My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Publication Date: October 5, 2021
The Death of Jane Lawrence both delighted and terrified me, in equal measure. A marriage of convenience trope? An old, crumbling and isolated manor? Yes, please.
Jane Shorefield wants to marry, and as quick as she can, to maintain her independence. She chooses Augustine Lawrence, the beloved and mysterious town doctor. Augustine hesitatingly agrees on the condition that Jane should never set foot in his family home. But, of course, that plan falls apart as soon as the pair wed. Jane soon discovers inexplicable horrors within the walls of Lindridge Hall and the reason why her new husband wanted to hide it from her.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Books don’t usually scare me, but this one did. I’ve never watched Crimson Peak, so I don’t know if it compares to that, but I can say I noticed Bluebeard similarities. I loved Jane; she’s a smart, practical woman who goes on a journey in this book, facing things that she never would have considered possible before meeting Augustine.
I will have to check out Caitlin Starling’s other works post-haste.
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Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.