“When Hannah Maloney’s aunt dies in a car accident, she returns to her family’s castle in the Catskills and the epicenter of a childhood trauma: her sister’s unsolved disappearance. It’s been seventeen years, and though desperate to start a new life with her fiancé, Hannah is compelled to question the events of her last summer at Brackenhill.
When a human bone is found near the estate, Hannah is convinced it belongs to her long-lost sister. She launches her own investigation into that magical summer that ended in a nightmare. As strange happenings plague the castle, Hannah uncovers disturbing details about the past and startling realizations about her own repressed childhood memories.
Fueled by guilt over her sister’s vanishing, Hannah becomes obsessed with discovering what happened all those years ago, but by the time Hannah realizes some mysteries are best left buried, it’s too late to stop digging. Overwhelmed by what she has exposed, Hannah isn’t sure her new life can survive her old ghosts.” – Amazon
Girls of Brackenhill by Kate Moretti is a classic gothic tale; a huge castle up on a hill, a damaged family, and girls who go missing. Even the ending is reminiscent of gothic tales of years ago with the ending a bit vague and leaving the reader with questions. To me this adds to a tale of horror because with a good imagination you can let your mind wander and it often finds what would frighten you the most.
There is so much going on in Girls of Brackenhill that I wish Moretti would have been able to delve into some of the plot lines more, especially the other girls that had gone missing previous to the 20 years this book takes place. But that could make for a wonderful prequel.
An excellent read for the spooky time of year, or any time really, since I seem to often read Gothic Horror during the summer months for some reason!
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