A Novel

eBook - 2013
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In Victorian London, lowly clerk Constance believes she has found her ultimate husband and protector in Joseph Barton. But after three miscarriages and the troubled birth of their daughter, Angelica, things begin to change. Constance starts to fear her husband?s intentions, his potentially murderous hatred of her, and his efforts to alienate her from their child. Sensing the presence of supernatural evil in the house, she calls upon a spiritualist to save them all. But is Constance right? In four sections, each taking a different character?s point of view, Angelica weaves a tapestry of parallel and sometimes conflicting interpretations of the Bartons' tragedy. Nothing here is as it seems? Reminiscent of classic horror tales such as The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House, Angelica is also a thoroughly modern exploration of identity, memory, and love.
Publisher: [Brunswick, Vic.] : 2013. Scribe Publications,
ISBN: 9781921753671
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital

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Jan 17, 2012

ST review 4/8/07 K8. Psychosexual family struggle, with a medium.

Sep 16, 2010

Angelica is a Victorian ghost story with some very dark disturbing psychological themes.

The title character is a little girl who seems to be the focus of hauntings by an evil entity who wishes to harm her and take her innocence.

The hauntings are tied to the conjugal relationship of her parents; the overwrought emotions of her mother and the suppressed emotions and urges of her father.
Narrated in turn by four of the key characters at the center of the hauntings, the story is revealed one piece at a time, like a paneled mural - each panel complete in itself, yet each revealing only part of the whole.

I'm left, at the end of this book, definitely not feeling enthusiastic about it. On the other hand, I liked it well enough to finish it.

I'm very glad that my next planned read is something entirely different. Angelica left me feeling the need for a complete change of pace.

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