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Melmoth
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
159 posts | 95 read | 4 reading | 170 to read
Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But the sheltered life she has crafted for herself is about to change. A strange manuscript has come into her possession, and its contents have the power to unravel every strand of her fragile safety net. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her. Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they've done, or be led into the darkness. Despite her scepticism, Helen can't stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take. Exquisitely written, and gripping until the very last page, this is a masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world.
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Michael_Gee
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Ok story with a timeless feel and Gothic references leading to an actually satisfying reveal but my god the ending is just embarrassing.

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AFrostCauseReads
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Pickpick

Just finished this and sent it out for the last round of #lmpbc Thank you ladies for all the gothic literature reads!

It was an interesting read, definitely different from my normal picks. I liked the rich writing, characters, moral dilemmas, and creepiness, but the structure was a little too loose for me. Kinda jumpy.

Also, with the spooky bits going on in it, it counts for #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix #screamathon #wickedathon

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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

So I *still* haven‘t read The Essex Serpent (which I bought years ago for the lovely cover) but I read Melmoth for #LMPBC last month and liked it a lot, so I suppose I should?

This was a really good fall read that put me in mind of The Historian with an international, scholarly-type approach to a gothic ghost story. I loved not knowing what was real and what was all in the character‘s minds, and the ending! Total goosebumps.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lynnsoprano Now I definitely want to read this, as The Historian is one of my all time favorites. I had mixed views about The Essex Serpent, so I had wondered about this. 7mo
Crazeedi I was of two minds with Essex serpent, and the historian was excellent, my thoughts the same @Lynnsoprano 7mo
sprainedbrain @Lynnsoprano The Historian is definitely better (one of my faves too!) but I really enjoyed this one. Reviews seem to be very mixed on it, though. 😬 7mo
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TheSpineView
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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#FallTreasures @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
Prompt: A DNF

This was one I just didn't like the writing. The plot was slow and never really connected with the characters.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻📚😫 8mo
BookNAround This one wasn‘t successful for me either. 8mo
Eggs 😑📚🤔 8mo
TheSpineView @BookNAround IKR! But I saw a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews. 😏 8mo
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rjsthumbelina
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Pickpick

This took me FOREVER to read, but it was enjoyable. I wanted it to be a little more creepy, but enjoyed the #gothic vibes that we got. And I always love when books are told with #mixedmedia elements. Read for #lmpbc

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veritysalter
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️A sleepless night and a re-read (listen) to this eerie tale of the folklore figure Melmoth the Wanderer. Melmoth is doomed to witness the worst of humanity, forever alone seeking sinners to join her. #Scarathlon2020 #TeamSlaughter 15pts + 1pt

Clwojick 🖤👏🏻🎉♥️ 2y
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Beachesnbooks
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October TBR! 🎃👻☠️🦇🍂

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Laughterhp
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And with that, I have finished #Booked2020 - Summer Prompts

About Genocide 👍🏻
Eccentric MC 💚
YA Novel by POC 👎🏻
#WineorWhine 👎🏻
Banned Book 💚
#ArmChairTravel 💚

And I‘m also almost done with Fall already! I just need #ThinkPink which I‘m not sure what I‘m going to read yet and Bottom of your TBR, so we‘ll see what that is 😂

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻congrats on completing #Summer #Booked2020 👙🌞🍦📚This is your #OfficialThirdQuarterEntry 🎊🎊🎊 2y
Cinfhen 4/6 isn‘t too bad.... 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 🥳📚♥️👊🏻 2y
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Laughterhp
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Pickpick

This book probably won‘t be for everyone. I wasn‘t really sure what to expect. I really enjoyed Essex Serpent, so I knew I had to read her other books. This was the perfect fall read. A little gothic and creepy, not sure what was going on. Historical fiction, reading notes from the past. Magical realism mixed in where you don‘t know what‘s real and what‘s not.

