Orphan Elizabeth Somers’s malevolent aunt and uncle ship her off to the ominous Winterhouse Hotel, owned by the peculiar Norbridge Falls. Upon arrival, Elizabeth quickly discovers that Winterhouse has many charms―most notably its massive library. It’s not long before she locates a magical book of puzzles that will unlock a mystery involving Norbridge and his sinister family. But the deeper she delves into the hotel’s secrets, the more Elizabeth starts to realize that she is somehow connected to Winterhouse. As fate would have it, Elizabeth is the only person who can break the hotel’s curse and solve the mystery. But will it be at the cost of losing the people she has come to care for, and even Winterhouse itself?Winterhouse blurb from Ben Guterson’s website
I absolutely adored this book! It has all the magic ingredients that made me devour it in a matter of hours! Firstly, it’s set in a sprawling mansion chock-full of mystery. And there’s an epic library; like, Beauty and the Beast epic. There are clues to find and puzzles to solve. There’s something a bit ghostly going on. Plus, you’ll find sinister characters around every corner, and everyone seems to have a secret. This book is quirky and eccentric and dark and creepy. I tried my best to unravel the clues, but it had me guessing until the end. Hands down one of my favourite reads of the year so far!
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