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review 2017-08-21 18:56
Wrath of the Ancients - Catherine Cavendish
Wrath of the Ancients - Catherine Cavendish

Adeline Ogilvy, a young widow from Wimbledon, has accepted a job in Vienna. Her assignment is to employ her skills as a typist and transcribe the memoirs of the late Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, an archeologist with a most peculiar hidden history. When she begins her recording the doctor's notes, she learns that, five years earlier, he claims to discover the tomb of Cleopatra. Even more astonishing, it seems that he has brought more than secrets back from Egypt. Strange occurrences begin to happen at the mansion. Is what Adeline seeing before her eyes real or a hallucination?

 

 

This is my first read of Cavendish and I love the slow burn in this Gothic chiller. I also like how blends an archelogical curiosity and characters with her own original take on what happened all those thousands of years ago. As the story unfurls, I can't help be reminded of the quiet horror writing style of Charles L. Grant. The characters are interesting and I'm drawn to keep turning the pages to see where they go in the story. If I have any criticism it's that there are parts where the pacing seems off. In one instance, things are doing a nice slow burn and then it closes in way too much of a flurry. But, it's a small blemish in an overall fun story. If you haven't had the pleasure to stumble upon Cavendish, Wrath of the Ancients is a great one to introduce yourself.

 

 

 

4 1/2 Green Glowing Apparations out of 5

 


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review 2017-06-25 04:32
The Devil's Serenade
The Devil's Serenade - Catherine Cavendish

Overall an enjoyable read. Nicely creepy, if not outright scary.

 

Recently divorced Maddie moves into the very gothic looking home she inherited from her late Aunt. Maddie used to spend summers there as a child, up until something happened on her sixteenth birthday. Something she cannot remember. Once she gets there strange things begin to happen. Is she going crazy? Do neighbor Shona and handyman Charlie have anything to do with the bizarre happenings at her house?

 

Before I go any further, I have to say that I appreciate the fact that the main character was a woman in her late 40's/early 50's, and not a dewy eyed innocent very young woman. It was a nice change of pace.

 

I like the premise of the story, but felt it suffered some by being too short. The kindle edition I read says it's 208 pages long. I felt the book needed more time to build its world and develop its characters. I think that I would have felt more horror while reading the book had I had more time to connect to these characters. It also took awhile to really get into the history of the house, and by the time it did, the book was nearly over, and the conclusion seemed to happen in a hurry.

 

That being said, I did enjoy the book enough to want to try out other offerings by this author.

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text 2017-06-25 04:17
Reading progress update: I've read 208 out of 208 pages.
The Devil's Serenade - Catherine Cavendish
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text 2017-06-24 20:08
Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 208 pages.
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review 2016-04-12 03:10
Review: The Devil's Serenade by Catherine Cavendish
The Devil's Serenade - Catherine Cavendish


I received a free copy of The Devil's Serenade from the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

For me, a good haunted house story means checking the dark corners of the room and being scared to lower my feet to the floor lest something be hiding under the bed. I didn't find that within The Devil's Serenade.

 

The story builds rather slowly, creating a dark and slightly eery atmosphere as it progresses. Things are more subtly hinted at for a large part of the book, which I wasn't so keen on but it begets an air of mystery, has you unsure of what's really happening, and keeps you reading.

 

The plot is unique and different and there are plenty twists to keep the reader on their toes. And even though I enjoyed the story, it didn't instill in me the fear, anticipation and apprehension that makes haunted house stories one of my favourite things to read. I wanted to be scared, to be reaching for the light or jumping at every little sound but I wasn't feeling it.

 

The pace picks up in the latter part of the book but I found it a little frantic, rushed and at odds with the previous pacing. In the end, despite the subtle hints and happenings, things seemed rushed and it felt like everything was thrown at me all at once.

 

I think in the end it all boils down to the fact that The Devil's Serenade told me a story about a haunted house rather than drawing me in and allowing me to experience the haunting for myself.

 

 

 

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