Drowning Rapunzel

Drowning Rapunzel

by Annette Gisby


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Recently released from a mental institution, Beth Gregory accepts a job as a live-in secretary/PA to the reclusive painter Josh Warrington. From the first moment he sees her, Beth's long red hair fascinates him, and Josh wants her to be his Rapunzel for a series of fairy tale paintings on which he's working.

Beth has two major fears: that she will be sent back to the mental hospital and that the visions which landed her there in the first place will return. They do; this time giving her glimpses of murders before they happen. Beth becomes the main suspect in the murder investigation and then she has the most disturbing vision of all: she will become the next victim...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411687844
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she'd devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.

When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day. She's a fan of Japanese Manga and Anime and one day hopes to learn Japanese.

She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It's diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.

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He wished he'd thought of the water sooner. It was easier that way, not so much mess. It was peaceful too, watching her hair fan out behind her like a veil of gold. She didn't struggle after his hands were around her neck and he was grateful. It showed him that she accepted her fate dutifully, like she should. She should never have made him wait so long.

Now he was waiting again, but he didn't mind. He was used to waiting now. Waiting could almost have been his middle name. Actually, it was Alphonse, but anyone who knew that was already dead and so it didn't matter anymore.

It was a while since he had hunted like this, anticipated the inevitable. Usually he preferred the quick kill, where they didn't know he was coming until they started screaming. He liked to hear them scream. Made it all seem that bit much more worthwhile.

But there was something different about this one; something that made him want to wait, to delay the final moment, to make it last. He wanted to frighten her long before the end, when she would beg him to kill her. He couldn't quite tell what it was; there was just an air of something other about her. She wasn't like the other girls and he grinned broadly. Of course she wasn't. She was special. They were all special. They were his.

Maybe it was the hair which attracted him. It was long, tumbling in red-gold waves down her back, almost to her waist. It reminded him of golden syrup. He loved golden syrup, loved to eat it straight out of the tin with his fingers. No mother to nag him about that. Not anymore. Fingers were fine, but sometimes he preferred bread, white bread, none of that wholemeal nonsense. He couldalmost taste it on his tongue, could almost taste her and he had to stifle a gasp at the image. No point in attracting undue attention to himself.

Maybe it wasn't the hair; maybe it was the grey-green eyes which seemed to see right down to his soul. Would she recoil in terror at what she saw there, or would she welcome it like the others before her? They had all welcomed him in the end. Or maybe it was the way she dressed, so unlike her contemporaries in their short skirts and skimpy tops. Any time he'd seen her, she was always covered up in long dresses and baggy sweaters, as if she didn't want to show off any of her womanly curves. She had curves, the clothes could not disguise them and he had long imagined his hands roving over her delicate skin.

He also knew that underneath all those layers, there was a wanton harlot just waiting for him to let her out.

But not yet. He would wait. He was getting good at waiting.

