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A Novella - Victorian Gothic Erotic Horror

This is the story of Mercy Dove.

This is a story of secrets.

They hide in the wainscoting where the paint flakes; they slip behind the silk wallpaper. They whisper to the mistress under cover of nightfall. She knows little else; they are her comfort and her curse.

This is a story of corruption.

Of the mind, and the flesh. It sits thick in the air, gathering in corners, loitering at keyholes. Adhering to all who visit, it leaves with them, trailing from their coattails.

This is a story of scandal.

Infamy, seduction, and lust. It hovers like a murder of crows, circling the grounds waiting for the invited - the unwitting.

Take a seat; the curtain is about to rise.... Let us begin at the end.

©2020 Becky Wright (P)2020 Becky Wright

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Atmospheric

I love books with an edge to the story. This didn't disappoint, scary in places and spine tingly. It had plenty of twists to keep me interested. Highly recommend this book.

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Beautifully atmospheric!

I want to start by saying that Victorian Gothic Horror is not my usual genre, so the only other books I can really compare this to are Becky Wright's other stories.

This novella has everything Wright does well - that gothic feel, the dark atmosphere, the horror that's not too scary for a wimp like me... *ahem* She always strikes a great balance for me: her books are horror without being terrifying; there's murder, but I wouldn't call it gory. I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator does a fabulous job of conveying that atmosphere Wright's books are known for.

I liked that it didn't quite end the way I thought it would - there were elements of what I thought would happen, but it also played out differently. It's not a story of possession - which I was sure it was in the beginning - but rather a story of a mental health struggle. This needs to be tackled carefully, and this is where I'm torn. I can't decide if this is the story of a girl who does something terrible and finds comfort in her fractured mental health (which I would love) or if this is the story of a girl who hears voices and sees things and is compelled to murder by her hallucinations (which I wouldn't love). I want to believe it's the former, but it wasn't clear from the story (unless I missed something, which is possible!), so I'm torn.

Being a short read, this would be perfect for a chilly autumn afternoon with a hot tea and a few candles flickering around you. I'm a slow reader but could have got through it in one sitting! It's an easy recommendation if you love gothic horror but, like me, are a coward and can't take much ;)

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  • 28-02-21

A short macabre mystery

Mercy is plagued from a young age with trauma that warps her mind. She seems to get her head back together but acts out in various and promiscuous ways. These actions lead down a dark path with a nasty twist and her "final act." Very intriguing...

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