The Darkling: A Novel

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"Offers eloquent evidence that Southern storytelling is indeed a very special art form."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
In the 1940s, Coden, Alabama was a hideaway for movie stars - an isolated playground tucked among live oaks and placid bay waters where pleasure and vice could be indulged. By the summer of 1974 Coden's glamour has faded, but it doesn't bother Mimi Bosarge, who is just happy to have a job as a live-in tutor with the wealthiest family in town, the Hendersons. When the Hendersons ...
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Overview

"Offers eloquent evidence that Southern storytelling is indeed a very special art form."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
In the 1940s, Coden, Alabama was a hideaway for movie stars - an isolated playground tucked among live oaks and placid bay waters where pleasure and vice could be indulged. By the summer of 1974 Coden's glamour has faded, but it doesn't bother Mimi Bosarge, who is just happy to have a job as a live-in tutor with the wealthiest family in town, the Hendersons. When the Hendersons generously open their arms to Annie, a troubled teenager with no recollection of her past, Mimi's greatest concern is creating a curriculum for the family''''s new ward.
But it soon becomes obvious that something is wrong. Annie seems suspiciously savvy for her young age, and Mimi can't quell the unnerving sense that there is something malicious about the waiflike beauty.
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Editorial Reviews

Bloody-disgusting.com
“An unsettling piece of American gothic... It’s Haines’ knack for good, old-fashioned storytelling that truly sets The Darkling apart.”
Delta Magazine
“Who doesn’t love a spin-tingling ghost story? Even better, a ghost story so grounded in reality that it keeps you awake reading and sticks with you even in the daylight hours. Another winner from the author of more than 21 books in various genres.”
Southern Literary Review
“With The Darkling, [Chesterton] firmly reestablishes herself as a queen of darkness and suspense.”
The New York Times Book Review
“A good storyteller - and R. B. Chesterton is quite a good storyteller - knows to lower her voice when she's talking about ghosts...[a] spellbinding tale, offering eloquent evidence that Southern storytelling is indeed a very special art form.”
Alabama Writers Forum

As the questions hover and grow more intense, it's virtually impossible not to pursue the answers to the end. In fact, as [Chesterton's] novel gains momentum like a fast-moving train, it's hard to put the book down at all. Not for nothing is she one of our most decorated writers.

Southern Literary Review

With The Darkling, [Chesterton] firmly reestablishes herself as a queen of darkness and suspense.

Delta Magazine
“Who doesn’t love a spin-tingling ghost story? Even better, a ghost story so grounded in reality that it keeps you awake reading and sticks with you even in the daylight hours. Another winner from the author of more than 21 books in various genres.”
Bloody-disgusting.com

An unsettling piece of American gothic...

It’s Haines’ knack for good, old-fashioned storytelling that truly sets The Darkling apart.

The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
A good storyteller—and R. B. Chesterton is quite a good storyteller—knows to lower her voice when she's talking about ghosts. This author…reaches into the grave for the sepulchral tone in which she narrates…this spellbinding tale, offering eloquent evidence that Southern storytelling is indeed a very special art form.
Publishers Weekly
Coden, Ala., once a thriving resort town, serves as the setting for this sharp and edgy gothic thriller, set in 1974, from Chesterton, a pen name of Carolyn Haines (Revenant). Coden residents look to California transplants Berta and Bob Henderson to bring prosperity back, since the couple plan to restore the shabby Paradise Inn, once a magnet for Hollywood legends. Meanwhile, canny 21-year-old Marie Bosarge, whom the Hendersons have hired to tutor their three adventurous youngsters and to be a companion to 16-year-old Annie, a foster child of uncertain origin, slowly realizes she’s dealing with malevolent forces she can’t understand. Why do unidentified claw marks appear in Belle Fleur, the family’s historic house? And who’s the sinister wraith at the edge of the woods? As Marie begins to research the past of the Paradise Inn and Belle Fleur, she comes across a tragic and horrific story that resonates into the present. Agent: Marian Young, the Young Agency. (Apr.)
Providence Journal-Bulletin
“Reminiscent in many ways of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels, only fresher with a bit more of an edge and none of the pretentiousness.”
The New York Times Book Review
“A good storyteller - and R. B. Chesterton is quite a good storyteller - knows to lower her voice when she's talking about ghosts...[a] spellbinding tale, offering eloquent evidence that Southern storytelling is indeed a very special art form.”
Alabama Writers Forum
“As the questions hover and grow more intense, it's virtually impossible not to pursue the answers to the end. In fact, as [Chesterton's] novel gains momentum like a fast-moving train, it's hard to put the book down at all. Not for nothing is she one of our most decorated writers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605985435
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 412,371
  • Product dimensions: 1.50 (w) x 2.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

R. B. Chesterton is the pseudonym for Carolyn Haines.She is 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing, the 2009 recipient of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and she was recently awarded the 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. She is the author of more than 60 books in a number of genres, including The Darkling.

