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3.0 out of 5 stars A mystery which turns out to be not very mysterious, 21 Oct. 2012
This review is from: The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery (Hardcover)
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THE SECRET ROOMS tells the story of the 9th Duke of Rutland. In the 1940s, within secret rooms in Belvoir Castle, the Duke dies in strange circumstances. Nearly seventy years later, Bailey discovers that mystery surrounds the Duke, his family and his past. It becomes apparent that this family had secrets which, even as the Duke lay dying, he did his best to remain hidden.

THE SECRET ROOMS took a while to get going, but as the first part of this family's mystery began to reveal itself, I was genuinely hooked. However, what I discovered was that the secrets of this family were not so mysterious after all. The first part of the mystery is tragic. Without wanting to give too much away, it concerns the time when the Duke was a young boy. As I read what happened to him, as a result of something else, my heart truly went out to him. But, given the photographs at the beginning of the book, it was fairly easy to guess what this secret involved. Following this, there are then two further times during the Duke's life where he seems to be hiding some kind of family secret. And, what we discover as the reader, is that actually you can guess what the crux of them is.

Bailey has obviously done a lot of research for this book. At times, this has obviously helped her throughout her endeavour to establish what the secrets of this family were, but I felt that at times she also seemed to drown in all of the detail. As previously mentioned, the beginning of this book took a while to grab my attention, but at just over 400 pages in length, I also felt that she let it go on for too long. Towards the end of the book, I did skip some of the letters between family members and their associates, as the detail they included was really quite inconsequential.

It is difficult to say who would truly love this book. Perhaps all lovers of history or aristocratic families would find much to enjoy, but even these may come away from THE SECERT ROOMS thinking that the secrets were slightly disappointing.
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2013 13:22:15 BDT
I agree with pretty much all thaat you say. Despite my critical feelings as I was reading it, though , I found it a compelling read, and it's seen me through this week's heatwave!
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