d realise I was on the wrong track. This is a debut novel by the writer and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next.