Sussex, 1912: In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway. Standing alone is the taxidermist's daughter. At 17, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it is all that is left of Gifford's once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The stuffed animals that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man.
The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hand pick up a flint. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead. While the village braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible, but finds herself under suspicion. Is Constantia who she seems - is she the victim of circumstances or are more sinister forces at work? And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Gifford House, hidden among the bell jars of her father's workshop? Told over one summer, The Taxidermist's Daughter is the haunting new novel from the best-selling author of Labyrinth, Sepulchre, Citadel and The Winter Ghosts. Read by Clare Corbett
©2014 Mosse Associates Ltd (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
This was a lot of fun! A little slow to start with but once it got going I couldn't stop listening!
The narration was excellent and there were so many different voices that's is hard to believe they ask came from one person! Clare Corbett did an outstanding job here!
Unsure what the title was going to lead to and a bit of a slow start the book developed into a gripping story of betrayal, love and suspense.
Very well read by the narrator. This book will keep you hooked to your player
Yet again Kate Mosse writes a superb thrilling mystery. The suspense and story telling an absolute marvel. I have loved every minute of this book.
The story held me from the start. At first there was no clue of the gripping story that would unfold but little mysteries kept appearing until they all melded into the awful truth surrounding the sudden disappearance of a beloved governess/companion and the serious accident that had affected the main protagonist since her childhood. The atmosphere of approaching dread was very well upheld by the excellent narration by Clare Corbett. I will definitely listen to this again but will need to listen to some Maeve Binchey first to lose some adrenaline........
This not my normal choice of book however I found myself becoming quiet caught up with the characters.
The audio was clear and added to the atmosphere!
A great read or should I say listen!
Interesting concept, but it fails in its execution. The story is slow to get running and just as you reach a point of mystery and intrigue, it's finished.
I love Kate Mosse's writing usually but this was a bit of s drag if I'm truly honest :(
Some of the story is told in a light breathy voice with the sound of birds squawking in the background, I found this very off putting for some reason. The story was quite macabre and gruesome at times which I hadn't expected. Not one of her best stories
Nothing. I found the entire story just too weird. All a matter of taste, but this isn't mine.
Clare Corbett read well, giving each character his or her own identity.
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