. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business. 1 new york times bestselling author “An astonishing work of genius. Bookreporter “Magically transformative. Bookpage can one moment in time haunt you forever? from the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale comes a “poetic and mysterious” Booklist story that will haunt you to your very core.
Bellman & Black: A Novel #ad - Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten.
The Thirteenth Tale: A NovelAtria Books #ad - Together, margaret and vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on margaret lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good.
Instant #1 new york times bestseller “Readers will feel the magnetic pull of this paean to words, books and the magical power of story. People “Eerie and fascinating. Usa today sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny. Reclusive author vida winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself.
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel #ad - Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, a governess, a ghost, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.
Once Upon a River: A NovelAtria/Emily Bestler Books #ad - The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. Once upon a river is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless.
But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s. Suspenseful, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, romantic, this is “a beguiling tale, and richly atmospheric, and just as rich and intriguing” M.
Once Upon a River: A Novel #ad - L. Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. Is it a miracle? is it magic? or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.
Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens.
The Ten Thousand Doors of JanuaryRedhook #ad - Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own. Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow's spellbinding debut--step inside and discover its magic.
As the ward of the wealthy Mr. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, of love, and tells a tale of secret doors, adventure and danger. Then she finds a strange book. A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through. Absolutely enchanting. Christina henry, bestselling author of alice and lost boyslos angeles timeS BESTSELLER!In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January #ad - In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. Locke, largely ignored, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, and utterly out of place.
Bitter OrangeTin House Books #ad - An npr best book of the yeara most anticipated book at time magazine, elle, huffpost, bitter orange is a seductive psychological portrait, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, NYLON, BUST, and moreFrom the author of Our Endless Numbered Days and Swimming Lessons, Parade, a keyhole into the dangers of longing and how far a woman might go to escape her past.
From the attic of lyntons, frances jellico sees them—Cara first: dark and beautiful, a dilapidated English country mansion, then Peter: striking and serious. But she's distracted. The stories that cara tells don’t quite add up, hedonistic couple, the boundaries between truth and lies, and as Frances becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of the glamorous, right and wrong, begin to blur.
Amid the decadence, a small crime brings on a bigger one: a crime so terrible that it will brand their lives forever. It is the first occasion she has had anybody to call a friend, and before long they are spending every day together: eating lavish dinners, drinking bottle after bottle of wine, and smoking cigarettes until the ash piles up on the crumbling furniture.
Bitter Orange #ad - Frances is dazzled. But as the hot summer rolls lazily on, it becomes clear that not everything is right between Cara and Peter. The couple is spending the summer of 1969 in the rooms below hers while Frances is researching the architecture in the surrounding gardens. Beneath a floorboard in her bathroom, she finds a peephole that gives her access to her neighbors’ private lives.
To frances' surprise, Cara and Peter are keen to get to know her.
Our Endless Numbered Days: A NovelTin House Books #ad - Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. After peggy's return to civilization, her mother learns the truth of her escape, of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods, and of the secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since. They repair the hut, bathe in water from the river, hunt and gather food in the summers and almost starve in the harsh winters.
When peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, in doing so, she unwittingly begins to unravel the series of events that brought her to the woods and, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost. Part fairy-tale, part magic, yet always savagely realistic Claire Fuller's haunting and powerful debut Our Endless Numbered Days will appeal to fans of Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child and Christian Baker Kline's Orphan Train.
Our Endless Numbered Days: A Novel #ad - Peggy hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. They mark their days only by the sun and the seasons.
The Woman in WhiteBantam Classics #ad - Wilkie collins's classic thriller took the world by storm on its first appearance in 1859, with everything from dances to perfumes to dresses named in honor of the "woman in white. The novel's continuing fascination stems in part from a distinctive blend of melodrama, comedy, and realism; and in part from the power of its story.
The catalyst for the mystery is Walter Hartright's encounter on a moonlit road with a mysterious woman dressed head to toe in white. She is in a state of confusion and distress, and when Hartright helps her find her way back to London she warns him against an unnamed "man of rank and title. Hartright soon learns that she may have escaped from an asylum and finds to his amazement that her story may be connected to that of the woman he secretly loves.
