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People of Abandoned Character
People of Abandoned Character | Clare Whitfield
28 posts | 15 read | 45 to read
'An astonishing book' M.W. CRAVEN He is my husband. To honour and obey. Until murder do us part. London, 1888: Susannah rushes into marriage to a young and wealthy surgeon. After a passionate honeymoon, she returns home with her new husband wrapped around her little finger. But then everything changes. His behaviour becomes increasingly volatile and violent. He stays out all night, returning home bloodied and full of secrets. Lonely and frustrated, Susannah starts following the gruesome reports of a spate of murders in Whitechapel. But as the killings continue, her mind takes her down the darkest path imaginable. Every time her husband stays out late, another victim is found dead. Is it coincidence? Or is he the man they call Jack the Ripper?
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Balibee146
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I've always had a bit of a gruesome fascination with the Jack the Ripper case, so hoping for good things from my next read 🤞

#currentlyreading

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 2w
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AmyG
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I am off to Kansas City and our plane took off and landed back in Denver as the cargo door light said open. Ha….more time to read. Looking to finish this wonderful book. (Thanks again @Mitch )

Kdgordon88 You‘d think they‘d notice that before take off 😂 safe travels to you! 3w
AmyG @Kdgordon88 We found out the door was closed but a glitch with the warning light. And thank you! First stop was BBQ. (edited) 3w
Mitch Safe trip 😘 3w
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AmyG Thank you @Mitch and I loved the book. Question….have you ever read Angle of Repose -Wallace Stegner? (edited) 3w
Mitch @AmyG so glad you liked it. 🥰 3w
Mitch @AmyG of course! Mel is green with envy! 3w
Mitch @AmyG I‘ve not read that - is it a famous Amy recommends…? 3w
AmyG Well, maybe it will find you one day. ;) 3w
AmyG I found it at the library, books for sale, and it‘s a favorite. I needed to take it home with me…for someone special. 😘 3w
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lazydaizee
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This is the story of a poor Victorian nurse who marries a very rich man. Very early into her marriage, she realises that there is something not right about her new husband.

https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8054/9781838932732

#jacktheripper
#historicalfiction
#murder

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Balibee146
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More #bookmail. I have plenty of tbr in the book hoard but could not resist grabbing this 🤦‍♀️🤣
P. S. Just ignore slight peek of other half lying on floor muttering about his lower back 😜

AmyG This is a good one. 4w
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Cazxxx
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Pickpick

Borrowed this from the library knowing nothing about it and wow! This was a great read which has very strong Rebecca vibes. A creepy mystery with lots of twists and turns and a real page turner
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AmyG I‘m reading this now and I thought the same about the Rebecca vibes. 4w
Cazxxx @AmyG Are you enjoying it? 4w
AmyG I am. Lots of mystery. 4w
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Cazxxx @AmyG It‘s a good one 😊 4w
AmyG It also has a Sarah Waters vibe to it. Have you read any of her books? 4w
perfectsinner On my want to reads list 4w
Cazxxx @perfectsinner it‘s a good one! 4w
perfectsinner Awesome. On the list it goes. Had a feeling it would, especially when @AmyG mentioned Sarah Waters vibes 4w
Cazxxx @AmyG I haven‘t, are they worth a read? 4w
AmyG If you liked this one, chck outher books. This one is my favorite but I think they are all probably good. 4w
Cazxxx @AmyG thanks I‘ll have a look for it 😊 4w
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AmyG
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1. Tagged
2. Facetime with my grandson
3. Biggest pet peeve....being interrupted. Like, can‘t you see I‘M READING?

Tagging everyone!
#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 I have a coffee cup that says “Go Away, I‘m Reading” that I use when I am not to be disturbed 😂 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 4w
Soubhiville @AmyG the book you sent came today 😁 Thank you! Have you read it yet? I started the first few pages, but I really should finish my bookclub books before I really dive in. It caught my attention right away though! 4w
AmyG @Soubhiville I haven‘t read it yet. I will bump it up to my next hardcover read. We can then discuss. 3w
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Cazxxx
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📚 Currently reading too many books but loving the tagged book on audio 📚
❄️ The cold weather is making me happy this week❄️
😕 l hate when I‘m deep into a book and my son just doesn‘t stop talking 😅

Thanks for the tag @DarkMina

Jari-chan Uh, people talking to you while you're trying to read... 🙄 4w
DarkMina @Cazxxx You‘re welcome! 4w
Cazxxx @Jari-chan it annoys me so much! 4w
Jari-chan @Cazxxx Me, too! My boss used to do it during lunch break.. 🙄 Happily, he realized he won't get an answer 🤭 4w
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AmyG
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I volunteer at our hospital gift shop and when it‘s quiet…I read. Starting this today. Thanks @Mitch

TrishB Look forward to seeing what you think, I have this on the pile 👍🏻 1mo
AmyG I will post when I finish it. @TrishB (edited) 1mo
Twainy I think this is a Goldsboro award winner … look forward to your review. 1mo
Mitch Enjoy 👏🏼 4w
AmyG So far so good! 4w
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AmyG
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Thank you my sweet friend. This looks so good! You are so kind.
😘😘😘😘. @Mitch

Mitch Happy Birthday xxx 1mo
LeahBergen This was a fun one! 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh yes ! Good book 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
AmyG Good to know...thanks! @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts 1mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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Pickpick

A nurse who thinks her life is servitude in the hospital is whisked off her feet by a young surgeon. As marred life begins, he is not the devoted husband he seemed. Set in 1888 with Jack the Ripper at large, Susannah's mind starts to run away with her. Whitfield has created a great novel with lots of twists and turns. Written with pace that keeps you turning the page.

