Six years ago, Gwynn Forest's husband Richard committed suicide. After that, she struggled to keep things together, emotionally, mentally, and financially. Then three fortuitous things happened: she sold the family construction company; she inherited a seaside cottage from an elderly English great-aunt whom she had never met, and she was offered a job illustrating a book for a friend. Thus, a new start in a new place. Once ensconced in Gull Cottage, she begins to learn disturbing things about her great-aunt and her new home. The cottage itself seems unwelcoming, perhaps haunted by the imprint of a sad and lonely old woman, with peculiar noises, strange happenings, and a back garden full of untamable brambles, no matter how much they are cut back. Gwynn doesn't believe in ghosts—until the disturbing occurrences at Gull Cottage change her mind. Gwynn doesn't believe in herself—until, with no one else to turn to she has to rely on her own inner resources to confront the mysteries of Gull Cottage.
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美国亚马逊： 15 条评论
Thrilling and Literary: what's not to love?2018年1月7日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Having read Oleson's first book, Book of the Mandolin Player, I was excited to read this book as well. Though the setting and conflict in Dovecote is different from Mandolin Player, the book is equally gratifying to read. The English seaside setting is a lovely escape for those of us in the states, but the characters are as familiar as our own selves. The conflict, with the suspenseful elements of the bitter cousin and the ghostly mystery, reels you in as well as a blockbuster thriller; it is satisfyingly unpredictable. The conflict is dealt out with the subtlety or understatement I've come to associate with literary fiction, and the prose is finely tuned; you can tell this author is also a poet. I was both pleased with this book, and sorry when I finished it. I look forward to reading Oleson's next work.
Dovecote - a ghostly tale to escape into.2017年10月4日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I just finished Dovecote, the second novel by Ms Oleson. I am an acquaintance of this author and so picked up the book a few days ago with a bit of foreboding. What if I did not like it? What could I say? Fortunately for me and of course the author, all the foreboding was intricately woven into this story and not my review.. I was lost after the first few pages to a yarn that every lover of Jane Eyre or Rebecca will love The atmosphere is a small fishing village on the English coast in fall and I could small the sea, the flats when the tide is out and the cries of gulls along the shingle.Gull Cottage and it's sense of watchful evil was real to me. This story of past tragic loves and evil wrongs waiting to be corrected, will be with me for quite some time; I highly recommend this book. Well crafted characters, beautifully descriptive scenes and a puzzle that unravels slowly and surly toward the suspenseful ending