Bleeding Heart Square
However, unknown to Lydia, a dark mystery haunts the decrepit building. What happ...more
I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The story is...more
Set in the 1930’s, Bleeding Heart Square has the feel of a classic gothic mystery, with al...more
"Bleeding Heart Square" takes place in the early 1900's in London. Lydia Langstone is married to Marcus and has a very affluent lifestyle. However, the lifestyle cannot compensate for the infidelity and abuse of Marcus. Lydia leaves her comfortable home and moves in with her father at "Bleeding Heart Square".
It is while living with her father that Lydia starts to find out things about herself and the people she has come in co...more
I have found myself a new favourite author! After reading this book, I want to get my hands on anything else by this man. This is a clever book, very intelligently crafted and written with a literary flair. His combination of mystery and history is absolutely superb.
There is so much story here and a mystery that morphs itself in so many direc...more
The cast of characters is colorful and Dickensian. It includes Lydia Langstone, a young woman who has...more
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Now Lydia Langstone has just left her abusive husband and runs to her father in Bleeding Heart Square, a man she has never met before. Also living in the same house in the square are Mrs. Renton, a seamstress; Mr Fimberry; and Mr Serridge, the landlord of the house. Another man, Rory Wentwood soon arrives to take the room in the attic. As the...more
With such a strong and interesting beginnin...more
At the same time, Lydia Langstone is fleeing from her abusive husband Marcus. Her father, Captain Ingleby-Lewis lives there. She has not seen her father since she was two and her...more
The setting, historical details, and atmosphere are what really drove this one home for me. Although the mystery of what happened to Miss Philippa Penhow is the focus of the novel, there is so much more to it than...more
I was able to guess one of the twists that c...more
I enjoyed the portrayals of the main characters and the atmosphere of the Bleeding Heart Square. The mys...more
What I liked most about this book was the pacing. Excellent build up to the end, which revealed all you were wondering throughout the book. It's not extremely dramatic and everything was very plausible. It started a bit slow, but the character development kept me interested.
My only complaint is the time. Although it's set in the UK between the wars, 1934 or so, it h...more
This story is a slow burner. It took some time to get caught up in the book, but once I've sorted out the characters and the setting it turned out to be one of those books that you find hard to put down.
I can't really tell what the book is about, it had more layers and stories hid within... but they were all the kind that gr...more
I've looked back through my notes on every book of Andrew Taylor's that I've read over the last five years and I've pretty much liked them all and really loved several of them. Which makes me feel not too guilty, when you look at the overall picture, about saying that this was a bit of an "eh?" book for me.
There were lots of little things I liked but the overall story didn't especially engage me: I liked the main female character Libby and the insights into 1930s living, divorce and the rise of...more
Lydia Langstone, born into an aristocratic family, flees an abusive marriage and seeks refuge in a run-down corner of London with the biological father she’s never met. There in Bleeding Heart Square she encounters the mystery of another woman who disappeared years before.
Philippa Penhow, a middle-aged spinster desperate for love, had cast her lot with a crude former soldier...more