#VictorianLondon #JackTheRipper #ReadABook #LibraryMouse #InkDrinker #BookNerd

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Can‘t remember if this one was a Litsy or IG inspired purchase - but I‘m pretty much sold on anything that‘s set in 1888 🤓

BiblioLitten Oh I have this on my TBR! 2mo
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Tamra
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Pickpick

Seasonally appropriate and throughly entertaining! Definitely has Rebecca vibes. 🥺 I really didn‘t expect one of the turns of character and was a brave choice on Whitfield‘s part.

Tamra MC turned out to be not entirely likable and not all the victim perhaps she seems to be in the beginning. As a woman, she had to do what she had to do to survive. 2mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed too … and yes !! What a turn of events !! 2mo
Cathythoughts I think this is a debut… I hope she writes more books 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts yes! This one is coming out next year. 😄 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh very interesting! I may have to pre-order 😊 2mo
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Tamra
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Audio dip manicure today - self care. Enjoying the tagged book! Has Rebecca vibes. 🥺

Tamra @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you - it‘s a a lot darker purple than the pic. Perfect for fall! 😁 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice colour ! It does have Rebecca vibes !! 2mo
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Balibee146 Oh I absolutely love dip powder.... I have tons of them 💕💕 3w
Tamra @Balibee146 how well does the process work at home? Last very long? 3w
Balibee146 @Tamra as long as the pre nail prep is good they last on me until I want a change of need to remove or backfill due to growth. I love dip powders lol. 3w
Balibee146 I've just started experimenting with builder gels as a nail overlay underneath the dip and about to do a nail tech course for that element! UV gels need to be done right with good quality brands (some well known ones have alleged problems!) or risk allergies etc....clear dip under the coloured ones can be used as a nail overly too without those hassles 👍 3w
Tamra @Balibee146 I‘m not confident in my patience to do it myself. 😏 3w
Balibee146 @Tamra i hated my first application... Wasn't fun at all though it looked alright. I'd suggest a You Tuber called Marla Kris.... Her tutorials are awesome....there's been a problem with music rights on old videos so they are often no music but worth a watch. She has a Facebook group too. My beginner mistake was using a cuticle remover liquid... They are all oily... Just gentle prep and take your time with a light colour 👍 3w
Tamra @Balibee146 thank you for the advice! 3w
Balibee146 @tamra you are welcome.... Oh and that colour is beautiful, what is it if you don't mind? 3w
Tamra @Balibee146 Unfortunately I don‘t recall! I‘ve had another color since. 3w
Balibee146 Ah no worries but thanks 😁 3w
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JaneyWaneyB
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Nose stuck in my book this Sunday afternoon after writing lots of Litsy Love replies this morning. Hope you are all having a great Sunday and making time for yourself

#WMHD2021 #ReadABook #SundayReadersClub #Bookworms #BookWitch #LibraryMouse #InkDrinker #Mystery #LostInABook #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #Escape #SelfCare

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Cathythoughts
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Well , I certainly got my serial killer fix 👍🏻London , 1888. Lots of twists in the second half. A good page turner.. I think I needed that thrilling read 😱

TrishB I love that title! 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Have you read this Trish ? As I have an extra copy & could pop it in with your birthday present ( if you are interested… 2mo
batsy @TrishB Was just thinking it's a great title, too! 2mo
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batsy Nice review...sounds intriguing! 2mo
TrishB That would be fab, thanks Cathy (for both!). 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy it‘s a good page turner 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Oh good ! I‘ll pop it in 👍🏻😁 2mo
Reggie Lol, sometimes we just need something different. Nice review, Cathy. 2mo
LeahBergen This was just the ticket when I read it, too. 👍 2mo
Tamra On my TBR, I‘m glad it‘s a page turner! 2mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie Hey Reggie !! Yes , sometimes we do 👍🏻❤️ thanks x 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Yes , it‘s a great old read 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra Yes ! I think it is … look forward to your thoughts 😁🤞🏻 2mo
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Blueroseis
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If anyone is considering purchasing People of Abandoned Character then you may be interested to know that The Works have taken 78% off the RRP. You can now buy it for £2.00

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Blueroseis
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When I reviewed this book some 10 months ago on Litsy I said this debut novel deserved an award. It has now received one. Well deserved in my opinion.

