Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

eBook - 2012
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Debut novelist Michael Boccacino invites readers into the world beyond the realm of the living in Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, a Victorian gothic tale of the strange and supernatural. But all who enter this house must beware--for there is a price to pay for visitors who wish to save those they love. The story of a British governess and her young charges seduced by the otherworldly enticements of a mysterious mansion in the forest following the inexplicable death of the former nanny, this Tim Burton-like tale of dark fantasy is a bewitching treat for fans of horror and paranormal fiction, as well as readers who love creepy gothic tales and mysterious shadowy English manor houses. Not since Suzanna Clarke introduced Jonathan Strange to Mr. Norrell, and Neil Gaiman's Coraline crawled through a secret door into a twisted and sinister mirror world, has there been a journey as wondrously fantastic and terrifying as Charlotte Markham's adventures in the House of Darkling.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st. ed
ISBN: 9780062122629
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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vpl_oakridge Dec 15, 2012

This haunting little story has elements that simultaneously pay homage to Victorian literature, Gothic fiction and the Fantasy genre. An interesting element of the plot is that no clear time frame is given, allowing readers to become lost in the twisting darkness of the plot.


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Sarah1984
Jan 01, 2013

1/1 - I'm enjoying the story except for the irritating anachronisms - I seriously doubt they knew what a 'bar' was in the 19th centuryish era this is supposed to be, maybe taproom, tavern or saloon, but not bar. There is also nothing to tell us where this is set, US or UK - I mean it could be anywhere from New Hampshire to Edinburgh (there's no evidence of accents, but then considering the lack of other details I wouldn't have really expected to see an "aye" or a "nae"). To be continued...

2/1 - In the end I found this a bit weak, too full of anachronisms to ring true to the era it's supposed to be. Through all the weirdness and appearance of tentacled man-suit wearing monsters she seemed to be unbelievably unafraid. Also, she was strangely unaffected by the sight of Mr Whatley, the head of the man suit wearing monster brigade, getting out of his bath naked. I mean she's supposed to be a respectable, widowed governess and she's not bothered by naked, nightmarish monsters and the dead still being available for hugs from their children. It's all just too unlikely to make a good book.

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azor
Nov 12, 2012

Described as Victorian Gothic but not to my mind. Rather fantasy meets Harlequin romance. "The Woman in Black" was more evocative of the Gothic novel. Don't waste your time with this....I wish i hadn't.

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kol
Aug 11, 2012

beautiful,,a story of love,loss and sacrifice. read it in one sitting

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