The Taxidermist's Daughter

The Taxidermist's Daughter Kate Mosse
  • Title: The Taxidermist's Daughter
  • Author: Kate Mosse
  • ISBN: 9780062402158
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Taxidermist's Daughter Kate Mosse The Taxidermist s Daughter A chilling and spooky Gothic historical thriller reminiscent of Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw dripping with the dark twists and eerie surprises that are the hallmarks of Edgar Allan Poe from the
    A chilling and spooky Gothic historical thriller reminiscent of Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw, dripping with the dark twists and eerie surprises that are the hallmarks of Edgar Allan Poe, from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Citadel.In a remote village near the English coast, residents gather in a misty churchyard More than a decade into tA chilling and spooky Gothic historical thriller reminiscent of Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw, dripping with the dark twists and eerie surprises that are the hallmarks of Edgar Allan Poe, from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Citadel.In a remote village near the English coast, residents gather in a misty churchyard More than a decade into the twentieth century, superstition still holds sway It is St Mark s Eve, the night when the shimmering ghosts of those fated to die in the coming year are said to materialize and amble through the church doors.Alone in the crowd is Constantia Gifford, the taxidermist s daughter Twenty two and unmarried, she lives with her father on the fringes of town, in a decaying mansion cluttered with the remains of his once world famous museum of taxidermy No one speaks of why the museum was shuttered or how the Giffords fell so low Connie herself has no recollection a childhood accident has erased all memory of her earlier days Even those who might have answers remain silent The locals shun Blackthorn House, and the strange spinster who practices her father s macabre art.As the last peal of the midnight bell fades to silence, a woman is found dead a stranger Connie noticed near the church In the coming days, snippets of long lost memories will begin to tease through Connie s mind, offering her glimpses of her vanished years Who is the victim, and why has her death affected Connie so deeply Why is she watched by a mysterious figure who has suddenly appeared on the marsh nearby Is her father trying to protect her with his silence or someone else The answers are tied to a dark secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father s workshop a mystery that draws Connie closer to danger closer to madness closer to the startling truth.
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    About Kate Mosse


    1. Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of than five million copies in 42 languages Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth 2005 , Sepulchre 2007 , The Winter Ghosts 2009 , and Citadel 2012 , as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride Other Haunting Tales 2013 Kate s new novel, The Taxidermist s Daughter is out now.Kate is the Co Founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women s Prize for Fiction previously the Orange Prize and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen s Birthday Honours List for services to literature She lives in Sussex.


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    1. The ghosts of all whom death shall doom within the coming year, in pale procession walk the gloom, amid the silence drear James Montgomery, The Vigil of St.Mark , 1813Our story starts in Sussex in 1912 It is the night before St.Mark s day, a night of spirits and shadows, when the living hide themselves to see the souls of the dead parading in the church yard This is no place for the dead But the souls are not dead yet They are the images of those who will die during the coming year Or so the vil [...]

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    2. Constantia Connie was twelve years old when she had a terrible accident, falling down the stairs and hitting her head on the marble tiles She doesn t remember the accident nor anything in her life that happened before that, has just been told she almost died Now 22 and unmarried she lives with her father, a once renowned Taxidermist in Fishbourne Marshes, in a dilapidated mansion called Blackthorn House It is 1912, in Sussex and a young woman s body is found dead This will set long thought burie [...]

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    4. I ve been waiting for Kate to write an out and out Gothic thriller for years This is it dark, clever but also immensely readable, giving the lie to the critics belief that intelligent fiction can t also be fun And it s a love letter to the Fens, described here with a sure and delicate touch, in sound, scent and colour

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    5. Dear book, I sorta liked you but didn t You gave me gardening feels, like I enjoyed but won t do you again in the next five years or so I don t know I m a bit conflicted, perhaps I ll write a coherent review soon, but for now let me give you an

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    6. Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.I really don t like having to give negative reviews They can be quite fun to write, but that doesn t make up for the time wasted reading a disappointing book, especially if, like me, you have a constantly expanding to read list of several hundred potentially better others Unfortunately, The Taxidermist s Daughter turned out to be another addition to 2014 s growing batch of much anticipated, but ultimately mediocre, new novels Funnily enough, The I [...]

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    7. Spooky and chilling, The Taxidermist s Daughter is a terrific Gothic novel, just right for this Halloween.

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    8. There are some books that are just magical and this is one of them The author has done a magnificent job in creating a gothic novel with a strong sense of place and wonderful story telling This book is so different from anything else I have read by this author and it is just spell binding I was nervous about picking up a book that features taxidermy but it is done in such an interesting way that it posed no problems for me I never came around to the concept that dead stuffed birds can be a thing [...]

