Today I’m bringing to you some good reasons to pick up Michael Boccacino’s first effort (and a pretty darn impressive effort it is!) at a full length novel, Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling. It is a delightfully different hybrid of ghost story, science fiction and Victoran gothic, but comes together in a very satisfying and spooky fashion.
Read it if…..
* you like books authored by people whose name resembles a tasty foodstuff (in this case cheese, but really, it could be any foodstuff)
* you have ever had a dream about a lost loved one and wished that it (a) could go on a bit longer or (b) make some sense
*you enjoy a spooky, traditional ghost story that seamlessly integrates creatures that could have escaped from HP Lovecraft’s imagination
*you enjoy stories in which Death appears as a cheerful and amiable chap
*you’re a sucker for a plucky young governess who is drawn into events beyond her wildest imaginings and somehow finds the strength within herself to fight back
This is a great little read – I finished it in just a few sittings and was drawn in from the very first page. Boccacino delivers some startlingly good prose here and I’ll be keeping my eyes out for any further efforts on his part. So do yourself a favour and wrap your suckered tentacles around Charlottel Markham and her quirky, creepy, deadly adventures.
Until next time,