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Drowning Rapunzel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was totally not what I expected, based simply on the title. I actually went back and read the synopsis again after I started reading. This is a chilling story that gripped me right from the beginning. Beth is a young girl recently out of a mental institution, who is trying to find her way in the world. She accepts a job as a live-in secretary for a reclusive, wealthy, eccentric artist. Strange things begin happening as soon as she moves in. Beth isn't sure if the things she is seeing and experiencing are real, or if her mental illness is taking over her world again. She doesn't know who to talk to, who to trust, or what to do about her visions. If you're looking for a quick, psychological thriller, Drowning Rapunzel fits the bill. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
AlisBooksAF More than 1 year ago
This was an unique story involving the supernatural, horror, mystery, and romance. Beth has gone to work for the very eccentric Josh Warrington. Beth herself has a history of mental illness. Beth is seeing visions, and people are turning up dead. There are so many possibilities of who the killer may be. I enjoyed the plot, and the fact that it wasn't predictable. The characters were not all well-defined, but that fit with the mystery of the plot. There's a romance in the story, but it's not at all typical. There were a couple heart-warming scenes, though, despite the general oddness of the characters. The story flowed nicely and had a smooth pace. There were a couple times that things seemed a little unbelievable, though. For instance, Beth was nearly drowned in a sink in one of her visions, only to act like it was no big deal. I was also annoyed a couple times by the rudeness Beth had towards Josh at times. I would chalk up these times to her just being comfortable with him. Still, it bothered me. Overall, I enjoyed the characters and the plot. I found myself pleading with the author to not let the murderer be Beth or Josh. I won't give away the ending. You'll have to read it yourself! I rate it 4 stars, and I look forward to reading more from Annette Gisby! Warnings: some mild gore and horror *I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Annette pens "Drowning Rapunzel, a romantic suspense with a touch of paranormal thrown in that will keep you guessing throughout the whole book. Every time I thought I figured it out, she would throw something else at me and I was hooked until I found out who did it. Each of her characters were very well thought out and descriptive which made it an excellent read.  This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Review of Drowning Rapunzel by Annette Gisby 5 stars If you love the novels of Victoria Holt; if you raptly devoured Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca”; if you’re an aficionado of the subgenre that in the 1950’s and 1960’s was termed “Gothic romantic suspense,” be assured you are going to LOVE “Drowning Rapunzel.” Not only does the settings, the plotting, the locales, and the characters remind me of this beloved sub-genre, but so does the author’s smooth and cosy writing style, almost in a sense tongue-in-cheek not-quite-omniscient narration. Beth has had visions, or as the medical profession would term it, “hallucinations,” and that has caused her time in an institution. Now released and working for her aunt Sarah in the latter’s antique shop, Beth craves to get on her own, get a different full-time job, and eventually buy a residence. When she is immediately hired by reclusive and eccentric painter Josh Wainwright as a secretary/personal assistant, she is ecstatic, even though her brother Andrew (not too stable himself) and Josh’s housekeeper Flora disapprove. Beth’s main concern is whether she was hired as an assistant, or because of her long, beautiful, Pre-Raphaelite reddish-gold curls. She certainly will not pose nude, if that’s what the painter wants! But on her first day in the Wainwright establishment, the visions return; now they involve death and the deceased, and someone trying to kill her, even though she is alone at the time. With Beth’s background (the institutional duration) it would be easy to “gaslight” her, to convince her she is once again mentally disturbed; but what if her visions are real, and refer to actual events? What is someone IS attempting to kill her?
KaribbeanIsland1 More than 1 year ago
**4 Stars** I received a copy of this book for an honest review as part of a blog tour. MY OVERVIEW: I really enjoyed the mystery of this book. I like how the author threw a little supernatural in there.  PROS: I wish I could see the paintings. The author described them really well and I know I would love to have one in my home. Beth was great. I loved reading about, really, her coming of age story. She went through a fantastic journey and I enjoyed being there with her through it.  CONS: I did not like Andrew. There was something that just seemed off about him. He was also really old fashioned when it came to Beth. She shouldn’t wear certain clothes, or act a certain way. He was waaay too over protective of her, but not in a good way at all. MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed this book and hope that the author writes more stories about Beth and Josh. I know there is a short novella about Beth and I look forward to reading it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! I was completely absorbed start to finish. I loved Beth, and thought I had everything figured out, but that would have been too easy, I guess! (Not going to spoil anything, just read the book!)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Ms. Gisby has written an exciting thriller! DROWNING RUPUNZEL is definitely my kind of read. From start to finish, I couldn¿t put this book down. The main character, Beth Gregory is alive, no matter that the reader knows this is fiction. Will she ever find the peace that she so desires? Through all the twists and turns, you won¿t know until the very end. How awful to find out you are scheduled to be a victim of your own affliction. What do I mean? Get a copy of this book and find out. You will be sorry if you don¿t, because the next vision Beth has¿may be you as the victim. Don¿t believe in physic ability? You will when you read this thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beth Gregory¿s 'gift,' silent since her release from a mental hospital, comes back to life after she accepts the job of live-in assistant to an independently wealthy painter. Having future events take place before her eyes, reflected in mirrors or watery surfaces, is a psychic talent that Beth can neither control nor appreciate. After all, it was this 'gift' that caused her physician brother to have her committed in the first place¿and one of her two great fears, now, is that Andrew will send her back there. Her other fear is that the visions disrupting her new life (and her first real independence from her family) will come true. Which they do. Repeatedly. I should know better than to begin an Annette Gisby book toward the end of the evening. As usual, I wound up sitting right where I was and reading it straight through. I am not a fan of the thriller genre, but 'Drowning Rapunzel' is not a conventional thriller. This author doesn¿t rely on blood and gore to shock her readers into an appropriately unnerved state. Instead she writes about ordinary people doing ordinary things, lulling us right along with her heroine¿until she drops the tale¿s next bombshell. Like Beth Gregory, we soon find ourselves reaching out¿with heightened senses and ever growing dread¿to probe the motives and analyze the actions of the story¿s other characters. We know as well as she does that the killer of long-haired women, whose handiwork she keeps seeing (always before the crime takes place), has her on his list. Also like Beth, we won¿t know until the last minute who that killer will turn out to be. Her talented but eccentric employer? Her overprotective, temperamental brother? A staff member from the mental hospital? Or is it someone else entirely? I figured it out exactly one paragraph before Beth did. Let¿s see if you can do any better!