I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of another book care package, which meant lots of new reads for me this week. Here’s what I’ve been reading:
— Jonathan Aycliffe, Whispers in the Dark
Very creepy classic Gothic, set in the north of England at the turn of the century, told in the requisite “rediscovered manuscript in the first person” style.
— Lois Duncan, Locked in Time
All right, this one was technically for my daughter, rather than me, but since it will still be a few years before she gets to it, I figured she wouldn’t mind. I have vague memories of reading this as a teenager and was fascinated by the way it had been updated to include cell phones and iPods– rather seamlessly. I’m not quite sure how to categorize it: teen Gothic? YA paranormal? Lois Duncan is a category unto herself.
— Charles Palliser, Rustication
An atmospheric and compelling Victorian-set novel told by an unreliable narrator (just sent down from Cambridge and addicted to opium) as he tries to figure out just what is going on in the small village to which his family has been exiled after his father’s abrupt death. Like all the other books on this list, this definitely falls into the Gothic category, although there’s no paranormal element.
— Laura Moriarty, The Chaperone
This is one of those books that I didn’t expect to like and then was utterly captivated. A 1920s Wichita housewife chaperones a neighbor’s daughter to New York– but she has her own secret motivations for the trip which unfold as you read.
What have you been reading this week?