Parliament of Rooks, the new historical paranormal novel in the award-winning collection of Yorkshire Ghost Stories, contrasts the beautiful, inspiring village of Haworth today with the slum – or rookery – it was during the industrial revolution: rife with disease, heartache, poverty, and child slavery in the mills.
In 2017, life expectancy in the UK was 81.
In 1848 Haworth, it was 22.
"Lush and atmospheric, this novel is dark and moody with supernatural elements and accurate historical details" - Review from the BookLife Prize by Publishers Weekly
Likened by independent reviewers on Amazon to the Brontë sisters, Edgar Allen Poe, Barbara Erskine and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Karen Perkins' novels are filled with unflinching honesty and an acute understanding of human nature. She explores not only the depths of humanity, but the depths of human motivation behind the actions and pain people inflict upon each other, as well as the repercussions of these actions not only in the short term, but also the later generations who live with the implications of the past. Karen Perkins won the silver medal for European Fiction in the 2015 IPPY book awards, and her fiction has been at the top of bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic, including #50 in the UK Kindle Store.
Nine-year-old Harry Sutcliff hates working at Rooks Mill and is forever in trouble for running away to the wide empty spaces of the moors – empty but for the song of the skylark, the antics of the rabbits, and the explorations of Emily Brontë. Bound together by their love of the moors, Emily and Harry develop a lasting friendship, but not everyone is happy about it – especially Martha, Harry’s wife.
As Martha's jealous rages grow in ferocity, Harry does not realise the danger he is in. A hundred and fifty years later, this danger also threatens Verity and her new beau, William. Only time will tell if Verity and William have the strength to fight off the ghosts determined to shape their lives, or whether they will succumb to an age-old betrayal.
About the Author
Karen's latest book, Parliament of Rooks is due to be released in early 2017, and will be her third novel in the Yorkshire Ghosts Series. Set in both modern-day and Victorian Haworth - the West Yorkshire home of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë - Parliament of Rooks delves into the era of 'The Yorkshire Slavery'. Men, women and children were employed in the mills that clothed half the empire in cotton and finest worsted, often working sixteen hours a day with no provision for their safety or well-being.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Talented author Karen Perkins tells the story of Verity who has just ended her marriage to a cheating, catfishing husband who just doesn’t get what he’s done - and that almost drives her to murder. In Parliament of Rooks, Verity begins picking up the pieces of her life in the small town of Haworth by buying what used to be the cottages of wool workers and turning them into a bed and breakfast. This is proving to be more difficult than she expected, though, as paranormal activity is rampant. Verity’s friend, Lara, knows about this type of thing and assures Verity that the spirits are not harmful, but events grow more serious after Verity begins a relationship with William and the rooks from the nearby parsonage and cemetery converge on the Rookery, breaking windows and invading Verity’s home. At what point is the past the past, or does it still affect the present? At least one thing is certain – friendship holds a power than can transcend any time or distance. Atmospheric and perfectly balanced between the past and present, Parliament of Rooks by Karen Perkins is a deeply moving and tremendously exciting story that holds your interest from the first page to the last. The dual tale of friendship and acceptance takes wonderful advantage of the interesting lives of the Brontë family and the conditions of the village in their lifetime, in contrast and comparison with challenges faced by modern adults with tempestuous and uncertain relationships. The writing is crisp with realistic dialogue and the settings are beautifully described in detail that delights the senses. The characters are certainly varied, playing their roles with authenticity, and the action is gripping, particularly with an interesting revelation near the end, while still providing some humor and light-hearted fun. Parliament of Rooks is a must-read for any fan of historical novels and romances, especially those with paranormal themes. Excellent story!