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The Book Collector Free download Ï 5 ☆ [Reading] ➷ The Book Collector Author Alice Thompson – Gwairsoft.co.uk Alice Thompson’s new novel is a Gothic story of book collecting mutilation and madness Violet is obsessed with the books of fairy tales her husband acuires but her growing delusions see her confined Alice Thompson’s nIs obsessed with the books of fairy tales her husband acuires but her growing delusions see her. Review originally published at NudgeFrom the moment nineteen year old orphan Violet meets the urbane Lord Archie Murray outside a London café she is swept up in a story straight out of a fairytale The only problem is as the narrative often reminds us she doesn't know which fairytale it is The tale of The Book Collector is a familiar one reminiscent of both the aforementioned fairytales and the classics of gothic romance Violet uickly marries Archie gives birth to his son Felix and lives contentedly if somewhat emptily as a wife and mother But her life unravels when she experiences a terrifying hallucination thinking she sees insects crawling under Felix's skin and Archie swiftly dispatches her to the local asylum When she returns her baby is in the arms of a beautiful nanny named Clara and her relationship with Archie seems irrevocably altered That's not all though the narrative is punctuated by sharp and shocking episodes depicting the murder and dismemberment of young women Slowly but surely The Book Collector piles mystery on mystery Who is the woman in the photograph Archie hides in amongst his papers Why does he keep a book of fairytales that theme again locked in his safe Most of all how are the fates of the butchered girls tied to Violet's situationBut The Book Collector is not to be mistaken for one of those controversial twisted retellings; in fact it's curious how little it does to subvert the traditional narrative Violet uestions her situation but rarely thinks of breaking free and is convinced of Archie's superior intellect and the legitimacy of his power over her Eually no reader is likely to be surprised by the identity of the killer Thompson's modifications are subtle a brutal flash of violence here an anachronistic reference to a 'surrealist painting' there the story is supposedly set in the Edwardian era These touches seem deliberately designed to disconcert the reader making everything about Violet's world seem a little off kilterThis is a perfect book to inspire discussion and debate It instantly calls to mind a plethora of influences and comparisons the gothic romance of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca; the terrifying fate of the wife in The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Angela Carter's feminist updates of fairytales Personally I found Violet too cold to inspire any sympathy but Thompson's straightforward no frills style feels refreshing a welcome contrast to the usual ornate lushness of gothic prose The Book Collector is an elegant reworking of an overworked genre handled with grace and restraint I received an advance review copy of The Book Collector from Nudge I wasn't paid for this review and I was under no obligation to be anything other than honest about what I thought of the book

The Book CollectorIs obsessed with the books of fairy tales her husband acuires but her growing delusions see her. Review originally published at NudgeFrom the moment nineteen year old orphan Violet meets the urbane Lord Archie Murray outside a London café she is swept up in a story straight out of a fairytale The only problem is as the narrative often reminds us she doesn't know which fairytale it is The tale of The Book Collector is a familiar one reminiscent of both the aforementioned fairytales and the classics of gothic romance Violet uickly marries Archie gives birth to his son Felix and lives contentedly if somewhat emptily as a wife and mother But her life unravels when she experiences a terrifying hallucination thinking she sees insects crawling under Felix's skin and Archie swiftly dispatches her to the local asylum When she returns her baby is in the arms of a beautiful nanny named Clara and her relationship with Archie seems irrevocably altered That's not all though the narrative is punctuated by sharp and shocking episodes depicting the murder and dismemberment of young women Slowly but surely The Book Collector piles mystery on mystery Who is the woman in the photograph Archie hides in amongst his papers Why does he keep a book of fairytales that theme again locked in his safe Most of all how are the fates of the butchered girls tied to Violet's situationBut The Book Collector is not to be mistaken for one of those controversial twisted retellings; in fact it's curious how little it does to subvert the traditional narrative Violet uestions her situation but rarely thinks of breaking free and is convinced of Archie's superior intellect and the legitimacy of his power over her Eually no reader is likely to be surprised by the identity of the killer Thompson's modifications are subtle a brutal flash of violence here an anachronistic reference to a 'surrealist painting' there the story is supposedly set in the Edwardian era These touches seem deliberately designed to disconcert the reader making everything about Violet's world seem a little off kilterThis is a perfect book to inspire discussion and debate It instantly calls to mind a plethora of influences and comparisons the gothic romance of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca; the terrifying fate of the wife in The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Angela Carter's feminist updates of fairytales Personally I found Violet too cold to inspire any sympathy but Thompson's straightforward no frills style feels refreshing a welcome contrast to the usual ornate lushness of gothic prose The Book Collector is an elegant reworking of an overworked genre handled with grace and restraint I received an advance review copy of The Book Collector from Nudge I wasn't paid for this review and I was under no obligation to be anything other than honest about what I thought of the book

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The Book Collector ì Alice Thompson’s new novel is a Gothic story of book collecting mutilation and madness Violet. This book continuously makes me recall the experiences of The Yellow Wallpaper and Rebecca I liked that while just telling a very entertaining story the book also explores some of the darker sides of both sexes It reaches beyond just the surface and digs into some very serious and deep fearsI wouldn’t say Thompson has a particularly fantastic writing style but she has uite an imagination when it comes to vivid imagery Some of the scenes are actually suirm worthy which made for an all the enjoyable read Because I don’t read a lot of horror I must admit that this was an exciting read at timesNevertheless I also clearly had some disappointments with the novel One of which is that while the story held me intrigued for the majority of the novel when it was teetering on the edge of revealing its secrets I guessed everything that was going on before the story even reached the climax So clearly in the suspense department this novel is blatantly obviousSecondly I also found the author did a poor job of establishing the main character in the beginning While I can see why Archie’s lack of background adds to the atmosphere without a solid foundation of Violet’s character it took a very long time before I could actually care about her And actually when I think about it it’s not even so much as I sympathized with her by the end that I think I would’ve sympathized with anyone in a situation like her’s Some things are easier said then done I learnedBut I still stand beside my rating that I did uite like this book It has some very gruesome dark and delicious moments as well as some very interesting themes While this book doesn’t have any supernatural elements it is definitely a horror readTrigger warning the novel does have some scenes of torture on women characters Ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Alice Thompson

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Alice Thompson ☆ 5 characters Confined in an asylum As she recovers and is released a terrifying series of events is unleashed. Although I am not a big reader of gothichorror fiction I picked up this book because the story sounded interesting I enjoyed reading it but the genre still isn't uite for me However for fans of weird fairy tales or gothic thrillers this is certainly a good choiceRe read October 2018 I liked it the second time around 35