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The House of Brides

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,308 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Jane Cockram makes her thrilling debut with this page-turning tale of psychological suspense in which a young woman whose life is in tatters flees to the safety of a family estate in England, but instead of comfort finds chilling secrets and lies.

Miranda’s life and career has been a roller-coaster ride. Her successful rise to the top of the booming lifestyle industry as a
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Published October 22nd 2019 by Harper
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Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc-physical
Jane Cockram’s debut was hauntingly atmospheric a perfect fall read. Her descriptive writing style will completely transport you too the creepy Barnsley House. I would not classify this as a thriller it was more of a slow burn suspenseful family drama a little reminiscent of a Kate Morton Book. The beauty of the story was not twists and turns but rather immersive incredible storytelling. Miranda’s life has hit a bit of a bump and she is looking to reinvent herself. When she receives a mysterious ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 stars! Long hidden family secrets. An old secluded (haunted?) mansion. Unreliable and mysterious characters. Gothic foreboding atmosphere. This book has all the ingredients to satisfy my reading tastes!

Miranda discovers a letter from her estranged twelve-year-old cousin asking for help. Intrigued by her mothers’ dark and secretive past, Miranda starts to dig into her familial background uncovering secrets and long buried stories that make her question her sense of identity.

The writing was ex
Michael David
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
An atmospheric tale of long-hidden family secrets.

Miranda is a failed lifestyle influencer. While dealing with the humiliation of her fall from grace, she returns to her father’s house one night after a family dinner...only to find a letter from her cousin, Sophia. The letter is addressed to Miranda’s mother, who passed away 20 years ago. Sophia is asking for help where she lives at Barnsley House, a family estate in England.

The house has a history, and was made prominent when Miranda’s mother
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Well, well, this one surprised me! A lot is going on here with this one, and I had to think a bit about how to describe this story. I would say it's a modern gothic psychology thriller, entertaining family drama with a hornet's nest of secrets and lies and a twist to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.

Because I like to make up phrases, I would also call this a surface read. What you read is what you get. I didn't find much depth layered in here to the story or the characters. It's an easy, entertaining
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The synopsis of this one grabbed me from the start. Miranda is a social media influencer who falls from grace when the product she endorses completely flops. Trolls are all over her accounts, and all she wants to do is hide. So, that she does on her family’s English estate.

Once there, Miranda is surrounded by secrets and a dark family mystery. The descriptive writing works so well in this story. The storyline is original, and the pacing kept my thoughts churning. I had a hard time putting this o
Honestly… This book... Let me just recap the first couple of chapters to get you in the mood...

As an Insta famous social media influencer, Miranda develops a fertility app. Soon, however, the public discovers the app is not only a dud but potentially dangerous and Miranda finds herself with no likes, no income, and… totally the worst… recognised as a fraud in an activewear change room. Never fear, her rich father bails her out and finds her a job. To repay his generosity she leaves his car parke
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: It's easy to remember what it felt like to see Barnsley for the first time. Not in a photograph but in the flesh, the grand house appearing in front of me. The beauty of the limestone is hard to see in a photograph, and harder to explain. The stone is different to that of other houses in the area, softer somehow, and in the summer, Max said, it felt warm for weeks on end. Some days, when the sun was not strong enough to warm Daphne's cold antipodean bones, she would lean up against the ...more
Frank Phillips
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars rounded down. This was definitely a mystery and family drama, but in no shape or form was it a thriller. Regardless, I was engrossed throughout, the writing was exceptionally beautiful and atmospheric and I could not put it down! I needed to find out what happened in this family's past, and what secrets this notebook our protagonist discovered would unearth. The disappearance of Daphne was an added mystery element that I appreciated, and I definitely did not see the ending coming. This ...more
I received an ARC of The House Of Brides and judging from the blurb and cover of the book I thought for sure I would love it... I didn't. I had this feeling of something was "off" the entire time I was reading book and I kept waiting for a full explanation for everything and that did not happen. Added to that, most if not all the characters were a bit unlikeable and I did not care for them.
I felt A LOT was happening in the book, maybe too much and when everything was revealed I felt the justi
Sally Hepworth
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Add this to your TBR for October!
Jane Cockram captivates with her haunting debut novel, The House of Brides. With echoes of Daphne de Maurier, it examines the inescapable ties of family and what happens when a complex tangle of secrets starts to unravel. Gripping, atmospheric and with an ending you won’t see coming, this book held me in its spell long after the final page. A sure-fire bestseller!
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
An English estate has been home to generations of the women who married into the Summer family.

