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ARC Review: The Secret of Splint Hall

THE SECRET OF SPLINT HALL

KATIE COTTON

SERIES: Standalone

GENRES/ SUBJECTS: MG Historical Fantasy

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Okay, first off? Just look at that cover. It’s gorgeous!

THE SECRET OF SPLINT HALL is a book of two parts. In the first, Flora and Isobel explore Splint Hall and face off with their awful uncle. There’s hints of something bigger going on — both mundane and magical — but it’s largely a period piece. The period — in the aftermath of World War 2 — is incredibility well painted, with lots of little details subtly woven through to create a setting that’s immersive, believable and vivid.

In the second half of the book, the sisters team up with two brothers who call themselves ‘keepers’ and, without giving too much away — find out what Splint Hall’s secrets really are. This part is a fast-paced adventure, exploring a network of collapsing, bomb-damaged underground caves and facing off very real dangers and some terrifying supernatural ones.

THE SECRET OF SPLINT HALL has great characters and an exciting plot. The girls are cheeky and mischievous, but good-hearted and likeable. I read through it very quickly, needing to know how the girls would save Splint Hall and the village from the monsters threatening it, and save their aunt from her awful husband.

A wonderful middle-grade, and I look forward to more from Katie Cotton.


1945. War has ended, but for sisters Flora and Isobel the struggles still continue. They’ve lost their father and had their home destroyed in a bombing raid, and now they must go to live with their aunt and her awful husband Mr Godfrey in their ancestral home, Splint Hall.

From the moment of their arrival it seems that this is a place shrouded in mysteries and secrets. Who are the strange men who arrive with packages at night? What is the source of the strange blue sparks coming from the ground? And why do the locals seem to hate their family so much? As the girls begin to unearth an ancient myth and family secret, the adventure of a lifetime begins.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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