This is the first book I've read by this author. I read it very quickly as the plot was compelling and the relationship between the 3 main characters was strange and intriguing. They were all so obviously damaged people. I loved the dilapidated old English country estate where the story takes place. In fact, the descriptions are so lush and realistic that the house itself becomes a character. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, but enjoyed the book nevertheless. I am interested in reading Claire Fuller's other novels.
I liked the storyline quite a bit, however it drug on and on. Could have been much much better if some of the storylines were followed and more tension created. As it is, so much description of the river and Cara's past life and odd habits were not leading to the final outcome.....much. Good try, but it seemed like a couple of books meshed together without much excitement.
So creepy and spooky, the sense of imminent dreadfulness and catastrophe will keep you at it. I had left it at work over the weekend, mulling over where events had led and the sense of dread intensified as I picked it up again the following week. Craftily inserted bits of information as the book progresses leads to you the completely unexpected ending.
NOT to be read in the dark on a stormy night!
A tale of toxic loneliness and guilt, storytelling and murder.
Intriguing and mysterious relationship complicated by secrets, lies and sexual tension between three people, two of whom were hired to temporarily live and report on a large run-down and forgotten estate. The woman hired to identify plants and structures included in the vast landscaping is a bit older and reserved than the charismatic young man who ignores his architectural reports and encourages the landscape artist to enjoying the advantages of the situation and living life to its fullest while catering to his beautiful and complex and somewhat unstable young woman companion. Loved the story line and characterizations along with flashbacks that kept me wanting to know what happens next.
This book was slow going. I really wanted to get into the story but the first half just dragged on for me. The book does improve and get interesting about 3/4 of the way through so I am glad I kept going. Seems like a boring story but it is strange and dark in some parts that your are not expecting.
Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart plus taut writing and a good bit of overhanging dread and loneliness with a dash of glam and forgotten history. I couldn't put it down (even when I had a migraine).
This was so good! The writing was spot on. It's not a happy book so if that's what you like I would steer clear of this book. But if you enjoy really well written stories with interesting complex characters (including an old rundown house) then try this book. I previously read "Swimming Lessons" from Claire Fuller. That book was good but I feel like she's really grown as a writer and this is the proof of that. One of my top reads of 2018!
As a reader, you'll know the all-too-rare frisson of pleasure that overcomes you when you open a book and almost immediately feel the atmosphere begin to seep inside you. You'll know the joy a reader feels when the character's voice speaks out so clearly that they seem to have sprung immediately to life in your head. These are the trademarks of the master storyteller and Claire Fuller is one of their guild, hooking the reader on page one and reeling her in bit by masterful bit with each succeeding chapter.
In short, I loved this Gothic treasure of a novel and read it in one long sitting. Someday, probably not too far into the future, I'll look forward to reading it once more. That's the kind of story it is.
Recommended for fans of "Rebecca" or early Barbara Vine.
The narrator, Frances, conceivably takes us from a time where she was caretaker of her dying mother to her summer job at an old estate. Here she meets and lives with Cara and Peter who have a questionable relationship with mystery and intrigue. There's a peephole in the floor to the bathroom below, Victor the vicar, strange finding of the past contents of the mansion, and the ensuing behaviours and interactions that take place. Some occurrences are left to the reader to decide but that often is what compels a good mystery. I felt the pace and careful reveal of information was akin to an obstacle course that eventually led us to an interesting end. Well told story.
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