Posts Tagged ‘Cassandra Parkin’


Published: 15 October 2016
Reviewed: 1 January 2017

4 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Legend Press in return for an honest review


When Jen goes to her grandmother’s house for the last time, she’s determined not to dwell on the past. As a child, Jen adored Lily and suspected she might be a witch; but the spell was broken long ago, and now her death means there won’t be any reconciliation.

Lily’s gone, but the enchantments she wove and the secrets she kept still remain. In Lily’s house, Jen and her daughter Marianne reluctantly confront the secrets of the past and present – and discover how dangerous we become when we’re trying to protect the ones we love.

My Thoughts & Review:

I’m not quite sure what it was about this book that first caught my attention, perhaps it was the beautiful artwork of the cover image or maybe the description which sounded so intriguing but either way I am definitely glad I took a gamble on this book.  A break from my usual crime thrillers, this book hints towards an existence of “magic” or “special abilities”, something I avoid but here it works so well within the plot.

The reader meets Jen who has sadly lost her grandmother Lily.  Jen and her daughter head off to Lily’s house to deal with affairs and get the house in order and the reader is quickly drawn into the stories of the house, how it played an important part in Jen’s younger years, the memories attached to the house come flooding back to Jen.  What she doesn’t count on are the secrets that she uncovers amongst the memories.

Cassandra Parkin possesses a rare gift, her writing flows so beautifully, it is full of emotion and is utterly enchanting.  I found that I was mesmerised when reading this book, my attention never wavering from the pages and delighted with all the subtle nuances cleverly woven into to the text.  The characters were so well constructed, each multilayered and engaging.  The plot is clever but there is mention to a topic that some readers may feel uncomfortable reading about, domestic abuse.  Parkin however does write with care and sensitivity on this subject ensuring that it remains integral to the plot without becoming gratuitous.

I cannot quite believe that this is the first book that I have read by Cassandra Parkin, but based on this novel I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future works!

You can buy a copy of Lily’s House here.

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