‘Gnarled Hollow’ is a creepy mystery story that had me gripped from the start. First of all I really liked English Professor Emily and was intrigued by her opportunity to study at Gnarled Hollow, the home of an writer she admired. The author slowly teases out the story, as the other academics arrive there too and they begin to notice some very strange things happening. Some very dangerous occurrences make them wonder if they should stay. It was atmospheric and reminded me of an English country house mystery with some ‘jump out of your seat’ moments. The mixture of scholars made for some interesting alliances – and I learned not to make assumptions about people. There was layer upon layer of mystery and plenty that I didn’t see coming at all. It was a fantastic story with depth and I really enjoyed it. So much so that I plan to re-read it soon.
I was given this ARC by Bold Strokes and Netgalley for review.