Rose, The Awakening

Written by Krys Kingston
Review by Richard Tearle

Rose is a teenage girl in late Victorian London, her father has died unexpectedly and her mother takes up a position as housekeeper to Oliver Weir. Weir treats Rose with the greatest respect – except when he loses his temper – showers her with gifts and his unwanted attentions and although she resists, she is somehow drawn to him. But one day she runs away. Lost and confused, she is intercepted by Lily, and Rose’s new life begins.

This is not a bad effort at a traditional horror theme, the writing is good and the atmosphere of London well captured. I did think the novel was a little short, and there is scope for more ‘adventures’, especially as the title suggests there will be more from Rose.