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When the past is all-too present
on January 2, 2015
I like historical novels and I like stories of the supernatural. "The Telling" is a mixture of both. It alternates between present-day and mid-19th century events as experienced by two female inhabitants of the same English cottage. Occasionally those two realities collide. Is it just a symptom of the modern day character's emotional collapse? Or is this a haunting? Jo Baker makes a convincing case in either direction, and tells a fascinating story in the process.
This story is very rich in setting details...more in keeping with a 19th century style of writing. That, and some slow pacing, makes it tedious for some modern readers, but the style fits well with the "voice" of the one of the two main characters. The only negative for me is a rather rapid and pat conclusion. I'm going to read this again to see if I missed some clues in all of the lush descriptive language. Not a chore......I loved the way this tale unfolded until the big Reveal....