The Taxidermist's Daughter

The Taxidermist's Daughter

eBook - 2014
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A chilling and spooky Gothic historical thriller reminiscent of Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw, dripping with the dark twists and eerie surprises that are the hallmarks of Edgar Allan Poe, from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Citadel.

In a remote village near the English coast, residents gather in a misty churchyard. More than a decade into the twentieth century, superstition still holds sway: It is St. Mark's Eve, the night when the shimmering ghosts of those fated to die in the coming year are said to materialize and amble through the church doors.

Alone in the crowd is Constantia Gifford, the taxidermist's daughter. Twenty-two and unmarried, she lives with her father on the fringes of town, in a decaying mansion cluttered with the remains of his once world-famous museum of taxidermy. No one speaks of why the museum was shuttered or how the Giffords fell so low. Connie herself has no recollection--a childhood accident has erased all memory of her earlier days. Even those who might have answers remain silent. The locals shun Blackthorn House, and the strange spinster who practices her father's macabre art.

As the last peal of the midnight bell fades to silence, a woman is found dead--a stranger Connie noticed near the church. In the coming days, snippets of long lost memories will begin to tease through Connie's mind, offering her glimpses of her vanished years. Who is the victim, and why has her death affected Connie so deeply? Why is she watched by a mysterious figure who has suddenly appeared on the marsh nearby? Is her father trying to protect her with his silence--or someone else? The answers are tied to a dark secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father's workshop--a mystery that draws Connie closer to danger . . . closer to madness . . . closer to the startling truth.

Publisher: London : Orion, 2014
ISBN: 9780062402172
006240217X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (409 pages)

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LexiLou2
Sep 13, 2016

This book is quite haunting. I found it difficult to follow the different characters, and the map at the beginning was grossly incomplete. However, the characters were interesting and the plot very engaging. A good read, but quite disturbing.

samdog123 Apr 17, 2016

A dark, gothic suspense mystery that was a quick read. The plot's been done before, but this one has a different twist.

ehbooklover Oct 26, 2015

An atmospheric and macabre page-turner of a Gothic read that I couldn't put down (even though I really wanted to at times due to some pretty gory passages). The author's descriptive writing made the setting feel very real and I loved the complex and interesting main characters. Another great Halloween read!

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luminea
Jun 26, 2015

I was drawn in from nearly the first page and had a hard time putting it down. The vivid descriptions and stylistic sentence fragments kept me quite entertained. ;) The story was disturbing and more macabre than my usual taste but I had to know how it ended, and I found myself engrossed in the quirky characters of Connie, Harry, Davey, and Gifford. I am curious to check out the author's other books for sure!

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