Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft’s family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken.
But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home.
Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last.
My reading experience:
Firstly I would like to thank the author, Netgalley and the publisher for my free ARC.
I have a love of Victorian gothic tales, all information on their attraction to spirituality, the supernatural and ghosts have always fascinated me.
Purcell’s Bone China is certainly atmospheric and ghostly and the way the story is told – via two tales set forty years apart, sets the tone for strange behaviour and spine tingling moments.
I highly recommend this book and will now be looking to read other Purcell books.