#BookSpinBingo
#Booked2020 - #ArmchairTravel - I now want to visit Prague

Cinfhen Fabulous choice for #ArmChairTravel ✈️🌍💫 2y
Read-y_Picker Just received my copy. Can hardly wait to get started! 2y
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Librarybelle I‘m hoping to read this one in October! 2y
TheAromaofBooks I'm in love with that cover!!! 2y
BarbaraBB You make is very tempting to read it. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! Sounds like my cup of tea. 2y
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rwmg
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Pickpick

A peculiar book. It took me a while to get used to the style and I'm still not sure whether Melmoth was supposed to be real or just how the characters intepreted a guilty conscience, but then maybe that uncertainty is what the author was aiming for. I will read more of this author.

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shaynarae
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Mehso-so

I have to be honest here and say that Melmoth didn‘t quite do it for me. I liked the premise, but the execution felt a bit clunky. It‘s a gothic novel set in modern Prague, containing the ghost stories of Melmoth that seem repetitive instead of compelling or interesting. The anachronism and redundancy made it difficult to keep my attention. I‘m starting to think that Sarah Perry just may not be the author for me.

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AnneCecilie
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

I‘m not sure what I felt about this, but think it‘s a pick

We met Helen who through her friend Karel, is introduced to the legend of Melmoth, a woman who watches you and is a witness

Karel feel followed, and so does Helene. Karel gives Helen documentation that “proves” that Melmoth is more than a legend. This is different stories and among them is a story about a young boy before, during and after WWII in Prague. And his story will stay with me

AnneCecilie And we also get the answer to who is following Helen? Can it be Melmoth? 2y
Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 2y
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AnneCecilie
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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#ThoughtfulThursday works hopefully well on a Wednesday too 🤪

1. Umbridge from HP.

2. New flowers, just out the own cakes 🧁 🍰 🎂 and waffles

3. Tagged, Weather by Jenny Offill and 🎧 The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Thanks for the tag @Buechersuechtling Sorry about being so late in answering

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 💗📚 2y
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thebeercolonel
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
Pickpick

Oh my hat what a novel, read it in 2 days, the beat of the prose and the menace and the sense of Prague just carries you along with the whole gorgeous thing.

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Cuilin
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Mehso-so

This started out great but towards the end I got bored and started speed reading.

And so completes my winter reading prompts for #booked2020 #covercrush

Cathythoughts Nice cover ! I havnt been attracted to this one .... think I‘ll give it a miss now 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts Oh well done 👍🏻 You‘re finished winter ... I‘m hoping to be by the end of March 🤞🏻😁 2y
Tamra I got bogged down in the middle of the audio version, but did finish it. 2y
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Cuilin
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I mean, if you‘re going to be drunk, this is probably the best way to be so.
#booked2020 #covercrush
Really enjoying this story, if a little eerie at times.

mollyrotondo I liked this one too. I just won her first book from Goodreads which was a nice surprise 2y
Cuilin @mollyrotondo She‘s an amazing writer. (edited) 2y
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RMS
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Mehso-so

Book #1 of 2020 (I know, I know...January was not a good month!) was Melmoth by Sarah Perry. I've rated it so-so because, whereas I really enjoyed the super descriptive prose style, I didn't really feel gripped by the story until after halfway through. It felt like a bit of a slog and the ending was a bit meh for my liking. That said, it has inspired me to revisit Perry's The Essex Serpent which I had tried to read and then abandoned!

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Lena_writes
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Pickpick

Just finished this one. Beautifully written and evocative, with some difficult subject matter at times. Would recommend.

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Lena_writes
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#audiobooking while I put finishing touches to this Leuchtturm sleeve. #workworkwork

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MamaGina
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Thrilled to share that my January pick for #ReadwithMrBook #1WordTitle was MELMOTH by Sarah Perry. Creepy and gothic, not my usual fare, but I had to read it after enjoying The Essex Serpent. While she tells an excellent story and while I definitely consider this a page turner, what stands out about Perry is how she uses language to create atmosphere and a sense of dread. She excels at painting with words and draws you in from the first page!🤓

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Annashep
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First read for 2020!!! 📚📚❤️❤️😊⭐️

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Annashep
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My final end of 2019 tally ... I‘m not a super fast reader so I don‘t think I did too bad .. I‘d hoped for 30 so fell a little short but sure I‘ll get to more in 2020 ... first book of 2020 Melmoth by Sarah Perry!!!

