Review: Black Rabbit Hall


At  Black  Rabbit  Hall  nothing  much  ever  happens  ­-  time  seems  to  move  slower  at  this  idyllic  holiday  home  in  Cornwall.  Until the  worst  thing  happens  and  for  the  Alton  children  time  feels  like  it’s  stopped  altogether.  As  they  run  wild,  lost  in  grief  and confusion,  an  outsider,  Caroline  Shawcross,  and  her  dark,  angry  son  Lucian  enter  their  lives,  changing  them  forever.

In  the  present  day,  Lorna  Smith  is  searching  for  her  perfect  wedding  venue  and  is  inexplicably  drawn  to  the  now  crumbling  Black  Rabbit  Hall,  unaware  that  her  own  history  is  locked  up  in  those  derelict  walls…

**Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free copy of Black Rabbit Hall in exchange for an honest review**
Black Rabbit Hall was an eloquently woven tale that takes place both in the past and the present. Chase creates was a wonderful setting within the gloomy depths of London, in the antique, charming walls of Black Rabbit Hall. I could picture the iron gates, the thick forestry, and the rustic interior as if I was there. The smallest things were described to each detail, which worked for this kind of story, for the most part
There were times, particularly during insignificant scenes or the description of a random character, where there was too much detail. The similes and the metaphors were truly gorgeous, but the overabundance of description became heavy.
And although I loved Chase’s writing style, I wish she didn’t divide the point-of-views into different styles. When telling Amber’s story in the past, during the 1960’s, it was written in a first-person POV. When turning to Lorna, a woman in the present, her perspective was written in a third-person POV.
To me, this resulted in making the book feel slightly disjointed. I really loved reading Amber’s story in the first-person POV, the way everything flowed with ease and spiked with intrigue. I would’ve been interested to see Chase carry over her first-person POV to Lorna, with, of course, the twist of the character’s natural voice. I did also enjoy the third-person POV, but I simply wish the style was consistent throughout the book.
Luckily, this didn’t dissolve the layers of the characters. Each character, especially the Alton’s in the past, held do many layers. As the story kept unraveling, their shells would start to peel away, revealing all of these new acts and emotions and thoughts, both lovely and dark. They all felt real with their actions, with their mysterious tendencies, especially Toby. I loved the dark underbelly of Toby, those creepy little quirks that enhanced over time. The character development was strong and impactful, very well.
Overall, this was a fantastic adult fiction/historical fiction with a lush setting and dark elements. If Lorna’s character had a little more development and depth, this would definitely be a four-star read for me. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a rich, historical tale.
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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