The Taxidermist's Daughter

The Taxidermist's Daughter

Book - 2014
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Sussex, 1912.

In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to walk. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway.

Standing alone is the taxidermist's daughter. At twenty-two, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it contains all that is left of Gifford's once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The stuffed birds that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man. The string of events that led to the museum's closure are never spoken of and an accident has robbed Connie of any memory of those days.

The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hands holding a garotte. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead.

While the village braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible - and why the incident is causing memories to surface from her own vanished years. Does she know the figure she sees watching from the marshes? Who is the mysterious caller that leaves a note without being seen? And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father's workshop?

The Taxidermist's Daughter is the stunning new novel from the multi-million copy bestselling author, Kate Mosse.
Publisher: London :, Orion,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781409153757
Branch Call Number: FICTION MOS
Characteristics: 409 pages : map ; 24 cm.

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LexiLou2
Sep 13, 2016

This book is quite haunting. I found it difficult to follow the different characters, and the map at the beginning was grossly incomplete. However, the characters were interesting and the plot very engaging. A good read, but quite disturbing.

samdog123 Apr 17, 2016

A dark, gothic suspense mystery that was a quick read. The plot's been done before, but this one has a different twist.

ehbooklover Oct 26, 2015

An atmospheric and macabre page-turner of a Gothic read that I couldn't put down (even though I really wanted to at times due to some pretty gory passages). The author's descriptive writing made the setting feel very real and I loved the complex and interesting main characters. Another great Halloween read!

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luminea
Jun 26, 2015

I was drawn in from nearly the first page and had a hard time putting it down. The vivid descriptions and stylistic sentence fragments kept me quite entertained. ;) The story was disturbing and more macabre than my usual taste but I had to know how it ended, and I found myself engrossed in the quirky characters of Connie, Harry, Davey, and Gifford. I am curious to check out the author's other books for sure!

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