The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

A very astute Catholic boy loves to play soldiers and other adventure games with his mute brother Hanny. But the young boys’ wanderings along dangerous coastal tides and discovery of a rifle will lead to such monstrosities (especially in the surrounding woods one night), that Hanny will suppress the memories as an adult, leaving only…

The Night Sister

Beside an empty motel in New England stands the “Tower of London” in Vermont, built by the motel owner for his wife. A little girl named Amy grew up in a house beside her grandfather’s ruined dream, raised by her grandmother, who kept the many secrets their family was cursed with. Jason, a neighbor boy…

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre is an orphaned governess who develops romantic feelings for her employer, Mr. Rochester, a man ensconced in tragedy. Sent away to an orphanage as a child by her cruel aunt, Jane’s attachments in life have been few. At Lowood, she gains a friend whose perspectives enable Jane to reign in her anger and…

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

“Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again…” Rebecca is the greatest and most haunting Gothic novel, the one to which all others written since have been compared. Set in the English countryside in the 1920’s, in a mansion by the sea, Maxim de Winter lives with his much younger new bride, whose name…

The Lake House by Kate Morton

Buried deep in the woods in Cornwall, England, is a home that hasn’t been inhabited in 40 years. The house by the lake, Loeanneth, is stumbled upon by a young detective named Sadie. She is on a forced holiday from work for becoming obsessed with a case of an abandoned toddler, which holds more of…

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women begins with four young women trying to make the most of their Christmas in New England while their father is away fighting in the Civil War. Too poor for any presents, the girls use creative, convicting generosity to overcome not only this, but other testing circumstances, aided by the benevolence of their wealthy,…

Wuthering Heights: Two parts of one dark soul

Wuthering Heights: Two parts of one dark soul  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is a classic story about two despicable creatures who are both the same parts of one dark soul, mirroring that which we all have within us. They are torn apart by stubbornness and circumstance, once they’ve inexplicably obtained your sympathy. Heathcliff, a product of…

The House at Riverton: All the secrets a life in service can hold

The House at Riverton: All the secrets a life in service can hold From a maid who spent her young adult years hiding the secrets of the aristocracy and covering their past, then as an archaeologist who uncovered its truths, and finally a grandmother of the writer to whom she tells her memoir, Grace Bradley…

The Distant Hours: Ancient secrets trapped in a stone castle

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton From the first pages, readers are captured by the dark tale of the Mud Man, the book within the story. It has all the haunting charm of a Gothic novel, a house wherein lie the: “stones of Milderhurst Castle, beneath whose skin the distant hours were whispering, watching.”(452) It…