Bleeding Heart Square
This is not his best work, in comparison to everything I had read by him. It is, however, atmospheric and is set in the 1930s which was a troubled time, of course.
Lydia is married to the horrendous Marcus and after an altercation goes to live with her estranged father in Bleeding Heart Square, which is a shared house of apartments with some v ...more
However the ending didn't really have me racing to finish it and I thought the actual mystery element of the story was fairly weak and slow. However, this does not detract from what makes this a good book.
It is set on a back drop of the confused political a ...more
I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The story is ...more
The cast of characters is colorful and Dickensian. It includes Lydia Langstone, a young woman who has ...more
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It's about trust and betrayal between mother and daughter, daughter and father and husband and wife. It is also a brilliant extension of the Ingoldsby Legends, taking them from the mid-1800s to the time between the wars in England. If you have not heard of the Ingoldsby Legends, it would be a good thing to learn a little about them ...more
"C'est Lou qui m'a envoyé ce livre lors de notre mini swap British et mon thème était Londres, ses crimes et ses secrets. J'avais pas mal entendu parler de celui-ci et il n'est pas resté longtemps dans ma PAL."
Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"Lydia Langstone a un mari, une belle maison et une place dans la bonne société mais elle va tout quitter pour aller vivre à Bleeding Heart Squa ...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
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
After 100 pages or so to begin the book, I was wondering what exactly it was that I was reading, but right about then it all started to come together. The ...more
I like Andrew Taylor's uncluttered prose and the way he subtly builds an underlying sense of menace, which he does so well in this novel. It's a period piece, steeped in vivid detail and a sense of 1930s decay. You can almost smell the damp and imagine the faded wallpaper and dark, draughty hallways. I found the central mystery and the final twist disturbing and compelling.
We mainly follow Lydia as she defies 1930s convention and walks out on her abusive husband. Finding herself in a world outside the comfort of wealth and privelidge, we admire her determination to survive her ordeal and to define her own route in life.
But this isn't merely a story of a woman asserting her independence. It's a dark tale of sh ...more
Aristocrat Lydia Langstone leaves her violent husband and having no one else to turn to moves in with her ne'er-do-well drunken Father, Captain Ingleby-Lewis.
Their scruffy, lodging house at 7 Bleeding Heart Square used to be owned by a rich spinster Miss Phillipa Penhow but she has, apparently, gone to America after signing over the house to Joseph Serridge, a mysterious, menacing ...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
Set in the 1930’s, Bleeding Heart Square has the feel of a classic gothic mystery, with al ...more