Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wild Fell

Wild Fell by Michael Rowe is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The Blurb
The crumbling summerhouse called Wild Fell, soaring above the desolate shores of Blackmore Island, has weathered the violence of the seasons for more than a century. Built for his family by a 19th-century politician of impeccable rectitude, the house has kept its terrible secrets and its darkness sealed within its walls. For a hundred years, the townspeople of Alvina have prayed that the darkness inside Wild Fell would stay there, locked away from the light.

Jameson Browning, a man well acquainted with suffering, has purchased Wild Fell with the intention of beginning a new life, of letting in the light. But what waits for him at the house is devoted to its darkness and guards it jealously. It has been waiting for Jameson his whole life . . . or even longer. And now, at long last, it has found him.

My Review
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the beginning of this book. The writing reminded me strongly of Mary Stewart so I expected a gothic romance of similar tone.

An unusual prologue depicts one of the unusual deaths involved in the legend surrounding Wild Fell, a Gothic mansion built on an island of Ontario, Canada. Chapter one introduced a new character: Jameson Browning, feeling guilty about leaving his Alzheimer-stricken father in the care of a nurse, begins to reminiscence about growing up in a divorced home with a lesbian for a best friend, while explaining how he inadvertently discovered a ghost.

Read the first 105-pages in one sitting. Then, a mistake, a big one. The nurse caring for Jameson's dad was originally called Nurse Ardelia Jackson but she morphed into Bedelia Jackson on page 105. Combine that with me remembering Amelia Jackson instead of Ardelia...

I double-checked to make sure that I wasn't mistaken about the name mix-up and was surprised to discover Ardelia instead of Amelia. But the end result remains the same - the story lost its steam. After that, I noticed every flub and it seemed the editing deteriorated toward the end of the story - an end that didn't make sense because it felt rushed.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for review from NetGalley. The copy I received did not specify this as an uncorrected proof so I can't guarantee editorial changes in other editions.

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