Spring may not seem like the right time of year to read dark and disturbing fiction, but you would be wrong! This month two eerie stories have been published that will both shock you and satisfy your craving for a spooky tale.
The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen – This novel, set at a castle in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, features a dual narrative with one part of the story in the present day and the other half of the story set in the Victorian Era. An American woman named Carragh accepts a job to inventory the book collection at Deeprath Castle and ends up helping the owner, Aidan Gallagher, unravel the mystery of his parents’ murder, which is tied to a Victorian legend about hauntings in the castle. Mysterious and romantic, The Darkling Bride is a fun escape for a spring day.
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – The Silent Companions is a ghost story of sorts set in the Victorian era. Elsie is a new widow who retreats to her late husband’s moldy and isolated estate after his death. When she finds some curious life-sized wooden dolls in a locked attic, things take a dangerous turn as the dolls seem to have ideas of their own. Chilling and sinister – you won’t want to read this one before bed! - Anbolyn (Sunset)