November 6, 2012

Unhallowed GroundUnhallowed Ground by Daniel Mills
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bittersweet Lodge is a once grand ruin of a house. The protagonist Henry Feathering goes on a trip to visit his uncle at the old home. Enroute he meets Clemency and Justice, who he becomes close friends with. Eventually, though, he falls in love with Clemency and proposes to her in a grove that shelters an grave on unhallowed ground.

Daniel Mills has crafted a novella with a thoroughly Victorian feel. If I hadn't known better, I would have sworn that I was reading a truly victorian novel. The story is told entirely from Henry's point of view, and like some of best dark suspense, we get a creeping sense of dread. The story is full of souls that won't rest, both alive and dead.

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