When Gemma left university with a history degree, she had ended up lurching from one dead-end job to the next – until she got a job working at a museum in her home town of Bridhampton. For the first time in her professional life, Gemma feels fulfilled and content. Her boss, Roger, is a thoroughly decent guy, and although she would rather spend her days cataloging something more fascinating than boring old fossils, Gemma wouldn’t change her job for the world. But just when she had given up all hope of ever unearthing something thrilling and exciting, Gemma is stunned when she stumbles upon a pair of ancient duelling pistols encrusted with rubies and a mysterious note claiming that these pistols were used during the infamous shooting at Red Hill Hall in the 19th century…
Gemma is immediately intrigued by this unexpected find and vows to uncover the secrets behind that fateful night when two girls, Sarah and Rebecca, had been shot in cold blood at Red Hill Hall. As she begins to delve deeper into the scandalous events of that night, Gemma is floored by the shocking revelations she uncovers and the dark secrets that had claimed the life of two young girls all those years ago.
As the past and present begin to intertwine, Gemma’s own life begins to unravel. Gemma had been best friends with Nat since their school days, and despite the fact that they were chalk and cheese, their friendship had endured and deepened over the years. However, Nat has started acting strangely recently. Why is Nat behaving this way? What is she not telling her best friend? And what secrets is Nat keeping from Gemma?
As Gemma begins to get closer to the truth behind the Red Hill Hall shooting, the past begins to mirror the present and Gemma begins to question whether the people she’s been closest to her entire life really do have her best interest at heart. Will Gemma ever find the happiness she has been searching for all her life? Or will she forever be haunted by old ghosts and their malevolent influence?
Kathleen McGurl is a wonderful storyteller who captures her readers’ attention from the very first page and keeps them enthralled and entertained with her beguiling blend of nail-biting tension, hair raising twists and turns and captivating pathos. A first class dual narrative tale that will go down a treat with fans of Barbara Erskine and Susanna Kearsley, The Daughters of Red Hill Hall is guaranteed to keep you turning the pages late into the night and up way past your bedtime!
Wonderfully gripping, highly evocative and absolutely impossible to put down, The Daughters of Red Hill Hall is a chilling Gothic thriller that is too good to miss!