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Biblionut
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Mehso-so

Beautiful writing but slow. I felt this way about The Essex Serpent as well. Melmoth is a doomed woman that wanders the earth witnessing terrible deeds done by people and then preys on their guilt and despair to join her as a companion.

BookNAround I didn‘t love this one either. 2y
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quietjenn
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Opting for this in the flight back to Philly.

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quietjenn
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When your indecisive at the airport bookstore and there's a sale. (I think the ale is always on, but I usually don't like the options. Today, it was hard to select just three!)

Sharpeipup Smash burger ...mmmmm.... 2y
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andrew61
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I really liked this very atmospheric and creepy story written with great skill which absorbed me from beginning to end. Melmoth, a spirit, the woman who went to the open cave after the crucifixion denies seeing jesus and is doomed to wander forever drawing sinners to her. The bk, set in Prague, finds Helen drawn into the mystery of lost papers abt melmoth, +we see stories of crimes as well as helen's own mystery. A great rd for dark winter nights.

Tamra I need to revisit this in print, I really enjoyed the atmosphere but got lost in some of the details on audio. 2y
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JillR
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Pickpick

This was good! Gothic, sinister, sad. It felt historical despite being largely contemporary. A good story, well told; I loved the writing (ps my one complaint about library books; shiny covers!)

ju.ca.no Great picture😍 3y
Branwen I love this book so much! 💕 📚 3y
JillR Thanks @ju.ca.no :) 3y
JillR @Branwen I‘d read such mixed reviews, I was so pleased I enjoyed it! 3y
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veritysalter
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“Do you see her? Has she come?” Melmoth the Watcher is cursed to bear witness to the worst of humanity; be careful not to attract her attention, least you be doomed to join her. The descriptions of Prague are magical, the story one of sorrow and loss, is there hope for redemption?

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TheBookstorePodcast
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

For the second day of my own personal #spooktober is modern gothic horror. Plus the cover is fantastic. Melmoth the Witness is always watching. We read this for Episode 34!

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veritysalter
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome lineup 🖤🧡📚 3y
LeahBergen Ooo, lovely! 👍🏻 3y
veritysalter @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeahBergen Thank you, I‘ve been longing for October, unfortunately it‘s very wet here rather than crisp, but the house is cosy and warm and I have some spooky books. Happy Spooktober to you both and happy reading. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @veritysalter you too!! I‘m wishing for cooler temps!! 3y
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻😊📚❤️ 3y
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rachelm
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Starting this creepy read on a rainy fall day. Like it so far. And I love that my library switched to the #Libby app system last year. So easy to navigate!

Libby1 You‘re welcome! 🤣 3y
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Lizpixie
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This was not only a beautiful book to look at, it was also a beautiful book to read. It has such an air of melancholy but also a touch of hope, the kind of hope a drowning man clutches at to the end. The writing itself was almost dreamlike, poetic & lyrical. It‘s an adaptation of the story of Melmoth the wanderer, a woman condemned to walk the earth alone forever unless she can persuade the guilty to join her. Perfect for #SomethingWickedFall

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Lizpixie
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Up next is a book that I started awhile ago but wasn‘t quite in the mood for, but I need some #gothichorror for this months #SomethingWickedFall #readathon and thought this may fit the bill. I‘m a few more chapters in and I‘m hooked! Guess I‘m in the mood for it now.👁👁

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Librarybelle
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Is the legendary figure of the Melmoth a #human or something of gothic folklore? For the protagonist in this novel, she‘s about to find out the truth... #ayupaugust

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked this one! 3y
rretzler Curious to find out what you think about it. I‘ve been struggling to get through it - I‘m not finding it very interesting. 3y
SauerPatch I didn‘t realize she had another novel! Thanks for showcasing it. I really liked The Essex Serpent so I cant wait to look into this. 😃 3y
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Cinfhen Well played 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼I liked this one but not as much as 3y
Librarybelle @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Cinfhen I liked Essex Serpent, so I‘m hoping I will like this one too. She has such a gothic writing style. 3y
Librarybelle @rretzler Good to know! I would like to read this one in the fall, so I‘ll definitely post about it. 3y
Librarybelle @SauerPatch I liked Essex Serpent, so I definitely had to grab this one when it came out. 😁 3y
squirrelbrain I think this one got more mixed reviews than The Essex Serpent @SauerPatch (not that I‘ve read either yet!) 😁 3y
Crazeedi I haven't read, but my daughter did and she loved rhis 3y
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BookwormAHN
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Thank you so much @TheLibrarian My books arrived today. I'm looking forward to reading them 😸
#95kgiveaway

