When Gemma discovers a pair of ancient duelling pistols encrusted with rubies in the basement of the local museum, she is immediately intrigued…
On a fateful night in 1838 two sisters were found shot in the cellars of Red Hill Hall. And when Gemma begins to delve deeper into their history she begins to realise that the secrets of that night are darker than anyone had ever imagined.
As the shocking events of the past begin to unravel, Gemma’s own life starts to fall apart. Loyalties are tested and suddenly it seems as if history is repeating itself, as Gemma learns that female friendships can be deadly…
Publication date 14th April 2016
Cheryl M-M rated it ‘a spirited read’ and talked about ‘a cold withered hand reaching from the past to grab the present’ -ooh er! Thank you Cheryl for being this book’s first reviewer.
Karen at GoBuyTheBook said it was ‘an easy read, mainly because it was so enjoyable’. Thank you Karen!
Karen later included it as one of her Books of 2016, saying ‘it is always a good sign when, after reading a book, you immediately download other books by the same author. This was what happened after reading The Daughters of Red Hill Hall.’ I am absolutely thrilled to be included in this list!
Over on Shaz’s book blog, Emma said I was ‘a fresh new voice in historical fiction and really deserves great acclaim’. I am blushing furiously now – thank you!
‘a pair of gripping stories that had me gasping at times’ – fantastic review from Anne WIlliams, thank you!
Lovely Lynsey says the book has ‘an unputdownable quality’ and is ‘ideal for curling up with on a rainy day’. Thanks, Lynsey, I do love that word ‘unputdownable’!
Nat from the Reading Cloud said it has ‘an extremely clever ending’. That is so good to hear because endings are not always easy to get right.
Julie on Bookish jottings totally made my day – no, my week – with her review which includes the words: ‘A first class dual narrative tale that will go down a treat with fans of Barbara Erskine and Susanna Kearsley’. Wow. Thank you!
Maryline on M’s Bookshelf found it a ‘surprising and captivating read’, which ‘threw one curve-ball after another’ – thank you!
Lovely Becca wrote a gorgeous review. ‘Rich in research and descriptions, shocking in terms of events, and compelling in how the stories are told, I don’t think that I’ll ever tire of this author and the novels that she delivers.’ Aw, thank you so much, Becca!
Dawn said ‘I stayed up much too late one night reading as I was so caught up in the story’ -sorry to disrupt your sleep, but thank you for the review!
‘A quick and rich piece of literature’ says Braine Supe in a surprise review – thank you!
This brief review describes it as a great by the pool read!
‘Full of mystery and menace’ – Jane Hunt found it an engaging read, thank you Jane!
Rebecca described it as ‘a masterpiece of interwoven history’ -thank you!
‘I was really astounded by the way things turned out’ – the ending surprised Stephanie! Thanks for this review.
Lovely review from Emma at Books and Boardies who said that ‘the cross over of storylines and histories were perfectly blended’ – thank you so much!
Related links and blog posts
Here’s a Pinterest board containing pictures that helped inspire me while I was writing this novel.
The prologue is available to read as a teaser over on The Book Review Cafe.
I wrote a piece for the Carina UK blog talking about what inspires the historical sections of my novels.
I wrote about the endless juggling of life and writing for Comet Babe’s Books.
Over on Alison Drew’s blog I wrote about the settings in this novel – fictional Red Hill Hall but its cellars based on real ones…
I took part in a lovely interview with the delightful Becca, whose book blog is one of the very best.
Abbie from Bloomin’ Brilliant Books asked me about my author influences. They’re all called Kate or Katherine!