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Posted June 14, 2012
Call me crazy, but I am all sorts into moors right now. I’
Call me crazy, but I am all sorts into moors right now. I’m reading another book, inspired by Jane Eyre and I decided to pick up another book that had been sitting on my ereader, just begging to be read. I won an e-copy of this through a contest. So totally excited!
Sara Fosters debut Beneath the Shadows is a contemporary gothic novel that surprised me quite a bit. I was under the impression that gothic novels were only historical. Boy, was I wrong!
In the beginning, I was hooked. It only took about 5 pages before I literally could NOT put the book down and ended up reading it in a nearly marathon, nonstop session. The character of Grace is clear. You see her navigate the cautious path of an abandoned woman trying to regain a sense of self as well as carve out a life of her own for her child’s sake. I don’t envy her, she almost seems to calm, until you see her shaken. From the beginning, I kept thinking about motives and who could have been responsible for what. Yes, I thought foul play from the beginning,
I really enjoyed how real all of the characters seemed, despite some of the more fantastical elements the spooky environment would lend to them. I’ve never been to England, but I picture the countryside being spooky and having fantastical elements that would prompt spooky nights and probably bad dreams. From the middle of the book, I was thinking there would be a link to another character, but I was wrong. Which I LOVED! So rare is it that I can read a book and be surprised, that I love when it happens and want to read more and more from the author.
Sara Foster gives the reader a great story, coupled with a really fantastic cast of unforgettable characters. People who read Beneath the Shadows will be drawn in and really excited to see what happens next, even if they aren’t necessarily gothic fans. This is a gothic novel that reads contemporary. While I wouldn’t call it a beach read (only because you won’t get spooked), I would say this is a perfect ‘I want to stay up all night’ book. Because you WILL stay up all night, drawn into the story and the characters and even the ghosts in this book.
Yes, there are ghosts…what ‘gothic’ novel would be without ghosts?
I cannot say enough about how fantastic I found this book to be and you can now go get it—it’s been out for just over a week. So rather than keep you here, I would suggest you go buy it now.
Special thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for making this possible. I was provided an egalley copy as part of winning a contest. Author Sara Foster has a website you can go and look around
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Posted July 9, 2012
I read a review of this book in the Sunday paper. As I was leav
I read a review of this book in the Sunday paper. As I was leaving for vacation, I thought I would take this along. This turned out to be an excellent choice. I was hooked from the moment I began to read and spent two very relaxed days enjoying this my adventure into the moors.
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Posted November 29, 2012
Posted September 12, 2012
I think I have a new favorite genre. I was kept guessing until t
I think I have a new favorite genre. I was kept guessing until the end. I would have enjoyed more secrets or glimpses into the past, but still a really awesome read. I too had a hard time putting the book down and finished it in about a day. This is along the same lines as "Gone Girl" which I enjoyed, but this one blew that one out of the water.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 5, 2013
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Posted March 27, 2013
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