The blurb: Stephanie Lam’s stunning debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House, is a gripping read laced with mystery, secrets and love.
It’s 1965 and eighteen year-old Rosie Churchill has run away to the beautiful but run-down Castaway House in the seaside town of Helmstone. But when she uncovers a scandal locked away in the walls of the old house, she soon comes to realise that neither her own troubled past nor that of the house will stay buried for long. . .
In 1924 fresh-faced Robert Carver comes to Castaway House to spend a languid summer in the company of his much wealthier cousin, Alec Bray. But the Brays are a damaged family, with damaging secrets. And little does Robert know that his world is about to change for ever.
As Rosie begins to learn more about Robert, the further she is drawn into the mysterious history of the house, and their stories, old and new, entwine.
My review: I loved this book! Dark, clever, sexy and so, so tragic – it’s the perfect summer read.
Had notes of Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton, this book spans two timelines – one when Castaway House is at it’s zenith, bustling with servants and occupied by the glamorous newly wed Mr & Mrs Bray to the mid-sixties where the house has been broken up and filled with lodgers, each with their own agenda but seemingly at more liberty than the previous occupants.
How these two narratives intertwine is very clever and has some wonderful uplifting moments and also some very sad times. I don’t want to give anything away but the characterisation is truly wonderful.
Highly recommended, pick up this brilliant book!
8 out of 10 stars! ********