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Book Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Title: The Silent CompanionsAuthor: Laura PurcellPublisher: Raven BooksDate: 2018 (2017)Genre: Historical Fiction / GothicSummary: When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her… Continue reading Book Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

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Book Review: The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Title: The Lottery and Other Stories Author: Shirley Jackson Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics Date: 2009 (1949) Genre: Horror / Classics / Short Stories Summary: In these stories an excellent host finds himself turned out of home by his own guests; a woman spends her wedding day frantically searching for her husband-to-be; and in Shirley Jackson’s best-known story,… Continue reading Book Review: The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

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ARC Book Review: The Stranger Times by C. K. McDonnell

Title: The Stranger TimesAuthor: C. K. McDonnellPublisher: Bantam PressPublication Date: 14th January 2021Genre: Mystery / FantasySummary: There are Dark Forces at work in our world (and in Manchester in particular) and so thank God The Stranger Times is on hand to report them. A weekly newspaper dedicated to the weird and the wonderful (but more often… Continue reading ARC Book Review: The Stranger Times by C. K. McDonnell

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Book Review: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

Title: Dark Tales Author: Shirley Jackson Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics Date: 2017 (2013) Genre: Short Stories / Horror / Gothic Summary: There’s something nasty in suburbia. In these deliciously dark tales, the daily commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek, the loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and the concerned citizen might just be an… Continue reading Book Review: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

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ARC Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Title: Mexican Gothic Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (Quercus Books) Publication Date: 30th June 2020 Genre: Gothic / Fantasy Summary: When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging to be rescued from a mysterious doom, it’s clear something is desperately amiss. Catalina has always had a flair for the dramatic,… Continue reading ARC Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Book Review: The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve

Title: The Old English Baron Author: Clara Reeve Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1778) Genre: Gothic / Classic Summary: When Sir Philip Harclay returns to England after a long absence, he finds that his childhood friend, Arthur, Lord Lovel, is no longer alive, and that the castle and estates of the Lovel family have twice changed hands. But a… Continue reading Book Review: The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve

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Can’t-Wait Wednesdays #5 – Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings and it’s a chance to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they’re books that have yet to be released. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Genre: Gothic / Historical Fiction UK Release date: 30th June 2020 Summary: He… Continue reading Can’t-Wait Wednesdays #5 – Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Book Review: The Road Through The Wall by Shirley Jackson

Title: The Road Through the Wall Author: Shirley Jackson Publisher: Penguin Books Date: (1948) Genre: Gothic / Realism / Thriller Summary: In Pepper Street, an attractive suburban neighbourhood filled with bullies and egotistical bigots, the feelings of the inhabitants are shallow and selfish: what can a neighbour gain from another neighbour, what may be won from a… Continue reading Book Review: The Road Through The Wall by Shirley Jackson

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Book Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Title: The Essex Serpent Author: Sarah Perry Publisher: Serpent’s Tail Date: 2016 Genre: Historical Fiction / Gothic / Literary Fiction Summary: When Cora Seaborne’s brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was… Continue reading Book Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry