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Sunday 9 February 2014

Review: Frost Hollow Hall

Frost Hollow Hall is another outstanding debut that has all the elements of a fully satisfying and well-rounded novel.

Kit Barrington, heir to Frost Hollow Hall drowns while skating on the frozen lake of the family estate. Ten years later in 1881, Tilly, after a dare, falls into the same lake while skating. She is pulled to the surface by an underwater angel who returns to her in a dream, insisting she find the truth about his death. Is the ghost Kit? Why has he picked her, and why ten years after his death?

This novel has several sub-stories weaving in and out that complement one another, and enhance a powerful storyline and plot made more so by ghostly spirits and romance.

Themes of loss and grief, truth and lies, create a beautifully moving mystery which brought tears to my eyes. The foibles of the characters shine a light upon human weakness and the freedom found in unconditional forgiveness. I loved this novel and found many strong messages to reflect on and learn from within its pages.

Title: Frost Hollow Hall
Author: Emma Carroll
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $13.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 December 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780571295449
For ages: 12+
Type: Mystery