Black Rabbit Hall

Black Rabbit Hall

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"For fans of Kate Morton and Daphne du Maurier, Black Rabbit Hall is an obvious must-read."-- Bookpage

A secret history. A long-ago summer. A house with an untold story.

Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family's Cornish country house, where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, one terrible day, it does.

More than three decades later, Lorna is determined to be married within the grand, ivy-covered walls of Pencraw Hall, known as Black Rabbit Hall among the locals. But as she's drawn deeper into the overgrown grounds, she soon finds herself ensnared within the house's labyrinthine history, overcome with a need for answers about her own past and that of the once-golden family whose memory still haunts the estate.

Eve Chase's debut novel is a thrilling spiral into the hearts of two women separated by decades but inescapably linked by the dark and tangled secrets of Black Rabbit Hall.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons,, 2016
ISBN: 9780399174124
Branch Call Number: FIC Chas
Characteristics: 371 pages


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May 30, 2020

Enjoyed the story about Amber & the 60s, but present day Lorna wasn't likable or believable. Who goes on an extended stay at a house (offered by someone she doesn't know) just because it might be a wedding venue?

"Hi, you don't know me--and I could be an axe murderer-- but would you like to stay in my killer house?"

Then there's future hubby, who seems a doormat for Lorna. They're lost with no GPS. She enjoys watching him when he's frustrated. So Lorna keeps ribbing him-- not seeming to care whether they get to the house or not!

He finally asks Lorna where they might be on a traveler's map she has on her lap. She's supposed to be helping him navigate, but it seems she's having more fun as a mild sadist.

"I know where we are. We're somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic! Ha Ha Ha!"

The ending seems also seemed contrived. It's like the writer is saying, "I need to wrap all these loose ends up with every plot device I ever learned in grad school."

Jan 30, 2019

This is #1 of a 3 part series. Started reading it yesterday and so far so good. #2 The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde. Story about 2 families - one in the past and one in the present. Living in an older house can bring back good and bad memories of the past. Was an ok read.

Oct 31, 2017

I personally really enjoy this book! Well developed characters, surprising twist and turns, the past and the present nicely twisted into the tell of the black rabbit hall!

Jul 20, 2016

This is a great beach book! Two stories happening at different times, includes a mystery & lots of intriguing characters.
Story set in a mouldy old 'pile' of an estate, Black Rabbit Hall, belonging to a prominent but cash poor family.

ChristchurchLib May 15, 2016

In the 1960s, the Alton family loved their time at their Cornwall manor, nicknamed Black Rabbit Hall by locals, until a tragedy changed everything. Thirty years later, Lorna Dunaway comes upon it as a possible venue for her upcoming wedding. And while it is literally falling apart, there's something about it that tugs at her memories from childhood, and she's determined not only to find out its secrets, but to have her wedding there. Fans of Gothic fiction like Kate Morton's The Lake House will enjoy this compelling tale.

May 06, 2016

I wasn't sure what to expect with this but was pleasantly surprised. Past and present collide when Lorna stops at the vaguely familiar Pencraw Hall to investigate it as a possible wedding venue. As she learns more about the family that used to live there, the more hooked she gets. Meanwhile we learn about the history from another character, Amber, who narrates the past (which is actually just the 1960s). Tragic deaths, a wicked stepmother and more keep the story moving. Very good first novel.

May 04, 2016


21/9 - I really enjoy this kind of story, where the mystery and the connection between the past and present is slowly revealed as the plot goes back and forth. I loved this as much as Kate Morton's books. The mystery was very skilfully revealed. I had originally picked Amber as Lorna's mother, but when it was revealed that Lorna's birth certificate had Peggy's name on it, the book successfully tricked me into believing what I was being told. I had no inkling that the birth certificate was faked until Caroline admitted the truth. From the description on the back of the book I was expecting a more substantial supernatural theme, or even actual supernatural goings on. Clocks that never tell the correct time and some physiological weirdness going on with Lorna, weren't quite the extent of what I was imagining. The last 50 pages was real heart pounding stuff, literally my heart was racing with a mixture of fear and anticipation at what Amber would find as she searched for Barney. A great debut book. I look forward to seeing what else Chase will write.

ehbooklover Apr 17, 2016

4.5 stars. I just loved this! Part mystery, part romance, all Gothic! A dilapidated mansion, lots of interesting and flawed characters, and the intersection of past and present are just some of the reasons that I enjoyed this book so much. The fact that the ending gave me chills didn't hurt either! This title was very reminiscent of Kate Morton's books. I look forward to more from this very promising author.

Mar 31, 2016

The characters in this book were nicely displayed and easy to grow attached to. The writing style and plot developed steadily and made it an intriguing page-turner.

Mar 29, 2016

Overall I enjoyed this book. Engaging characters and well plotted with good pacing, and I liked the alternating scenes between now and 1968/1969. But I spent a lot of time feeling like I was stuck in one of those old Agatha Christie novels, Sleeping Murder or Endless Night perhaps, and all those rooms in Black Rabbit Hall! Like a Clue! game, I kept expecting Colonel Mustard to show up with the revolver.

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SPL_Robyn Feb 22, 2016

It is not often that a debut novel draws comparisions to classics of a genre, but Black Rabbit Hall delivers a rich, engaging story in the vein of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. Scouting locations for their upcoming wedding, Lorna and Job travel to Cornwall to seek out Pencraw Hall – known to locals as Black Rabbit Hall for the hundreds of rabbits that inhabit the crumbling estate’s grounds – an estate Lorna visited once with her mother as a young child. Once they arrive, Lorna feels a strong sense of déjà vu and although it is nearly derelict, she is delighted with the eccentricities of Black Rabbit Hall – the colourful and innumerable rooms, the ivies that have broken through the mortar to trail up the interior walls, and the elderly matron of the hall, Mrs. Alton. Mrs. Alton slowly reveals the story of Black Rabbit Hall and the once prominent family that called it home, and Lorna discovers her connection to the manor is not one of mere memory. Chase exposes Lorna’s connection through a second narrative, that of Amber Alton, a young girl who lived at Black Rabbit Hall thirty years previously. By switching back and forth between the past and present, Chase weaves an incredibly atmospheric story with a pace that keeps pages turning long into the night. Reminiscent of other gothic stories like Valerie Mendes’ Larkswood, Black Rabbit Hall is an imaginative, brooding debut novel of tragic romances and obsession. Best enjoyed on a dark and stormy night near a crackling fireplace.

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