When one of the daughters gets a letter from a current, teenage relative addressed to her mother pleading for help, Miranda leaves Australia and heads to Barnsley House. The funny thing is that her mother has passed away.

Miranda never was reliable, and after her job disaster and her father's finding her another job she doesn't want, she thinks this letter from a cousin will save her.

Miranda tricks her
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The House of Brides by Jane Cockram is a bit of psychological suspense entangled in a family drama. The setting in this one takes place in England in an old family estate known as The Barnsley House and is atmospheric and haunting with gothic undertones.

Our main character, Miranda, is just coming into adulthood while still being treated as a child by her family and let’s face it, still making many mistakes along the way. Miranda had become a successful influencer but her fame had gone spiraling
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

3.5 stars

With an enticing front cover quote from one of my favourite Australian writers, Sally Hepworth, I was quite ready to be held captive by The House of Brides, written by debut novelist Jane Cockram. This modern day gothic thriller, crossed with a family drama, is a story of loss, identity, career crisis, secrets, tragedy and revelations. An alluring premise set the bar high for Jane Cockram’s first release.

The House of Brides revolves around the lead
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The House of Brides doesn’t come out until October, but when I heard I was staying at the Grand Hotel Praha in Slovakia, I knew I needed to pick it up and read it on my Eastern European adventure.

The main character, Miranda, decides to travel from Australia to England in order to reconnect with distant family at their estate—The Barnsley House (this hotel made me feel like I was in the story!). While there, she goes undercover to find out more about her estranged family. After the first night at
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**2.5 stars**

The House of Brides by Jane Cockram. (2019).

Miranda has been having a rough time; her successful career as a social media influencer has crashed after the controversial flop of her fertility app. Humiliated, she has moved home and misses her mother Tessa who died years ago. Tessa wrote a bestselling book (The House of Brides) that chronicled the generations of brides in her family, each more notorious and tragic than the l
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
“Everyone seemed to be hiding something. There were things that seemed not quite right, parts of the story that didn’t quite ring true. Things only another storyteller would notice.”

After her social media career implodes in a rather spectacular manner, Miranda Courtenay is left reviled and broke. Though her wealthy father has arranged a fresh start for her, a letter from a young cousin she has never met sees Miranda flee Australia to her late mother’s ancestral home, Barnsley House, on England’s
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had an uneasy feeling throughout this book, and I don't mean uneasy in the thrilling, suspenseful, engaging way - I mean some thing seemed...not quite right. My eventual conclusion is that it was written by the same computer program that "watched" hours of olive garden commercials and then wrote one of its own. It's almost worth reading the thing so you can see what I mean. Almost. ...more
2 Stars

*A decent story ruined by an awful main character*

The House of Brides is billed as a thrilling modern Gothic about a young woman who runs away from her problems by trying to chase down the mystery of her mother’s past.

From the opening lines, it was clear that The House of Brides has a lot in common with Rebecca. It isn’t exactly a retelling, but it is certainly heavily influenced by Daphne du Maurier. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing; if you are going to imitate a book, at least pick a
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this, and can’t help but think the ratings for it have suffered because it has been pretty seriously mislabeled regarding the genre it fits into.

This isn’t truly a thriller and it’s definitely not gothic horror. It’s a family saga with some suspense and some gothic elements, mostly pertaining to atmosphere.

