The Girl at the Window

The Girl at the Window - reviewPonden Hall has always belonged to Heatons. From the moment it was built 500 years ago, the house has passed form one generation of Heatons to the next one. And now it’s time for Trudy to bring her own son to the house that belongs to him.

8 months after her husband’s plane crash, Trudy decides to move back to Ponden Hall with her son, Will. After all, this has always been the home of Heatons. But the past that she had completely set aside for over a decade comes back to her once again when she steps into the old house.

Ponden Hall has been a place of many births, but also of many deaths. And the ghosts that reside here start stirring as soon as Trudy comes back. What is the ghost of the woman trying to tell her? Is her family in danger? And what does Emily Bronte’s story, strongly tied to Ponden Hall, has to do with all this?

The Girl at the Window is a thrilling story that masterfully blends historical facts, fiction, and thriller elements with Victorian hints and the right amount of romance. That might sound like a peculiar blend – but it works amazingly well, as Rowan Coleman has successfully showed us.

Brontë fans will weep at Coleman’s brilliance. The present anchor of the story is securely tied with the past, one that involves Emily Brontë, her writings, and a past story the author created in order to weave a plot interesting on so many different levels: it’s about the fiction, but also the historical facts. And it is, indeed, also about the thrill.

The Girl at the Window will keep you on your toes. It’s such a compelling read, that you won’t feel like putting the book down at night – but then, again, will you be able to read about the ghosts haunting Ponden Hall in the dark?

Coleman definitely deserves congratulations on the historical research. The facts are 100% accurate, and the feeling as you step into the plot’s past 100% real. You do not just read about the girl at the window; you see her, you hear her, you feel her in the shadows. If that doesn’t show masterful writing, I don’t know what does.

With its plentiful twists and turns, the unpredictable characters, and the clever back-and-forth in time that amuses without being confusing, you can’t help but fall in love with this unique story. So, step into Ponden Hall, and let The Girl at the Window tell you her story.