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Set in a small village on the English coast, this is a great contemporary Gothic-style tale that will keep you guessing. Ever since Seraphine was a little girl, rumors and whispers have flown around the village about the mysterious origins of her and her twin brother. The story has a sinister undertone as Seraphine starts to probe for answers about her true parentage. Anonymous threats, illicit affairs, and tales of sprites and changelings make this a real page-turner - great for curling up by the fire on a cold day! ~ Reviewed by Ashley Castle
Full of ethereal beauty and Victorian art, The Clockmaker's daughter drew me in quickly and was a difficult book for me to put down. The central mystery is multi-layered, spanning different centuries as well as a shockingly interconnected cast of characters. The storytelling is so evocative I felt that I could close my eyes and envision the certain fall of the light that permeates the story. In turns a romance (or several), a work of historical fiction illuminating some of the most pressing social issues of Victorian England, and a truly enthralling mystery, this is a book that will stay with me for quite some time. Morton is masterful at painting with her words. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Castle
This compact collection of amusing essays is perfectly purse-sized, and the short vignettes are ideal reading for the subway. Ellis's frank, casual tone makes her stories easily accessible even for those not fluent in Southern. Fans of Jenny Lawson should appreciate this slightly more grown-up take on topics as varied as how to be the perfect dinner party guest and searching for Twitter porn. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Castle
A deeply unsettling mystery that stayed with me long after I turned the last page. Leah's roommate, Emmy, is missing, but the more she searches, the more questions are uncovered. Leah has her own secrets and as she struggles to find answers, she begins to lose her grip on the finer points of her own life. This is an intriguing story that will make you second-guess the motives behind every truth. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Castle
Logan McRae is back - finally! Things have changed since his last appearance, but the threats of Aberdeen's shady underbelly still loom large. Gripping story, as expected from one of MacBride's gritty police mystery thrillers. If you are not familiar with the series, I highly recommend reading the books in order. Be prepared for the dreich of northern Scotland, crisp black humour, and a touch of gore. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Castle