Kate Keeling leaves all she knows and moves to Haverscroft House in an attempt to salvage her marriage. Little does she realise, Haverscroft’s dark secrets will drive her to question her sanity, her husband and fatally engulf her family unless she can stop the past repeating itself. Can Kate keep her children safe and escape Haverscroft in time, even if it will end her marriage?
This story takes elements from the supernatural, thriller, domestic noir, psychological suspense genres and mixes them altogether to give you a great spooky, suspenseful read that I didn’t want to put down. Add a basket full of wonderfully detailed and believable characters, a great story and some brilliant writing and I’ve ended with a top read for this year.
Kate, our main character, and her family have moved from London to a small village in the Suffolk/Essex area of East Anglia. Their new home is to be Haverscroft House, a large old house that appears to hold many secrets. Kate has recently suffered a breakdown and is possibly still suffering from her mental health problems. Kate is clearly not all together that keen on the move and the rest of the family are still tip toeing around her keen not to trigger a worsening in her mental health. There appears to be pressure on the marriage and the fact that Mark, her husband, is still working in London and spends most of the week away isn’t helping the family settle in.
As soon as the book begins the atmosphere surrounding Haverscroft is evident and is wonderfully described by the author. In fact her writing skills, in giving great in depth feeling for the characters in the book, the house and the village dynamics, is so subtle yet full of detail that your ability to become instantly adsorbed in the story is a fantastic part of the book. You could indeed read this all in one go, and if you can, go for it, as it’s full of such suspense and ghostly goings on that it makes a gripping read.
I loved the way that not only is this a great ghost story but so much more besides. The mystery aspect linking the house to the other villagers, the story behind Kate and Marks marriage and the historical story to the house makes for a full and well rounded story. Kate and her mental heath issues have you questioning if she is a reliable narrator, Mark and his evolving attitude towards Kate make you question his behaviour throughout the entire book and the other spooky goings on in the house all add so much.
I decided to save it to read over Halloween and the darker, colder nights were a perfect time to read it! I live very close to the area where Haverscroft is set and was dying to know if Weldon was based on a single particular place! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Sally.
Haverscroft is out now and is published by Salt Publishing where I picked up my own copy of this to read.