I enjoyed the setting and appreciate a gothic-style slow build, even when the denouement really has little in common with your standard gothic fare.
Sarah Beth
I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins.

In the wake of the tragic collapse of her online social media influencer status, Miranda is adrift. When she finds a letter from a young cousin who lives in her mother's childhood home - the great Barnsley House estate - she finds herself fleeing to England to find out more about her mother's family whom she has never met. All she knows about this side of her family was gleaned from her mother's best selling book, an expose o
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
⭐️⭐️💫 Maybe it’s because I recently read an excellent book about a young woman becoming a nanny at an old manor home where the mother has gone missing, but this one fell a little flat for me.

The House of Brides is Jane Cockram’s debut novel coming this October. After Miranda’s fall from grace as an influencer, she becomes determined to learn more about the secrets of her mother’s past, so she poses as a nanny in her mother’s childhood home. One of the children has been in a mysterious accident,
Jenny Kay
Dec 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A generous 1.5

While I can appreciate the desire to avoid a Mary Sue situation, it can very much go too far in the other direction: Miranda is beyond unlikable, having absolutely no integrity (or common sense for that matter - I don't know know how many times I shouted, "are you THAT bloody stupid?! Goddamn!"). What turned me decidedly against her (and made me not particularly care if anything terrible happened to her), was not the more egregious matter of the credit card fraud, or the original d
Bree T
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aww2020, suspense, arc, mystery
I have heard rather a lot about this book in recent times as it’s been praised by several authors. I quite like the cover so I was pretty interested to give this a go and see what I thought.

It’s obviously (like, really obviously) strongly inspired by books like Rebecca and Jane Eyre and basically anything else where a young woman comes to a mysterious house and discovers that all is not as it seems and there are probably some sinister things going on behind the scenes. I mean the character that
Barrymore Tebbs
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is such a mess I don't know where to begin. There "might" be a decent Gothic novel in it, but the author and her editors failed to find it. I can't help feeling this book only got published because of the author's background in publishing. And the US edition is going for close to $30. Geeze!

I'm not going to rehash the plot since other reviewers have already done so, but where other readers are complimenting the Gothic atmosphere I must point out that there isn't any. Zero. All the Goth
Svetlana Tishchenko
"Mesmerizing, engrossing and unexpected. This story will shake you, twist you, turn you around and tip you upside down.
The House of Brides is everything for everyone: crime story, mystery, thriller, love story, family saga, tour guide, psychological thriller and self-help book. The story will take you from Australian shores to English countryside and you won't even notice the jet lag.
I do not think I ever came across a literary debut that could have ticked as many boxes as this book.
Who is bad?
So disappointing. I thought I was going to love this book since it has so many great themes that I enjoy: creepy old house, creepy characters, family secrets, unreliable narrator, hidden identities, isolation, missing person, gothic vibe. It was none of those things. I ended up almost not finishing it, but since I received an e-ARC in return for a review, I felt obligated to read it and started skimming about 1/3 of the way in. Unfortunately, ALL of the characters are unlikable, and the main cha ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book had a compelling back cover but didn’t grab me. Too often the narrator would veer from the present to say something like “even though I wouldn’t realize later.” It made me think the story couldn’t stand on its own and move along without those hints. The ending was surprisingly but not satisfying on all ends. Those built up as a villain are never given redemption or condemnation. The narrators feelings towards other characters seem quite a leap for the time frame and not fully drawn out ...more
Georgie O'Dwyer
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a ripper! A strong narrative that is a page turner, with reveals all through the novel that are compelling right to the end. I especially loved the sense the reader gets of both Australia and Barnsley house, an atmospheric book that should top your 'to read' list! ...more
Lisa Eirene
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was disappointing, especially after reading such glowing reviews. I don't know what I missed but it was a whole lot of nothing. The main character was weak. The story was weak. Nothing much happened. The ending was a convoluted mess. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried to like it. Perhaps it would appeal to younger women with its many references to social media.

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