It's the summer of 1933, and Alice Eveleigh has arrived at Fiercombe Manor in disgrace. Hiding her shame in this isolated house concealed within a Gloucestershire valley in the care of housekeeper Mrs Jelphs, Alice soon begins to sense that something isn't quite right within this beautiful manor. For one thing she is being watched....
There are secrets at Fiercombe that those who remain there are determined to keep. Tragedy haunts the empty rooms, and foreboding hangs heavy in the stifling heat. Traces of the previous occupant, Elizabeth Stanton, are everywhere, and Alice discovers Elizabeth's life eerily mirrors the path she herself is on. The past is set to repeat its sorrows and with devastating consequences.
©2015 Kate Riordan (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd
Impecable narrative, Riordan's interweaved the haunting and spectrality of different women in different eras in England. Riordan's contribution to glance at missunderstood facts as were "puerpural insanities and hysterical manias" making use of objects, pictures and ghosts, providing a refreshing turntaking solution, Is what grants this novel to be included into the Neo Victorian Fiction.
Mum of three. Lover of mysteries and thrillers, shoes, genealogy and walking.
I enjoyed this audiobook. I think the narrator was excellent, managing to produce performances that were believable and skilled. The story, although predictable, was full enough with intrigue to keep me listening. On the strength of this novel, I have downloaded another, and hope I enjoy it as much,
This was a good listen, with the two different times very well defined.
Good research had been done for both centuries. Enjoyable
Bought this audiobook on the basis of the other reviews, but I personally found it quite dull and the narrator grating! Took me a long time to finish (I always tend to persevere!) and it's not something that will stay with me...
A nice story all round and the narrator was very good but it took a little while to get in to it. unfortunately I felt it a bit lengthy without anything happening but I enjoyed the story and when it got to the end I had to finish it as I wanted to know what happened.
This book as usual came up to Kate Riordan's high standard of novel. It was well read I found it difficult to stop listening. I would fully recommend .
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