The Secret of Kolney Hatch (The Secret of Kolney Hatch #1) by Stefani Milan (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)


Title: The Secret of Kolney Hatch (The Secret of Kolney Hatch #1)

Author: Stefani Milan

Published Date:March 2016

Genre: Mystery, suspense, romance


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Fast-paced, and full of suspense comes this dual story lined mystery thriller told in prose, letters, and journal entries. Set in 1926 London and the mist-filled Scottish Highlands, The Secret of Kolney Hatch tantalizes readers with each new twist and turn. Louisa Stilwell is murdered, and the details surrounding her death plague the well-liked doctor, Paul Watson, for they are similar to his mother’s murder. To escape the grief he feels in London, Paul treks to a remote town in Scotland called Whitemoor and becomes a resident physician at Kolney Hatch Lunatic Asylum. Meanwhile in London, Petunia Pennyworth, a notorious gossip, turns sleuth to uncover the details about the recent murder. In this spine-tingling thriller, as Petunia unravels the mystery behind the murder, Paul learns that Kolney Hatch, his only refuge, has become his worst nightmare.

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***Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph’s  Review***
This is my first book by author Stefani Milan and I wasn’t sure what to expect from her. I enjoyed the premise of the book and the idea of the plot that she had, however, I had some trouble getting into this book, the beginning was a bit slow for me and didn’t grab my attention. The author warns that there will be journal entries, prose and letters, but it is still a bit of a flow breaker when the reader comes upon them.

The characters took a little while for me to warm up to as well. I couldn’t bring myself to like Petunia no matter what happened throughout the story, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Dr. Watson either….it is interesting that the author chose to name her characters with well known last names, such as Watson and Holmes. She inserts little nuggets of fun throughout the story and the reader must take their time to fully grasp them.

The plot is steady and fun (mostly). There are twists, turns, loops and curves that the reader never sees coming and leaves them speechless. The author does live up to the mystery and suspense aspect of the description and I will read another one of her books. I wish that the language all stayed within the time period. There were a few instances when the dialog switched to modern words that wouldn’t have been used in the 1920’s. Overall it is a good read that is worth the time and purchase. Add it to your TBR list and settle in for a bit of mystery, suspense and a dollop of romance.


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