Carolyn Haines was the 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing, the 2009 recipient of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and the 2011 RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. She is the author of more than sixty books in a number of genres. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of South Alabama where she teaches fiction writing.

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

    The Darkling by R. B. Chesterton is, in short, and excellent pie

    The Darkling by R. B. Chesterton is, in short, and excellent piece of fiction. Set in southern Alabama, this novel combines the allure of a graceful Southern Gothic with the page-turning drive of a suspense. Full of anticipation and suspense, this book is simply terrifying in a Hitchcock sort of way… if Hitchcock set his films under the moss-covered shade trees of the South.

    When a family purchases a bed and breakfast and manor with a Golden Age tragic past, they don’t expect to be plagued by evil. It’s all up to the children’s live-in tutor to save them from the evil force destroying them all, one by one. Because of the plot-twists, this is all I am going to say for the summary.

    This novel is not suitable for small children, but teenagers will thoroughly enjoy it. It’s a pleasure to read a dark, Gothic piece that is truly engrossing, romantic, and beautifully written. It will appeal to fans of the now popular darker novels, suspense, thriller, or horror readers, fans of good Southern literature, or anyone who likes a well-written book. R.B. Chesterton has a treasure in this novel. It hearkens to both Wuthering Heights and Cristobel.

    This novel is scary all the way through, which is part of its hook and keeps the pages turning. That said, this may not be a bedtime book. I know I kept the lights on at least one night after reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Creepy

    This movie was suspenseful from page one. There were twists around every turn. A few I knew ahead of time how they would turn out. But for the most part its pure suspense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Highly recommended! Great from the beginning to the end.

    This is definitely a book you don't wand to put down, yet, I didn't want it to end either. It is a little scary, almost makes you believe there are such evils that may exist.
    I definitely recommend this book. The author is fantastic! I am looking forward to her next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    Absolutely terrifying, but brilliantly written.

    Absolutely terrifying, but brilliantly written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    Exciting! Scary! Can't wait until next book! Well written. You

    Exciting! Scary! Can't wait until next book!
    Well written. You don't want to put down the book. What's going to happen next and who's going to win. Carolyn Hanies makes you believe evil is really out there and at times you can even see IT.
    Another wonderful book by The Great Writer - Carolyn Haines

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

    Creepy.  The story builds suspense.

    Creepy.  The story builds suspense.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    This is definitely a book you want to read in the dark, while un

    This is definitely a book you want to read in the dark, while under the covers, with a golf club nearby for when you get the willies. It's a wonderfully fun, quick read, that flows much more than normal 'horror' books. Perhaps that is because the author just can't help herself: she IS a great writer! Whether she's writing her lighter side in the Mississippi Delta, or via her darker side in Fever Moon or Pnenumbra, or the best yet--Deception, she can't help herself! You won't want to put it down--and even if you do, DON'T! The end will leave you exhausted, asking questions, and just saying, "wow!" FUN, FUN, FUN!!! 

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

    The Darkling just plain scared the bejeezus out of me. More than

    The Darkling just plain scared the bejeezus out of me. More than once, I had to put the book down and wait for the hairs on my arms to lie back down before I could pick it up again. But pick it up again I did!
    A rollicking good scare and a masterful modern gothic tale. 

    Carolyn Haines IS "Little Orphant Annie"!

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    Writing as R. B. Chesterton, Carolyn Haines has done a complete

    Writing as R. B. Chesterton, Carolyn Haines has done a complete 180 degree turn from her fabulous, fun "Bones" books, featuring the exciting and sometimes comical antics of Sarah Booth Delaney & friends. The Darkling is 100% spooky ! Set in the sleepy little southern fishing town of Coden, Al, the humidity immediately rises, from page one, and things just continue to heat up from there.It's one of those stories that will keep you up, long past bedtime, because you can NOT put it down, AND it's one of those stories, that if you read it that late at night, will keep you up, long past bedtime, because you will be too scared to go to sleep, so...read it in daylight !
    But, be sure to read it ! It's a keeper !

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