Thank you to C. E. Rose for a copy of this book in return for an honest review for the blog tour.
Darkness lies at the heart of this family…
In 1959 Milly starts her new life as a housemaid at Rutherford House, working for the aristocratic Rutherford-Percy clan. Entranced by her new mistress, Vivienne, she becomes deeply embroiled in the household and the keeper of dark secrets the family conceals beneath the mansion’s grand exterior.
In the present day Christie is working as a psychiatric nurse when she meets troubled patient Lillian Percy,
Vivienne’s granddaughter and heiress to Rutherford House. They soon bond over the loss of their mothers – Lillian’s died when she was a child; Christie’s mysteriously disappeared over twenty years ago – and Christie finds herself increasingly fascinated by Lillian’s family and their imposing ancestral home.
As Christie learns more about the Rutherford-Percys, she finds a shocking clue that could help her uncover what happened to her own mother. Desperate for answers, Christie puts her job, her family and even her very life on the line. But how much of the truth does she really want to know?
The Shadows of Rutherford House is an atmospheric gothic novel full of building suspense. The intensity steadily builds through three timeline and the narrative moves between the past and the present as well as different character stories and is cleverly woven together.
Christie, Milly and Duncan take us on a journey through time at Rutherford house, telling the story of the Percy family and the lies and secrets that are hidden in the walls there.
Christie is a nurse who is mesmerized by a patient and habitant of Rutherford House. She is still searching for answers and grieving for her mother who disappeared with no explanation 20 years ago. She cannot move on or emotionally grieve for her loss without knowing the truth – which seems nowhere to be found. Christie gets to know Lillian and the more she unravels about Rutherford house and its past, the more she realises it may hold some answers about her mother.
The family drama is really written so well. The way the stories are told and the pieces slowly begin to link and come together is so clever and well done with a perfect sense of timing. Things are revealed just at the right time to hold the reader’s interest but to also develop a strong level of suspense.
There’s a sense of foreboding throughout the whole book, like something lurking in the background and the history but that is just slightly out of vision and cannot be seen. This really adds tension to the reading experience. The Secrets of Rutherford house is just one of those books that really gives you goosebumps but you don’t always know why. The house itself is an additional character and the vivid description of it through the eyes of the characters is superb.
The story is consuming. It’s not a fast paces narrative but it completely sucks you in and doesn’t allow you to leave until the last pages. There are twists and turns that I certainly didn’t see coming. If you like generational family dramas with a dark side then this book is for you. Highly recommended.
Author Bio – C. E. Rose
C.E. Rose is the pen name of novelist Caroline England.
Born in Sheffield, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer. She turned to writing when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters.
Follow her on Twitter: @CazEngland