The Whispering House

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Though Freya’s sister, Stella, died years ago, Freya’s life still revolves around the fact of her suicide. Freya and her father are horrified when a cousin plans her wedding at Byrne Hall, a historic home very near the place where Stella plunged off a rocky cliff to her death. Freya sneaks into Byrne Hall during the reception and is shocked to see a portrait of Stella on the wall. Freya becomes obsessed with figuring out Stella’s connection to the house, and after the wedding, she returns to nose around for clues–and maybe inspire her writing. She meets Cory Byrne, who lives in Byrne Hall with his frail, rudely unwelcoming mother, Diana. Cory more than makes up for Diana’s chilliness, and the relationship Freya tumbles into gives her more insight into her sister’s connection to Byrne Hall than she could have hoped for–and she finds her own life at risk.

Dark, rambling Byrne Hall is a perfectly creepy backdrop for this compelling gothic tale. Cory’s obsession with Freya, his alarming shifts in personality, and Freya’s reluctance to face the reality of her situation lead readers to a shocking understanding–all is not as it seems at Byrne Hall, and the most dangerous threat is where Freya least expects it.

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Author Elizabeth Brooks
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 388 pages
Publisher Tin House Books
Publish Date 16-Mar-2021
ISBN 9781951142360 Buy this Book
Issue August 2021
Category Popular Fiction