Tyringham Park Paperback
Rosemary McLoughlin elegantly captures period glamour and darkness in "Tyringham Park" - a brilliant and epic tale of love and loss.
It is 1917 and Charlotte Blackshaw is only eight years old when her little sister Victoria vanishes from the magnificent country estate of Tyringham Park.
The feverish search for Victoria soon uncovers jealousies and deceits that the inhabitants of the grand house have fought for years to keep hidden.
As the years pass and her sister's disappearance casts a long shadow over their lives, Charlotte finds herself embroiled in the passions and secrets, lives and deaths, trysts and betrayals that affect the days of everyone connected to this once great house. And though she tries to escape, she knows that Tyringham Park and its mysteries will never release their hold on her..."The Last September meets Downton Abbey.
Part emotional, part historical, it is all consuming". ("Woman's Way"). 'Dark and densely plotted, this is The Thorn Birds with a dash of Du Maurier's Rebecca - brilliant". ("Irish Daily Mail"). "McLoughlin marshals the gothic suspense of Daphne Du Maurier..."Tyringham Park" delivers grand passion, secret intra-class trysts, kidnap and violent deaths within a gripping romance". ("Irish Independent"). Rosemary McLoughlin, born and reared as Rosie Fahey in Australia, has lived in Ireland for forty years and isn't sick of it yet.
She lives in Dublin with her husband Kevin, and has two adult children, Cian and Orla.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 14/02/2013
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9781405910521
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Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
The <i>Irish Daily Mail</I> cover promo compares this novel to '<i>The Thorn Birds</I> with a dash of Du Maurier's <i>Rebecca</i>'. Well, McCullough is there in spades, but I couldn't find a microscopic trace of Du Maurier. Even the eponymous house is more Downton Abbey than Manderley.I had my fingers crossed throughout the first half of the book, but then plot, pacing and nuanced characterisation bowed humbly out, to be replaced by rampant melodrama. And I don't even mind convoluted storylines and incestuous panto villains, but there is nothing here really original either. Nor did setting the house in Ireland after the Easter Rising add to the book in anyway, apart from the 'bad' characters all being English of course (blustering General Melchett type father, cold-hearted Lady Chatterley mother, psychotic children's nurse, etc.)Yet another <i>Downton Abbey</I> spin-off, I'm afraid. Philippa Gregory's <I>Wideacre</I> trilogy covers the whole twisted family saga schtick far better.