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Spider Light

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by Sarah Rayne
 

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""The dangerous thing about spider light is that it hides things - things you never knew existed. But once you have seen those things, you can never afterwards forget them ...""Antonia Weston has come to the sleepy market town of Amberwood in search of peace and anonymity after a shattering and all-too-public tragedy in her life. But shortly after her arrival, a

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""The dangerous thing about spider light is that it hides things - things you never knew existed. But once you have seen those things, you can never afterwards forget them ...""Antonia Weston has come to the sleepy market town of Amberwood in search of peace and anonymity after a shattering and all-too-public tragedy in her life. But shortly after her arrival, a series of disturbing incidents occur - incidents that eerily echo a past she is trying to forget. As Antonia struggles to re-build her life, she becomes increasingly fascinated by the macabre history surrounding her: the disused watermill, Twygrist, with its brooding darkness, and the now-vanished Latchkill Asylum. Memories of Latchkill still linger: memories of how, when the autumn dusk - the 'spider-light' - fell, no one would dare walk past its gates. Because a hundred years ago, people lost their identities inside Latchkill's walls. People such as the innocent Maud Lincoln, jolted out of that innocence by a brutal plot.But Antonia's fascination with the linked histories of Latchkill and Twygrist has alerted someone from her own past. Someone who knows all about Twygrist's darkness. Someone prepared to use that knowledge in the most horrific way ...

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"A tense, gripping psychological thriller with mass market appeal. Extremely dark and disturbing . . . The author really knows how to weave a tale, providing bumps and jolts along the way."  —Bookseller

“She has a crisp and intelligent style, and a real way with tension.”  —Mo Hayder, author, The Devil of Nanking

“Equal parts Daphne du Maurier, Josephine Tey and Ruth Rendell, Rayne possesses superb storytelling skills.”  —US Mystery Guild

“Rayne handles her complex plot with great skill and the suspense is held to the very end.”  —Shots

Kirkus Reviews
Menaces past and present haunt a remote mill town. After an unspecified tragedy, Antonia Weston sets out to make a new life in quaint Amberwood, which reminds her distinctly of Trollope. She rents the small Charity Cottage in the shadow of Quire House, a lavish estate turned industrial museum. Also on the grounds are the abandoned Twygrist Mill and a former asylum called Latchkill. Antonia immediately senses a vague evil but tries to dismiss her fears. Multiple plot threads fill in details of her past. There are also two other suspenseful stories that fit together in a teasingly obscure way. In the first story, Antonia has been in prison for five years for killing an unnamed man. In the second, set some time in the more distant past, a predatory lesbian named Thomasina seduces nubile young Maud, who values her friendship but feels ambivalent about sex. In the third, a young woman named Donna has an unhealthy attachment to her brother Don and crosses the line into a physical intimacy that makes her dangerously possessive. In order to get a child, Thomasina entices a reprobate named Simon to impregnate Maud, then murders him. Antonia, meanwhile, crosses paths with Don and Donna in her former life as a psychiatrist. Rayne (A Dark Dividing, 2006, etc.) writes with impressive authority, moving seamlessly through multiple perspectives, her expertly balanced prose creating sustained suspense.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743489669
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Edition description:
New
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Sarah Rayne is the award-winning author of several suspense novels, including A Dark Dividing, The Death Chamber, Roots of Evil, and Tower of Silence.

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Spider Light 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
S_E More than 1 year ago
Just when you think you know the characters, Sarah Rayne tosses in a new piece and you must change your perceptions of their motives. She has written a story that falls into two different time periods. The plot of each finds you excited for the next part of the tale without forcing you to read the second story just to get through it. The book is just creepy enough to warrant staying awake to read just one chapter but you will not be afraid of the dark.