Today I am reviewing on its publication day The House at Helygen by Victoria Hawthorne, published by Quercus Books.
When Henry Fox is found dead in his ancestral home in Cornwall, the police rule it a suicide, but his pregnant wife, Josie, believes it was murder. Desperate to make sense of Henry’s death she embarks on a quest to learn the truth, all under the watchful eyes of Henry’s overbearing mother. Josie soon finds herself wrestling against the dark history of Helygen House and ghosts from the past that refuse to stay buried.
New bride Eliza arrives at Helygen House with high hopes for her marriage. Yet when she meets her new mother-in-law, an icy and forbidding woman, her dreams of a new life are dashed. And when Eliza starts to hear voices in the walls of the house, she begins to fear for her sanity and her life.
Can Josie piece together the past to make sense of her present, or will the secrets of Helygen House and its inhabitants forever remain a mystery?
I very rarely read and review books in the historical fiction genre as they are not to my taste, but being a big fan of Victoria Hawthorne’s, (under pen name Vikki Patis), psychological thrillers, I knew that with her at the helm it was going to be a fantastic read and I was right!
The House at Helygen is a dark, sinister and atmospheric tale that I could not put down. I was completely captivated by the haunting vibe of the house, which holds so many disturbing secrets and is a character within itself. The plot is well thought through and I enjoyed putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
Set over duel timelines, past and present in Cornwall, I throughly enjoyed being transported to the 1800’s for Eliza’s viewpoint and how that part of the story merges in the present with Josie’s. I really liked their characters and each bring the story to life so vividly through Hawthorne’s impeccable writing.
The House at Helygen is a highly addictive historical mystery with plenty of suspense, intrigue and murder. A family saga with generations of dark secrets to uncover, this is a very entertaining tale that I highly recommend you checking out.
Thank you to Victoria Hawthorne, Quercus Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The House at Helygen, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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LET’S GET TO KNOW VICTORIA HAWTHORNE
Vikki Patis is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers In the Dark (2021), The Wake (2020), Girl, Lost (2020), The Girl Across the Street (2019), and The Diary (2018). Girl, Lost, a top 100 bestseller on Amazon, was later longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize 2020. Her latest thriller, Return to Blackwater House, was published in 2022 by Hodder & Stoughton.
She is represented by Emily Glenister at DHH Literary Agency and also writes historical fiction as Victoria Hawthorne. Her first historical suspense novel, The House at Helygen, will be published in April 2022 by Quercus, with another to follow in 2023.
Vikki has also written articles for numerous publications. After being diagnosed with Perthes disease as a child, fibromyalgia in 2016 and coeliac disease in 2018, she tries to raise awareness of living with a chronic illness through her writing, and includes a diverse range of characters in her fiction. She lives in Scotland with her wife, two wild golden retrievers, and an even wilder cat.