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DOWNLOAD ñ Girls of Brackenhill ó Author of The Vanishing Year, The Blackbird Season and In Her Bones Kate Moretti's THE GIRLS OF BRACKENHILL A newly engaged woman is summoned to her aunt's storybook mansion in the Catskill mountainsher beloved aunt has been killed in a tragic car accident and her uncle is gravely ill and at the end of his life, to the scene of her sister's mysterious and traumatic disappearance sixteen years earlier She discovers that some family secrets will not stay buried and sometimes old ghosts haunt forever A looming castle, a woman haunted by her sister's unsolved disappearance, and long buried secrets clawing their way up to the surface — Kate Moretti deftly weaves it all together in a gripping gothic ghost story of the first order GIRLS OF BRACKENHILL is full of chills, thrills, and dark surprises You won’t stop turning the pages until the stunning end — and even then you’ll be sleeping with the lights on Don’t miss it! Creepy Castle and Missing Girls!3.5 starsGirls of Brackenhill is a psychological thriller about a mysterious gothic castle in the Catskills where girls go missing without a trace 13 years ago, Hannah’s sister Julia went missing from Brackehill Castle Hannah returns to the creepy castle where strange things happen to bury her aunt While there, she begins to investigate what really happened to Julia, and, in the process, puts herself in danger.Brackenhilll Castle plays a central role in this book There are strange noises, creepy basement rooms, and other weird happenings that occur on the grounds While the setting is intriguing and sounds creepy, I feel like Morretti doesn’t play around with the creep factor enough I wanteddescription of the strange happenings and creepy rooms Some of this exists, but the atmosphere could have been amped up another level iftime was spent examining the castle, especially the myths surrounding it The reader experiences Brackenhill through the eyes of Hannah, who narrates almost the entire novel Chapters switch back and forth between then and now, but do not alternate, i.e there might be several “now” chapters in a row In the end, I realized that Hannah was adynamic character than I initially believed At the same time, her character both annoyed and frustrated me She comes off as selfrighteous, as she constantly questions other’s behavior, but participates in questionable behavior herself Her tone, at times, is whiny and childish, which was fine in the “then” chapters when she was 15, but not in the current moment when she is supposed to be 28 years old The plot is familiar: sister goes missing, another sister investigates, and in the process digs up buried family secrets and so on But the setting of the castle adds a unique layer to this plot I found the pacing a bit slow, but others found it to be fastpaced, so this might just be me!I sat on writing this review for a bit because I am torn about how I feel On the one hand, this Girls of Brackenhill offers a lot: a unique atmosphere, a dynamic narrator, and a captivating mystery On the other hand, I struggled with the pacing, Hannah’s character, the structure of the narrative, etc This book has so much potential, but it could have been strengthened by addingscenes around the castle And WTF was with that ending!? It was weird, especially the final chapter which I found confusing The ending also felt unfinished and I was left with MANY unanswered questions Overall, this was a mixed bag for me It is a decent mystery/thriller, but it lacks the magic of an amazing one I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. As a big fan of Kate Moretti’s previous works, I was truly excited to get lost in her new claustrophobic, facing your past and dirty family secrets, traumatic experiences story It begins fast, a prologue from past: a girl’s killing and we turn back to present time to meet Hannah getting a phone call inform her estranged Aunt had a traffic accident and as a next of kin, she had to drive to the hospital which meant she had to drive to the haunted place where she repressed her worst childhood memories Her dear fiancée accompanies her But as soon as they reach the hospital, they find out her aunt is dead First instinct of Hannah is running away without looking back like she did 17 years ago but now she needs to stay and turn back to their family castle located in the Catskills An eerie, dark, bleak, suffocating place, full of family secrets As soon as she comes back to the place, Hannah’s blurry memories about her past start submerging She has memories about her own sister Julie’s disappearance that she is scared of facing them She thinks she may be involved with her disappearance because of her never ending nightmares where she finds herself holding a shovel, burying something or someone? And now she uses her mental shovel to dig outabout her family’s past and she starts to think car accident that ends her aunt’s life may be a murder and somebody try to harm her family Sometimes you gotta learn the truth in expanse of ruining your own life and changing your reality.It was fast, gripping, moving, exciting book with so many whirlwind twists Some of them were easy to predict and some of them were really witty and surprising Hannah has so many flaws but she was still connectable character As you learnabout her past you start to empathize with her and her sister It was solid, wellwritten, satisfying four starred read for me This author never disappoints me and thankfully she helped me to get lost this mysterious, captivating, dysfunctional family drama.Special thanks to NetGalley and ThomasMercer for sharing this gripping ARC in exchange my honest review. New US Pub Date: November 1, 2020*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.