Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino
Debut novelist Michael Boccacino invites readers into the world beyond the realm of the living in Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, a Victorian gothic tale of the strange and supernatural. But all who enter this house must beware--for there is a price to pay for visitors who wish to save those they love. The story of a British governess and her young charges seduced by the otherworldly enticements of a mysterious mansion in the forest following the inexplicable death of the former nanny, this Tim Burton-like tale of dark fantasy is a bewitching treat for fans of horror and paranormal fiction, as well as readers who love creepy gothic tales and mysterious shadowy English manor houses. Not since Suzanna Clarke introduced Jonathan Strange to Mr. Norrell, and Neil Gaiman's Coraline crawled through a secret door into a twisted and sinister mirror world, has there been a journey as wondrously fantastic and terrifying as Charlotte Markham's adventures in the House of Darkling.
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling was an interesting book. It was definitely different than what I usually read. The beginning of the book caught my attention right away. I read the first sentence of the book and knew I was going to love it. The middle of the book got boring at times, especially with all the politics being talked about. The ending left me a little frustrated because the reader never gets a direct answer about what happens to Charlotte. It left off with the reader drawing their own conclusions. I liked most of the characters. The only one I didn't like was Mr. Whatley. He creeped me out. I loved the rest of the characters. My favorite was Lily Darrow. She sacrificed everything to see her children one more time and give them a proper good-bye. I loved this book. I reccomend it to readers looking for a different twist to paranormal supernatural novels.
I give Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling : 5/5
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I received this book from the publisher, William Morrow, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.