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Jealousy, betrayal, murder and a hunger for vengeance that spans the centuries...

History student Alex Palmer is thrilled when his girlfriend, Claire Ryan, buys an apartment in Belle Vue Manor, formerly a Victorian lunatic asylum.

But as Alex begins to discover the dark truth about the asylum’s past, he, Claire, and their friend Marianne find themselves on a nightmarish jour
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Paperback, 350 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Crystal Lake Publishing
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Whispering Stories
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The prologue to this book sets the tone of the story very well, it’s shocking and gritty without being gory and lets you know exactly what to expect from the book.

I’ve found that the majority of ghost stories take a long while to build up to the full level of violence and gore, which can lead to disappointment if you get halfway through and it’s not what you were expecting but this one set the tone right at the beginning so I knew that I was in for a tre
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J.A. Sullivan
Most books fall into two easy categories: enjoyed it, or not for me. But occasionally I come across something that seems to belong in both piles at the same time. Case in point, Belle Vue by C. S. Alleyne. There were parts of the story that blew me away and had me at the edge of my seat. However, there were equal parts where I wanted to fling the book across the room and never retrieve it. Complicated feelings to say the least. But that’s just me – this could be your next favourite read, so let’ ...more
Bandit
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
I love reading thematically and this February I managed to cover the black historical aspect, but almost completely forgot to honor the women who scare us. Quick scramble around my kindle produced this book, which had absolutely all the makings of greatness.
First and foremost, it’s set in an asylum, which is about as perfect of a setting for a scary story as you can get. It’s naturally spooky, in fact it’s difficult to screw up. But throw in a centuries old devil worshipping orgy throwing soc
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Bob/Sally
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: female-author, horror
Jealousy, betrayal, and murder, all set in a former Victorian lunatic asylum, complete with a century-old mystery of the infamous Hellfire Club. What more could you ask for from Belle Vue you might ask? Well, how about a few twists you won’t see coming, embedded in parallel storylines that are each worthy of a novel on their own.

C.S. Alleyne already impressed me with Power earlier this year, so I was eager to see what she might do with a longer-form story and I’m happy to say she did not disappo
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Dan Thomas
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun fact, the road I grew up in was called “Bellevue Road” and one of the dates in the chapter title is on my birthday; august 10th. Not really relevant to the review but I had to get it out there.

So let’s talk Belle Vue by C.S. Alleyne.

It’s chilling when insane asylums get converted into flats. Would you live in one? Some people can’t fathom the idea. Too much bad juju. I’m in the opinion that as long as the price is right I’ll live anywhere. Especially if it has access to an on-site swimming
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Katherine Moore
First of all, I don't think I can resist any novel set in an insane asylum. But this huge selling point was just one of the reasons I loved the debut novel Belle Vue by British author C.S. Alleyne, coming out THIS coming Tuesday, TOMORROW, August 25th.

This paranormal thriller begins when Claire Ryan finds her perfect new home at the Belle Vue Manor, a renovated Victorian-era asylum. Her boyfriend and history student, Alex Palmer, is almost as excited as she is for her move-in, as he decides to w
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 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
My reaction to BELLE VUE, from first page to end, is an enormous resounding chorus of "WOWS!!!" and "MORE! MORE! MORE!" BELLE VUE is fantastic and exceptional, one hundred percent riveting--I wished to never stop! I want sequels!! The characters, the history, the backstory: author C. S. Alleyne has clearly spent time in the research caves studying Asylum history in Great Britain and the United States, and "organizations " such as the Hellfire Club. She certainly has a finely attuned characteriza ...more
Noelle Kelly
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
With today’s stormy weather and fall on the way, it’s the perfect time for a ghost story in a spooky location.

Belle Vue, a former insane asylum, is now the location for luxury apartments. Claire purchases one of the apartments, to the delight of boyfriend and history student, Alex. Protecive best friend Marianne has a strange feeling the moment they enter the property.

