The Wrong Girl: Book 1 of the 1st Freak House Trilogy

The Wrong Girl: Book 1 of the 1st Freak House Trilogy

by C.J. Archer


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It's customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn't that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl's daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she's lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping.

Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she's the earl's daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780987489937
Publisher: C.J. Archer
Publication date: 05/25/2013
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 395,756
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember. She worked as a librarian and technical writer until she was able to channel her twin loves by writing historical fiction. She has won and placed in numerous romance writing contests, including taking home RWAustralia's Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that would become her novel Honor Bound. Under the name Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary romantic mysteries, including Finders Keepers Losers Die, and The Diamond Affair. After spending her childhood surrounded by the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, she lives today in suburban Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and their two children.

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The Wrong Girl: Book 1 of the 1st Freak House Trilogy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit to being slightly disappointed by this book - it paled in comparison to the first of the Ministry Of Curiosities series. Somehow, I think I may have expected far more from it than was reasonable. The premise would be sound if we hadn't already gathered that the Wrong Girl was really the Right Girl almost as soon as she is kidnapped - it just take Harriet a while to catch on. There is some attempt at building tension, especially later in the tale when they go to visit the One-Armed Man and realise that not all is what it seems. Sadly, it just all felt a little bit telegraphed and there were no real shocks or surprises. The setting is very good and has the feel of an authentic Victorian Melodrama, if a somewhat romanticised one. The characters are all pretty much likeable and you do find yourself being sucked in to their world quite easily. Not as all-consuming as The Last Necromancer but getting there. It sets up the second in the series quite well with a new-ish character joining them all at Freak House and I have to admit that I am interested in finding out what happens next but I will definitely have to take this series book by book as I do feel it may all become a little repetitive. Solid YA Fantasy that translates well in to older audiences.
jeneaw34 More than 1 year ago
I like the fact that the synopsis of The Wrong Girl didn’t give to much away, and I wasn’t sure what I really in store for other than a gothic historical fiction. I’m not much of a historical fiction kinda girl, but I’ve been trying to pick them up some more, and I was a pleasant surprised. The characters and the mysterious plot were really good and it is set in London, which was just beautiful. Hannah and Violet have live in the attic of the house for some time now. During a walk, Hannah is kidnapped, but the kidnappers think they have snatched Violet who is the Earl’s daughter. And so the action and drama begins. Hannah was a pretty good heroine. She was very outspoken and spunky, but what that is what I would expect from her, she has been kidnapped. Pretending to be Violet wasn’t going to be easy for her, and she does her best because doing this protects Violet. Her loyalty to Violet just made me like her even more. Jack is the handsome mysterious kidnapper, and I know that he’s the kidnapper and I’m not suppose to like him but I couldn’t help it. There was just something about him, he seemed torn about the kidnapping, and seemed like he did have a good heart. Things of his past were revealed and I just fell for his character and he appeared to genuinely care for Hannah. But there is a story there as well. The Freak House is an intriguing manor. The manor itself is a mystery. The way it was described was vivid, and I could imagine the creepiness and the beauty as the same time and I wanted to learn more about it. But with the question of who the villains really were and people intentions were and there was always just enough going on that I wasn’t ever bored or uninterested in the story or the characters and I definitely kept turning the pages wanting more. Few of twists you can see coming, but there are some that I didn’t seen coming at all, which made this that much better. The secrets that come to light about Hannah and her past were great, but the romance that developed between Hannah and Jack was on the fast side but was done very well, so it didn’t bother me. The end wasn’t necessarily a cliffhanger, but there are some questions that were left unanswered, but none the less, I was satisfied with the ending. The Wrong Girl is a gothic historical fiction, with paranormalcy and romance. It is one that I enjoyed, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next and it was a great start to a new series.  
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
I thought the beginning was full of potential. A plot that will intrigue the readers who like their characters with bonus powers and written in a way that relates to younger people. The first half was strong, determined and convincing. The second half was a little rushed. The main character has been kidnapped for the unusual powers she apparently controls. Unfortunately she isn't as talented as her captors presumed her to be. To make matters worse she feels a strange attraction towards her handsome kidnapper. That turns out to be a bit of a moral conundrum. There were a lot of unanswered questions at the end of this first book. Why the heck was Vi in the attic? Are Jack and Hannah part of some dubious experiment? Where are their parents and do they have any at all? Where does Sylvie fit into all of this? So you're not left with a cliffhanger in the usual sense of the word, more like twenty questions instead. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley