Historical fiction

House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick

I received this book via NetGalley as an advance copy. It is a hard book to judge by its cover or by any blurb. It has multiple layers of stories twisting within each other, each time period casting a shadow on the one that comes later.

The story is a based on the tale of the Winter Queen, the exiled queen of Bohemia. In this tale she is bequeathed a cursed pair of a pearl and a mirror. Each with secret powers that can and does cause untimely bodily harm.This is the main storyline. The other is of our current time period, which has Holly looking for her suddenly missing brother who seems to have vanished from the face of the earth. The connecting thread is a diary found in the belongings of Ben ( The brother) which seems to hold the key to reveal the required information and contains another life and people. Holly fights with changing situations and tries to come to terms with things that cannot have a reasonable scientific explanation.She tries to work her way through the information she gathers to find answers.

The story is well written but felt a little long for my taste. That is the only reason I rate it as three stars.The different interactions between the people spanning the times is what enriches the book.

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