This is only the start of the story – Belle Vue will impact all their lives. We see a dark and ominous presence in modern day Bel
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Alyson Rhodes
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for Gothic supernatural horror stories, whether set in ruined houses, castles or here, as in Belle Vue, a lunatic asylum (with a church and crypt added on) -so with a happy anticipatory shiver of delight I settled in with my cuppa and my cat at my feet. This is the debut novel from C.S.Alleyne, and it's published by US indie publisher, Crystal Lake. Straightaway this struck me as a confident and polished debut from Alleyne, a writer fully in charge of her complicated double time pe ...more
David
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There’s a great story here, but it’s told in such a messy way that it’s hard to see. Also, it appears to be the first in a series, so there’s no actual ending here—had I known that going in I probably would have skipped it.
Tracy Robinson
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-own
2 maybe 2.5 stars; not sure yet. Review to come for HorrorDNA
Elke
When I first saw the book, I expected some kind of victorian/gothic haunted house (or rather: asylum) story, but what I got was outright horror packed in an elaborate multilayered story line that held many unpredicted surprises. The author expertly toyed with my assumptions and every time I thought I had it figured out she came up with an unexpected twist that proved me wrong - again. What impressed me most was that while doing so everything fit together perfectly all the time and there were no ...more
Swords & Spectres
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not normally one for trigger warnings, but this one is an incredibly dark and hard-hitting novel. It features sexual assault (literally in the opening pages and as a fairly strong theme, both threats thereof and actual assault, throughout). I'm only throwing that out there as the novel really is a dark, grim treasure that doesn't deserve low ratings due to people picking it up not being aware that it features themes they may not
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Debbie Christiana
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Belle Vue is a well written, page turning, hard to put down, gothic horror novel set in an insane asylum with a deeply disturbing past.

The author tells the story in two different eras. The story opens in the 1860's, with Mary and her sister, Ellen in the forefront with Belle Vue in full operation, complete with the cruel and sadistic treatment of its patients.

Present day Belle Vue, has been renovated into luxury apartments and Claire has decided to move in. Her boyfriend Alex is thrille
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Samantha
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love stories that involve asylums. I went into “Belle Vue” ready for angry ghosts and hauntings and came out with something completely different. There is a slow burn to this book that I attribute to old English gothic tales (think Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw”) and I felt myself trudging a bit through some of it, but I felt like the overall outcome was something uniquely unsettling that I was pleased to have read.

We begin with Claire and Alex, a young couple in University go
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Kia
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2020
Belle Vue is the debut novel of C.S. Alleyne, and damn, what a debut it is! It starts out with a scene that perfectly sets the tone for the rest of book, and you know right away this story is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Alternating timelines work together to tell the history of Belle Vue and the present day story of Claire, her boyfriend, Alex, and their assorted friends and acquaintances after Claire moves into Belle Vue, a former Victorian lunatic asylum converted to luxury apartm ...more
Sara
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing


I loved Power by C S Alleyne but that was only a novelette so far too short. Now I’ve got a whole novel and for me that was even better! The 2 storylines - Victorian and present day - are riveting. As with Power it’s dark, powerful and sweeps you along but this time not quite as gory! The twists surprised me and I didn’t want it to end. A real page turner and very creepy. 5 stars.

J.P. Priestley
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of Belle View from the author and am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

As a debut novel, Belle Vue is a tour de force; a clichéd term, perhaps, but apposite! C.S. Alleyne has written an exemplary supernatural, macabre tale full of suspense and devilishly clever plot twists. This is an ambitious first novel that remained strong throughout, drawing me towards a climactic ending that held my attention and fuelled my imagination. There is much material that is not
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Jesthefez2004yahoo.Co.Uk
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Belle Vue connects its imperfect past to the present day in a spine tingling account of spectral spookiness. Invocating immersive story telling, the reader feels the full range of emotions, heightened by C.S. Alleyne's vivid and sensual writing style. This is Victorian horror at its finest - so leave a light on. ...more
Bruce Blanchard
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The central focus of the (most excellent) novel written by C.S. Alleyne is Belle Vue itself first when the manor was constructed by a sadistic nobleman in 1789 for use in fleshly and murderous Satanic games. Those high up in the social structure played with the poorer class using them as sexual toys. Jump to around 1869 and the manor is now a sanitarium where you send all the crazies and the poor ladies who can be used as toys. No, things have not improved and the Mephisto Club is still in opera ...more
Kimberly
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
So I read this in the dark before bed, and well let's just say that I feel that is the only way you should read a horror book. From the prologue you quickly realize the type of horror that Belle Vue will be bringing and it sets the tone for the entire book. There is no build up in this book so there's no waiting and disappointment when you get to these scenes.

