A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore
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A runaway bestseller in Britain with over 100,000 copies sold, a riveting historical mystery in the tradition of Kate Morton

Auction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an eighteenth-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham and Jude feels close to the old woman at once: they have both lost their husbands. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. The tower was built as an observatory for astronomer Anthony Wickham and his daughter Esther, and it served as the setting for their most incredible discoveries.

Though Jude is far away from her life in London, her arrival at Starbrough Hall brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the gamekeeper's cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived. And a nightmare begins to haunt her six-year-old niece, the same nightmare Jude herself had years ago. Is it possible that the dreams are passed down from one generation to the next? What secrets does the tower hold? And will Jude unearth them before it's too late?


About Rachel Hore

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Rachel Hore is the author of four novels including the critically acclaimed The Glass Painter's Daughter and The Memory Garden. worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing at the University of East Anglia. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.
Published January 31, 2012 by Holt Paperbacks. 398 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Because her grandmother grew up in a cottage on the Starbrough estate and her sister Claire and niece Summer live nearby, she’s especially pleased to accept, and she’s soon made a series of surprising discoveries.

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Book Reporter

For the past three years, Jude Gower has thrown herself into her work.

Feb 09 2012 | Read Full Review of A Place of Secrets: A Novel

The Bookbag

A collection of 18th century books offers Jude an opportunity to combine work and a visit to her family in Norfolk.

Jul 10 2010 | Read Full Review of A Place of Secrets: A Novel

City Book Review

But more interesting is the location of the collection: Starbrough Hall, an estate near her grandmother’s childhood home and her sister’s current home.

Apr 03 2012 | Read Full Review of A Place of Secrets: A Novel


On establishing that the seller is living in Jude’s home town , where her Grandmother, sister and niece still live Jude agrees to go and visit the seller for an assessment.

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