For more than two centuries, Winterbourne Hall has stood atop a bluff overseeing the English countryside of Cornwall and the sea beyond.
In 1947, Londoner Alice Miller accepts a post as governess at Winterbourne, looking after Captain Jonathan de Grey’s twin children. Falling under the de Greys’ spell, Alice believes the family will heal her own past sorrows. But then the twins’ adoration becomes deceitful and taunting. Their father, ever distant, turns spiteful and cruel. The manor itself seems to lash out. Alice finds her surroundings subtly altered, her air slightly chilled. Something malicious resents her presence, something clouding her senses and threatening her very sanity.
In present day New York, art gallery curator Rachel Wright has learned she is a descendant of the de Greys and heir to Winterbourne. Adopted as an infant, she never knew her birth parents or her lineage. At long last, Rachel will find answers to questions about her identity that have haunted her entire life. But what she finds in Cornwall is a devastating tragic legacy that has afflicted generations of de Greys. A legacy borne from greed and deceit, twisted by madness, and suffused with unrequited love and unequivocal rage.
Rachel was adopted at birth and never knew her legacy. She is determined to find out where she came from…may not turn out the way she expects. After several leads direct her to a weird house in Cornwall, she finds strange information about her family. It is ripe with selfishness, dishonesty and derangement. She is determined to find out more and to settle her curiosity once and for all.
Well! This was a nice change of pace for me. It is not the best written book but I enjoyed it all the same. Yes, I knew what was coming next. There are really no surprises. But, I loved the setting of the old house and with all the weirdness surrounding it! It really had a gothic mystery feel. And Rachel showed intelligence and diligence. The mystery surrounding her and the house is gripping and has just enough strangeness to keep you glued to the pages.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.