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Base Spirits Paperback – February 9, 2012
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About the Author
Ruth Barrett studied English Literature at Trent University and the University of Leeds, Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), and was mentored by two-time Booker prize winner Peter Carey through the Humber School for Writers. During her years as an actor, Ruth performed in a little-known play called 'A Yorkshire Tragedy' sometimes attributed to Shakespeare. The story of the murderous Yorkshire nobleman and his long-suffering wife proved fascinating well beyond the stage... the eerie Calverley Old Hall was explored, and a haunting idea for a novel emerged. Ruth has published numerous short works of quirky and creepy fiction in various anthologies. 'Base Spirits' is her first full-length book, and her suspenseful short story 'Family Secrets' is also available on Kindle. Look for more of Ruth's writing in the future through the Spirited Words Book Co.
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Rarely have I been transported so thoroughly to another place or time that I actually was surprised to recall that there was another part of the story waiting in that original place and time. Strong characters, vivid descriptions and historical detail join together to create a world where I could lose all thought of myself and dive headlong into the unknown and not want it to end. Having to stop reading was a jolt to my system and I couldn't wait to get back to the story and find out what happened to these lives I had become a part of. What evil awaits them in the darkness?
I recommend this book to those who don't normally try this genre but appreciate a well crafted tale, interesting and flawed characters, and a bit of mystery to round things out. I believe that you will enjoy what you find here. I know I certainly did!
Very interesting and engaging story told from two time periods, one in 1604 and one in the present. Clara Ravenscroft is trying to write a play and accompanies her husband on a business trip to England thinking she will get some writing done while he presents his research on John Keats. While staying at renovated manor house in England, Clara learns of Phillipa Calverley, a London High Born woman who was in an arranged marriage in the early 1600's,to an abusive man, who ends up killing her children.
Base Spirits takes us to England, with Clara and her scholarly husband Scott, who plans on wowing the romantic literary world at a symposium for his peers, revealing his coup on Keats. He's a dissatisfied husband, with a real attitude problem. His wife Clara is just like us, petulant when cornered, and 'difficult'. But a simple gathering of friends before Scott leaves for Oxford calls up the base spirits of Calvary Hall. (Just writing that gave me an onset of goosebumps). I worry I may have dark dreams tonight.
With Scott gone, Clara is left alone for a few days in Calvary Hall where she literally falls into the past to suffer the horrendous domestic violence at the hands of a despicable husband who is a womanizing lecherous, gambling, drunk. This really knocked on my heart and got me feeling many emotions. Anger, relating to her fear, knowing all the trademark signs of a man who needs to control his family to prevent the people at church from knowing just how bad it is. But poor Phillipa, his wife, who Clara is sharing her past with, reliving it, she's in so much pain from her beating she can barely hold herself together while listening to her husband curse and call her a whore under his breath in church.
Man, this really pushes my buttons (big time).
In an awful twist of fate, Scott and Clara become Lord and Lady Calvary, reliving the trauma of the past.
This continues to give me chills, tensing my body as I write this review. What a gripping tale. I read it in a day and couldn't put it down. The language is so well used I must commend the author on giving us a modern drama of a miserable wife and an overbearing husband and morphing it into a period drama of the same.
It was truly compelling. I recommend this book highly with the maximum stars, because it freaked me out! So well written I lived the fear and tension every step of the way. Brilliant.
All I can say is this is a wonderful blend of history, horror and modern times.
I was captivated by the historical aspect of the story--and I actually would NEVER prefer to read anything historical lol. I felt like I was right there as a silent witness. The modern take was good as well as I felt I got to know alot about all characters involved.
I was on the edge of my seat towards the middle to ending of the book wondering what was going to happen to both sides.
It was perfect how the author took us back in time so seamlessly from walking in Clara's shoes to Phillipa's.
I loved this book. I would give it 5 stars but I reserve that for books that I CANNOT PUT DOWN!
This one was close!!!
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I will start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. It's not among the best I've read, but it is far from the worst.Read more
This is the first book I've read from Ruth Barrett ... and what a surprise!Read more