Twainy I‘ve not heard of it. I‘m going to go look 😁 thank you 2mo
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Mitch
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There's no shortage of books based around 1888 Whitechapel & the horror of the murdering of women that took place. This is a genuinely fresh take on that well trod ground - a gothic, macabre story - that has diverse characters. Susannah tries hard to navigate the roles she must play whilst under the pressure of an abusive relationship. The story has tension, grit, blood & violence. It's also well researched and paced well with lots of twists.

squirrelbrain Great review! 2mo
LeahBergen I agree! Wonderful review. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻I need to get this 2mo
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Mitch
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That‘s a brave pen portrait ! 🤣

TheKidUpstairs I love a well written author bio! 2mo
squirrelbrain Very clever! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s cool! 2mo
Mitch @squirrelbrain Brave as she's also a debut author! 2mo
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Malthe
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Graywacke Welcome to Litsy! 2mo
Malthe Thanks Gray 2mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2mo
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Mitch
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Thank so much for the recommendation @JaneyWaneyB - this page turner is helping me get my reading groove back on!

Cathythoughts Page turner / groove back .. sounds like a good one , stacked 2mo
AmyG That sounds like a good read! 2mo
LeahBergen I really enjoyed this! 2mo
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Mitch @LeahBergen I‘m powering through this and it‘s just what I needed. X 2mo
Mitch @AmyG it‘s a page turner - I haven‘t walked around the house, from room to room with my nose in a book for ages! 2mo
Mitch @Cathythoughts it‘s just what I needed 2mo
BiblioLitten Stacked! 2mo
JaneyWaneyB Ooh that is on my TBR glad to hear it is a good one. I'm reading The Man Who Would Be Jack...some compelling evidence so far. Hope you enjoy it too 2mo
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Andrea4
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I did enjoy this for the most part; I found Susanna a little grating after a while. the prominence placed on women and the LGBTQ community made it that much interesting. I'm honestly surprised this was a first novel.
I'm very intrigued by Jack the Ripper and if anyone has some good non-fiction resources to share, please do! I have no idea what the general consensus is on Jack the Ripper presently but i'd love to read into it!

JaneyWaneyB @Andrea4 Have you read The Five? Absolutely brilliant one of my favourite books 3mo
Andrea4 @JaneyWaneyB no I have not, but I've stacked it now! Thanks for the rec! 3mo
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LeahBergen
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The narrator of this novel set in 1888 London is Susannah, an ex-nurse who has rushed into marriage with a wealthy surgeon. Soon, their rosy relationship begins to sour and she realizes that the recent murders of women seem to coincide with the evenings in which her husband doesn‘t come home. 😬

(It‘s starting out good!)

Bette Sounds good! 🤞😊 9mo
quietjenn Ooo, I'm intrigued. 9mo
Cathythoughts Oh this sounds really good 👍🏻stacking 9mo
Reviewsbylola Ooooh sounds really promising! 9mo
Suet624 Oh boy! That would be an interesting discovery. 9mo
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CindiB

A few weeks ago I saw a book tube video that spoke about combining fiction and non-fiction reads to give a deeper/better understanding of the subject. Having seen The Five and having this book, I decided to pair them. Starting the novel today, but The Five showed me the stereotypes/myths around Jack the Ripper and looking at this title, I am wondering is this just another propagation of the myth? If yes, not all that interested, but let‘s see.

stretchkev In high school I had a year when the English and History were combined. We read fictional titles that corresponded with the time period we were studying. Was a neat way to get immersed in the history. This sounds even more immersive. 12mo
CindiB @stretchkev it sounds like you had a good teacher there! 12mo
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Blueroseis
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Prepared to be shocked by the written word in this novel. An abusive husband and psychological torment from the house keeper along with the goings on in a Mollie's House all of which is described in detail is surpassed by the graphic description of the injuries to the victims of 'Jack the Ripper' You may even feel the warmth and slime of the blood running down your own arms as you become absorbed in the story. This debut novel deserves an award.

Nute Definitely intrigued! Stacking! 3mo
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BookishMarginalia
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#BookMail from #GoldsboroBooks — signed editions!

ShelleyBooksie What a gorgeous cover on The Lost Spells!! I havennot heard of this book. 13mo
BookishMarginalia @ShelleyBooksie The book itself is absolutely gorgeous! The illustrations are richly detailed and just beautiful. 13mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been wanting The Madman‘s Library! 13mo
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Blueroseis
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After reading the reviews of this book I have just placed an order for it. I did my usual shopping around and got a new copy with free delivery on Ebay for £9.67 which is a good saving. There are a few still available at this price

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Lel2403
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This is historical fiction at its finest. Full of descriptions of the squalid life of the poor in Victorian London, the gruesome murders and the way women were treated at that time. There‘s a mystery too and with the great characters, the marvellous plot with some shocks and surprises on the way, this is a totally immersive read. If you enjoy the books of Ambrose Parry and Bridget Collins, you are going to love this. A must read.

Freespirit Sounds great..stacked! 1y
Lel2403 It really is. A reimagined Jack the Ripper mystery 1y
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