Bitesize Review: Bone China by Laura Purcell

Intriguing from the get go, this tale follows Hester/Esther in her new role as nurse to Miss Pinecroft. Arriving under a false name, Hester has a past she’s desperate to hide from but with Miss Pinecroft being a tormented soul… is Hester running to danger rather from it?

I loved the mystical nature of this book, many of the characters believe in fairies and fear them. There’s a continuous sense of something bad is about to happen, which kept my attention rapt throughout.

The story goes back in time to when Miss Pinecroft was young, and we discover what a strong, spirited young lady Louise (Miss Pinecroft) was… so what happened?

Wonderfully atmospheric, this book is perfect for historical fiction fans that love a dash of fantasy thrown in.

The setting was my favourite aspect of the story as the remoteness and harshness of it generated fear, paranoia and insomnia all at once – making for a gripping and tantalising read!

Bone China is out now in hardback and eBook versions now from Raven books, with the paperback version coming in April.

Until next time, Chloé

 

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