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....
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"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)
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An unusual setting in that it moves from England in the 1700's to America and maintains the historical references essential to the time.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.
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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