Book Review: Blackened Cottage by A.E Richards

Hello and welcome back to #BookReviewMondays, this week I haven’t had as much time as I wanted to keep on top of my reading. What with midwife appointments, scans and getting the last bits in order for when the baby comes, time has just disappeared. My due date is actually today, but still no sign of her arriving yet!
This weeks book review is on a novel called Blackened Cottage by A.E Richards that I read a few weeks back. It has been on my Kindle for a while but was one I just didn’t get round to when I downloaded it. 
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Book Description:

Victorian England, 1875. When her mother leaves Blackened Cottage, Lisbeth grows increasingly terrified for herself and her little brother Eddie. Desperate, she befriends a disfigured girl, but when her father finds out he imprisons her in the cottage and invites his lecherous friend to court her. Lisbeth discovers that her father has sent Eddie away and escapes to find him. Pursued by the two men, she embarks on a dangerous journey and captures the eye of a psychopath who seeks to possess her body, mind and soul. As Lisbeth flees, she is shocked to discover how little she remembers about her life, and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must face.


My Review:

What drew me to this book was the format that it is was written in. The story is told in a series of diary entries, letters and narrative. Sometimes I like to read this style of novel as its breaks up the book in different ways, and gives you different perspectives.
Blackened Cottage is a type of psychological thriller, suspense/horror set in Victorian times with a Gothic feel. It’s main character Lisbeth is a young woman who seems to be haunted by her past in which she cannot really remember. Lisbeth lives with her father and brother who she looks after. All is not what it seems in their little Blackened Cottage, Lisbeth is being kept captive by her deranged father. 
When her brother is sent away to a school in London, Lisbeth is determined to go and find him. This means escaping and going on the run. She is chased by her father and his strange friend all the way to London. There are many twists and turns along the way with a great ending I never expected!
Blackened Cottage is beautifully written in a dark, grim, and Gothic way. Perfect for thriller fans who like that slightly different creepy feel in a book.
I have given Blackened Cottage by A.E. Richards 4 out of 5 stars.
Kindle Edition 212 pages
Published 13th August 2012 by A.E. Richards
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Disclaimer: All the views and opinions expressed are my own. Book cover image and book description from Goodreads for purpose of this review only.

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  1. 6th February 2016 / 11:35 am

    Sounds like a good book. Your review makes it sound better than the blurb. I love thrillers and a little creepy is good. I love your blog layout with all the books.
    Amanda #weekendbookclub

  2. 5th February 2016 / 9:18 pm

    This is not the type of book I will buy as I'm not into thrillers but it sounds an interesting read. Sometimes is good to give it a go to different types of books. I normally like romantic books! Yes I know how typical is that? LOL Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! πŸ™‚ x

  3. 2nd February 2016 / 11:41 pm

    im always on the look out for new books and ventur out of my comfort zone and this looks like just the book! thanks for sharing and linking up with #weekendbookclub Suz x

  4. 2nd February 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Totally different from what I would normally read but always good to mix things up!Sounds really interesting x #kcacols

  5. 1st February 2016 / 10:56 pm

    This sounds interesting. Not my usual read but I am trying to read more and read different books too #KCACOLS

  6. 1st February 2016 / 12:51 pm

    This sounds like a great book and one that could leave you gripped. Will have to add it to my reading list #weekendbookclub

  7. 1st February 2016 / 10:41 am

    Oh wow this does sound rather intriguing and definitely like a book I'd be interested in reading. I hope your little girl arrives safely soon.Xx #KCACOLS

  8. 31st January 2016 / 8:19 pm

    This sounds really good. I am a big fan of books written as diary entries, I find them great to read with little ones around as you can dip in and out of them. I will look out for this one #weekendbookclub xx

  9. 31st January 2016 / 5:00 pm

    This sounds like an intriguing read. This isn't my usual fare, but your review has piqued my interest.

  10. 25th January 2016 / 7:32 pm

    I love this cover πŸ™‚ I hope that the baby doesn't keep you waiting much longer!


  11. 25th January 2016 / 12:36 pm

    This sounds like my kind of book. It is nice to read books with diary/letter style now and again as a change to the usual straight narrative #readwithme

    • 25th January 2016 / 12:45 pm

      I agree, a change in writing style from the norm makes its much more interesting. xx

  12. 25th January 2016 / 12:28 pm

    It looks like quite a dark book just going by the front cover. An interesting way to write with diary entries etc. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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