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Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino
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Aug 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 4-stars, a-lot-going-on, gothic, nonstandard-plot, murder-mystery-lite, somehow-this-works, original
Read in August, 2012

Very strange and interesting premise. It has been a LOOOOOOOOONG time since I've read a gothic, and while it's not a genre or category I'm especially interested in, this one was enjoyable. It hit all the "gothic" sweet spots: a governess, a dead mother, a primarily absentee father, shady business afoot and a creepy house, with a spooky mystery to boot. There were elements that I wouldn't quite call paranormal (at least not in the 'vamp'/'were'/'shifter' group of paranormal, anyway) but that were Other - kind of Neil Gaimanesque.
It was as quick read, but I enjoyed it. I would definitely try another by Boccacino.

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