The Vanishing at Castle Moreau

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Pub Date Apr 04 2023 | Archive Date Jun 23 2023
Bethany House | Bethany House Publishers

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A haunting legend. An ominous curse. A search for a secret buried deep within the castle walls.

In 1870, orphaned Daisy François takes a position as housemaid at a Wisconsin castle to escape the horrors of her past life. There she finds a reclusive and eccentric Gothic authoress who hides tales more harrowing than the ones in her novels. As women disappear from the area and the eerie circumstances seem to parallel a local legend, Daisy is thrust into a web that could ultimately steal her sanity, if not her life.

In the present day, Cleo Clemmons is hired by the grandson of an American aristocratic family to help his grandmother face her hoarding in the dilapidated Castle Moreau. But when Cleo uncovers more than just the woman's stash of collectibles, a century-old mystery and the dust of the old castle's curse threaten to rise again . . . this time to leave no one alive to tell the sordid tale.

Award-winning author Jaime Jo Wright seamlessly weaves a dual-time tale of two women who must do all they can to seek the light amid the darkness shrouding Castle Moreau.

"An imaginative and mysterious tale."--New York Times bestselling author RACHEL HAUCK

"Jaime Jo Wright never disappoints, and The Vanishing at Castle Moreau is no exception. With real, flawed characters who grapple with real-life struggles, this gripping suspense novel will draw readers in from the very first page. Good luck putting it down. I couldn't."--LYNETTE EASON, bestselling author of the Extreme Measures series
A haunting legend. An ominous curse. A search for a secret buried deep within the castle walls.

In 1870, orphaned Daisy François takes a position as housemaid at a Wisconsin castle to escape the...

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Jaime Jo Wright's stories have become a must read for me as she is a master of the craft of creating riveting stories across multiple time periods with fascinating characters.

In this her latest story, Wright gives us two similar young ladies who answer an advertisement to become a housemaid at the mysterious Castle Moreau. Cleo Clemmons, in the present day, and Daisy Francois in the 1870s. They bear many similarities, both running from their own lives for differing reasons, and hoping to find anonymity at the Castle.

Wright, as she always does, weaves a wonderful story of mystery, suspense and hope across both timelines. In addition, the Castle brings a history of spookiness and unexplained repeated disappearances of young ladies across both centuries. It makes for a page-turning adventure as we so desperately hope the same fate doesn't befall our two lead characters while solving this two hundred year old mystery. The Castle has always been in the hands of a Moreau/Tremblay family member and the whispers within the local township continue to question the family's innocence in all these mysteries.

The Castle is a character in itself in some ways. It is spooky in the best Gothic-way and full of 'dark spaces for dark deeds' to be committed. Internal tunnels, hidden doors, strange noises at night, ghostly apparitions - this castle has it all. It's simply marvellous giving the reader plenty off chills keeping us on the edge of our seats as we turn the pages.

Once again, Wright explores the human condition in an empathetic, gentle way. Cleo and Daisy have suffered much in their short lives and they've questioned their lovability and worth. The supporting cast are tremendous: Deacon Tremblay, Lincoln Moreau and the ladies of the house in both centuries and Festus, the man-servant in Daisy's story all add a layer of complexity and intrigue with their individual situations.

The build up of suspense towards the end and the actual ending are breathtaking and wonderfully surprising in an uplifting way.

If you haven't introduced yourself to one of Jaime Jo Wright's stories, this is an excellent place to start.

I feel very blessed to have received an early ebook version of the story from Bethany House via NetGalley. This has had no bearing on my review.

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