When Samuel Godwin, a young and naive art tutor, accepts a job with the Farrow family at their majestic home, little does he expect to come across such a web of secrets and lies.
His two tutees are as different as chalk and cheese - the beautiful younger sister Marianne, full of flightiness and nervous imagination, and Juliana, oddly sensible and controlled.
Assisted by their elusive governess, Charlotte Agnew, Samuel begins to uncover slowly why Marianne is so emotionally fragile.
But his discoveries lead to revenge and betrayal - and lives all around are turned upside down as life and death combat each other for supremacy.
Linda Newbery has written a novel in diary style, combining different voices and a different century with her usual brilliance and ease.
These are characters full of the same passions as our own today, while living in a less familiar and fascinating time.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/02/2007
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780552774017
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Review by murraymint11
A classic Gothic mystery, simply told (well, it is a Young Adult book). A good read with the obligatory Victorian stately home, resident governess and newcomer, and a family with lots of skeletons in their past! Had a similar 'feel' to A Gathering Light.
Review by tina1969
From Fantastic FictionWhen Samuel Godwin, a young and naive art tutor, accepts a job with the Farrow family at their majestic home, little does he expect to come across a place containing such secrets and lies. His two tutees are as different as can be--younger sister Marianne, full of flightiness and nervous imagination, and Juliana, sensible and controlled. Helped by their governess, Charlotte Agnew, Samuel begins to uncover slowly why Marianne is so emotionally fragile, and in doing so uncovers a web of intrigue. But his discoveries lead to revenge and betrayal--and lives all around are turned upside down.Typical tale of a rambling old house with a family who have secrets. Samuel Goodwin soon finds himself wrapped up in the house and its secrets. It wasn’t rocket science to figure out the secret especially with there being a child involved.The book was full of lovely descriptions which I really enjoyed, especially the descriptions of the three winds and the missing fourth. The story is told in turn by Samuel and Charlotte both giving their own points of view.A sweet read but I felt that the ending was very sugary and was pulled together nice and neat. A book with no swearing and no sex scenes so for a change a nice cosy read on a winters afternoon.Would I recommend this book, yes I would although there won’t be no surprises and you will probably will have read other books very similar.