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The Gripping Beast

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The Gripping Beast introduces readers to a land full of ancient history and modern day intrigue. Orkney Island in northern Scotland was first inhabited by the Picts and then the Vikings and the current residents now believe that witches live among them.Margot Wadley uses the dramatic background to debut her heroine, Isabel Garth, a young American woman who has come to the ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published March 31st 2001)
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Feb 24, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
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When I was in college, I took a year abroad in London. For Thanksgiving vacation that year, some friends and I traveled to the Orkney Islands. To this day, it remains haunted in beauty in my memory. This book helped me to travel back to that place and time. The story was merely an incidental vehicle to get me there.

Ironically, while reading this book, I was traveling with my husband and son on a tour of college campuses. We hadn't planned on going to Ithaca, where I went to school, as Cornell w
Feb 22, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
This was a fun,well-written somewhat gothic/fantasy mystery that is also very descriptive of Digerness on the Orkney Islands in Scotland. I really enjoyed it,and the ending was totally unexpected.
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Mar 30, 2016 Alan Cook rated it it was amazing
If you're going on a trip to the Orkney Islands, off Scotland, as my wife and I are, this is a good book to read to get you acclimated. It gives you a picture of what the windswept, almost treeless, islands are like, with their cliffs and multitudes of birds. The sun is up most of the time at midsummer. In addition, some strange people live there, including a young woman who claims she is a witch. The Vikings may have left treasures with curses on them for those who dig them up. A suspenseful ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it
I have read this book a few times now. I really enjoy the setting, the characters and Margot Wadley's writing. Please write some more like this Margot. Maybe in different interesting settings, a bit like Lyn Hamilton's books which are also great favourites. For me the mixture of archaeology or ancient ruins, interesting characters and settings and a touch of magic will keep me happy and be a permanent addition to the books I reread.
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