Reviewed by Jessa Larsen
The recently widowed Charlotte Markham has found employment as the governess to the young Darrow boys. When their nanny is found murdered at the edge of the woods, Charlotte also steps in and takes over caring for the boys. Soon afterwards, during an outing in the forest, the group of three find themselves crossing into a mysterious unknown. A dark manor exists there and to Charlotte’s complete disbelief, they are greeted by the boy’s mother, Lily Darrow, who just happens to be deceased.
Lily invites them into the House of Darkling, a place filled with mystery and an unmistakable air of danger. Strange creatures wander about the manor that appear at first glance to be human, but are something else entirely. Charlotte is skeptical and rather nervous about spending any extended amount of time at the house and as she begins to understand the deal Mrs. Darrow has made for a second chance to be with her children, she discovers a connection to the murder of the boy’s nanny and unfortunately becomes rather mixed up with the master of Darkling. Charlotte must make a series of very important choices, choices in which the outcome will determine not just the fate of the Darrows, but of the world itself.
I loved the creativity of Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling. There are so many wonderful little details hiding in these pages. The House of Darkling almost seems alive and becomes a character all of its own. I was mesmerized by everything in the Darkling world. There were also numerous troubling aspects to that world, but they just made the plot that much more exciting. From the middle on, I could not stop reading and finished the second half of the book in one sitting. Another thing I loved about this novel was the gorgeous writing. Michael Boccacino is a wonderful author. The story is so visual and absolutely riveting.
Michael Boccacino truly invites readers into the world beyond the realm of the living in Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, and this tale of dark fantasy is a bewitching treat for fans of horror and paranormal fiction, as well as readers who love creepy gothic tales and mysterious English manor houses.
Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.
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