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The House of Brides

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  90 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 a
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Harper
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Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-physical, 2019
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
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 pu
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
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!
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 gon
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 sav
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 fi
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
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 h
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,
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.
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!
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
Beverley Albright
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I won this book on the goodreads giveaway. It is an unproofed copy and it read like an unedited copy as well.

A lot of the time I was confused as to who was speaking. There were jumps during scenes that made you feel like you had walked into the middle of another conversation and in another room. And the split between past and present was not always seamless and with characters from both having the same name, it became a task to try to remember who was who.

The basic premis
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.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
There is something about The Barnsley house and the women that reside there that is terrifying. Beneath the elegance and the glamor nothing is quite what it seems and when Tessa, our protagonist’s long dead mother, pens the infamous novel The House of Brides she unleashes something that has yet to be contained.

We follow Miranda a now disgraced influencer as she travels to Barnsley. She seeks out knowledge of her hidden away family and the secrets they all hold dear.

This w
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The gothic setting and intriguing mystery kept my interest. The main character was a bit annoying--heck, almost all of them were (except the children), but most came through by the end. I've never been a big fan of Instagram but this made me want to stay even further away.

Fans of Lisa Jewell's domestic suspense novels will enjoy this and it reminded me of Stephanie Merritt's WHILE YOU SLEEP but without the steamy ghost stuff. Also, anyone who loves a good gothic atmosphere will find
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
Kathleen Gray
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a squishy sorta gothic novel with an intrepid heroine in Miranda, an social influencer who has retreated to her father's house after a big oops. She finds a letter addressed to her long dead mother, Tessa, pleading with Tessa to come from Australia to Barnesly House in the UK. Her mother was the author of a book about the house and Miranda opts to fly in, pose as a nanny, and find out what's going on. There's a lot of creepy stuff focused on the current residents, Daphne, Max, their chil ...more
“There’s a reason we never took you there. Can’t you see the danger you’re in? Why do you think your mother came to live on the other side of the world from her family? They’re not…nice people, Miranda.”

“There” is Barnsley House, a rambling estate turned into a hotel in the West Country of England, and the subject of an enormously bestselling book called The House of Brides. It chronicles the generations of women who married into the infamous Summer family. From crime novelist Gertru
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
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
The House of Brides follows Miranda, an ex-social media influencer, who receives a letter from her mother’s estranged family asking for help. With a nagging curiosity about the family she’s never met, she is prompted to make a trip to the infamous Barnsley House in England, where she poses as a nanny to get to the bottom of this family full of secrets.

After finishing this one, I’m a little disappointed. By the middle of the book, I was really curious to see what was going to happen,
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a full review please check out my blog Lost in Literature

I somehow had thought this was a romance, and boy howdy was it not, which for me is a good thing. Not going to lie, it took me about a week to get past the first 70 pages. but once I did I could not put this book down. I loved how unreliable every single character in this is as a narrator.

It’s this that made it hard to get into because, in the beginning, Miranda is so damn unlikeable. She’s been caught lying and in a huge sc
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gothic, creepy, mysterious in the vein of 19th century authors. I would have preferred a somewhat grimmer ending but the book began in the sunshine of Australia and ended in the British summer sun.
I received this novel through a goodreads giveaway
Rachael Burrows
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Good story..although it drug at times, I couldn’t put it down!
Book Bandit
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Almost DNF'd this one but glad I pushed through as it did get better.
In the end it wasn't for me.
Janette Mcmahon
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC A novel for those who like a Gothic feel in their family dramas. This book is full of the dark corners and family secrets that are reminiscence of in Daphne de Maurier and Phillipa Carr, but she gave it a modern feel with the updated characters and setting.
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 relea
Connie Fischer
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Miranda had a very good job, but when some things went wrong that caught her up in a lie, she spiraled downward. After hiding in her father’s home with his second wife and two daughters, she has finally agreed to accept a job that he insists she take. However, at the last minute she decides to leave Australia and head to England to Barnsley House. It is an old estate that her mother had known well and had even written a book called “The House of Brides” which is about the place. From this, Miran ...more
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