‘The Vanished Bride’ is the first book in a new series by Rowan Coleman called ‘The Bronte Mysteries’ and Rowan is writing under a new pen name called Bella Ellis.
A young woman has gone missing from her home, Chester Grange, leaving no trace, save a large pool of blood in her bedroom and a slew of dark rumours about her marriage. A few miles away across the moors, the daughters of a humble parson, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified, yet intrigued. Desperate to find out more, the sisters visit Chester Grange, where they notice several unsettling details about the crime scene: not least the absence of an investigation. Together, the young women realise that their resourcefulness, energy and boundless imaginations could help solve the mystery – and that if they don’t attempt to find out what happened to Elizabeth Chester, no one else will. The path to the truth is not an easy one, especially in a society which believes a woman’s place to be in the home, not wandering the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril…
For those who love their classics infused with murder and mystery, then ‘The Vanished Bride’ is the perfect story to delve into. Rowan Coleman is writing as Bella Ellis and explores more of her passion and interest into the Bronte Sisters as they investigate into the gruesome disappearance of a young woman. Armed with attitude, sass and cunningness, the 3 sisters embark on an investigation with some help from their brother Bramwell.
Famously known for their writing, we see a different side to the sisters as they investigate the crime and find themselves standing up to men who have a rather old fashioned view point to women and their behaviours. They are outspoken and with the story seen from different perspectives, it gives an interesting and insightful slant to the story and women’s way of thinking. The story is creatively written and right from the offset, it is bleak and atmospheric adding an eerie element to the story. As well as being a murder mystery tale, there is also a background to the Bronte sisters and their troubled family and it shows the strength and power of these independent women who stood up to controlling men and bad behaviours.
Entertaining from the first page, ‘The Vanished Bride’ is a fascinating story from start to finish, although it is a work of fiction, it is perfect for fans of the Bronte Sisters and is a highly accomplished piece of writing that is not only fun to read but insightful as well. The perfect introduction to a new murder series!
You can buy ‘The Vanished Bride’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.