Book Review: The Girl in the Photograph by Kirsty Ferry

The Girl in the Photograph by Kirsty Ferry

About the book
What if the past was trying to teach you a lesson?
Staying alone in the shadow of an abandoned manor house in Yorkshire would be madness to some, but art enthusiast Lissy de Luca can’t wait. Lissy has her reasons for seeking isolation, and she wants to study the Staithes Group – an artists’ commune active at the turn of the twentieth century.
Lissy is fascinated by the imposing Sea Scarr Hall – but the deeper she delves, the stranger things get. A lonely figure patrols the cove at night, whilst a hidden painting leads to a chilling realisation. And then there’s the photograph of the girl; so beautiful she could be a mermaid … and so familiar.
As Lissy further immerses herself, she comes to an eerie conclusion: The occupants of Sea Scarr Hall are long gone, but they have a message for her – and they’re going to make sure she gets it.
About the Author
Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009. She has had articles and short stories published in various magazines, newspapers and anthologies and was also a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011 and in 2013. ‘The Memory of Snow’, her first novel, was commended in the Northern Writer’s Awards, shortlisted to the top five of Wyvern’s novel competition in 2011 and longlisted in the Red Telephone Novel Competition in 2012. You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at
Other Books By Kirsty, Book 3 in The Rossetti Mysteries, Book 1 – Some Veil Did Fall. Book 2 – The Girl in the Photograph
My review
Where to begin, when I started this novel I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was an amazing story of someone’s struggle to believe in love again and to follow her on that journey. Some have classed this as a time-slip story as the modern-day is intertwined with a love story from 1905.  Not only that it held one of my greatest passions – photography. I loved the use of the arts and the photography in both eras and how they were used to not only capture a moment but tell a story and complete a puzzle to help Lizzy realise what she should do and also solving a mystery at the same time.
Kirsty’s writing keeps you intrigued and nothing is lost when jumping between time-lines. The flow of the book sucks you into the lives of the characters and makes you feel part of their worlds. Understanding the relationships, how others see what’s best for us when we don’t, the emotions and the differences we all have and how they make us who we are.
This book has a mix of everything, history, myths, romance – forbidden love, the sea and most of all a hunky hero or two. I highly recommend this book and others by Kirsty. Pick one up and be absorbed into another world.
Thank you for reading

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