The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood

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Read The Crow Garden Online Free - 'There's an amazing sense of place and time in this novel, as Littlewood perfectly captures the literary style, attitudes, and class consciousness of Victorian England' - Publishers Weekly Susan Hill meets Alfred Hitchcock in Alison Littlewood's latest chiller: mad-doctor Nathaniel is obsessed with the beautiful Mrs Harleston - but is she truly delusional? Or is she hiding secrets that should never be uncovered ...? Haunted by his father's suicide, Nathaniel Kerner walks away from the highly prestigious life of a consultant to become a mad-doctor. He takes up a position at Crakethorne Asylum, but the proprietor is more interested in phrenology and his growing collection of skulls than the patients' minds. Nathaniel's only interesting case is Mrs Victoria Harleston: her husband accuses her of hysteria and delusions - but she accuses him of hiding secrets far more terrible. Nathaniel is increasingly obsessed with Victoria, but when he has her mesmerised, there are unexpected results: Victoria starts hearing voices, the way she used to - her grandmother always claimed they came from beyond the grave - but it also unleashes her own powers of mesmerism ...and a desperate need to escape. Increasingly besotted, Nathaniel finds himself caught up in a world of seances and stage mesmerism in his bid to find Victoria and save her. But constantly hanging over him is this warning: that doctors are apt to catch the diseases with which they are surrounded - whether of the body or the mind

Title : The Crow Garden
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ISBN : 1786485257
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Lucy rated it ★★★★☆

October 09, 2017

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Dark, classically Victorian in tone, but *slightly* predictable in places. Firstly, let's talk about that book title, and that cover. Both magnificent. How could I resist such a sinister-sounding novel, especially a pe...

David rated it ★★★★★

October 07, 2017

I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this book. In Littlewood's latest horror story we are back in Victorian England, visiting that quintessential Gothic location (second, perhaps, to the ruined Priory), the lunatic asylum. Dr Nathaniel Kerner has taken up a post at Crakethorne Asyl...

Joseph rated it ★★★★☆

October 10, 2017

4.5* Following the folklore-soaked mystery “The Hidden People”, Alison Littlewood returns to the Victorian era with her latest book, “The Crow Garden”. The novel’s narrator is Nathaniel Kerner, a young “alienist” or “mad-doctor”, who has found a placing as under-physician at Crakethorne Manor, a r...

Karen rated it ★★★★☆

October 21, 2017

I received a copy of this from the publishers in return for a fair and honest review. The creepy cover sets the tone for this story set in Victorian England and focusing on the asylum/madhouses of the time. The way the patients were treated and how those treating them saw them - some of the method...

Thebooktrail rated it ★★★★☆

October 13, 2017

Visit the locations in the novel The Crow Garden Gothic atmosphere, set in an asylum in the midst of the Yorkshire Moors….mesmerism in theatres in London? Well this couldn’t be more atmospheric if it tried. Having loved the Little People, I was keen to read this one and it’s a unique world Alison...

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

September 17, 2017

Physician, heal thyself...I'm a sucker for tales set in lunatic asylums and other institutions, so this was just the ticket for the first truly autumnal night. Dr Nathaniel Kerner takes a position at Crakethorn Manor, becomes fascinated by a bewitching young patient, Vita, and must deal with the...

Abby rated it ★★★★☆

December 21, 2017

Welcome to Crakethorne Asylum………… Set in 1856, this novel offers a literary insight into the world of asylums. It details the ‘inmates’, doctors and a growing relationship between one doctor and his patient, the illusive Mrs Victoria Adelina Harleston. Crakethorne Asylum is perfectly described, an...

Rosina rated it ★★★☆☆

September 24, 2017

I received a free copy of this book through Book Bridgr in return for an honest review. This book is difficult for me to rate. The Crow Garden was an immensely interesting read but one that I still struggled. I found the plot interesting and the aspects of psychology and the supernatural. I liked...

Joy rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 20, 2017

Possibly a 2.5*, but I was disconnected from the characters throughout and thought the plot lacked any sense of drama.

Lynn rated it ★★★★☆

October 27, 2017 The Crow Garden is a wonderfully evocative novel that brings to us a gothic story set in Victorian England. The story is positively bursting at the scenes with the trappings of a novel set in this era, asylums, mad doctors, mesmerists, ghosts and pea soup f...

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