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By: Christine Holt

House of Recovery

Pages: 242 Ratings: 5.0
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Present Day

A young couple buy a dilapidated house at auction to get on the property ladder. As derelict as the old, detached villa looks on the outside, the interior is like a time capsule, and other than years of silent neglect, the house has been preserved, waiting for new occupants. As renovations commence, the house begins to reveal secrets to its gruesome past and why it was abandoned nearly two hundred years ago.


An undertaker and a volunteer nurse at a hospital for contagious diseases become acquainted through the victims of a murderer creating chaos within the medieval walled city of Carlisle. The unlikely couple, a hunchback and a wealthy young lady, learn about each other’s professions, realising the cloak between the living and the dead is a very thin veil. They question why fate has brought them together, yet cruelly keeps them apart.

The tangled web of past, present and future interferes in all their lives, yet all they strive for is happiness. Will fate be kind to those who do the wrong things for the right reasons?

Christine Holt has a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy, from the University of Northumbria and a Postgraduate Diploma in Driving Assessments, from Chester University. She has worked for the NHS for nearly thirty years.

She lives with her family in Carlisle and enjoys walking in the surrounding fells. 

Customer Reviews
4 reviews
4 reviews
  • Stephen

    A thoroughly enjoyable read. Particularly as I'm from Carlisle.

  • Fiona

    In the book, there is really something for everyone. Murder, mystery, intrigue, romance, tragedy and comedy. It is quite macabre in places but I also laughed out loud a few times! A very good novel which leaves you wanting more.

  • Colin N

    An excellent book, which will keep you intrigued as you turn the pages, with strong characters fascinating storyline. A promising first book from a new author.

  • Diane Calise

    Wow wow wow. This is a great story of mystery, suspense, love and murder. What more could you want. Who doesn’t want to read all the genres at once. I loved this first book by Christine Holy. Being from Carlisle myself I recognised the names of places as I was taken on a wonderful journey through history and to modern day. The characters you can’t help but grow to love as their lives unfold each chapter. I’m a total fan and I await her next book with baited breath.

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