The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 336 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: CamCat Books
Release date: Nov 15, 2022
Content Rating: PG. The book is clean, without excessive swearing, no sexual content or graphic violent scenes, etc.
Cracked doesn’t always mean broken.
Grieving her mother’s death, Mari Lennox travels to Kyoto, Japan to take photographs of Yanagi Inn for a client. As she explores the inn and its grounds, her camera captures striking images, uncovering layers of mystery shrouding the old resort—including an overgrown, secret garden on a forbidden island. But then eerie weeping no one else in the inn seems to hear starts keeping her awake at night.
Despite the warnings of the staff, Mari searches the deep recesses of the old building to discover the source of the ghostly sound, only to realize that her own family’s history is tied to the inn, its mysterious, forlorn garden . . . and the secrets it holds.
The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn is such a unique kind of ghost story that takes place in Japan. The opening scene, with Mari in her mother’s hospital room, really hit home for me. It uprooted memories of my own mother’s hospital room years ago…
A title with the words Secret Garden pulls me in every time. Even when it’s in a genre I don’t usually read. Though I rarely read paranormal fiction, I enjoy taking new adventures in my fiction reading, and this one was fun to read. When I learned it was a ghost story and included a mysterious abandoned garden, I certainly wasn’t expecting a touching, tranquil, well composed tale of healing and redemption.
I love a story that teaches me something new. This story provides rich descriptions of Japan—the country, cuisine, and culture. I enjoyed visiting Yanagi Inn and following along with Mari during her exploration.
This is a lovely re-telling of The Secret Garden. I recommend it to all readers, especially those who enjoy ghost mysteries.
First Line: I’d always been told hospitals were a place to heal and rest, but my mother’s hospital room was an assault on the senses.
Genre: Ghost Mystery, Paranormal fiction, re-telling
Author: Amber Logan
Page Count: 464
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