An excellent slow-burning thriller with a supernatural twist. What I liked about this book was the fact that it wasn’t overcooked. Sometimes you reach for a “Victoria” gothic novel and you end up with an utterly unconvincing parody. Not so with The House of the Wicked. It is believable and therefore it can be chilling.
I loved the way local Cornish folklore was blended into the storyline without become overpowering. The story run smoothly to its surprising and sad conclusion. The characters were real people, full of faults and doubts. Their motivations made sense to me. I shall read more of D M Mitchell.