Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This is a really quirky and original read. The book is written as a collection of diary entries, letters to trusted Aunt Liza, pages from books, documents and transcripts. The main characters are a young Englishman named only as A and his companion, a young Irish girl called Niamh, who is mute and who communicates mainly through writing notes. A has been left Axton House –a sprawling mansion in Virginia – by a distant cousin called Ambrose Wells, who committed suicide in the same way as his father thirty years before. When A and Niamh arrive, they discover that Struckner, the butler, has disappeared and there are rumours about the house being haunted. Before long, A and Niamh are experiencing strange phenomena, which lead to them trying to investigate what has been going on at Axton House. Who were the visitors to the house once a year and what was the strange game which compelled Wells to risk his life and his sanity?
It is hard to say too much about this book without giving away the plot. Once A and Niamh are established at Axton House, we follow their search for the truth and the whereabouts of anyone who can shed light on what happened to Ambrose. This novel is full of clues, secret societies, ciphers, nightmares, ghosts and a game worth dying for… An unusual book, which I really enjoyed, with the atmospheric setting of an isolated, rambling house and a creepy (although not meant to be scary) storyline.