Jane Austen once said; It is only a novelÖ or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour conveyed in the best language . Maree Kennedyís Willow Hall has the language has soothes the soul and heightens the senses. Also; did I mention itís a true story?
After being abandoned by his mother at his birth, Darcy was taken to a remote orphanage haunted by the ghosts of its past. He is befriended by the resident Tilly; a young girl who follows and haunts him after he succeeds at his escape however; some of her most gruesome memories have been infused into his thoughts. Her ulterior motive is for Darcy to expose a murder that happened in the building before it was an orphanage. Her ulterior motive is for Darcy to help her expose a murder that happened in the building before it was an orphanage while intertwining with the demons from Darcyís own past.
Maree Kennedy has used her words to make her readers believe that the unbelievable is reality. This concept and design for Willow Hall was based on a real life story of an anonymous Ballarat Local man who lived through a similar situation but with a different ending.
A readerís belief, trust and absorption come in the details and description of the verbs used to intertwine a sense of fantasy and curiosity into this world; where anything can become possible.
For a first time writer; Kennedy has flawlessly composed the sense of fear and delight through the narrative and structure of a untold story. Her story reminds us all that life isnít always meant to be explained. Darcy proves that some stories can be written in 25 minutes and 12 inches of white canvas but our perspective is our only vice.
Overall 4.5 stars out of 5. The only thing I was change is to have 15 long chapters instead of 27 mini chapters.
Willow Hall can be found at BookWorld, Amazon and Angus&Roberston.