Branwen Melmoth is sooooooo good! 3y
TheLibrarian Glad they made it ok. Enjoy!! 3y
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monalyisha
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FINALLY finished this! I don‘t want to say too much because there‘s still one #LMPBC‘er waiting to read it but it‘s a “Pick” for me. I get what others are saying about it being slow. It IS. Much of it‘s *painfully* slow, but it‘s an intentionally-set pace that matches the book‘s themes (dread, guilt, shame, history). I don‘t know if I always ”enjoy” Sarah Perry‘s books but I‘m always impressed by her craft. And there‘s real emotion to be found.

TheLibrarian Glad you liked it! I‘m trying to get through Sea Monsters. @Elma Did send me the last book. I just got it yesterday. 3y
Crazeedi I've been thinking I want to read this 3y
monalyisha @MirrorMask I‘ll send this to you by week‘s end! 3y
monalyisha @AnneCecilie This was a “pick” for me, too...but I totally get why you feel unsure! 😉 2y
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Caterina
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Thanks for the #giveaway @TheLibrarian and congrats on 95K! ❤️ I would love to win Melmoth and Looker. 😊 #95kgiveaway

TheLibrarian Thanks for entering! 3y
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monalyisha
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Testing out our new tent before our camping trip in a few weeks. I approve. 🙌🏻

#LMPBC

LapReader Where did you get that mattress? 3y
heikemarie What a good plan! Maybe I‘ll find a tent to test in my backyard this weekend ☺️ 3y
monalyisha @LapReader I got it on Amazon. It was stupidly expensive...like, as much as the tent. But it‘s worth it to not have it deflate in the middle of the night & wake up with my hip bones on the ground! 🙌🏻 This one‘s a double; it fits two people pretty comfortably as long as you‘re both not super-sprawlers. 😉 3y
monalyisha Thanks @heikemarie! I recommend it. 😎 3y
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monalyisha
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I haven‘t posted for the #bookfitnesschallenge yet this week but I‘ve completed 2/4 walks!

I‘m failing horribly at my hydration challenge...but at least I‘m thinking about it??? 🤷‍♀️🙈 No more books finished yet but I‘m making good headway on the tagged book (“Melmoth” for #LMPBC) & my non-fiction audiobook, “The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple.” Oh, and I only have a handful of poems left in “Electric Arches“!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great progress! 3y
DivineDiana 👏🏻👍🏻😀 3y
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monalyisha
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It‘s a reading-on-the-porch kind-of day. Eating tiny ice creams & dreaming. (Pay no attention to the sloppy pieces of wood in the corner.)

#LMPBC #LMPBCnC

DivineDiana Tiny ice cream!!! 😲 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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A strange book indeed. A damned soul/folk tale monster walks the earth as a witness to humanity's evil; she offers her hand to others to walk with her. Her story is told through the stories of many, including half through old letters and diaries from different periods around the world. In the present there is Helen, whose particular evil is a mystery until 3/4 of the way in. Gothic, uncanny writing about sin and redemption, mostly set in Prague.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I really liked this book, but am not sure I understood it? It probably would have been better for me to read it in print, although the #audiobook narration was fantastic. 3y
Emilymdxn I love this book! Great review 3y
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scowler1
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Another strange one from Sarah Perry. Strange and creepy and quite brilliant. This kind of novel should be read at night, alone in an empty house and by candlelight.

saresmoore I am going to take that reading suggestion. 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This is deliciously gothic and spooky. Also very European (set in Prague with Czech, German, and British characters). I love the #audiobook narration!

rretzler I'm glad to hear someone is enjoying it. For some reason, I'm struggling through it - it's just not keeping my attention and I thought I would like it. 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @rretzler I had a similar problem with her other book actually! 3y
Branwen I really didn't care for her first book, but this one I absolutely adored! 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Branwen Same experience for me! 3y
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