OMG don’t read this on your own at night especially if you live in Yorkshire like me!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If this book wasn’t written by Lily Morton, there isn’t a chance I would have read it.
I don’t do ghosts, or things that go bump in the night, and I certainly don’t read about spooky houses filled with creepy incidents and scary noises.
But, having utterly fallen in love with Levi Black and Blue Billings in book one, I knew I’d have to put my big girl pants on and get stuck in.
And what a ride it was. As a Yorkshire gal, I’m intimately familiar with the locations of these books, albeit this is a made up stately home.
But there are many of them I’ve trawled my way round on school trips, with their own stories of ghostly happenings or murderous ancestors, to get a real feel for this setting.
The North Yorks Moors are bleak at the best of times, when they’re covered in an unearthly mist and people are being frightened out of their skins, it makes for an adrenaline rush!
Lily skilfully mixes in the romance parts of this narrative as Blue and Levi come to realise the depth of their devotion to each other.
We also meet a surprise person from Blue’s past and spend time with the ever wonderfully grumpy Tom.
I’m also intrigued by Jem, who I’m seriously hoping is going to be Will’s love interest, as that dark and brooding man really needs his own sunshine one and Jem was a cracker.
Of course, it’s a Lily book, so there’s all the snark and humour you’ve come to expect.
Blue is particularly on form with his sarcastic comments, and Tom’s dry wit is also freely aired.
With consummate ease, this book rattles its way through a plot which owes as much to the great Victorian melodramas as it does to the creepy world of the 18th Century Hellfire Club.
Lily pulls off scenarios which could leave the reader scoffing in disbelief but instead had this one frantically reading through into the early hours to reach the epic conclusion.
Another stunning piece of work and I really hope not the last we see of this pair!
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.