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The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Trilogy)

The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Archer
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"C.J. has done it again." ~ Amazon reviewer Richard Bird in a review of POSSESSION

"I have to admire CJ Archer's creative mind to have produced such an enjoyable series." ~ Amazon reviewer outspoken1 in a review of EVERMORE

"Thank you, C.J.Archer. Please keep writing." ~ Amazon reviewer Senior Citizen #8 in a review of THE MEDIUM

It's customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn't that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl's daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she's lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping.

Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she's the earl's daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?

#1 The Wrong Girl
#2 Playing With Fire
#3 Heart Burn

About the Author

C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember. She worked as a librarian and technical writer until she was able to channel her twin loves by writing historical fiction. She has won and placed in numerous romance writing contests, including taking home RWAustralia’s Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that would become her novel Honor Bound. Under the name Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary romantic mysteries, including Finders Keepers Losers Die, and The Diamond Affair. After spending her childhood surrounded by the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, she lives today in suburban Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and their two children. She loves to hear from readers. You can contact her in one of these ways: Website: Email: Facebook:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D1SQC50
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two with her writing. Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women's magazines, and she also writes romantic mystery novels under this name.

She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia's Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that went on to be released under the title HONOR BOUND. C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

To be notified when C.J. releases a new book, send an email to She only sends out the newsletter when she releases a new book, and never spams.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Amy
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There are very few books I've read that I have been unable to pull myself away from, and this is one. I could not put it down, and I didn't, I read this book in one day! It captivated my imagination from the beginning. The characters are so well written you feel as though you are in the room with them, and it is not long before you fall in love with, what I consider, the two main characters, Hannah and Jack, as you see their relationship grow. Being set in the 1800's adds to mysterious, intriguing atmospheric of the novel. One may say the end leaves questions unanswered, however being fully aware that this is the first in a series, having those questions unanswered only makes me all the more eager to read the next book immediately. Fantastic writing with a rich story you can really get engulfed in, I highly recommend this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic mistaken identity... 6 July 2013
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Combining Victorian favourite themes of mistaken identities, mysterious benefactors and unknown orphans in a sprawling gothic mansion, The Wrong Girl feels like Wilkie Collins for teens. Hannah Smith, our orphan is mistaken for the daughter of a Lord and kidnapped. Finding herself among others who have just as mysterious pasts as herself, and determined to protect her friend, she plays along with their assumptions while trying to figure out what is really going on at Freak House.

Hannah is a smart and feisty young lady - which seems a little odd given how sheltered her life was up until this point but it does make her a very modern heroine and easy to relate to. Her kidnappers range from lonely and overlooked young lady, a brooding older guy with secrets of his own and a scientist with odd ideas and changeable moods. There are some periods of over explanation as people spend a lot of time telling Hannah things - these info dumps are interesting but mean the main plot doesn't move along much. This being the first book in a series it beautifully sets up some intriguing questions and plot arcs for Hannah and co to uncover in the future - why was she hidden in the attic for so long? What happened to her parents? These are all questions I want to know answers to!

However, so much time is spent setting up the wider plot arcs, the plot of these book feels a little rushed. Centring on a break in at Freak House and stolen research notes, the resolution to this was sudden and could easily have been avoided by the characters if they were a little more sensible or patient.
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Set in the 19th century England the story is about a young girl Hannah Smith who has spent most of her life living in the attic until the day when she was kidnapped and brought to Freak House, a place with occupants whose past in not less mysterious than Hannah’s’.

From the very beginning of the book, every single page seems to add more and more questions making the book almost impossible to put down! Curious and brave Hannah makes her way through them in an attempt to resolve all the mysteries of the Freak House and its occupants. The romantic part enriches the whole story making characters even more true and believable.

I really enjoyed the tension that lasted throughout the book, but unfortunately, it ended quiet suddenly leaving readers without answers to all of the thrilling questions. Despite all that, I’m really looking forward to reading the second part of it and hoping that it’s as interesting, mysterious and thrilling as the first one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 29 May 2014
By Mrs B
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I read as i usually do all my books on holiday. CJ is Australian and a great story teller. I have enjoyed ALL the books that I have read from this lovely lady....I recommend the medium Trilogy to...Buy ANY book from her You wont regret it...Honest!! x
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2.0 out of 5 stars more questions than answers 24 May 2014
By Serena
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The book started out well
It's was suitably atmospheric with the dour governess the mysterious Gardner later on the wheelchair bound mad scientist type and his silent sidekick bollard ( had me thinking of frankenstine and the mad scientist)
Jack and the well meaning but slightly snobbish Sophie and Hannah
I have to say that Hannah is a very complete character we can see into her and her motivations and her character doesn't vary except she seemed totally blasé about the outside world ( which seems strange since she hasn't been outside ever)
The book is to my mind incomplete a book at the end if it should answer some questions instead if creating even more
By the end if the book we don't know
Who is Hannah Smith
What is happening between her and jack
How does violet and Tate fit into the story
Really is answers none of them and infact I hesitate to even call it a romance ... It's a gothic tale which reads like Part1 and some more parts to follow
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5.0 out of 5 stars great find 19 May 2014
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Totally loved this book, it's not my usually read, but read it in a day, and, it's a while since i've done that, in fact I've enjoyed it so much went in and bought the next two, and,that is unusual for me
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great historical paranormal romance 21 Aug 2013
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I really liked this book. Not least for some of the beautiful descriptions peppered throughout with a very light touch. Such short description that tell you so much and put you right there. Here are a couple of my favourites:

"The sun, however, still shone on Windamere's facade, bathing it in a golden glow it didn't deserve."

"The trees near the house swayed drunkenly."

"He moved close and skimmed his hand over Clover's neck, toward my knee. He didn't look away, and I certainly couldn't. I was caught in his presence as securely as the ruins in the vines."

One of the main 'twists' wasn't really a twist at all and was pretty predictable, but at the same time it was fun waiting for the penny to drop. The pacing felt just right for the story being told and I found it hard to put down.

The characters were all really well fleshed out and likeable and there is still plenty left to find out about them which is always a plus for a series. There are quite a few questions left unanswered at the end of this book and normally that would annoy me. Not so with this one, it just has me eagerly awaiting the second instalment.

The author very cleverly mentioned a character from a previous series that has now prompted me to add that to my TBR pile too, along with anything else she has written. If you like paranormal romance, I highly recommend this book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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1 star: I will never post a 1 star review because this means it was so bad I couldn't finish it, and I don't won't publicly rate a book I haven't read all the way through.
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