The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that’s hardly the most upsetting news. She’s being dismissed from the home she’s served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she’s never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why: There’s something wrong with Rosewood Manor. Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits. As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them–some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her. When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn’t prepared for. The creature is very real, and she’s the only one who can help him stop it. Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she’s grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can.
The plot of this story was good and the characters were likable enough, but it was just so slow. I didn’t need a long description on how Anne cleans the banisters or the floors or cooks or any of that, all I needed to know was that she did it. I didn’t need to know every time she removed her fingerprints from something so it was as if she was never there. The parts that were interesting went to fast and weren’t long enough before it went back to the mundane. I actually stopped reading this book for a few days and read something else because I needed something more fast paced and interesting. We don’t get to see enough of Lord Grey, but we get to hear about how Anne reacts to him more than enough. There was just too many things repeated in this book that weren’t interesting or had no barring after the first time. If this book was a series, I wouldn’t continue reading it.