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The Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel (original 2021; edição 2021)

por Caitlin Starling (Autor)

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Título:The Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel
Autores:Caitlin Starling (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Press (2021), 368 pages
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The Death of Jane Lawrence por Caitlin Starling (2021)

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We I was attracted by the cover art and enjoyed the first half of the book but the second half gets bogged down in the main character’s wandering thoughts and speculations. The magic involved has no structure to follow and its rules are vague and changeable and often not explained. The tone and setting are certifiably creepy but the storyline is less strong. ( )
  bookappeal | Nov 27, 2021 |
Well that was a revolting mind-f*ck ( )
  Cerestheories | Nov 8, 2021 |
While I gave it my best effort this book was so far and beyond my metal capabilities. Picking it as a presumptive Gothic style mystery/thriller I was initially interested and almost captivated. The important word is “almost”. I could never completely wrap my head around the premise that an intelligent young woman throws out a marriage proposal of convenience to a man she has known for a nanosecond. Wrapped up in this bizarre arrangement, there is a decrepit familial mansion in an alternate country with very strange people coming and going, a very large pinch of magic and logical mental equations that gave me the mother of all headaches. Quite the witches brew.

Did I mention the Ghosts? I should have because a definitive point is made that they exist and are the “constant point in the puzzle.” There is a large creep factor, an amazing cover and an overlong descent into …. Could it be madness?

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy. ( )
1 vote kimkimkim | Oct 24, 2021 |
Jane has always been logical and self controlled. Now, with her guardians moving on Jane makes the logical decision to marry. From a list she compiled, Jane has chosen to ask Dr. Augustine Lawrence to enter into what she considers a business arrangement. She will keep his books and reside at his surgery while he resides at Lindridge Hall. Despite their differences, an attraction forms. Dr. Augustine agrees to the match with the caveat Jane must never enter Lindridge. However, on the first night of their marriage, a mistake places the pair at Lindridge and Augustine becomes unhinged as the night progresses. With each night Jane stays at Lindridge she watches Augustine change. Jane also uncovers a bevy of secrets that open doubts in her union and begins to believe in the secrets of Lindridge herself. As Augustine succumbs to the terrors surrounding him, he believes Jane is an apparition and he attempts to kill her. In a desperate attempt for her life, Jane unleashes something she never believed she could do; but the consequences of her actions might be her undoing.

The Death of Jane Lawrence is a highly atmospheric gothic romance. From the beginning, I was transported into the alternate history of Great Beltraine where magic is possible. Jane and Augustine fill the trope of a marriage for convenience. I loved Jane's character with her persistent logic, pursuit of knowledge and willingness to open herself up to emotions and the supernatural. Augustine is a curious character from the beginning. I enjoyed the care he took in his surgery, it was obvious that he truly cared for his patients and was skilled at his job; however, it was also clear that he was hiding something big. Jane and Augustine seem to fit together perfectly, even though they shouldn't. Lindridge Hall is the biggest character, with locked rooms, mysterious shadows and plenty of secrets to uncover, Lindridge is the quintessential gothic setting. With the addition of magic a whole new world of suspense and possibilities opens up to Jane. I was amazed at how well Jane took to magic her mind opened up to it. With more magic, Lindridge opens more doors to Jane. The writing took me on a wild ride and thoroughly explored LIndridge and the effects of magic. With the creation of a truly unique setting and an even more interesting romance, The Death of Jane Lawrence is the perfect mind-bending gothic horror.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. ( )
  Mishker | Oct 13, 2021 |
This is a perfect book to spooky reading season! Set in a time and place only slightly different than our own, Jane Shorefield proposes a marriage of convenience to the town doctor, Augustine Lawrence, after learning that her guardians are moving. He agrees but with the stipulation that she never enter his inherited family residence, Lindridge Hall, at night. But of course, within hours of their marriage that stipulation is broken and a series of events are set motion. The setting reminded me of Crimson Peak with the gothic touches of Jane Eyre and a dash of macabre Frankenstein-esque medical procedures. This book was very different than Starling’s last one (The Luminous Dead), but it still had the same isolated and chilling tone. Fabulous! Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to read and review this book! ( )
  mtrumbo | Sep 27, 2021 |
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