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review 2017-10-23 04:39
House of Many Shadows
House of Many Shadows - Barbara Michaels

I loved this book. I wish I had read it sooner. I've had it on my shelf for a long time. It has the elements I love the most in a mystery. A crime or tragic event that happened in the past and people in the present trying to figure it out.

 

A young woman, Meg, was in an accident and sustained a head injury. She begins to see and hear hallucinations and the doctor recommended she take some time off and rest. He is sure the hallucinations will go away with time. Her cousin Sophia who is well off sets her up in one of her properties in the country for 6 months so she can rest. It is an old Gothic Victorian house full of antique furniture. Sophia gives meg the task of making an itemized list of the furniture in the attic and deciding which to furnish the rooms with and the caretaker for the house would move things and help with repairs as needed. Sophia said she wants to donate the house for a historical museum and expects Meg to help for payment for her stay. When Meg arrives she is surprised to learn that the caretaker is her cousin Sophia´s stepson who used to tease her and play evil pranks on her when she was younger. Later, when Meg sees one of the hallucinations she is shocked when he reveals that it wasn't just her. He saw it too.

 

 

This makes my 4th Bingo. Both sides of the X, 4 corners and the 4th row across.

 

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text 2017-10-22 20:57
Reading progress update: I've read 56 out of 530 pages.
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton

This third person omniscient point of view distances me as the reader from the story.

 

 

I don't mind so much when it's a plot- or action-driven story.  But this is character-driven, and I'm just finding it so difficult to bond with these characters.  I want to bond with them.  I'm curious about them and about what's going on.  I feel as if Morton keeps pushing me away.

 

Years ago I read Eileen Goudge's Garden of Lies and I ended up coming very close to literally throwing the book against the wall at the end.  What a sucky ending!  I see now that there was a sequel, but I hated Garden of Lies so much that I never bothered to notice a sequel.  From what I've read about it, the second book was maybe just as bad.

 

Maybe my fear of encountering a similar "and some of them lived and some of them died, but the ones who lived didn't necessarily live happily ever after even if they deserved to" ending is holding me back and making me see picky details in The Forgotten Garden.  All I know is that if I'm stopping to post updates after only ten or so pages, the book isn't holding my attention.

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text 2017-10-22 19:02
40,565 to start the day

Not what I'd call terrific production, but it was a day with other accomplishments.  So I'm not complaining.

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text 2017-10-22 00:07
Reading progress update: I've read 18 out of 530 pages.
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton

I just discovered this book and this author today, via a concerted effort to search Amazon for spooky/ghostly/secrets-from-the-past romantic suspense/gothic romance for the Mansions, Moonlight, and Menace discussion group.  When I found out this and another of Kate Morton's books were available on my library's eCloud program, I figured what the heck.

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text 2017-10-21 17:21
Halloween Bingo - Demons - Another Bingo!
Terror in Tower Grove - Samantha Johns

 

 

 

I read Terror in Tower Grove for Halloween Bingo on 3 September 2017.

 

This gives me a Bingo for the fourth row down going across.

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