This. Book!!

I fell into the world of Wakenhyrst from the minute I started reading. I thought it was totally brilliant.

Classed as Gothic / Historical Fiction – this book splits its chapters between a girl named Maud and her fathers diary.

Maud is secretly reading his diary and can see that he is quite quickly going insane – but that doesn’t explain all the crazy goings on that keep happening at the house.

If you are looking for a really scary ghost story, this isn’t it. I know a lot of people expected something scarier. However, if you go into the book just wanting to lose yourself for a bit, you certainly will. I gave this book five stars because of how it drew it me in and kept the story going throughout.

As a child, Maud is very intelligent. She has learnt to read and understand a lot and her father thinks she is ‘just a girl’ who doesn’t really know or understand anything. He does write in his diary one day though that it is such a shame Maud is the more intelligent of his children (the others being boys).

I really loved the attention to detail in this book. Nothing was confusing, everything was properly explained and all of it was beautifully written. I have only recently fallen in love with historical fiction and I definitely wasn’t disappointed here.

The Synopsis:

In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.

When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened.

Maud’s battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen – and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past.

Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl’s longing to fly free by the bestselling author of Dark Matter and Thin Air. Wakenhyrst is an outstanding new piece of story-telling, a tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern gothic tradition that ranges from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry.

Thank you so much to @darkroomtours & @headofzeus for sending me this book and allowing me to review it on the blog tour.

385 pages

Published by Head of Zeus

Available on Amazon via this link:

Currently available on Kindle for free if you have Amazon Prime.

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