A spooky, page-turner mystery that leaves you wanting more…
It’s 1899. 12-yr-old Serafina lives in secret in the basement of the Biltmore house with her father who maintains all the mechanical and electrical in the grand house. She stays hidden during the day, only coming out at night to do the job her father declared for her – Chief Rat Catcher. She takes pride in her nighttime basement hunts for the “four-legged vermin” and finds that she has a natural talent for it. At night, she rules the dark basement. Until… You guessed it — something mysterious this way comes. A man in a black cloak. And he’s up to no good. She follows him into the underbelly of the basement. What happens next changes everything. Suddenly, Serafina finds herself faced with a new foe, and it’s endangering the whole house. Desperate to do something, she travels to the main floor and hides in the shadows looking for a way to help. That is, until he sees her — Braeden Vanderbilt, Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s nephew. From there, an unlikely friendship is formed and the two of them work together to unveil the man in the black cloak.
I loved this book. I’m not sure if it’s because it took place at the Biltmore house or that the story was just simply that riveting. I’m guessing it’s a mixture of both. It was fun being able to pull up images of all the rooms in the book because I’ve been there and seen them. How many books can you say that about? Taking something historical and making it a supernatural mystery was genius. The story pulls you along right up to the surprise twist ending. Hint – there may be more to Serafina then meets the eye.
If you like supernatural mysteries, then this is the perfect read no matter what your age. It’s true that the story has scary elements, so I would say fifth-grade and up as far as recommended reading age.
I’m thrilled that there’s going to be another book (maybe more?). I can’t wait to see what happens next.