Helena Carlisle arrives at Stormcrow Castle in search of her aunt who is housekeeper there. However, Helena’s aunt is absent in mysterious circumstances. When Helena herself is mistaken for the replacement housekeeper, she plays the role and sets out to discover what has happened to her relation. The staff obviously knows something that she does not and some of them, such as the dour Miss Parkins, are openly hostile. The lord of Stormcrow Castle, Simon, Lord Torkrow, is a brooding hero of the Mr Rochester school, and although he exhibits moments of warmth towards Helena, he is guarded and withdrawn concerning a tragic happening in his past. To get to the heart of the mystery, not to say the heart of Lord Torkrow, and find out what has happened to her aunt, Helena will need all her courage, cunning and fortitude.
This is a brooding Gothic novel in the classic tradition, replete with strange noises in the attic, secret rooms, sinister nocturnal forays into graveyards, a masqued ball and the lowering wilderness of the moors presiding over all.
A thoroughly enjoyable page turner and well worth the read.