THE TRUNK IN THE BASEMENT
Paranormal, Adventure, Mystery, Murder, Contemporary
Rating: 3 Cups
Kenneth Albert Stokes has just learned a secret, one that could destroy his life as he knows it. Soon after his mother’s death, he comes to realize that she is not his mother at all. In fact, he is the bastard son of the cook.
Herbert Stokes knows it is a lot of information for his son to swallow. But there is more at stake than his son’s pride. Their home, Primrose Park, may be yanked out from under them if anyone ever finds out that Kenneth is a bastard.
But Molly Elva Millar, Kenneth’s real mother, has more secrets to share with the intention of collecting money via blackmail. When Herbert grasps the truth about Kenneth’s parentage, the love he has for his son dwindles down to nothing. Unable to contain his anger, a bloody battle is fought between Kenneth and Molly until someone is murdered. Will Molly reveal the secrets she has kept all these years, and will it mean the Stokes will lose every possession they have ever owned?
The Trunk in the Basement by author Helen Chilcott was both confusing and enlightening. The mystery that twisted and turned within this novel had me either completely enthralled or completely mystified at the events unfolding within the pages. Molly comes off as this devious woman who is willing to go to any lengths to get the revenge she feels she deserves. With the Stokes father/son dynamic, they were both enriching and heartbreaking, especially when Herbert turns his back on Kenneth at a secret that is spilled. While the ending was a huge cliffhanger, I am still not sure if I would want to read the second half just to see what happens to the Stokes, as well as Molly, and the shocking secrets found within her apartment walls.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More