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The Birdcage: The spellbinding new mystery from the author of Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy pick The Glass House

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Over three decades later, Lorna’s determined to be married inside the grand, ivy-covered walls of Pencraw Hall, which is known as Black Rabbit Hall among all the locals. It is obvious from the start that something traumatic happened 20 years ago, and Lauren was the most affected. Three teenage half-sisters - Lauren, Kat and Flossie - are staying at Rock Point, a remote Cornish house, under the neglectful eye of their artist father.

The Birdcage by Eve Chase - Penguin Books Australia The Birdcage by Eve Chase - Penguin Books Australia

Chase is peerless in her ability to stitch together dark secrets and tantalising twists with unforgettable characters and enthralling imagery. The far west of Cornwall is evoked in all its wild and mystical glory in this lyrical and propulsive family drama about three sisters whose lives have been overshadowed by a tragic secret on the day of the 1999 eclipse.In the 21st century, it’s rare, if not impossible, to find a book that delivers a genuine Gothic mystery, Eva Chase’s, The Black Rabbit Hall does.

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I would say that it is in the contemporary genre which I am not a big fan of this genre unless I love at least one of the characters. In black and gold and a bright arsenic green, this is undeniably one of the best-looking books about true crime to ever grace my desk. There was even a talking African grey parrot, Bertha, who will spill a secret or two in this ill-fated family reunion. What I found most frustrating about this book is that there were 3 main characters and two of them were completely aware of all the details around the "mystery" the reader was supposed to figure out. The sisters should feel safe back in their family home, but somebody isn’t happy that they are back.

The writing was lovely but it seemed to take forever to get round to anything, I didn't really like any of the characters and I pretty much guessed the "mystery" (if not the details) early on. Also dual timelines aren't a problem for me, but I don't feel this one was done particularly well, I don't want to have to pause repeatedly and check the character and the date, it became a little tiresome for sure.

The Birdcage - Kindle edition by Chase, Eve. Literature

It’s the first time I have ever seen a parrot used to give clues to the reader to solve the puzzle, and I loved it!

In only the biggest example, Charlie could easily have been a Lear-type figure, but it’s clear he genuinely loves his kids and is quite a good dad despite his inability to stay faithful to their mothers. Eve Chase took me to an isolated manor in windswept Cornwall, where I turned the pages faster and faster to see if the three sisters could put the past - and past grievances - behind them. She’s divorced and hopes that for the sake of their child Annie, she and her ex-husband Steve can remain on reasonable terms. Many thanks to Net Galley, Penguin Michael Joseph, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. P. Putnam's Sons for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review.

Eve Chase - David Higham Associates Eve Chase - David Higham Associates

However Jesse finds herself at odds with her fifteen year old stepdaughter, being increasingly isolated in their sprawling new home, and haunted by the odd rumors which surround this manor. As the story progresses, Lorna can piece the puzzles from her memories of the Black Rabbit Hall, giving the reader a glimpse into a shocking revelation. And Lauren, grieving the recent death of her mother, has holes in her memory when it comes to that fateful night. The Birdcage has a similar theme to Black Rabbit Hall and The Glass House, which I was pleased about as I enjoyed them both. While the sisters get divided by some new added tensions when these two handsome neighbors come by, Margot finds herself drawn into the life that Audrey left behind.Here’s a magnetic debut of forbidden love, family secrets, and heartbreaking loss all housed within the grand gothic manor of Black Rabbit Hall.

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