Elizabeth Can Hardly Accept That Her Brother James Committed Suicide, So When Her Sister Kitty Dies Too, It Isthan She Can Comprehend As She Wanders The Large Family Mansion Of Her Childhood A Haunting Place Of Mystery, Wonder And Opulence The Memories Of An Apparently Idyllic But Secretly Threatening Past Will Not Let Her Go. Over the years, I have seen very few reviews of Helena McEwen s work she seems to be quite an underappreciated author I have read her other two published novels before Ghost Girl 2004 and Invisible River 2011 and very much enjoyed both, but the overall ratings on Goodreads for both books are rather low average ratings of 2.82 and 3.10 respectively The Big House, her debut novel, has been evenpoorly rated, with an average score of 2.65 It is, however, my favourite
This is a short, slight book, with not a lot going on It basically describes a time and a place There is a book ending device, which lets us know what happens in their 20s to the 3 central child characters we read about in between, and to the house which is the setting of the book, but that adds less than it could have done I could have done without that, and with a bitjoined up plot in the middle.It s apparently an autobiographical novel, and at times it reads like a memoir of anecdote This is a short, slight book, with not a lot going on It basically describes a time and a place There is
I honestly think there was no point to this book It took me forever to get into, the beginning was hard to follow and didn t provide enough context I understand it was MEANT to draw in the reader but it w
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Story about children in the big house It s nice and playful and gives typical atmospheres from childhood Subtly it also addresses issues the aristocracy was dealing with, like losing their estate dur to stamp duty etc. Boring. This first person narrative revolves around the childhood reminiscences of Elizabeth who loses both a brother and sister in the span of a few months It s like the story begins in the middle. Her debut novel I think A good read but nothing startling.
- 183 pages
- The Big House
- Helena McEwen
- 14 August 2017 Helena McEwen