Jane Boyle works in Paris where she is an architect. She grew up in rural France, in Alsace, with her Grandmother, after her parents died in a car crash when she was only a baby. After a whirlwind romance in Paris, she falls in love with Malcolm Doran, a very handsome, highly successful man. He proposes to her, and she accepts and sets off for New York City to make a new life there with him. She visits her Grandmother who she hasn't seen for many years, and who was always very overprotective of her, intending to share her good news before she leaves France, but sadness awaits her. Before leaving, Jane finds a note to her from her Grandmother, as well as an unusual ring, revealing something quite amazing and magical about herself and her past; something that explains some of the mysterious happenings she has experienced previously in her life which she hadn't been able to explain. 'She 'had power', but she didn't know how to use it - or how not to use it.'
After first 'trying to ignore it in the hope that it would go away', as she learns more about those around her, and sees magic happen, Jane starts to try and understand her power and discover what her magical skills might be, where they originate from, and how she can control them. She finds herself rather swamped by the domineering Doran's, Lynne in particular, and I was willing her to assert herself and try and find the strength to stand up to them more sometimes early on in the story. But she discovers the dark history of witches and witchcraft within the family, the city and beyond, and eventually acts as she realises the truth about her new life and her situation. I felt for her in her new home, as she realised the plans they, and Lynne especially, had in store for her, and the expectations placed on her that were so far removed from the life she had known in Paris.
The house, 666 Park Avenue itself, comes across as being a spooky place, populated by the enigmatic, powerful Doran family; people appear suddenly and make you jump, there are secrets locked away, and the house is almost a character in its own right as it features strongly in the book.
This novel is the first in a trilogy, so there is more to look forward to soon, with the second book, The Dark Glamour, being published for Kindle in September and in paperback in October.
Also, I understand that 666 Park Avenue has been made into a television series in America.
Published by Canvas, an imprint of Constable & Robinson
Thank you to the publisher for very kindly sending a review copy of this novel.