Beatrice Scarlet is the apothecary's daughter. She can mix medicines to save lives - but she can't save the lives of her parents. An orphan at just sixteen, Beatrice marries and emigrates to America.
New Hampshire, 1756: In the farming community where Beatrice now lives, pigs are found dead with slices of looking-glass embedded in their mouths. According to scripture this is the work of Satan, but Beatrice suspects the hands of men. She must act quickly to unmask the killer - or become the next victim herself....
©2016 Graham Masterton (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
"A skilfully written and wonderfully unnerving thriller." (Bookshelf Butterfly).
"Graham Masterton has perfected an eerie start that gets you intrigued right from the get go [...] It's so fast-paced and never once misses a beat nor does it ever let-up on the speed." (Published Moments)
Kildonan by the sea
Set in the 1750 in America, we are presented with Beatrice Scarlet the apothecary's daughter growing up in England and her earlier upbringing, this feels like the setup for a series of a new heroine and her adventures in the new world, this is a long setup for what is a crime story set in the past with Christian dominance of society and all kinds of ignorance dominating reality, making it vulnerable to the shenanigans of those who knew some of the powers of nature.
An interesting story, that has potential while being entertaining, but one must suspend disbelief, especially with anachronistic ideas and scientific knowledge. You must also remember who wrote it and that will let you know that some very unpleasant things will be described in detail including rape.
I don't know as I have never seen a print version
I do not want to answer this question for a thriller or it will spoil it for subsequent readers but there are numerous memorable moments, some for more gruesome reasons than others.
Emma has a nice voice to listen to which is always a bonus. Her ability to make each characters voice unique was good and I enjoyed her narration greatly.
This is a fabulous thriller, although it is a little gruesome in places as are many of this author's novels. At several points throughout the story I was positive I had predicted the outcome, but I have to admit, I hadn't got it right until very near the end.
An unusual setting in that it moves from England in the 1700's to America and maintains the historical references essential to the time. In fact the historical setting really adds to the story and makes it unique with the main character's personality very much being one sculpted from her life experiences during her childhood in England and then her life as a married woman in a small religious town in New Hampshire.
If you like thrillers but want something a little different then this could be a good listen for you.
My name is Freda and I am in my 60's. I was a graphic designer, now retired. My favourite books are supernatural horror (not short stories)
Time of new settlers in America when witchcraft was rife. A story of a young girl with knowledge of apothecary turns detective as unusual deaths begin to happen in her village. This was a good story as are all of Graham Mastertons. I'm not really into to female narrators as they can't do all the voices especially male but Emma Gregory really does this book justice. Listened to it all in one go. Recommend this book with supernatual overtones.
I found this dull and tedious. The narrator had limited expression, the story promised to be interesting but wasn't and unnecessarily graphic rape scene was the last straw. I'm really surprised they bothered to turn this into an audio book.
I would not recommend this book. I wish there had been a warning at the beginning about how much torture and murder was in it and the rape was very graphic. The writer was very gifted at creating such a very clear picture but I really didn't want those horrible images lodged so bluntly in my head.
The author was really clever at bringing the novel to life, you could see the images he created very clearly as though you were watching a movie. It's an unusual and creative storyline, it's unlikely you would have read something identical before. It has many components including detective work, religion, unexpected outcomes in various places throughout the story (which I did appreciate because it was often in the smaller parts/details of the novel rather than the overall outcome of the storyline direction).
I didn't enjoy the audiobook because it was too gory/violent/unpleasant and I really wished I had been warned of the content as I wouldn't have purchased it but in fairness to the author it was well written and the narrator read it well.
This book was obviously not researched, so full of flaws.
The end was so predictable.
The first book I've listened to by this author and will be the last.
I would have returned it but had it to long before listening.
I loved that it was set in the new colonial settlements in America. The language and historical detail made the story come to life.
What a lovely soft voice with great accent ability. Although, if I were Welsh I might think so :)
Yes I wanted to. It was a 'can't put it down-er"
So different to Mastersons other novels, and it was such a refreshing difference.
"Kept me guessing!"
I really enjoyed the combination of historical fiction and murder who done it. I want more.
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