The Chalet by Tara Fox Hall

CHALET 

The Chalet by Tara Fox Hall
Publisher: Beau to Beau Books
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (27 pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3 stars
Review by: Fennel

When Madeline honors her mother’s dying wish and returns to The Chalet, she discovers the true secret of the old mansion; a seductive spirit whose undying love has waited decades to claim her for its own.

The Chalet is remarkable in that the time span of the story covered in only twenty-seven pages is immense. If there is a downside to this, it is that keeping the timeline and relevant characters straight was a little confusing at the beginning. But do not let that small inconvenience put you off from reading this story.

There are murders a-plenty, and disappearances; lots of those. Hatred and love fuel the tale as do betrayals. And yet it is an all-consuming love that drives the plot. A plot I found disturbing.

Ms. Fox Hall’s uses the first person point of view of Madeline, and we live the tale through Madeline’s eyes as she relives tales from the past, tales from her adoptive mother and information gleaned from a dairy. While I didn’t find this an easy read, I did find it a fascinating one. I was drawn into the past events and interested to discover if the outcome would work out as anticipated or not.

The author painted the exterior and interior of The Chalet so clearly I could almost smell the mouldy walls, hear the plaster falling from the ceiling and share Madeline’s shock when she came across some rooms so well preserved.

This is a supernatural story of extremes that will entrance enthusiasts of the paranormal genre. The author’s fluent writing style held this reader to the end.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the review, Fennel! 🙂

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