Stephanie Lam’s stunning debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House, is a gripping read laced with mystery, secrets and love.
It’s 1965 and eighteen year-old Rosie Churchill has run away to the beautiful but run-down Castaway House in the seaside town of Helmstone. But when she uncovers a scandal locked away in the walls of the old house, she soon comes to realise that neither her own troubled past nor that of the house will stay buried for long. . .
In 1924 fresh-faced Robert Carver comes to Castaway House to spend a languid summer in the company of his much wealthier cousin, Alec Bray. But the Brays are a damaged family, with damaging secrets. And little does Robert know that his world is about to change for ever.
As Rosie begins to learn more about Robert, the further she is drawn into the mysterious history of the house, and their stories, old and new, entwine.
I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book took me ages to read, I was reading other books at the same time, but this just dragged for me. The premise was good but the book was slow and every time I thought a secret was going to resolved, it was just put on hold. It was a long book for what happened it could have been shorter, and in my opinion, it would have been much better.
The story was fine but the secrets were not enough to hold my attention for long, I only finished it because it was a review book. I wish the secrets were stronger and held more clout. I did really like the separate time lines and how both sets of stories came together at the end.
I did feel with Rosie and Star that what happened between them came out of the blue and didn’t feel real. It was like it was an afterthought and just shoved in.
I wasn’t a fan of Clara Bray, she was mysterious and hard to predict, she was also selfish and moody.
The name of book wasn’t really fitting, it wasn’t a mystery as such, it was more a bunch of secrets.
3 out of 5 stars