My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Okay, did anyone else immediately think of the song from Simon & Garfunkel when reading this title? No? Okay …
Dare you step inside? All is not what it seems at Scarborough Fair, a world of illusion, thrills and danger…1899: Seeking sanctuary in the seaside resort of Scarborough, Alice discovers she is not safe from her fiancé’s jealous clutches. She jumps at the chance to run away with a man she truly loves, but when a plot to help Alice escape goes dreadfully wrong, she finds herself in terrible danger.2016: Forced to spend the summer in Scarborough with her mother and grandmother, Rose doesn’t think her holiday is going to be much fun. Especially when she’s almost killed by a Ferrari driver on the first day. Things start to look up when she meets Dan and he asks her to go to the fair with him. But Dan’s father is mixed up with a criminal gang and Rose and Dan find themselves drawn into a life and death situation.For both Alice and Rose, the fun of Scarborough Fair soon turns into the nightmare of a Victorian lunatic asylum. They must both escape if they are going to survive.
This book intrigued me. I usually really like Historical Fiction, even though I rarely buy those books. Most of my Historical fiction books are books I got as a gift or something. I really need to change that.
And I have to admit I have a thing for creepy asylums and all that jazz. So reading a book that features an asylum in two different timelines seemed to be something I’d surely enjoy. And I did. Somewhat.
The beginning was great. I was intrigued right away and liked both timelines. In the past, Alice and Mary, her maid, travel to Scarborough to get some fresh air. Alice wasn’t feeling so well. Now that she was apart from her fiancé she feels better. (I wonder why … he is soooo nice /s)
I loved the letters both she and Mary wrote to loved ones at home. How distinct their voices were. How they described the same events and landscapes so differently.
But relatively quickly I became bored with the story. Nothing really surprised me. The soon to be husband and his ‘man for the dirty’ were cliche and not fleshed out enough. But still, I liked this storyline way more. It had at least the appeal of historical fiction going for it. Even though it was quite predictable and not really anything new.
The present though wasn’t my thing at all. I had to force myself to pick the book up again. It wasn’t badly written or had any major flaws, but it just didn’t grip me. The two main characters were very blah for me. The start again was at least moderately intriguing but very quickly I lost interest. I didn’t care for the storyline at all. It felt too forced.
So, unfortunately, I can’t really recommend it. Although if you really like these kinds of stories and probably if you enjoy contemporary more than me, it might be worth a try.
I won’t pick up the second book in the series though.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.