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    9. Who ll dig his grave I, said the Owl, with my pick and my shovel, I ll dig his grave It s the night before St Mark s day, 1912 on this dark night the people of Fishbourne come together in the church yard to watch the souls of the future dead On this night they will see who will die during this upcoming year On this night, a young woman is murdered Is her death an accidental slip of a knife Or a dark omen for what s yet to come, to let the people of the town know that their days are numbered Beca [...]

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    10. Jackdaws, magpies, crows, and , I love birds from the Corvidae family, and they were the perfect Gothic inspiration for Kate Mosse s gruesome historical novel, THE TAXIDERMIST S DAUGHTER This dark mystery centers around Connie, the daughter of a taxidermist she, too, is one and her quest to solve the mystery of a young woman s murder The story hooked me right away with its Poe esque atmosphere Chilling The mystery itself was puzzling, twisty, and complex Taxidermy give me the creeps, as did this [...]

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    11. 4 Sterne f r ein gelungenes, schauriges Lesevergnuegen Eine allzu lebhafte Phantasie sollte man allerdings nicht haben, sonst geht einem eine au ergew hnliche Tischdekoration am Ende des Buches nicht so schnell aus dem Kopf Mist, ich muss mir das jetzt st ndig vorstellen.

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    12. A gothic tale set in Sussex, England with dark and sinister settings and characters It is a story of revenge for past wrongs by powerful men Connie, the main character, had a severe head injury when she was twelve so she does not have many memories of her childhood Her father is a man who drinks to forget things in his past who was once well known as a stuffer of birds Connie is the one who does most of the work on running the household and the taxidermy business As Connie pieces together her pa [...]

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    13. I have been a fan of Kate Mosse for many years Her novel Labyrinth sat unread on my shelf for a long time before I took the plunge and read it I had avoided that huge tome for so long, it s historical fiction and I really didn t think that it would be my thing I was completely hooked and everything else was left unattended whilst I feverishly read it I was equally transfixed by the next two in the series Sepulchre and Citadel More recently, I read her collection of short stories The Mistletoe Br [...]

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    14. I love this book Alhamdulillah The first page of the book grabs my attention.

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    17. A really nicely paced and very well written gothic thriller from Kate Mosse I have read the rest of Mosse s work and was suprised to find this book was very different Both the story and style marks something quite new.The story , set in Edwardian England,centres around Connie and her gradual remembering of her life before a childhood accident while the past is catching up on quite nastily on most of the other characters around her Taxidermy plays a big role in the plot without being boring, and [...]

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    18. This is a carefully and beautifully constructed murder mystery set in 1912 in England.I immersed myself in the atmosphere and pervading angst created by the landscape, the weather and the characters.The story is fairly straightforward with a little mystery but the beauty of the book is in the feel of it You will need to suspend disbelief a little but it s easy to let that go if you let mood take you.

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    19. I absolutely adored the Langeudoc trilogy but was bitterly disappointed with The Winter Ghosts so I pre ordered this with a degree of trepidation hoping that Kate had returned to her brilliant best I had no need to worry and she has.The book is, as all her others are, beautifully written and wonderfully descriptive and very atmospheric It s a brilliant Gothic psychological thriller with Connie, a wonderful and strong character, at the heart of the story Connie has no memory of events leading up [...]

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    20. This dark gothic book, by Kate Mosse, is not for everyone especially the squeamish Kate Mosse is the author of the Languedoc Trilogy which I loved Her newest book was up to par and I was throughly entertained and even captivated by her storytelling Set in England in 1912, the story features a strong and bright woman, who must take over her father s failing taxidermist business If you get the chance, I also suggest reading her 2005 book Labyrinth, an archaeological mystery novel, set both in the [...]

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    21. I was seduced by the blurb and found it very appealing on purchase but upon reading, not for me Too many other good books to read

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    23. Tis now, replied the village belle,St Mark s mysterious eve,And all that old traditions tellI tremblingly believe How, when the midnight signal tolls,Along the churchyard green,A mournful train of sentenced soulsIn winding sheets are seen.The ghosts of all whom death shall doomWithin the coming year,In pale procession walk the gloom,And the silence drear.Haunting, grim and dreary This book has the atmosphere of a ghost story In 1912 Fishburn on the soutcoast of England a young woman, Connie Giff [...]

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    24. I listened to the audio book which was narrated by Claire Corbett It was a very enjoyable story but than I ever wanted to know about taxidermy The narration added to the eerie atmosphere of the book but for some reason, I found it didn t hold my attention all that well probably a reflection of my mood rather the audiobook.

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    25. Blackthorn House was a place you didn t want to visit.Blackthorn House had the odd Gifford family living there.Blackthorn House had secrets.Connie Gifford and her father lived at Blackthorn House and were well known for their taxidermy, but no one ever came around any for visits or taxidermy.What had happened to make them outcasts Was it because of their business Was it because Connie had had an accident many years ago and sort of became a recluse Was it because her father was quite odd and alw [...]

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