The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: ?? (see explanation below)
Genre: YA Gothic mystery/romance
Published: May 2013
Book Description: It's customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn't that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl's daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she's lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping.
Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she's the earl's daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?
FTC Disclosure ~ I don't know where I got this book from. It may have been for review, but I can't find documentation anywhere. (This is what happens when you wait too long to read a book.)
My thoughts: Hannah Smith has spend her life living in an attic with Violet and their governess. Hannah has narcolepsy. Upon awakening she learns that Violet has started a fire with her hands, their life is spent in an attic room, sparsely furnished with woolen clothes and accessories.
Life changes when she is kidnapped. She is mistaken for Violet, but doesn't let her captors know she is Hannah. She wants to spare her friend from whatever evil plans they may have. Fortunately, her kidnapper is the handsome gardener she has been eyeing for the past couple of months.
I enjoyed this book. It was a Gothic style book. The plot was mysterious with a creepy setting. The mansion she is taken to is often referred to as the "Freak House". It has a history and the characters in this book add to the ambiance of the name and home.
The good part of reading a book after it has been out a while, is that books 2 and 3 have already been published! I don't have to wait a long time to continue on with this story.