The Death of Jane Lawrence
Books | Fiction / Horror
***AN INSTANT BESTSELLER!***Best Books of 2021 · NPRALA/The Reading List Best Horror 2021 PickLonglisted for the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement in a Novel, 2021From the Bram Stoker-nominated author of The Luminous Dead comes a gothic fantasy horror—The Death of Jane Lawrence."A jewel box of a Gothic novel." —New York Times Book Review“Delicious.... By the time the book reached that point of no return, I was so invested that I would have followed Jane into the very depths of hell.” —NPR.org“Intense and amazing! It’s like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell meets Mexican Gothic meets Crimson Peak.” —BookRiotPractical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: that she must never visit Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town. Yet on their wedding night, an accident strands her at his door in a pitch-black rainstorm, and she finds him changed. Gone is the bold, courageous surgeon, and in his place is a terrified, paranoid man—one who cannot tell reality from nightmare, and fears Jane is an apparition, come to haunt him. By morning, Augustine is himself again, but Jane knows something is deeply wrong at Lindridge Hall, and with the man she has so hastily bound her safety to. Set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England, Caitlin Starling crafts a new kind of gothic horror from the bones of the beloved canon. This Crimson Peak-inspired story assembles, then upends, every expectation set in place by Shirley Jackson and Rebecca, and will leave readers shaken, desperate to begin again as soon as they are finished.
St. Martin's Publishing Group
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"this was one of the best books i have ever read!!! i picked it because of the cover but was surprised at the brutal, gothic, romance that purged from the book. it was a heartwrenching, feverdream reminiscent of crimson peak. the tone of the book was my favorite; dark, hollow but so full of life and hope and magic. the ending was a pleasant surprise and i wish i could erase the book from my memory only so i could read it again for the first time. 5000/10 . "
"I couldn’t stop reading it as I was expecting the author to reveal a shocking revelation before the end of the book, but I was fairly disappointed in the ending. The foreshadowing made the ending obvious and Starling’s explanation for the mysteries of Lindridge Hall was too abstract for my liking. I still give this book a thumbs up out of respect for the author for creating such a unique and intricate story which I’m sure others would enjoy. "