Waiting on Wednesday: The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood:

crowgarden‘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.

Due October 2017


14 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood”

  1. Carmen

    Ooh, I like the premise of this book so much…And the cover looks gorgeous.

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’m pretty sure I added this one to my Goodreads wishlist a few days ago. It looks and sounds wonderful. Great choice!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love the cover and the sound of the story. Can’t wait to dig in.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    This sounds like fun! I love the idea of a “mad doctor” and especially the Victorian setting.

  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    Ooooh this sounds good! You know I can’t resist a novel set during the Victorian era. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      It does sound really intriguing doesn’t it. Fingers crossed.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    My first experience with Alison Littlewood’s work was kind of bizarre with The Hidden People, though this one sounds very intriguing!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I actually have The Hidden People and feel a bit guilty that I didn’t pick it up – this one does sound good so let’s see.
      Lynn 😀

  6. sjhigbee

    This one sounds really intriguing… Thank you for sharing it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a lovely cover – I think I have a love of all things to do with crows for some reason!
      Lynn 😀

      • lipsyy

        Me too! They’re fascinating.

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