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The Woman in the Mirror
Rebecca James unveils a chilling modern gothic novel of a family consumed by the shadows and secrets of its past in The Woman in the Mirror. 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.
My thoughts: 3.5 Stars
This is a dark, gothic story with a pinch of paranormal activity. Alice is a young woman with a secret or two she holds close to her in fear of someone finding out. She did not have the best childhood and considers herself fortunately to find herself as a tutor for twins. Upon her arrival, she is attracted to the children's father. The housekeeper warns her not to trust the children, but Alice is smitten with them and disregards the warning. Her time working at the gothic mansion starts out with pure bliss and she cannot imagine herself any happier than she is now. Warning signs keep popping up, however, with mysterious bruises and a painting in her room that is not quite right. Something dark walks the halls and clings to the shadows, whispers to the children. Perhaps the children are not as innocent as Alice first believes. Sarah is a New Yorker and has a successful art gallery. She spends most of her waking hours working and leaves little time for herself to do anything else. A mysterious envelope arrives in the mail one day at her apartment that will change her future. She is to inherit a large house and property that has been left to her by an aunt she has never met. Sarah takes a risk and goes to see the property. Her time at this old mansion will test her mental strength. Things go bump in the night, and not everyone is as they first appear. She will have to rely on her own logic and heart to find out who and what she can trust, even as the house's dark past starts up once more to finish what it started generations ago. This book was definitely one of the best ARC's I have come across this year. It gave me the chills a few times without being obviously scary. It is subtle and switches between a few different women, along with jumping time. The chapters are clearly labeled so it was easy to follow along. This was requested just on a whim, and I could not be happier. This is a book that I would recommend people give a try. It may not be for everyone, but it definitely worked for me. For more reviews, visit CelitcsLibrary.com Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's press for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.