My first impression of The Vanishing at Castle Moreau was, “This is creepy!” It reminded me of a Victorian gothic novel, slightly more sinister than Jane Eyre. At first. As I got into the novel, though, I was caught up in the centuries-long mystery revolving around this crumbling “castle” in Wisconsin and wasn’t so creeped out.
The story is told with split-time plots, one taking place in 1870 and one in the present day. The two plots were similar in many ways and I have to admit I got mixed up more than once.
I loved how the mystery was resolved, and I especially enjoyed the present-day characters. If you enjoy mysteries (even if you don’t typically enjoy gothic novels) I encourage you to give this one a chance. I think you’ll like it.
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
Jaime Jo Wright is the author of eight novels, including Christy Award and Daphne du Maurier Award-winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She’s also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her cat named Foo; her husband, Cap’n Hook; and their two mini-adults, Peter Pan and CoCo.