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Northanger Abbey - Val McDermid
Northanger Abbey
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Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid has riveted millions of readers worldwide with her acutely suspenseful, psychologically complex, seamlessly plotted thrillers. In Northanger Abbey, she delivers her own, witty, updated take on Austen’s classic novel about a young woman whose... show more
Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid has riveted millions of readers worldwide with her acutely suspenseful, psychologically complex, seamlessly plotted thrillers. In Northanger Abbey, she delivers her own, witty, updated take on Austen’s classic novel about a young woman whose visit to the stately home of a well-to-do acquaintance stirs her most macabre imaginings, with an extra frisson of suspense that only McDermid could provide.Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister’s daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley’s narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest. With a sunny personality, tickets every night and a few key wardrobe additions courtesy of Susie Allen, Cat quickly begins to take Edinburgh by storm and is taken into the bosom of the Thorpe family, particularly by eldest daughter Bella. And then there’s the handsome Henry Tilney, an up-and-coming lawyer whose family home is the beautiful and forbidding Northanger Abbey. Cat is entranced by Henry and his charming sister Eleanor, but she can’t help wondering if everything about them is as perfect as it seems. Or has she just been reading too many novels? A delectable, note-perfect modern update of the Jane Austen classic, Northanger Abbey tells a timeless story of innocence amid cynicism, the exquisite angst of young love, and the value of friendship.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780802123015 (0802123015)
ASIN: 0802123015
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
4.0 Northanger Abbey (Val McDermid - The Austen Project # 2)
‘General Tilney?’ She spoke with some diffidence as Mrs Calman cleared away the soup dishes and placed a selection of curries and side dishes in the middle of the table. ‘I wonder whether it might be possible for me to use your wifi?’ She caught the look of alarm shared by Henry and Ellie. ‘The w...
The English Student
The English Student rated it
4.0 Northanger Abbey - Val McDermid
This contemporary retelling of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey (my favourite of Austen's novels) is actually a lot of fun. Though McDermid's dialogue is not good - stiff and unfunny, a bad imitation of Austen's sharp, balanced prose style - and the concerns of Austen's teenage characters don't transl...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
3.5 Northanger Abbey - Val McDermid
It's really hard to effectively update a Jane Austen story. Clueless is the only contemporary version that works for me. I enjoyed Bridget Jones, but not as Austen, just as a story that used some Austen character names. I'm also a fan of the gothic, and read way too many gothic romances in my teens,...
Degrees of Affection
Degrees of Affection rated it
4.0 Northanger Abbey [Modernized version by Val McDermind) - What a fun read!
I read the modernized version of Sense and Sensibility earlier this year and rather enjoyed - though a good bit of that could be that the plot didn't do loop the loops and go everywhere except in a straight line. It flowed a bit better and so I couldn't' help but feel positively towards it. Having j...
Reflections
Reflections rated it
4.5 Edinburgh as the new Bath
What better place for an imaginative, book-besotted girl than the lively cultural joys of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival? That’s where author Val McDermid sends Catherine, aka Cat, Morland instead of Bath in this Austen Project update of Northanger Abbey. This is the second book in the series, Joann...
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