When Kate Vavasour wakes in hospital, she can remember nothing about the family gathered around her bed or of her life before the accident. The doctors diagnose post-traumatic amnesia and say the memories should start returning. Which they do...but these memories are not her own. They belong to Isabel Vavasour, who lived and died at Askerby Hall over 400 years earlier....
Returning to Askerby Hall to recuperate, Kate finds herself in a house full of shadows and suspicions, where she struggles to piece together the events that led to her terrible fall.
©2016 Pamela Hartshorne (P)2016 Oakhill Publishing
"An irresistible combination of psychological tension and acutely observed emotion. Beautifully written, atmospheric and utterly compelling." (Iona Grey)
"Vertigo meets Rebecca in a twisty Tudor time slip. Addictive, atmospheric and completely enjoyable." (Julie Cohen)
"A superb Gothic timeslip. It gripped me from the very first with its skillful combination of tension and atmosphere, its beautiful writing and elegantly-realised historical detail. It is absorbing and evocative, reminding me of that master storyteller Daphne Du Maurier. Fascinating, immersive and powerful." (Nicola Cornick)
"Powerful and thrilling read.... You won't be able to rest until the end." (Sun)
"Pamela Hartshorne is an intriguing writer. Undoubtedly House of Shadows will leave you hungry for more." (Reader's Digest)
I had high hopes for this given the reviews and after a good few initial chapters it started to become quite dull. It covered the same ground over and over until I eventually gave up around chapter 20 as it really wasnt going anywhere and if i heard the narrator saying how kate was worried about gping mad one more time i thought id cheerfully be joining her...like pulling teeth I am afraid ..sorry i cant agree with the other reviews .. it was also coupled with a dreadful American accent for one of the characters and for me that was that...
Once again Pamela Hartshorn has written a gripping novel,. The descriptions were vivid Well read
"A powerfully irresistable time-slip novel"
This was my first encounter with Pamela Hartshorne, and definitely won't be my last. I was immediately drawn into this well crafted narrative. Beautiful prose and dialogue delivered with such eloquence. The cast of characters were well developed, distinct, and felt real. Could not put it down. A superb mix of present day psychological thriller and 400 year into the past gothic mystery gives the reader a seamless account of two parallel lives. Christine Mackie was beyond excellent, giving a performance rather than a 'narration'. I will definitely look for more of her work.
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