The Ruby Locket
The Belrose Abbey Mystery Series book 1
by Anita Higman & Hillary McMullen
When Anne’s mother agrees to marry a wealthy, mysterious man, she expects a nice mansion in the hills. But their new home, Belrose Abbey, is more like a castle—imposing, cold, and full of shadows. The more Anne explores the corridors and vacant rooms and dusty crannies, the more she discovers about the abbey’s master—her soon-to-be stepfather—Ivan Helsburg. As her mother’s wedding draws closer, Anne begins to harbor a creeping suspicion that all is not well at Belrose Abbey.
Danger lurks in the shadows...
I've been a fan of Gothic fiction for several years now. There is just something so delightful about the often chilling, often romantic, over-the-top genre. And I'm a fan of Anita Higman's, so when you put both together you have a book I just gotta read. The Ruby Locket has all the necessary ingredients: a creepy castle with hidden passageways, possible murder, old secrets, scary servants, an enigmatic master of the house, and an innocent woman and her daughter...
The Ruby Locket has a great YA feel to it but will appeal to adult readers as well. In fact, one of my favorite things about this story is that it is told in the first person POV...of two characters! Anita Higman & Hillary McMullen use the viewpoints of Anne and Dauphine to carefully construct each scene, much like the individual threads are woven together to form a tapestry.
This Book received a 4 Bark rating.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives The Ruby Locket by Anita Higman & Hillary McMullen a 4 Bark rating.