The White Devil
Set in a four-hundred-year-old boys' boarding school in London, a chilling gothic thriller by the author of the critically acclaimed A Good and Happy Child . . .
A fierce and jealous ghost . . .
A young man's fight for his life . . .
The Harrow School is home to privileged adolescents known as much for their distinctive dress and traditions as for their arrogance an...more
Set at Harrow in the modern day, Andrew is a fish-out-of-water American sent for a "gap year" (aka "an opportunity to clean up your record") by his father. While trying to figure out the social hierarchy and Harrovian slang, he witnesses what he thinks is a murder - except the doctors say it's natural causes and the murderer sim ...more
"It was a house halfway between this and that, between upper-middle-class luxuries and absentminded squalor."
For this se ...more
Andrew Taylor, given one last chance to shape up after being kicked out of yet another boarding school in America, is sent to Harrow School in England. He lives in "The Lot", the same building that Byron lived in when he attended the same school. He must learn to adjust to a different dialect, less tolerance for suspected homosexuals, and a different type of social class distinction than that of America, all while try ...more
Andrew Taylor is an Ameri ...more
Meantime, improbably ...more
I really enjoyed it right up until Persephone Vine appeared. I thought to myself, are you really going to go there? Really, Mr. Evans? To the most clichéd love interes ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Do I think it's a literary gem? No. Despite the historical subtext, I don't really think The White Devil lives up to its literary aspirations in the way th ...more
1. A poet writing a play about Bryon has only a small volume of select poetry? You can find paperback versions of the complete poems.
2. An American boy who went to a very liberal school that celebrates coming out is surprised that people can be bi.
3. The sheer fact that American girls are seen to be very easyand stupid. Not surprising when looking at the viewpoint, but when tied into the fact tha ...more
I gave The White Devil a try, though - boarding school, murder, the ghost of Lord Byron, various kinds of evildoing - works for me. Except it only sort of worked for me. The beginning was good, then it became sort of okay, and then it pretty much just fell apart.
Mr. Evans is a good writer, but this story just didn't connec ...more
Quick & Dirty: A troubled youth meets another with a vengeful quest in this paranormal thriller.
Opening Sentence: Andrew Taylor stood alone before a gate.
I have never read anything by Justin Evans, but when I was given The White Devil, I was definitely intrigued. This genre is outside of my reading comfort zone, but didn’t stop me from admiring the graphically haunting cover. The White Devil was the cause of eerie goosebumps and restless nights, ...more
From The Book:
Set in a four-hundred-year-old boys' boarding school in London, a chilling gothic thriller...A fierce and jealous ghost . . .A young man's fight for his life . . .
The Harrow School is home to privileged adolescents known as much for their distinctive dress and traditions as for their arrogance and schoolboy cruelty. Seventeen-year-old American Andrew Taylor is enrolled in the esteemed British institution by his father, who hopes that the school' ...more
The White Devil by Justin Evans is told from the point of view of a seventeen year old American boy who has been sent to one of the most prestigious public (means private) schools in England. His fears and his goal are laid out immediately. He fears his parents have given him an ultimatum that if he can't complete this last year of school before ...more
"When seventeen-year-old Andrew Taylor is transplanted from his American high school to a British boarding school—a high-profile academy for the sons of England’s finest—his father hopes that the boy’s dark past will not follow him from across the Atlantic. But blood, suspense, and intrigue quickly surround Andrew once again as he finds himself struggling with a deadly mystery left unsolved by a student from Harrow School’s past—the enigmatic poet Lord Byron."
Sounds cr ...more
* Author really knows how to create mood -- it felt eerie and spooky - almost gothic like
* Wonderfully moody ghost story, which there should have been much more of over the constant mentions of the scholarly politics
* Love the scene between Dr Khan and Andrew in the library
* lots of twists and turns
* Sensitive portrayal of homosexuality
* Interesting characters
The Not so Good Stuff
* The beginning is very slow and a tad confusing at times, but really picks up by Chapter 9 - bu ...more
I received an arc (advanced readers copy) of THE WHITE DEVIL from Mr. Evan's publisher and it lay quietly on my nightstand till I had a few hours to dedicate to what ...more
The story starts out at a crawl & I have to admit that it took me a while to really connect with the story. I really didn't get hooked until about 70-80 pages in, so I'll ...more