Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand


Original Title: Wylding Hall

Year Published: 2015

Published by: Open Road Integrated (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)

Number of Pages: 94

First Sentence: I was the one who found the house.

Goodreads Rating: 3/5


When the young members of a British acid-folk band are compelled by their manager to record their unique music, they hole up at Wylding Hall, an ancient country house with dark secrets. There they create the album that will make their reputation, but at a terrifying cost: Julian Blake, the group’s lead singer, disappears within the mansion and is never seen or heard from again.

Now, years later, the surviving musicians, along with their friends and lovers—including a psychic, a photographer, and the band’s manager—meet with a young documentary filmmaker to tell their own versions of what happened that summer. But whose story is true? And what really happened to Julian Blake?

My thoughts:

This book was written like a documentary which suited the plot very well. It was really nice to get so many different perspectives on what was happening during the book. It also gave you a chance to get to know the characters better, which was really nice. The characters were really dynamic and special, they all brought something unique to the book and their point-of-views.

The story then. Well, although this book was only 94 pages short, if felt way longer. To me, a lot of what was written felt like it was just filler. Unnecessary that is. But, I suppose that if you were interested in knowing what goes on behind the scenes then all of those bits are interesting. I’m not that interested and therefore they were slightly boring.

I also felt like the paranormal side could have been explored much more. Perhaps the point was to make it very vague, but I got really frustrated with the lack of information. It is still a good story and very well written.

Do I recommend it? 

If you like music history and mystery then yeah, this will be a good book for you.


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