The Chalet Kindle Edition
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
From the first page, The Chalet placed me into a world full of mystery, unexplainable paranormal activity, and history. All encompassing, this story is more than one person’s tale. It belongs to a home, and the entity that dwells within its walls.
The heroine, Maddie is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Her mother’s cancer has advanced, and the one place she wants to return to is the one Maddie avoids at all cost. The Chalet, a mansion outside the woods in an affluent area which has been the epicenter of murder and disappearances for centuries. Experiences in her youth showed Maddie just how malevolent the family home could be, but when her mother persists she gives in. What happens next is a wild ride as puzzle pieces come together, the past is retold, and a shocking love story emerges. I want to say more, but it would ruin the element of surprise Ms. Hall wielded so well!
I loved seeing this story through the eyes of Maddie. The first person point of view worked well, giving the spine tingling scenes an extra edge. Ms. Hall did an excellent job building tension and answering all the questions formed as we discovered new clues. I highly recommend this read. But if you scare easily you might want to read it during the day.
There are murders a-plenty, and disappearances; lots of those. Hatred and love fuel the tale as do betrayals. And yet it is an all-consuming love that drives the plot. A plot I found disturbing.
Ms. Fox Hall's uses the first person point of view of Madeline, and we live the tale through Madeline's eyes as she relives tales from the past, tales from her adoptive mother and information gleaned from a dairy. While I didn't find this an easy read, I did find it a fascinating one. I was drawn into the past events and interested to discover if the outcome would work out as anticipated or not.
The author painted the exterior and interior of The Chalet so clearly I could almost smell the mouldy walls, hear the plaster falling from the ceiling and share Madeline's shock when she came across some rooms so well preserved.
This is a supernatural story of extremes that will entrance enthusiasts of the paranormal genre. The author's fluent writing style held this reader to the end.
Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
Tara Fox Hall once again weaves a narrative that unfolds carefully and with much detail. Reading The Chalet reminded me of Stephen King's The Shining -- every turn down the winding corridors of a grandiose, but seemingly lifeless mansion was a new revelation. I couldn't put it down. I was drawn in completely by the demanding feeling of inevitability, foreboding, tragedy, and mystery. Once again, Hall's portrayal of the bitter-sweet reality that love can be was powerfully expressed. Her work resonates with hope and loss, confusion and knowledge, hatred and love, in such a way that we cannot help but feel deeply for both the protagonist and the villain. Tara takes a candle to those shadowy places of the human heart where many of us fear to look; she peers into the corners, walking a fine line between light and dark which is both unsettling and arousing. Her story satisfies and yet leaves us hungry for more.
Thank you again, Tara, for pushing the limits. I can't wait to read your next work!
Madeline's mother has just inherited the house and it seems Madeline is about to find out for herself.
This is one hell of a spooky story. You imagine it is going to be a typical gothic ghost story with some tragic event in the past triggering the apparitions. Wrong! But I'm not going to tell you what is really going on. You'll have to read it for yourself.
PS. I'd leave the light on if I were you.
Keep `em coming, Tara!
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