The Devil in the Corner
Penniless, and escaping the horrors of life as a governess to brutal households, Maud seeks refuge with the cousin-by-marriage she never knew. But Juliana quashes Maud's emerging friendships with the staff and locals - especially John, the artist commissioned to restore the sinister Doom in the local ch ...more
Devil in the Corner was ridiculously slow. It felt more like 800 pages than 400.
I was bored by 15%, and the boredom got worse as the story progressed.
At the start, Maud was an okay character, but she quickly started to annoy me.
The other characters weren't much better.
The ending was quite good, but i was more glad that the book was finishing, than i was that it got better!
Overall, very slow, with annoying, and forgettable ch ...more
L'eroina di questo Romanzo, Maud, all'inizio sembra di presa di peso da un libro della Austen, o essere la sorellina minore di Jane Eire: una povera orfana defraudata della sua eredità alla quale viene concesso un tetto da colei che ha beneficiato di ciò che avrebbe dovuto essere suo, e solo perché ha bisogno di una infermiera che le sia legata dal bisogno e quindi disposta a sopportare i suoi capricci di bambina troppo ...more
Maud, an ex-governess with a sad past and a laudanum addiction, comes to live at Windward House with a heretofore unknown relation. This relation, her estranged uncle’s stepdaughter, Juliana, is chronically unwell with a mysterious illness. Juliana wishes for Maud to be akin to a companion and nursemaid to help ease her suffering, holding the promise of her will over Maud’s head to kee ...more
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Devil in the Corner has one major flaw: it’s painstakingly slow. I liked the story, plot and characters for the most part, but the narrative dragged on without end, like a nagging old lady who want stop talking.
Maud has been orphaned after her father’s death. She works as a governess, but has been sent from one household to the other, always followed b ...more
The Devil in the Corner is about 15 year old Maud who has lost both of her parents and was working as a mistress. It is also about John a young artist who is not recognized within the art world.
The story is set in the Victorian era in Marsham. The dual narrative and multiple scene setting at the beginning did prove a little confusing.
Although the scene setting does provide insight into how both main characters came to Marsham. Following her parents death, Maud, goes to live ...more
Intriguing gothic classic mysterious setting....
I didn't go into this book expecting anything really I hadn't heard anything about this one. I thought the cover was interesting and the blurb sounded really original. I did enjoy this one i actually read this one pretty fast and it's a bit out my comfort zone.
I found that this book felt like an old gothic book, it had that mysterious dark feel to it throughout.
A chilling gothic mystery steeped in romance, murder, and laudanum. A must for fans of Victorian sensibility and crime.
I can see readers being quite divided on this one. It's a languid, Victorian tale with an ornate style and a main character ambivalently teeterig between wicked and good. Maud is not always the easiest to root for and I can see readers disliking her. However, I loved her wickedness as much as her goodness. She's clear ...more
First of all, I received this book for free from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is the story of Maud. She is a young lady that has suffered difficult circumstances. As some bad experiences working as a governess, she receives a letter from her deceased uncle’s stepdaughter. The letter from her cousin (by marriage) invites Maud to come live with her in t ...more
Genre: Young Adult, Gothic Mystery
Summary: Penniless and the death of her parents burdening her from day to day, Maud Greenwood is desperate to have a stable roof over her head and food that will keep her alive to grieve her loss and repent for her sins. Having been taken in into numerous households as a governess, Maud suffers from multiple types of assault and brutal treatment from her employers. But on a fateful day, her cousin- by marriage-- her last living relative, Juliana Greenwood, dec...more
At fifteen, Miss Maud Greenwood, was forced to become a governess. Her mother and father are both dead and she has no choice but to leave her school behind and enter into a life of service. Unfortunately, life in service is horrifying for Maud and she ends up taking laudanum in order to keep the nightmares at bay. Maud’s circumstances finally seem to be changing for the better when she hears from her distant cousin, Juliana, who wishes Maud to come and live with her. Maud hopes that sh ...more
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Maud's life takes a turn for the better when a letter from an estranged relative appears out of the blue to offer her a warm bed at Windward House. Unsurprisingly, Maud finds herself as an companion to Juliana Greenwood, her sometimes overly dramatic, sometimes compassionate relative, who is only a bit more manipulative than Maud at times. Maud can't help that she sees and/or feels that there is something out there that's bent o ...more
If it is anything The Devil in the Corner is definitely a gl ...more
The Devil in the Corner is a wonderfully creepy Gothic tale that chronicles eighteen-year-old Maud’s descent into darkness due to the trials she has faced in life and the laudanum she takes to cope with them. We meet Maud when she goes to live with her cousin, Juliana – a demanding and sickly woman who tries to control Maud – and slowly find out about the life she has led and the cruelties she has experienced. It soon becomes apparent that there are ...more
I wasn't sure what to make of this book to begin with. Maud is an orphan who has fallen on hard times since her father died. At the tender age of 15, she has had to leave her school and take up a post as a governess. She has had two posts which she was forced to leave and although you get a little snippet of the why, you don't get the full story which I would have liked.
When Maud goes to the local agency that ...more
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Hachette Children's (March 6, 2014)
Sold by: Hachette Book Group
I received this book in exchange for a honest unbiased review.
First off, I would like to say how intriguing the cover is. It has a creepy interesting factor that entices the reader to pick up the book which I love. With that being said, I was a little disappointed with this book. The flow and pace of the story is slow, ...more
This book drove me crazy, in a good way. It is set in Victorian times and is a romance, mystery. It is dark and suspenseful. At first you don't really know anything about the main character's past.This was a great way to keep you turning those pages. The plot thickens in this book so much that I really didn't want it to end.
The main character is Maud Greenwood, I would say she is rather normal for her circumstances within ...more
This review was originally posted on my blog, Paperbacks & Protagonists.
Seventeen year old Maud is all alone in the world after the death of her father, leaving her an orphan. After three failed jobs as a governess, Maud is taken in by her cousin Julianna. Pleased to be accepted somewhere, Maud is looking forward to her new life with Julianna. However, Maud finds that she is nothing more than an unpaid n ...more
17-year-old Maud is all alone in the world after her father’s death when she was fifteen. After three failed jobs as a governess, Maud is pleased to receive a letter from a cousin by marriage – Julianna, who offers to take her in in return for some company.
Julianna’s health is failing, and Maud finds that she is little more than an unpaid nursemaid, running aroun ...more
Narrated by both Maud and John, the story takes us through a growing surr ...more
This book centers around a young woman named Maud, recently orphaned by the death of her father she has had to take up work as a governess but has never been able to hold any of the jobs for long. Then one day she is invited to stay with a cousin she didn't know she had but when she arrives she finds that living with her cousin, Juliana, isn't as idealistic as she had pictured. Juliana continuously thwarts Mauds attempts at friendsh ...more
I felt so sorry for Maud but was never really sure if I co ...more
Almost immediately she is plagued by the haunting feeling that something is wrong, though. Is she being followed? What are the intentions of those around her? A ...more
Gothic Style: The typical Gothic style, most notably employed in The Castle of Otranto and then later by Edgar Allan Poe, mixes elements of Romanticism, horror, and fiction together. The result is a novel which is dark, and mysterious, often with an unreliable narrator, and events which never fully explain themselves. An example of th ...more