Saturday 27 June 2020

THE SILK HOUSE by Kayte Nunn

The Silk House
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Kayte Nunn's first two books, so I was interested in checking this one out too. Especially since I was intrigued by the blurb.

Thea Rust is an Australian history teacher who starts working in an exclusive boarding school in the British countryside, in an old building called Silk House. A place with a mysterious past. 

Rowan Caswell leaves her village in the 1700s to work in the home of an English silk merchant to help care for her brothers. But her talent captures unexpected attention.

Mary-Louise Stephenson lives in London near the weaving trade. She dreams of becoming a silk designer, but this is a job only men have.

The lives of these three women converge in an unexpected way...

I was looking forward to checking this out and while I enjoyed the lush writing style, and the way the different timelines and characters were blended, in the end I wasn't hooked in the way I thought I would be.

There was something keeping me at a distance from what was going on, as well as from the three POVs. I think it was because the haunting part of the story didn't satisfy my personal gothic mystery expectations fully.

So, it could be a case of it's me, not the story syndrome.

Either way, this is an interesting book with some nice imagery, fascinating use of plants, deals with a part of history we don't hear about much, and has a bit of a twist at the end.

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