This book does take place during two different times, one is the late 1800s and shows Mary and Ellen's POV. The other takes place in the p
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Lisa Lee
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First, foremost, and most important: I Love This Story. It is so much more than the trite synopsis alludeds to. I enjoyed the premise, the plot, the characters, the suspense, and the writing style. The switch between past and present was challenging only the few times I failed to properly read the chapter heading, so be sure you give it more than a passing glance. Otherwise, I found the technique built tension and suspense in a darkly delightful way.

Alleyne uses rich and vivid characterization,
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Tabatha Shipley
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I Did Like:
-The epilogue. Easily the best part of the entire book, this epilogue ends with a BANG. It’s absolutely a PERFECT ending to this story.
-The second half of the book moves quickly and brings epic levels of intensity. I like the speed of this half, I like the way it unwinds the previous clues into something that makes sense.
-Solid mystery in the old tale. Trying to piece together which characters you could trust and which you could’t was satisfying.
-The setting. This one is set in
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Nicholas Madden
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book, particulary the way the story switched between two periods in time, the Victorian era and the present day. My own preference wouuld have been to start in todays time zone and then gone back to the 1860`s but apart from this point, the author moved the story between the time periods really well and that made it an interesting read.

The way the story alterenated on a chapter by chapter basis had you wanting to get into the other time period at the end of every chapter and this wa
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Julia
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Belle Vue is a book that I won’t soon forget. The atmosphere is excellent, and so are the jumps between the different time settings.

I have always loved reading about old asylums, and C.S. Alleyne did an amazing job in making me feel as if I was part of the story. You can tell she did a lot of research to make it all seem real.

The horror elements in this book are gory and gruesome. Just as us horror fans like it. It is hard to read at times, but only because you feel for the characters after a c
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Kezia
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can’t believe this is a debut novel. It is a dark, thrilling roller coaster where just when you think you have sussed it out there is a new twist! I loved the alternating time periods so we see Belle Vue as a Manor House for the evil Duc de Montalt, as a lunatic asylum in the 1860s and in the present day when it has been converted into luxury apartments. The historical tendrils are long and the consequences to Alex, Claire and Marianne are unexpected and devastating. Would love to see this on th ...more
Sue Sharpe
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. It really draws you into it's reality. Very descriptive, twisty, haunting in parts. I almost felt like I was there. Can't wait for another book! ...more
Theresa Derwin
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asylums, Sadistic Killers and Vengeance Games

Belle Vue

Author: C S Alleyne 

Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing

Page count: 320pp

Release date: 25th Aug 2020


TW: Sexual assault and mental health issues


The prologue of this novel starts in at a place formerly known as 1869 in Belle Vue Lunatic Asylum.

Very bad things happened at this place, including sexual assault on inmates such as young Ellen, by Callahan, a man meant to protect them. Instead, he thrives on using a now broken, yellowed out version of
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Paige
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

TW: Rape, abuse, physical harm, mental illnesses

Belle Vue starts quick, and shockingly. It sets the tone for the rest of the book and how dark, disturbing and violent it stays. It's definitely not a book for the faint hearted, and keeps you glued to the page the entire time.

I don't think any of the characters are particularly likeable, and some just get worse the further into the book you go. I oddly thought Claire was the protago
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Horror DNA
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: tracy-robinson
C.S. Alleyne does a decent job with setting and atmosphere. Belle Vue is suitably creepy. The building itself puts the reader in mind of the Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts with its central building and subsequent wings ala the Kirkbride model. The opening scene leaves readers with no doubts about the sinister happenings and includes a rather brutal sexual assault of a patient. It borders on the line of too much for this reader, but I do understand why it is included and most of the phys ...more
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C S Alleyne grew up in Australia and originally trained as a hotel manager in the UK. After several postings in the Caribbean she changed tack and completed her MBA followed several years later by a PhD in Information Systems. She is a management consultant and also lectures in several universities.

With a lifelong love of reading, anything historical and a fascination with the supernatural and dea
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