‘The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer-looking flowers. And they were very definitely shut.’
Tilly’s heart sinks. Will’s at the door of their cottage, daring her to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Rumour has it that the house is haunted . . . Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. But Tilly never turns down a dare.
Then it goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks, Tilly falls through and almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful angel appears in the water and saves her. Kit Barrington’s ghost.
Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death, so that his spirit can rest in peace. In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It’s all about the dead here, she’s told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets . . .
I finished this book in a day. I wanted to know what happened next and how the mystery was solved. It was easy to read but in a different way to Alfie the Doorstep Cat.
I loved Tilly. She was impulsive and emotional, her emotions felt very real to me and she didn’t get on my nerves (too much). Her complicated relationship with her family was part of the story and of Tilly’s character without taking over. With Will I didn’t get the feeling like she was intentionally avoiding the issue, or rather the author was intentionally writing around the issue in order to build the tension, it felt like Tilly had other things to worry about rather than her love life at the present time.
In general it worked out for all the characters and it may have been a little too neat and perfect, but I think a lot of the characters earned their happy endings. I thought the secret would be something else but the foreshadowing was done well and the mystery kept unfolding at a nice pace.
I really liked this, it was a thoroughly enjoyable book. Five stars!