Review: Darkmere by Helen Maslin

Addictive UKYA urban thriller set in a spooky castle.


Darkmere Summary

A castle. A curse. A dangerous summer.

Leo has invited Kate and a few friends to spend the summer at his inheritance, Darkmere Castle: as wild and remote as it is beautiful. Kate thinks it will be the perfect place for her and Leo to get together – but instead, she’s drawn into the dark story of a young nineteenth-century bride who haunts the tunnels and towers of the house. And whose curse now hangs over them all.

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Darkmere Review

I’ve really started to enjoy reading YA thrillers again – they remind me of my teenage years when I was obsessed with Point Horror, particularly the amazing Richie Tankersley Cusick.

Darkmere is a good’un. You’ll join Kate as she explores an abandoned castle with no parents, leading to plenty of scares. It’s full of mystery and suspense and a large helping of twists but it adds an unusual blend of urban romance and gothic details to create a frightfully good cocktail.

Darkmere’s characters are frustrating, but equally extremely convincing. I wondered from the outset why Kate was attracted to Leo but it’s true that many teenagers fall for the bad boys so I didn’t doubt it for a second.

I also adored the snippets of Elinor’s story, a treat spread throughout the novel in little bitesize chunks that help unravel the mysteries of Darkmere’s past.

And that ending! I did not see that one coming but blimey it was good. No spoilers here but I will say that Helen isn’t afraid to be brutal, that’s for sure.

I’d highly recommend this UKYA to anyone looking for a fast-paced and addictive read that’ll make you want to jump right in and shake some sense into its characters. Loved it.

My rating: 

**** 4/5 stars

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  1. kendraleighton
    14th February 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Fab review. I loved DARKMERE too! Great book.

    • 14th February 2016 / 12:24 pm

      I remember your review, it’s what made me want to read it 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation! <3

  2. 14th February 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Love the sound of this, and the cover is beautiful!

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