Author: Helen Maslin
Published: August 6th 2015
Publisher: Chicken House
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Horror
Length: 368 pages
I purchased a copy of this book at YALC.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
A castle. A curse. A dangerous summer.
Leo has invited Kate and a few friends to spend the summer at his inheritance, Darkmere Castle: as wild and remote as it is beautiful. Kate thinks it will be the perfect place for her and Leo to get together – but instead, she’s drawn into the dark story of a young nineteenth-century bride who haunts the tunnels and towers of the house. And whose curse now hangs over them all.
I picked up a copy of this book when I was at YALC because it sounded creepy and atmospheric and I was looking for more books of this kind at that time. I had also been told by a number of people on Twitter that this was a book I HAD to read, so I went there with the intention of picking it up.
Kate couldn’t believe her luck when Leo invited her to spend the summer at his newly inherited castle in the country. The derelict building was the perfect place to get to know him better. After settling in and exploring, the group soon discover some dark secrets within the depths of Darkmere Castle and they all start to believe that perhaps there really is a curse after all.
I really loved the dual POV for this novel: following Kate in the present and a character from the past. Both stories weaved together beautifully to build the atmosphere and tension in the present. As Kate tries to fit in with Leo and his friends, she finds that Leo might not be the wonder boy she had always thought him to be.
The characters were all great. They read like typical teens. I really enjoyed the different dynamics between the characters as well. The creepy happenings made for a gripping read and the chapters from the past made me more excited to see what would happen when Kate discovered what happened.
This is a great story about friendship, betrayal, secrets, and almost everything that you could want for a creepy summer read. One that I would highly recommend, I loved it from start to finish.
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About the Author
Helen lives in Cheltenham with her husband and two sons.
Darkmere Summer is her first novel.
She has unnaturally red hair and thick spectacles.
She is generally described as ‘arty’…and to be honest – sometimes as ‘completely unreasonable’.
She writes because she wants to be Neil Gaiman. Or Sally Gardner. Or maybe Laini Taylor. Or E Lockhart would be good too!
Helen likes coffee and cake, Roy Lichtenstein’s art and Peter Lorre’s voice…