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Sadly, I don't think this novel quite lives up to how awesome that concept could be. I'm not at all sure what was actually going on, how it began, why it was going on, or what the ending even meant. I kept reading, hoping for more explanation, hoping Priest would fill me in to some wet and murky secret, but nope. The ending was not at all satisfying. I do hope the next book in the series reveals a whole lot more about what's going on in Fall River.
Sadly, I don't think this novel quite lives up to how awesome that concept could be. I'm not at all sure what was actually going on, how it began, why it was going on, or what the ending even meant. I kept reading, hoping for more explanation, hoping Priest would fill me in to some wet and murky secret, but nope. The ending was not at all satisfying.
From the back of the book- Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one....
The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.
But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.
This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.
Review- This is one of the best written books I have read all year. I am very serious. Everything about this book is so good. The plot, the pacing, the setting, the characters, there it nothing I would change. Epistolary novels are so hard to do well but Priest owns this. In horror one common thing is to stop the reader or watcher from seeing too much but Priest instead makes it like an onion. Layers are peeled back slowly so that the horror just builds. The horror is very Lovecraftain, very slow to build but like the tide coming in, it will pull you under. The sex is not overdone and very tasteful. The violence is there but it is not overwhelming. I just enjoyed this book so much. I cannot wait to read the second one Chapelwood.
I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I was given this book as a gift.
When Lizzies lover sneaks down into the cellar and uncovers the magic stones that Lizzie has taken from the sharp toothed creatures she’s had get rid of in the cooker. The stones call to people and Nance is no exception falling into a coma that force them to reach out to Dr. Seabury. When Dr. Seabury is unable to help they fear that Nance will go the same way that their parents did. As if that’s not enough a killer is intent on getting his hands on Emma after having corresponded with her. Will Lizzie be able to save her love and sister? Will she find out what’s really happening to the locals?
I didn’t really have one favorite character in Maplecroft we are given multiple points of view of Lizzie, Emma, Nance, and Dr. Seabury are the main ones. I liked them all getting to see into their stories what they are really thinking I found it revealed more of the story. I like the way the character interacted together they worked well even when they aren’t on the best of terms.
I’ve been interested in Lizzie Boren Borden since I saw the lifetime show last year and when I heard about the new take on the old story of Maplecroft I knew I had to read it. I wish it hadn’t taken me so long because I really enjoyed the story. The characters are well developed I found myself connecting with each one on different levels. I think the author did a great job taking the classic story and putting her own unique spin on it. So many twists and turns throughout the story it kept me on the edge of my seat till the very end. The authors writing style can be a little daunting at time but I think it’s because there is so much going on you feel a little overwhelmed but overall it’s well done. This is my first book by the author but I’m looking forward to the next one since I couldn't put this one down and finished it in just a over a day of reading.