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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  44 reviews
An empty house, a lonely shore, an enigmatic, brooding man-child waiting for her return ... a trip to the dark lands of Australian Gothic, for readers of Kate Morton and Hannah Richell. Last night I dreamt I went to Sargasso again ...

As a child, Hannah lived at Sargasso, the isolated beachside home designed by her father, a brilliant architect. A lonely, introverted child,
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Published February 1st 2021 by HQ Fiction
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Hannah was back at her old home, at Sargasso, the beachside house her father designed when she was seven years old. The old house nestled on the side of the cliff looked tired and worn – there had been tenants in it but now that her mother and father were both gone, it was her grandmother who had left Sargasso to Hannah after her recent death. Two hours from Melbourne and Hannah had taken three months compassionate leave from her job; her plan was to renovate the old house and decide what to do ...more
Gloria Arthur
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
⭐️4.5 Stars⭐️
Sargasso by Kathy George is an enthralling modern Australian gothic page turner, I found it positively simmering with suspense and hauntingly addictive.

The story is told seamlessly between Hannah’s past and present.

Sargasso is actually the name of a house, an innovative home built by architect Henry Prenergast who also lived in the home with his daughter Hannah and the rest of his family. Sargasso is also a fancy name for kelp and an area of water in the the North Atlantic Ocean.

Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Where do I start, what can I say? This is a compelling read, the author has pulled me in to this story, had me wondering and guessing as I tuned the pages and when I put it down it was on my mind. I loved the blurb when I read it and knew I wanted to read the book but it was nothing like I expected, although I am not sure what that was.

Hannah moved to Sargasso, a house her beloved father designed when she was five years old, a quiet child she was looking forward to living here she was in awe on
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
“The last thing I remember is the screaming. I remember that because I wasn’t the one doing it.... It was the house. Sargasso. The house was screaming,....”

Inspired by her love of classic gothic fiction, Sargasso is an entrancing, eerie tale of mystery and passion from debut Australian novelist, Kathy George.

Upon her grandmother’s death, Hannah Prendergast inherits Sargasso, the impressive house of glass and stone designed by her late father, built on a headland just outside Shepherd Cove, a hol
I’ve read some great books so far this year and this is another.

Sargasso is the name of a house designed and built by Hannah’s father. Built on the Victorian coast, a couple of hours from Melbourne, Hannah grows up at Sargasso sharing adventures with her childhood friend, Flint. After a tragedy when Hannah is around 12 though, Hannah and her family moved out to live in the city. Now in her early 30s, Hannah has returned to renovate the house to ready it for sale, and memories of the past constan
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘I was seven when we moved to Sargasso.’

Hannah returns to Sargasso, the isolated clifftop home where she spent much of her childhood. Her parents are dead, as is her beloved grandmother who owned the home which her father designed.
Hannah has inherited the home and has returned to prepare it for sale. But the house is full of memories and mysteries.

The story shifts between past and present, between Hannah’s childhood shared with her mysterious friend Flint and the present where Flint returns, g
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I love a creepy, atmospheric read and Sargasso certainly fits the bill. And it written by an Aussie.. sign me up. I devoured this gothic tale over a weekend and really enjoyed it.

Hannah has inherited her family home after the death of her beloved grandmother. The house, built on the cliffs 2 hours outside of Melbourne is well known in the small community as the odd house. Her father designed the home and the family left shortly after his sudden death. Unsure of what to do with the home she deci
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Beautifully written Australian gothic fiction it will leave you guessing till the very end.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

‘And this evening after dinner, I thought I smelt the sea. I thought I smelt Sargasso, too, in the ashes blowing towards me.’

In the tradition of great gothic novels of the past such as Rebecca and Jane Eyre, comes the startling new Australian based gothic tale, Sargasso. A harbinger of something that rests between reality and imagination, this soulful novel strikes a strong chord, with its rich air of possibility. I embraced this novel so much that I would d
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

‘Not everything in life is meant to be shared. Some things shouldn’t be spoken about. They should be kept secret, close to your heart.’

How wonderful to add another author’s name to the Australian Gothic list. Kathy George has all the necessary ingredients in her new novel with an isolated location, a mysterious house and a visitor that you are never really sure of.

When Hannah returns to Sargasso, this isolated home her father built when she was a child, strange things begin to happen. With
Sharah McConville
Sargasso is and atmospheric story with gothic undertones. Sargasso is a spectacular house perched on a windswept cliff in Victoria, Australia. It's home to sister's Hannah and Kelly. The sisters spent part of their childhood living at Sargasso before the tragic death of their father. As an adult Hannah inherits the house after her Grandmother's death. Hannah's childhood friend Flint returns after Hannah takes up residence once again at Sargasso. Kathy George has created a suspenseful and intrigu ...more
Donna McEachran
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book for an honest review.

Kathy George's debut novel, Sargasso, is entertaining and certainly keeps you guessing and turning pages. Only downside for me was the ending which was a little predictable and felt rushed. I would recommend this book for people who like a quick read.
Tara Hyatt
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reminiscent of Rebecca, I enjoyed this beach side gothic tale. Hannah inherits the family home Sargasso after her grandmother dies and goes back to get it ready for sale, only to reunite with her childhood friend Flint and start a rather troubled relationship (despite already having a boyfriend). But Not all is as it seems and despite many warnings from the local townsfolk, tragedy strikes yet again at Sargasso. Without giving too much away, I thought the twist involving Flint was good although ...more
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to preview this book and was not disappointed. it is difficult to write a Gothic novel when a few amazing books have been written and which are still loved by millions.
This haunting tale deserves a place up with these authors, but, personally, I find it impossible that anyone will ever match Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Kathy George's book though comes pretty close and I enjoyed the guessing game and the wonderfully described characters. I am sure fans of Gothic Tales will
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
An empty house, a lonely shore, an enigmatic, brooding man-child waiting for her return... a trip to the dark lands of Australian Gothic.

