Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for The House at Helygen by Victoria Hawthorne and sharing my review today. With thanks to the publisher for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
A HOUSE CAN HOLD A THOUSAND SECRETS . . .
When Henry Fox is found dead in his ancestral home in Cornwall, the police rule it a suicide, but his pregnant wife, Josie, believes it was murder. Desperate to make sense of Henry’s death she embarks on a quest to learn the truth, all under the watchful eyes of Henry’s overbearing mother. Josie soon finds herself wrestling against the dark history of Helygen House and ghosts from the past that refuse to stay buried.
New bride Eliza arrives at Helygen House with high hopes for her marriage. Yet when she meets her new mother-in-law, an icy and forbidding woman, her dreams of a new life are dashed. And when Eliza starts to hear voices in the walls of the house, she begins to fear for her sanity and her life.
Can Josie piece together the past to make sense of her present, or will the secrets of Helygen House and its inhabitants forever remain a mystery?
Well, that opening chapter made me sit up and take notice. It was a strong start and made me want to root for Josie straight away. I did love how easily the developing mystery pulled me in. It’s safe to say that there is both a tense and dark feel to it.
For me there was definitely an addictive quality to the story. I just had to know what was happening, not only in the present but in the past too! Sometimes when the story is set in different timelines I can end up preferring one time period over the other. In this book, I found them equally engaging. I will say that the past had a slightly more atmospheric feel to it. However I thought this contrast between the two time periods worked well. With the underlying tension and situations easily helping to connect all the characters. I also thought the author did a lovely job of transitioning between the timelines.
The house itself made for a strong and imposing setting. Josie and Henry’s plans felt as if they would bring the house back to life and provide a future. However there is a darker side to the history of this house that made for a very interesting and at times ominous tale. The House at Helygen grabbed hold and took me on quite a twisted and tension filled journey. The kind where I was determined to discover all of its secrets!