As she walks to the gates of the mansion, Ann considers how the house on Trevelyan hill "had always beckoned me." She has come to apply for a position as governess to Benedict Trevelyan's motherless sons.

Following in the footsteps of the immortal Brontë sisters, Victoria Holt, Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart, debut author St. Giles draws readers into the dark recesses of a house filled with secrets—a brooding, dangerous man, a jealous woman and danger up every staircase.

As Ann takes her place in the household, she is drawn to Benedict, the sullen master of the manor, and into the bitter rivalry between him and his brother Stephen. She hears the whispers about Benedict's fragile wife's mysterious death and the suspicions of suicide.

Like every intrepid gothic heroine, she puts the rumors aside and falls in love, determined to uncover the truth.

St. Giles has mastered the craft of creating a classic gothic, complete with the perfect forbidding hero, dauntless heroine, dangerous secrets and the prerequisite first-person narrative. There is a freshness and power in her writing that will endear her to new and old gothic fans alike. St. Giles satisfies the craving for a well-crafted yet fresh take on a classic. SWEET (Aug., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin