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The House on Vesper Sands (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2018; vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Paraic O'Donnell (Tekijä)

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AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Tremendously good' Observer 'The most vivid and compelling portrait of late Victorian London since The Crimson Petal and the White' Sarah Perry 'Part Wilkie Collins, part Conan Doyle' Guardian 'Huge fun' Daily Mail 'Has everything you could want in a novel' Stylist 'Dickens is whirling enviously in his grave ... Read by a fire on a cold winter evening' Irish Times 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' It is the winter of 1893, and in London the snow is falling. It is falling as Gideon Bliss seeks shelter in a Soho church, where he finds Angie Tatton lying before the altar. His one-time love is at death's door, murmuring about brightness and black air, and about those she calls the Spiriters. In the morning she is gone. The snow is falling as a seamstress climbs onto a ledge above Mayfair, a mysterious message stitched into her own skin. It is falling as she steadies herself and closes her eyes. It is falling, too, as her employer, Lord Strythe, vanishes into the night, watched by Octavia Hillingdon, a restless society columnist who longs to uncover a story of real importance. She and Gideon will soon be drawn into the same mystery, each desperate to save Angie and find out the truth about Lord Strythe. Their paths will cross as the darkness gathers, and will lead them at last to what lies hidden at the house on Vesper Sands. 'Like the love child of Dickens and Conan Doyle' Liz Nugent 'This novel is an absolute banger' Jon McGregor 'An utter joy' Joanna Cannon '… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The House on Vesper Sands
Kirjailijat:Paraic O'Donnell (Tekijä)
Info:Tin House Books (2021), 408 pages
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näyttää 5/5
A nice combination of mystery, victorian, and a little supernatural. It had some slower moving bits, with some of the descriptive a little detailed for me, but once I was about 50 pages in, I was hooked. The characters are interesting a balance each other well, so I assume we'll see more of this team. ( )
  EllenH | Feb 25, 2021 |
A very atmospheric Gothic horror story, with fantasy and cozy mystery thrown in, making for an amusing Victorian tale set in 1893 England.

The story has a lot in its favor. It grabbed my interest from the start, had engaging characters and although mostly dark, the author managed to inject some humor at certain points which lightened the mood. The back and forth between Gideon and Inspector Cutter was a highlight of the book.

I did feel it lagged a bit midway through, but the wonderful narration by Charles Armstrong kept me staying on course.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Highbridge Audio for allowing me to listen to an early audio version and give my honest review. ( )
  tamidale | Jan 16, 2021 |
This isn’t your standard Victorian Gothic novel, part mystery, part fantasy. When a seamstress falls to her death a police investigation is launched and a newspaper woman, a theology student and a determined, brusque police detective are sent into a hunt for men who are turning women into ghosts. As I write this, my description does not sound that appealing, but believe me, once the reader is enmeshed in the story line and the interesting set of characters, it turns into a compelling read. It is tense and well-paced, and the quiet, almost monotone voices the narrator gave to some of the characters fit will. ( )
  brangwinn | Jan 12, 2021 |
Disclosure: Thank you W. W. Norton & Company for sending me a free eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It's February 1893, dark and freezing cold. Inspector Cutter of Scotland Yard and Cambridge divinity student Gideon Bliss are investigating a strange suicide in London. A seamstress named Esther Tull has jumped to her death from an upper floor of Lord Strythe's house with words stitched into her skin.

Bliss is preoccupied with another mystery: the evening he arrived in London, he discovered a girl he fell in love with years ago, Angela Tatton, lying semi-conscious in a church. Someone knocked Bliss out too, and now Angela Tatton has gone missing. Bliss's uncle, the Rev. Dr. Neuilly, who summoned him to London, is also missing. Lord Strythe is likewise nowhere to be found–he vanished the same night that Esther Tull committed suicide.

Murders follow the suicide and disappearances, and the crazily incompatible team of Cutter and Bliss are soon tearing around London, hardly knowing what to investigate next. Cutter's interrogations and Bliss's notes must be read to be believed. They are just hilarious.

The odd disappearance of Lord Strythe captures the attention of activist reporter Octavia Hillingdon, and she begins her own investigation. Octavia is also looking into the disappearances of young working girls, including Angela Tatton. All mysteries converge and all is revealed in a shocking conclusion at the house of Lord Strythe's sister Ada, on Vesper Sands.

Besides being hilarious, especially with Bliss as his doe-eyed straight man, Inspector Cutter has strange special gifts that come to bear in solving all of the riddles and explaining all of the macabre occurrences. Rumors abound in London of "Spiriters" who steal away young women. Are they real, or are they ghosts? Hillingdon herself is having strange visions of helpless young women dressed in white, preyed upon by two men in dark suits.

This is a brilliant novel, written with dazzling finesse, plot spinning merrily like a top. Author Paraic O'Donnell hearkens back to the very first detective novels and steeps his book in jocular rationality, ghostly women in white, and Dickensian murk. Inspector Cutter resembles Sergeant Cuff ("The Moonstone") and Inspector Bucket ("Bleak House"), only with more of a temper than either, and the sense of the macabre that permeates "The House on Vesper Sands" is also old-school. However, we have a young socialite feminist cutting a wide swath through the action on her bicycle. Cutter has a soft side under his gruff exterior. As for Bliss, after studying divinity at Cambridge he just can't seem to stop talking, which gets under the Inspector's skin to no end.

I was riveted and enchanted. Cutter and Bliss are the most delightful detective duo to come along in years, and with Hillingdon also doing investigative journalism, all that is left to wish for is a series of novels starring all three. ( )
  jillrhudy | Sep 18, 2020 |
On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the attic room to carry out her duties. She has been careful to disguise her pain in front of the butler from the words sewn into her own flesh, but she climbs through the window onto the sill before turning and jumping. That same night, Gideon Bliss seeks shelter from the snow in a Soho church, where he finds Angie Tatton, a former love of his, lying before the altar. In her delirium, he hears snatches of phrases about black air and Spiriters before he is knocked out. When he comes to she is no longer there.

In the cold light of day, Inspector Cutter of Scotland Yard begins his investigation into the suspicious death of Eleanor Tull and the disappearance of Angie Tatton. Gideon Bliss offers to help given his personal connection and Cutter is reluctant at first, but eventually relents. As they start to find out more about the people affected, they hear rumours of a shadowy group of men that may be the Spiriters. Octavia Hillingdon’s own research for her paper on the group who claim to be stealing souls is rapidly heading to a similar conclusion as Cutter and Bliss, that all these threads lead to the mysterious house on Vesper Sands

I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of these Victorian Gothic melodramas, but this came highly recommended by Melissa Harrison, no less. And O’Donnell has done a pretty good job with this one. He captures the atmosphere of the places really well, the brooding and pervasive dampness of London fogs, the bleakness of the Kent coast in winter coupled with strong flawed characters and blended all those elements with a reasonable plot and a sprinkling of supernatural otherness that don’t undermine the plausibility of the story. I thought it was worth reading and if you have read an loved The Essex Serpent and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock then this will be right up your darkened alley. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
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AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Tremendously good' Observer 'The most vivid and compelling portrait of late Victorian London since The Crimson Petal and the White' Sarah Perry 'Part Wilkie Collins, part Conan Doyle' Guardian 'Huge fun' Daily Mail 'Has everything you could want in a novel' Stylist 'Dickens is whirling enviously in his grave ... Read by a fire on a cold winter evening' Irish Times 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' It is the winter of 1893, and in London the snow is falling. It is falling as Gideon Bliss seeks shelter in a Soho church, where he finds Angie Tatton lying before the altar. His one-time love is at death's door, murmuring about brightness and black air, and about those she calls the Spiriters. In the morning she is gone. The snow is falling as a seamstress climbs onto a ledge above Mayfair, a mysterious message stitched into her own skin. It is falling as she steadies herself and closes her eyes. It is falling, too, as her employer, Lord Strythe, vanishes into the night, watched by Octavia Hillingdon, a restless society columnist who longs to uncover a story of real importance. She and Gideon will soon be drawn into the same mystery, each desperate to save Angie and find out the truth about Lord Strythe. Their paths will cross as the darkness gathers, and will lead them at last to what lies hidden at the house on Vesper Sands. 'Like the love child of Dickens and Conan Doyle' Liz Nugent 'This novel is an absolute banger' Jon McGregor 'An utter joy' Joanna Cannon '

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