My Review of The House of York by Terry Tyler

Recently I read Kings and Queens (review here) and Last Child (review here) by Terry Tyler and enjoyed both books immensely. I'd hardly finished adding my reviews to Amazon and Goodreads when I realised that she was about to release The House of York and as soon as it was published I downloaded it with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

The House of York is one of the best novels I've read this year.

What a fantastic book. I loved reading every page of it. The combination of family drama, romance, mystery and an historical framework based on the Wars of the Roses makes for a gripping read with so many twists and turns you can't put it down.

Really well written

as you'd expect from this author but the best I've read yet from Terry Tyler. She has used the same format in The House of York as she did in the two novels mentioned above. Each chapter is told by one of the main characters and so, as the narrative moves forward, the reader's perspective shifts depending on who is telling the tale. This works really well and results in characters who are realistic and totally convincing. As each chapter unfolds they present their take on the story as though they're chatting to you on the phone and from early in the novel the reader is immersed and engrossed in the emerging plot.

From the book description:

The House of York is a contemporary family drama, spanning the years 1993 - 2014. Widowed single mum, Lisa Grey, and wealthy businessman, Elias York, are young and madly in love. A recipe for happiness? But Lisa is marrying into a complicated family. Her new sister-in-law doesn't want to know her. Middle brother Gabriel's marriage suffers under a cloud of infidelity and gambling debts, while the youngest, Richard, keeps his dark secrets well hidden—and his wife suffers in silence. Lisa and her mother are bonded by their powerful intuition, but dare not voice their fears about York Towers—or certain members of the family... Love and loss, abduction, incestuous desires and murderous intent form the basis of this compelling saga in which horrors float just beneath the surface, to bring forth a shocking outcome.

Sounds so intriguing, doesn't it?

And it is. Inspired by events from the era of the Wars of the Roses how could there not be intrigue by the bucket load. The historical references aren't as overt as they were in the two previous family sagas but are sufficient to give an extra dimension of interest. My own knowledge of this part of English history is sketchy and mostly based on the writings of Philippa Gregory and Shakespeare's Richard III (great film adaptation in 1993 starring Ian McKellen as Richard) but after reading The House of York I'm going to read more about this fascinating period. The characterisation remains largely true to historical fact but the course of events is less determined by history than it was in the Tudors sagas. As a construct to help tell a tale this fusion of the contemporary with the historical is highly effective and unusual.

The ending is completely unexpected.

It's sinister and leaves your imagination working overtime. It's here where there is the strongest resonance with the historical background of the novel. There is a very dark side to this novel too which is explored honestly but without gratuitous detail. This greater depth makes The House of York the best Terry Tyler novel I've read so far. Highly recommended and hope there are more novels in this style in the future. You can find details of this and all Miss Tyler's other novels on her Amazon Author Page.