When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found mysteriously murdered on the outskirts of the village of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, "the place for the Things Above Death," where Lily Darrow, the late mother of the children, has been waiting. She invites them into the House of Darkling, a wondrous place filled with enchantment, mystery, and strange creatures that appear to be, but are not quite, human.
However, everything comes with a price, and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs. Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood, she uncovers a connection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling--one whose outcome will determine the fate of not just the Darrows but the world itself.
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian Gothic tale about family ties, the realm beyond the living, and the price you pay to save those you love.
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"Well, it does start off with the dismemberment death of a character we never met, but this story of a governess who stumbles into an alternate-reality/afterlife/what-have-you is more along the lines of an eerie gothic tale than out & out horror. Against her better judgment, Charlotte enters into an adversarial relationship with a being from the other side, in order to continue to allow her young charges to spend time with their deceased mother. The story isn't as elaborate as The Night Circus, but the imaginative appeal is similar."