Friday, 28 May 2010

Montacute House by Lucy Jago

Title: Montacute House
Author: Lucy Jago
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 3rd May 2010
Pages: 288
Genres: Young Adult/Historic/
Format: Hardback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

A boy is found dead, his body blackened and blistered as if the devil himself has danced upon it!

Then Cess's friend goes missing and she realises that the death of the boy and her missing friend are connected.

Determined to solve the mystery, she becomes involved in a terrible intrigue that involves more than just the inhabitants of Montacute House and stretches right out into the whole of society. Soon Cess herself is in real danger as she threatens to uncover secrets people would kill to keep hidden.

"A boy was found dead by the river this morning and lies in the crypt or your church." Once again Ignatius's long chin dropped in surprise but he shut his mouth quickly. "Others, it seems, have disappeared. Maybe as many as ten or eleven."

The main character is Cess, who lives in a small straw and mud cottage with her Mother, Anne. They don't know where Cess's father is. Cess works as a Poultry Girl on the land of Montacute House, a very grand house that belongs to Lord Montacute. His son, Viscount Drax Mortain comes to visit, and that is where a lot of the trouble starts.

I'm not too sure about the girl on the cover. This novel is meant to be set in times when they didn't wear false eyelashes, lipgloss etc. She does look like how I imagine Cess, though, so I don't think it matters too much about the model.  I like the way the dark blue stands out against the old looking cover, it looks very mysterious and makes you just want to pick up the novel and start reading straight away!

This novel was extremely slow to get into; it took about 8 Chapters before I started getting into it. I think this novel focuses a bit too much on describing things, and not enough on actually making things happen. Also a lot of the names in this book were similar so sometimes it got a bit confusing - other than that, quite a good novel for an authors first ever book.

If you like murder, mystery, and surprising twists, this is definitely a book for you! I would recommend reading it, even though it's very slow to get into - it is worth it, trust me! The ending is just SO brilliant and unexpected that it makes up for the slow start.

Quite a few faults, but a very original and interesting story line. I give this book 3/5!


  1. I've lent this to my friend, so haven't read it yet.
    But now I'm desperate to read it! Oooh!

  2. ooooh i wanna read it now! hmm, hope it duznt take me 2 long to get into it!!!