There is something about The Barnsley house and the women that reside there that is terrifying. Beneath the elegance and the glamor nothing is quite what it seems and when Tessa, our protagonist’s long dead mother, pens the infamous novel The House of Brides she unleashes something that has yet to be contained.
We follow Miranda a now disgraced influencer as she travels to Barnsley. She seeks out knowledge of her hidden away family and the secrets they all hold dear.
This was a book that I had very conflicting thoughts about. The plot is interesting but also very confusing. Most times I had no idea what was going on and had to reread several sections to make sense of it. The writing is simple and flowy, beautiful at times but there’s way too many descriptions about the most mundane things. Interactions between the characters are off and not believable. The climax putters and isn’t in the least bit surprising at all.
I didn’t like half of the characters but I don’t think we were supposed to. What is family if not a slew of people who you can barely stand.
I did enjoy reading this however and it was an interesting premise. There are these hiccups but Jane Cockram does a wonderful job of keeping you entertained and wondering exactly what is going on. You feel for Miranda and although she did a lot of wrong even before the book starts with her blog and app mistake, you can’t help but have empathy.
All in all my curiosity was piqued during the entire read and I felt as though I wanted more at the end. This is a good novel for an author’s debut!
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this copy of my ARC. All opinions are mine.
💜 💜 ✨ 2.5/5
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Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Harper