A Cruel Twist of Fate

A Cruel Twist of Fate

Children's, New & Recommended, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 18/01/2024
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Synopsis

And Then There Were None meets The Inheritance Games, with a heavy dash of The Woman in Black, in this gloriously gothic YA mystery-thriller. When eighteen-year-old Helena is sent to be a governess at Archfall Manor - a beautiful but crumbling manor house, perched at the edge of a causeway in the North Sea - she feels confident she will know how to deal with the esteemed but eccentric Cauldwell family who own it. But it quickly becomes clear that the Cauldwells are hiding more than Helena could ever have dreamed of. A series of sinister events come to a head with a gruesome death - swiftly followed by another. Worse still, with the path back to the mainland cut off by a terrible storm, and no way to get help, suspicions and paranoia quickly run rampant. But the Cauldwells aren't the only ones keeping secrets. Helena has some very important ones of her own - and soon she begins to wonder whether dark powers beyond her control might be forcing her to twist the fate of the family - and her own destiny - forever.

  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
  • ISBN: 9780241629642
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 223g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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A Cruel Twist of Fate
A gripping gothic whodunnit
When Helena is offered the position of governess at Archfall Manor, she is given the opportunity to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father.... READ MORE
Laura
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Good Read!
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. I loved her debut A Dark Inheritance so this was a real treat to receive early. It opens in Durham... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Gothic, twisty and unexpected
A Cruel Twist of Fate is a Gothic, dark mystery with the signature Askwith flair and generic mixing. I adored the way Askwith brought in some unexpecte... READ MORE
Emily (ashortbooklover)
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Chilling
I loved A Cruel Twist of Fate, it’s dark, twisty, fast paced and leaves a lasting impression. The only thing I would say, is that was a little short for me... READ MORE
Emma Renshaw
A Cruel Twist of Fate
An easy 5 star! Fantastic!
I cannot describe or express to you how much I love this book. I knew from the first page that this was an easy 5 star for me. If you enjoy dark gothic... READ MORE
Elaine Nicholson
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Dark and evocative
A short novel, and an easy read, yet a twisty tale with evocative weather, a hint of magic and some tense moments. Eighteen year old Helena applies for a j... READ MORE
Alyson Hilbourne
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Superbly atmospheric YA gothic mystery
What a brilliant atmospheric dark YA gothic fantasy mystery! Having enjoyed H F Askwith’s first novel, A Dark Inheritance, I was very excited to read this ... READ MORE
Mrs G Librarian
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Twisty gothic read
A short novel, and an easy read, yet a twisty tale with evocative weather, a hint of magic and some tense moments. Eighteen year old Helena applies for a j... READ MORE
Alyson Hilbourne
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Loved This Book!
I loved this book and was given a copy through Netgalley from the publishers of this book as I had read the first released book that came out last year fro... READ MORE
Jamie Pitman
A Cruel Twist of Fate
A fun read
I am annoyed at myself for not piecing this together before it all started to be revealed because with hindsight it was so obvious who was behind it all. ... READ MORE
Soapsud
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Locked room whodunnit on a tidal isle with romance? Count me in.
3.5 stars! This is a very comfortable take on YA gothic mystery. Locked room whodunnit on a tidal isle? Count me in. The book benefits from being quite s... READ MORE
Ellia Coldwell-Simons
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Gothic Mystery
A Cruel Twist of Fate by H.F. Askwith is a haunting gothic YA novel following our protagonist Helena as she takes on the role of Governess at Archfall Mano... READ MORE
chloe bloomfield
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Great
Thank you to the author and publisher for the chance to read this ARC, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved A Cruel Twist of Fate, it’s ... READ MORE
Emma Renshaw
A Cruel Twist of Fate
YA gothic, locked room, whodunnit mystery
If you’re looking for a YA gothic, locked room, whodunnit mystery then you won’t go wrong with A Cruel Twist of Fate! Askwith delivers a mysterious hous... READ MORE
Christine Kelly
A Cruel Twist of Fate
A fun YA mystery-thriller
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC copy. I really enjoyed this easy to read, fast-paced YA thriller. It was filled with mystery, magic and ro... READ MORE
Amanda McCormack
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Enjoyable YA mystery
Enjoyable YA mystery with "Woman in black" vibes. Helena Timber is forced by debt and a search for the truth about her father to seek a job as governess wi... READ MORE
Rachel Dixon
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Loved this book!
This is a gothic YA mystery novel which follows Helena becoming the governess at Archfall Manor, after stealing the identity of her tutor, in an effort to ... READ MORE
Julie-Anne Bell
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Review of A Cruel Twist Of Fate
A CRUEL TWIST OF FATE by H.F Askwith And Then There Were None meets The Inheritance Games, with a heavy dash of The Woman in Black, in this gloriousl... READ MORE
Wanda Hartzenberg
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Athmospheric and enjoyable
Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin for my arc of this book. The writing style of this is different to A Dark Inheritance. The overall tone of voice of H... READ MORE
Eden Mason
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Dark Gothic Mystery
Helen's mother is hauled off to the debtors jail, so in order to help pay her way out of this, Helena submits a job application for Governess to the Caldwe... READ MORE
Rebecca  Reynolds
A Cruel Twist of Fate
YA Gothic mystery thriller which delivers on all fronts
Having just read this author's debut novel, 'A Dark Inheritance' only the month before, which I saw flagged up on the New Writing North newsletter, I reque... READ MORE
Alyson Rhodes
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Wonderfully written gothic YA mystery
"We are all made up of light and dark. But sometimes people act upon the very worst of the darkness." This quote sums up the theme of the story well.... READ MORE
Ames
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Excellent gothic feel children’s book, very gentle horror
Another excellent children’s book from this publisher. A gothic feel story aimed at readers ten and up, but much older readers will enjoy this too. I found... READ MORE
Peter Thorburn
A Cruel Twist of Fate
Goosebumps!
Transported to a sinister world of mystery, intrigue and murder. This book was not hard to get behind! The gothic and eerie vibes envelop you as soon as yo... READ MORE
Nicola Wilton