Category Archives: gothic fiction

“The Marsh House” by Zoë Somerville – Book Review

Malorie 1962 – escaping London and an unfaithful husband, Malorie has rented a dilapidated house on a Norfolk marsh. The house was in a photograph that Malorie’s mother gave her – at the behest of her father. It is just … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre has a lot to answer for…

I first read the classic novel “Jane Eyre” when I was twelve years old. By that time I was an avid reader, and Jane only served to make me even more so. I own several copies of the book in … Continue reading

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“The Death of Jane Lawrence” by Caitlin Starling – Book Review

“A crumbling house, alone on the hill, was enough to make isolated women given to wild imaginings.” Jane Shoringfield is a young woman of high intellect with a logical, practical way of viewing the world and a keen mathematical mind. … Continue reading

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“The Thin Place” by C.D. Major – Book Review

“Heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in thin places that distance is even shorter.”- Celtic proverb Ava Brent (present day) – is a 38 year old, experienced television journalist based in Glasgow. She has a partner, Fraser, … Continue reading

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“The Woman In The Mirror” by Rebecca James – Book Review

“I know how treacherous thoughts can be. That if you are left alone with them for too long, they can turn against you.” 1947 Alice Miller – has lost her fiance in WWII and works in a legal office. She … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesday – October 5, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday @StMartinsPress @see_starling #TheDeathOfJaneLawrence #PublicationDay #NetGalley

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. Today, Tuesday October 5, 2021 I … Continue reading

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Some creepy October reads from my TBR #Spooktober #halloweenreads #scaryreads

Back before I began my blog, I read seasonably. By that I mean I would read books that ‘fit‘ the season. Now, one of the unfortunate aspects of review commitments is that those books must be read first, regardless of … Continue reading

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“The Whispering House” by Elizabeth Brooks – Book Review

“Byrne Hall had a listening air. It was never bored, or distracted, or unconscious.” At the tender age of five years, Freya Lyell lost her mother to cancer. Then, when she was eighteen, she lost her only sister Stella to … Continue reading

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“The House of Whispers” by Laura Purcell – Book Review

Thirty-two year old Hester Way arrives in a memorable fashion to Morvoren House in Cornwall. She is using an assumed name to take up a new post there as nurse to Miss Louise Pinecroft, the mistress of Morvoren. She left … Continue reading

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“The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth Macneal – Book Review

Twins, the Whittle sisters are twenty-one years old and working in a doll factory when we first meet them. They are in the employ of a drug-addled despot named Mrs. Salter. They work grueling hours and live in a damp … Continue reading

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