I have absolutely no recollection of reading this book. Mind you, I’ve read a lot of books since I completed this one in October 2002. Only a limited number will stick in my memory.
When the random number generator landed on this book, I thought the name of Carol Hedges sounded familiar. It turns out that posts from her occasionally pop up in my Twitter feed.
Here’s the blurb of Red Velvet, which was first published in 2001:
As soon as she walks into the old Tudor mansion, Elly senses that something is wrong, that the house itself is hostile towards her. But why should it hate her when she’s never been there before? Then strange things start happening to her, she hears ghostly singing, sees people in the woods dressed in old-fashioned clothes, and hears threatening voices in the house. Then she learns that the skeleton of a girl, dressed in red velvet, was found in an old chest in one of the bedrooms. She decides to try to solve the ancient mystery, but in digging up the distant past she uncovers secrets about her own family history which will have a lasting effect on her whole future.
It sounds like a decent premise for a ghost story. I would’ve been drawn to the book cover while I browsed in the teens’ section of the library. I couldn’t resist a book with a skull on the front.