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The Devil in the Corner

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  66 reviews
A gorgeously gothic historical tale from the author of THE PIMPERNELLES

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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Hachette Children's Books
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Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
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(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

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
Maria Beltrami
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
*** I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***

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
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Devil in the Corner; it's not often that I finish a 400-page book in a day. With mystery, romance, murder, laudanum, orphans, unknown relatives, arsenic, penniless artists, unrequited love, and the fear of destitution, Devil in the Corner is one modern day gothic novel that will not disappoint. The pace of the novel is similar to the classics, which may be too slow for people with a taste for modern literature. I found it to be original and that it did not mimic the classics t ...more
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
The Devil In The Corner, written in the Victorian gothic style, is a tale of madness, mystery, and machinations.

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
Book Review originally posted here:

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
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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Review by Amy - Year 8

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
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2014
I received this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.....

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.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Just when governess Maud has run out of luck, she receives a letter from her uncle’s elderly step- daughter, Juliana. She wants Maud to come live at her estate in the town of Rending. Maud goes eagerly, hoping to escape the nightmares of her life as a governess. Once there, she encounters John, an artist Juliana has hired to restore a Judgment Day mural in the local church, and they soon fall in love. But life with Juliana quickly turns into a new nightmare, and Maud turns to the drug laudanum f ...more
C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons
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A chilling gothic mystery steeped in romance, murder, and laudanum. A must for fans of Victorian sensibility and crime.

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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
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At fifteen years old, Maud Greenwood is orphaned as her father has died. Her mother has already died so she is truly alone. Sadly, her father didn't provide for his daughter in case he died. Maud is forced to leave school and find work as a governess. As a governess, she has have to quit her position. She has no references and must find a way to live. A cousin she doesn't know invites her to live with her and be her nurse. Her cousin is nice and then mean making Maud insecure in her present posi ...more
T. Mosley
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a book you can listen with as a family in the car, this would be a good one. You will find just about everything here from thrills, chills, excitement, danger and so much more. I can hardly wait for the next one to come out in audio.
Reveiws by Roderick
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The plot is always involved and full of drama.
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm not that interested in gothics – but here I was at one o'clock in the morning, unable to put this book down. ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-as-ebook, earcs

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, d

Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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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
3.5 Stars

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
The Twins Read
Actual Rating: 2.5/5

This review can also be found at The Twins Read.

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
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
After a terrible run as a governess, poor, orphaned Maud Greenwood can’t keep the nightmares away without some Laudanum at night. When she moves in with her cousin by marriage, Miss Juliana Greenwood, her need begins to take over. Then, there is issues with her cousin; all is not what it seems. She is needy, persistent, and sees her as an unpaid nurse rather than family and a companion. Suddenly, as an event shakes the town, the “Devil” begins to take over. Part love story, part Victorian Gothic ...more
The Bookend Family
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
There has always been a certain gloominess attached to the Victorian era in England. I think it’s probably because of all of those black and white illustrations in the works of Doyle and Dickens more than anything. As an era it was no less colorful than any other, but with all of the fog from the Thames and the gaslight lamps I can see how a certain air of darkness has become a permanent part of our imaginations of that time and place.

If it is anything The Devil in the Corner is definitely a gl
Received from NetGalley for review.

3.5 stars

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 a
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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
Emmi Bee
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
The Devil in the Corner takes on a number of classic gothic tropes and bundles them together in a nod towards well known tales such as Flowers In The Attic and The Turn Of The Screw. The familiarity of the themes; the governess, the ailing relative, the house too big for it's lonely inhabitants, all conjure an expectation of what this story is to be. In large part, it is a spooky story of loss and loneliness, in which characters are tormented by their past deeds in such a way as to manifest in i ...more
Alisha Tarran
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Penniless, and an orphan, Maud has been taking jobs as a governess. But soon she has to escape the horrors of the brutal households she finds herself in. She seeks refuge with her cousin-by-marriage, that she never knew, but who inherited her Uncle's money instead of her father. But Juliana is controlling, and squashes any of her friendships with the staff and the locals. Especially John, the artist commissioned to restore the sinister Doom painting in the Church. John however is smitten with Ma ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.)
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
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
(Although I received this book for review my review is still 100% honest.)

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
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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 nur
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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Devil in the Corner by Patricia Elliot
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Hachette Children's (March 6, 2014)
Sold by: Hachette Book Group
Language: English

My Review~
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,
Shaz Goodwin
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Having had to turn to governess jobs after the death of her father, step-cousin Juliana's letter finds her just at the right time as she has become unemployable after being sacked from two of the jobs and leaving the third. She has just enough left for the train journey to Rending from London and unknown to her, John the artist is also on that train returning to the village after spending time in London with his ill mother.

Narrated by both Maud and John, the story takes us through a growing surr
Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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After two years and three houses of being a failed governess, Maud is feeling hopeless. Orphaned, with no family or support, she is on the verge of giving up when she hears from her uncle's step-daughter, Juliana Greenwood, offering her a home. Her only family left, Maud goes, hoping to find love as well as a stable home. But of course, this is a typical Victorian Gothic, which I love, so nothing is as it seems and none of it goes right.

I felt so sorry for Maud but was never really sure if I co
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Patricia Elliott was born in London and grew up in Europe and the Far East. She has worked in publishing in London and in a children's bookshop in New York. She now teaches a course in children's literature at an adult education college. She lives in London with her husband, two sons, and a yellow labrodor named Finagal. ...more

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