Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.
When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations. – Goodreads
The setting is perfect – a Victorian mansion, sprawling estate, strange occurrences – and the story has a great concept with some gruesome imagery. The first half of the book is suspenseful and atmospheric and everything I’d hoped.
But then things began to fall apart for me soon after. By the ending, Lucy’s character was still a blank slate and I never felt like I knew her, and at the completion of the book, I was left with more questions that I had going into it. The big reveal about what’s behind these strange occurrences just came out of nowhere – no prior indications, hints, foreshadowing. Consequently, the climax of the story was more confusing than scary and left me with questions about the club, characters and their motivations, and history of the estate.
I’ve heard good things about this author’s first novel, Daughter Unto Devils, but haven’t read it. Judging by other reviews, it was better received than this followup, so I’m not throwing in the towel on this author. Women In The Walls has some chilling moments, but just didn’t come together for me at the end. This book is scheduled for publication September 27th, 2016.
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.