Hide Me Among the Graves

Hide Me Among the Graves

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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London, winter of 1862, Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, arrives on the doorstep of veterinarian John Crawford, a man she met once seven years earlier. Their brief meeting produced a child who, until now, had been presumed dead. McKee has learned that the girl lives--but that her life and soul are in mortal peril from a vampiric ghost. But this is no ordinary spirit; the bloodthirsty wraith is none other than John Polidori, the onetime physician to the mad, bad, and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron. Both McKee and Crawford have mysterious histories with creatures like Polidori, and their child is a prize the malevolent spirit covets dearly. Polidori is also the late uncle and supernatural muse to the poet Christina Rossetti and her brother, the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. When she was just fourteen years old, Christina unwittingly brought Polidori's curse upon her family. But the curse bestowed unexpected blessings as well, inspiring Christina's poetry and Gabriel's paintings. But when Polidori resurrects Dante's dead wife--turning her into a horrifying vampire--and threatens other family members, Christina and Dante agree that they must destroy their monstrous uncle and break the spell, even if it means the end of their creative powers. Determined to save their daughter, McKee and Crawford join forces with the Rossettis, and soon these wildly mismatched allies are plunged into a supernatural London underworld whose existence goes beyond their wildest imaginings. Ultimately, each of these disparate individuals--the sensitive poet, the tortured painter, the straitlaced animal doctor, the reformed prostitute, and even their Artful Dodger-like young daughter--must choose between the banality and constraints of human life and the unholy immortality that Polidori offers.Sweeping from the mansions of London's high society to its grimy slums, the elegant salons of the West End to the pre-Roman catacombs beneath St. Paul's Cathedral, Hide Me Among the Graves blends the historical and the supernatural in a dazzling, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride--a modern horror story with a Victorian twist.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2012
ISBN: 9780062101280
0062101285
Characteristics: 1 online resource (511 p.)

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hgeng63 Feb 07, 2013

Christina & Dante Gabriel Rossetti & John Polidori--what's not to like? However, I found some of the world-building to be a little loose & sloppy. The writing style was a little too plain, too.

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MARSHAANNE
Nov 22, 2012

Very well written and inventive.

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Palomino
Jun 12, 2012

I did not like it, not one bit. I finished the whole thing, and wish I hadn't bothered. I recognize the writing is good, and it had a lot of plot, but I could not care about any of the characters, I found it too weird ( I don't read "horror", maybe I just don't like the type of book?), and rambling. Very disappointed.

raydat51 May 03, 2012

Not a sequel but more a successor to Powers' phenomenal The Stress of Her Regard. I believe him to be one of the most talented writers out there right now. He makes the mystical and mythological calmly believable. I highly recommend this novel. Don't miss it.

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