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The Gripping Beast

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Isabel Garth chooses to ignore the warning of Thora Stromness's self-styled witch. Far north off the Scottish coast, the windswept Orkney Islands are fertile ground for superstition, with their mysterious rings, stone circles, and Viking graves. But her father's recent death in America only makes Isabel more determined to sketch the scenes that will illustrate his journal ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published March 31st 2001)
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bookczuk
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
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Rachel
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.
Helen
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