Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

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"When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found mysteriously murdered on the outskirts of the village of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, "the place for the Things Above Death," where Lily Darrow, the late mother of the children, has been waiting. She invites them into the House of Darkling, a wondrous place filled with enchantment, mystery, and strange creatures that appear to be, but are not quite, human. However, everything comes with a price, and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs. Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood, she uncovers a connection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling -- one whose outcome will determine the fate of not just the Darrows, but the world itself ..." P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062122612
Branch Call Number: SF BOCCACI MICHAEL
Characteristics: 296, 11 p. ; 21 cm


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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.

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.

Aug 11, 2012

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


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