“Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions. Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats…slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House… ”
Macy goes to Hallstead house after a personal tragedy to nurse the elderly Alexandria Halstead. Left alone in a gloomy mansion, she starts to uncover it’s dark secret.
Secrets of Hallstead house is almost like a Gothic cozy mystery with plenty of red-herrings and sleight of hand.
It is the perfect afternoon read with touches of Daphne Du Maurier and Mary Stewart. As well as being a kind of who done it, there is a charming romance too.
Secrets of Hallstead house is set around the Thousand Isles and the St. Lawrence river and Amy Reade describes the locations in stunning detail. This is the perfect book to curl up on the couch with on a rainy day.