by Carole Gill
They say my father was mad, so corrupted by evil and tainted by sin that he did what he did. I came home to find them all dead; their throats savagely cut. My sisters only five and eight were gone as well as my brother who was twelve. My mother too lay butchered in her marriage bed. The bed her children were born in…-
After young Rose Baines discovers the savage murders of her family by her mad, incestuous father, she is plunged into a nightmare of hell and incarcerated in two madhouses. In time, she is helped to obtain a position as governess at Blackstone House. Nothing is as it seems for Blackstone House, and its inhabitants have numerous secrets. Amid the unimaginable horror there is love – which comes at a terrible price.
The House on Blackstone Moor is the first novel in Carole Gill’s Blackstone Vampires Series. It is both a tale of the eternal struggle between good and evil, and a story of love that strives to prevail, despite all odds.
My Rating: * * *
I love gothic vampire novels, and I was really looking forward to reading this one. The first half of the book was very good. Characters written well and the perfect atmosphere.Written in first person as a narrative from the heroine’s point of view, this story represents her testament – or a harrowing account into her motivations, thoughts and actions, triggered from abuse suffered both in childhood and adulthood.Left alone in the world after the trauma her father subjected her to, Rose is forced to have a brief stay at an insane asylum. Determined to do whatever it takes to make it out into the real world, she accepts a job for Mr. and Mrs. Darton at their house on Blackstone Moor. Even with worries about it being a mistake to take the job, Rose is determined to show that she is strong enough to stand on her own.
In the second half of the book everything seemed to be rushed. All the horrifying things Rose goes through is at times a little to outlandish. I feel like if she wasn’t insane in the beginning of the story she should have been by the end. With Satanic rituals, rapes and “good” vs “bad” vampires and constant horrific situations who wouldn’t be insane? After the great first half I feel as if the author was rushing to finish.
Carole Gill is published by Creativia. She writes dark Gothic romance as well as contemporary horror.