Hannah has returned to Sargasso, the imposing clifftop home of her childhood. The house meticulously designed by her architect father and where she spent her days with her mysterious childhood friend, Flint. Her parents and beloved grandmother have passed away and Hannah finds herself back at her childhood home, tasked with bringing Sargasso back to its former
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sargasso, to me, is the epitome of a gothic novel.

Hannah was seven when her father designed Sargasso. When she was a girl she had a friend, Flint. His presence was a constant, for better or for worse, but he was a mystery. When tragedy strikes, Hannah and her family leave Sargasso and she doesn’t return until she inherits the property. She never sees, or hears from Flint, again.

Hannah has a romanticised notion of her family home, and from the get-go she feels an odd presence, but maybe it’s jus
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
**Thanks to Better Reading for my ARC in exchange for an honest review**

The tradition of the Gothic novel is steeped in misty marshes and shrouded skies, so for Kathy George to set Sargasso in the summer by the sea initially made me wrinkle my brow at calling it a Gothic novel. But what she did get right is the overwhelming ominous sense of something that’s not quite right, even as the day-to-day, even banal, carries on its merry way. The constant switch back and forth between ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ i
Barbara Strickland
Fascinating read

This was an enthralling read. Haunting, sad and strange at times I found myself unable to put the book down until I had finished it.
There is a strong sense of desperation, a chilling layer of selfishness and one that belongs to both of the main characters. Neither one is likeable in any way. We feel their disassociation from reality, their strange obsession and yet we are caught up in their emotions so the end is fascinating despite a certain predictability.
It was a great read,
Nicki Markus
Sargasso was a captivating read. There was a great sense of atmosphere about the tale which moved between past and present to tell its story. Certainly there were plenty of links with Wuthering Heights, though I found the Rebecca ones less obvious. I saw the twist in the story coming a mile away, so the final reveal wasn't much of a climax for me; however, that didn't stop me enjoying the book overall. This was my first time reading an Australian-set Gothic novel, but the fact it was a modern bu ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Sargasso” is one of those really interesting novels that is hard to define by genre. Yes, it’s a gothic, but that doesn’t really feel like a genre these days. However you want to define it, though, it’s a mesmerising and fascinating novel that will hold your interest until the last page.

As a child Hannah lived in the remote house Sargasso. Sargasso was designed and built by her architect father, and Hannah loved it. An introverted and prickly child, Hannah didn’t necessarily see the remoteness
Cathie Sawyer
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thankyou to Netgalley, Better Reading and Harlequin for my copy of this novel.

As a child, Hannah lived at Sargasso, an imposing clifftop home designed by her father, a brilliant architect. A lonely, introverted child, she wanted no company but that of her mysterious friend Flint, the enigmatic boy who promised he would always be there for her.

Hannah's idyllic childhood at Sargasso ended in tragedy, but now as an adult after her parents and beloved grandmother have passed away Hannah is tasked w
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Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading gothic literature since I was in high school. There's something about the nostalgic, heavy atmosphere that has universal appeal. Until Sargasso, I didn't think modern writers would be able to do the theme justice.
Sargasso is richly intertextual and will feel familiar to anyone who has read the Brontes or du Maurier. Its searing Australian setting and modern twist creates a new flavour of gothic literature. Every bit as compelling as the literary foundations it is built on, thi
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, a gothic themed story set in Australia around a family home.
Hannah has inherited the home her father designed and built from her Grandmother. She loved this home when she was growing up and she loved Flint, the boy she made friends with during her childhood. Taking leave from her current job, she returns with the intent to restore and maybe sell the house, while hoping and wondering if Flint still lives around the area.
I found this book really easy to read, not as dark as so
Leanne Lovegrove
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was hooked on this book the moment it was compared to Kate Morton and Hannah Richell and then I discovered Kathy is a Brisbane author and I had to read it. This is modern gothic literature at its best, I loved it and highly recommend. Thanks to Netgalley for my advance copy.
Tracy Mackay
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Better Reading Preview and Harlequin Australia for my copy.

This book ended up being a real page turner for me and I finished it very quickly. There is definitely a sense of dread and foreboding and a couple of goosebump moments. The chapters bounce between "Then" in Hannah's childhood and "Now" when Hannah is an adult and returns to her childhood home Sargasso. I found this style easy to follow and the writing is very descriptive, creating a sense of what the house and land surround
Janelle Mullaly
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love the gothic genre, but still... This book is written with such a mastery of atmosphere that I saw and felt, rather than read, it. Absolutely gripping. I finally gave into it and read the last two-thirds in one sitting. Absolutely up there with the best of Kate Morton, in my opinion.
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
A quick moving story about Hannah and her childhood home - and her childhood friend, Flint. The house itself has a history (designed by her father, who was killed in a boating accident). The atmosphere is foreboding to say the isolated location, a house set high on a cliff above the sea, and a pair of crows to boot.

I had to wonder about Hannah's mental state for most of the book, and I had pretty much figured out the twist by the time it arrived. However, that didn't make the story a
Chrissie Bellbrae
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Impressive debut. Gothic storytelling at the perfect pace, set dramatically in the Australian landscape.
Cathy Hunt
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was beautiful i knew where it was pulling me but I wanted to tag along. Highly recommended for an afternoon or two of tugging at your heartstrings!!
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I am a Brisbane-based writer. I have had short stories and non-fiction published in numerous literary journals, including Meanjin and the Big Issue Fiction Edition. My Gothic novel "Sargasso" was shortlisted for the 2020 ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize and was published by Harlequin Australia in Feb 2021.

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