The Woman in White #ad - Collins brilliantly uses the device of multiple narrators to weave a story in which no one can be trusted, and he also famously creates, the prototype of the suave, in the figure of Count Fosco, sophisticated evil genius. The woman in white is still passed as a masterpiece of narrative drive and excruciating suspense.
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The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock: A NovelHarper #ad - On a voyage to the far east, he sold the Jonah’s ship for something rare and far more precious: a mermaid. Thrust from his ordinary existence, somber Jonah finds himself moving from the city’s seedy underbelly to the finest drawing rooms of high society. This meeting sparks a perilous liaison that steers both their lives onto a dangerous new course as they come to realize that priceless things often come at the greatest cost.
Imogen hermes gowar, a mermaid, and a madam—an unforgettable confection that explores obsession, intrigue, Britain’s most-heralded new literary talent, wonder, and the deepest desires of the heart with bawdy wit, makes her debut with this spellbinding novel of a merchant, and a touch of magic. Jonah is stunned—the object the captain presents him is brown and wizened, with vicious teeth and claws, as small as an infant, and a torso that ends in the tail of a fish.
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock: A Novel #ad - Shortlisted for the baileys women's prize for fiction • a refinery 29 favorite Book of the Year • A Booklist Top 10 First Novels of the Year • A People Best Book of the Fall“Wonderful… completely transporting. Madeline miller, a prosperous merchant finds his quiet life upended when he unexpectedly receives a most unusual creature—and meets a most extraordinary woman—in this much-lauded, and desire with all the magnetism, obsession, atmospheric debut that examines our capacity for wonder, New York Times bestselling author of Circe and The Song of Achilles In 1780s London, originality, and literary magic of The Essex Serpent.
One september evening in 1785, Jonah Hancock hears an urgent knocking on his front door near the docks of London. It is also dead. As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlors and brothels, all of London is curious to see this marvel in Jonah Hancock’s possession.
The Starless Sea: A NovelDoubleday #ad - Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, to a secret club, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth.
From the new york times bestselling author of the Night Circus, painters, lovers, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea. Zachary ezra rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks.
As he turns the pages, key collectors, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. What zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead.
The Starless Sea: A Novel #ad - Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with mirabel, and dorian, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, a handsome, crowded ballrooms, darkened stairwells, a fierce, barefoot man with shifting alliances, pink-haired protector of the place, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
The Shadow Land: A NovelBallantine Books #ad - Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss. Praise for the shadow land“A compelling and complex mystery, strong storytelling, and lyrical writing combine for an engrossing read.
Publishers weekly“in the shadow land, a master storyteller, Elizabeth Kostova, brings vividly to life an unfamiliar country—Bulgaria—and a painful history that feels particularly relevant now. Elizabeth kostova’s third novel clearly establishes her as one of America’s finest writers. Ron rash, author of The Risen.
Soon after arriving in this elegant east European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi—and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. You won’t want to put down this remarkable book. Claire messud, author of the woman upstairs “In this brilliant work, what appears at first a minor mystery quickly becomes emblematic of a whole country’s hidden history.
The Shadow Land: A Novel #ad - Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. From the #1 bestselling author of the Historian comes a mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present—and unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country. A young american woman, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, Alexandra Boyd, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother.
Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov.
The Essex Serpent: A NovelCustom House #ad - I found it so transporting that 48 hours after completing it, I was still resentful to be back home. New york times“an irresistible new novel…the most delightful heroine since Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice…By the end, The Essex Serpent identifies a mystery far greater than some creature ‘from the illuminated margins of a manuscript’: friendship.
Washington Post"Richly enjoyable. A kirkus review best book of 2017 and a Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction. While admiring the sites, cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. This is the best new novel I’ve read in years" Daily Telegraph.
Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, Martha, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, and the boy’s nanny, Francis, her fiercely protective friend. You can feel the influences of mary shelley, Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Hilary Mantel channeled by Perry in some sort of Victorian séance.
The Essex Serpent: A Novel #ad - After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year’s Eve. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species.