Friday, 8 July 2016

Book Review: The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Why I read this: Someone lent this to me a while ago and it has been on my bookshelf mocking me.

Genre: Historical Fiction, 

In a Nutshell: 
Family Saga, Gothic

Would suit fans of: Diane Setterfield, Phillipa Gregory

The Distant HoursThe Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Kate Morton's style of historical fiction that flips back and forth between two time periods is back, but this novel is slightly different from her other books as it focuses on the gothic castle of Milderhurst.
With nods to other gothic tales like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and Rebecca this story is all about the old and tragic events that occurred many decades earlier at the now crumbling, but not quite ruined, castle and its inhabitants.

I can see why there are quite a few poor reviews for this book, because it is true that it is slow and probably a hundred pages could have been removed. But I did enjoy the descriptions of the castle and its surrounds, and the sisters who are so tied to it.
It is a sad and haunting tale and the audio narration did it justice.
3.5 stars

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