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The Dark Rose: A Novel Paperback – January 29, 2013
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“Everything we love in a thriller—obsessive passion, haunting secrets, a shocking ending—is here, set among the creepily atmospheric ruins of a 16th century English garden."
—O, The Oprah Magazine
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—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[Kelly] draws readers in with her compelling stories; then, she dims the lights, darkens the worldview and bolts the exit doors. . . . It’s useless to resist: You must read it.”
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR.org
“Erin Kelly has delivered a stunning look at human desperation, loyalty, and absolute terror. . . . First class writing that is absolutely captivating!”
Praise for THE BURNING AIR:
“Erin Kelly is a seriously good writer, and this gripping novel is her best yet. I really loved it—couldn't put it down!”
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“A terrific suspense debut, reminiscent of another British woman’s auspicious bow: Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca. The shadows gather until the ending looms like a threatening figure. This one gets the writer’s ultimate bit of praise: I wish I had written it.”
“A compelling creeper . . . More please, Ms. Kelly! Quickly!”
—The Washington Post
“There is a brooding sense of impending doom and imminent danger. . . . [T]he explosive ending, its revelations about the threesome and the lengths to which people will go to preserve or take what's theirs, makes THE POISON TREE a rich and satisfying pleasure.”
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Kelstice is a project of Veriditas, a charity working with "at risk youth." Paul's presence is the "community service" to which he has been sentenced in lieu of jail time for his part in a crime committed by a mentor of sorts, against whom he has agreed to testify in court. For her part, Louisa also has a past which threatens her present. By unspoken agreement, they never discuss their pasts with one another.
Billed as a `psychological mystery,' I found the novel to be more suspense than mystery, as the details of Paul's and Louisa's pasts are revealed to the reader only in small doses. The shifting p.o.v. and time frames were somewhat disorienting, but necessary, describing the earlier years of both protags bit by bit, building the anticipation, until quite near the end of the novel, when all the details are finally revealed, leading to a stunning climax.
Louisa fell into a relationwhip when she was eighteen that had all of the sexual passion, emotional excitement and psychological obsession associated with first love. The object of her affections, a handsome, charismatic cad had other relationships and secrets and Louisa's dawning awareness, that her obsessions aren't shared plants the seeds of jealousy, seeds that grow into a forest of envy and temporary insanity. In a moment of mad impulse when her lover's truth is finally revealed, Louisa kills him and spends the next twenty years living under the radar afraid of discovery but still haunted by a powerful infatuation that was never allowed to die the natural death of experience gained.
Paul watches his father die in a home accident when he is a small child. His mother never quite recovers and in their changed circumstances, Paul finds himself out of his depth in a dangerous school. He is rescued by Daniel, the illiterate son of an organized theif of industrial materials. Pauls' mother is intent upon her desire to have another child and eventually Paul finds himself living with Daniel and his father and getting deeper into the business of thievery.Read more ›
Like a butterfly flitting between 1989 and 2009, the tale of teen Louisa Trevelyan's obsessive love of Adam Glasslake takes a tragic turn, and Louisa goes on the lam. The crumbling Kelstice Lodge estate was purchased "with a view to restoring the garden to its Elizabethan glory," Louisa's secret garden --- or, rather, garden of secrets. Now at age 39, Louisa chooses Kelstice not for love of landscape but for the remote location. Petty criminal Paul, who is 20 years younger, is in a witness protection program. He is situated there for the same reason, and to work in community service.
Paul is Adam's doppelgänger, and it's time for his "vagrant soul to find new flesh." Memories of Adam "nibbled like fleas in the bedclothes at night," and Louisa uses Paul to fill the love void. "Her three months with Adam remained the longest relationship of her life." But Louisa adjusts to sharing her life and bed with someone half her age. In youthful exuberance, Paul jumps over a wall and breaks a rambling rose, dooming it to the compost heap. He pledges to replant another.
In obvious reference to Louisa's attempt to use Paul as a surrogate to regrow her love with Adam, readers learn: "When a new rose is planted on the same spot as an old one, you get a sick rose; it doesn't bloom, and it'll probably die. You can't expect something that beautiful to bloom twice.Read more ›
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SPOILERS AHEAD: Oh, to give half a star because it is better than 3 stars just not quite to 4. I like her writing; I could not let go of "The Burning Air" and I guess I'm... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rosalie B
being brought into a hard life Paul was devastated when his protector led him in the wrong direction. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kate
I loved the Burning Air and could not wait to get my hands on more Erin Kelly books. This a mystery that you won't be able to put down and you will not see coming. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elizabeth Serena
4 stars!!!! for Erin Kelly's The Dark Rose.
2 tragic characters whose lives and tragedies become entwined.
A suspenseful tale.
This was my third book by Erin Kelly, and in my opinion, the weakest. BURNING AIR, I felt, was the most engaging, despite POISON TREE getting all the accolades. Read more
Erin Kelly writes true psychological mysteries, not action-packed. That suits me. Her endings always surprise. A great read on a cold winter's day.Published 23 months ago by Midge
most disapointed as it is the same as" the sick rose ",which i already have, how can they change a books name ,like that?i like erin kelly's books, i all 3 of them. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by joyce russell