The House of Whispers (Paperback)
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Published: 12/10/2023
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Waterstones Says

Both deliciously sinister gothic melodrama and nuanced comment on extremism and prejudice, this 1930s-set chiller from the author of The Clockwork Girl focuses on strange goings on in a Rome residence under Mussolini's Fascist rule.

The spellbinding new novel from the bestselling author of The Clockwork Girl!

Sometimes the secrets of the past are more dangerous than the present...Rome, 1938.As the world teeters on the brink of war, talented pianist Eva Valenti enters the house of widower Dante Cavallera to become his new wife.

On the outside, the forces of Fascism are accelerating, but in her new home, Eva fears that something else is at work, whispering in the walls and leaving mysterious marks on Dante's young daughter.

Soon she starts to wonder whether the house itself is trying to give up the secrets of its mysterious past - secrets that Dante seems so determined to keep hidden.

However, Eva must also conceal the truth of her own identity, for if she is discovered, she will be in greater danger than she could ever have imagined...

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781398703858
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A creepy, chilling story - another Anna Mazzola triumph! - JENNIFER SAINT

Chilling and compelling, with echoes of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, this is a thrilling mystery with many eerie twists and turns to keep you hooked all through the night - ESSIE FOX

Powerful, spine-tingling and beautifully penned, this is gothic historical fiction at its very best and cements Mazzola as one of its most talented exponents - ABIR MUKHERJEE

Darkly atmospheric and dripping with menace. Anna Mazzola is a twisted genius - TAMMY COHEN

Absolutely brilliant. Gripping, beautifully written and properly chilling - CAROLINE GREEN

Beautiful, chilling, and darkly enchanting. Anna Mazzola is a truly gifted storyteller, and in The House of Whispers has created a novel so rich in detail, so clever and twisting - CHRIS WHITAKER

Eerie and unsettling, but perhaps Anna Mazzola's superbly realised depiction of a nation gripped by the horrors of fascism is the most terrifying thing of all - KATE GRIFFIN

A wonderful tale, if also deeply unsettling and creepy. I ripped through The House of Whispers in double quick time - JAMES OSWALD

Robert Harris meets M.R. James in an evocative gothic tale set in a Rome on the edge of catastrophe . . . Mazzola's dazzling imagination is at its very peak - DAVID HEWSON

The sense of place is impeccable, the sense of danger truly chilling - SINÉAD CROWLEY

The thrilling tale of a woman caught between the pressures of pre-war Italy and the more mysterious manifestations of something amiss in her own household - ALISON LITTLEWOOD

A delicately told ghost story set in the bright heat of 1930s Italy. Claustrophobic and compelling - AMANDA MASON

Packed with political and emotional intrigue . . . historically rich and deeply unsettling - SARAH HILARY

Gothic, immersive and very, very scary . . . Set in 1939 Rome against the rise of fascism, injecting a powerful sense of dread - ALLY WILKES

A gripping, thrilling story which had me hooked from the start, as the terrifying reality of fascism in pre-war Italy is increasingly entwined in an anguished marriage - MARY CHAMBERLAIN

Tense historical fiction like no other . . . Dark and mysterious with whispers of a buried past hidden in the walls. I cannot recommend The House of Whispers highly enough - AJ WEST

Supernatural events in a house mirror the creeping fascism in 1930s Rome . . . An absolute page turner - JULIE OWEN MOYLAN

What a rare treat . . . Offers a real insight into a little-explored era - in this case Mussolini's fascist destruction of Italy. Utterly authentic - AK TURNER

Anna Mazzola skilfully blends personal trauma and political violence in her novel of innocence destroyed and betrayal - and adds a dash of Gothic for good measure - ELIZABETH BUCHAN

Fascinating, tense and very, very creepy - MICHAEL MALONE

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Susie’s Book Reviews

“Historical fiction that feels scarily like present day!”

I really enjoyed this slow burn of a novel set in Rome, 1938 as fascism starts to take its hold over Italy and Il Duce aligns himself and his country with Hitler's Germany. Throughout the story the tension... More

Hardback edition
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Dan - Clifton, Bristol.

“Gothic, Gripping, Gorgeous!”

Rome, 1938.
The threat of war taints everything it touches, painting what was once a beautiful landscape with the very damning possibility of obliteration, death, and destruction.
Eva, a talented pianist can feel this... More

Hardback edition
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TheBookTrail

“Wartime gothic drama set in Rome”

The House of Whispers is the book you need to read thanks to the talents of Anna Mazzola. She’s written some great books so far and this is simply wonderfully crafted, wonderfully described and heartbreakingly told.... More

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