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The Taxidermist's Daughter

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The enthralling new novel from the bestselling author of The Winter Ghosts, Citadel and Labyrinth.

Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway.

Standing alone is the taxidermist's daughter. At 17, Consta
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published September 11th 2014 by Orion
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Amalia Gavea
''The ghosts of all whom death shall doom within the coming year, in pale procession walk the gloom, amid the silence drear.''
James Montgomery, 'The Vigil of St.Mark', 1813
Our story starts in Sussex in 1912. It is the night before St.Mark's day, a night of spirits and shadows, when the living hide themselves to see the souls of the dead parading in the church yard.

''This is no place for the dead.''
But the souls are not dead yet. They are the images of those who will die during the coming ye
Diane S ☔
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Constantia (Connie) was twelve years old when she had a terrible accident, falling down the stairs and hitting her head on the marble tiles. She doesn't remember the accident nor anything in her life that happened before that, has just been told she almost died. Now 22 and unmarried she lives with her father, a once renowned Taxidermist in Fishbourne Marshes, in a dilapidated mansion called Blackthorn House. It is 1912, in Sussex and a young woman's body is found dead. This will set long thought ...more
°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
"Όταν μεσάνυχτα τα καμπαναριά χτυπούν
Εκεί, μπροστά στην εκκλησία
Οι δύστυχες ψυχές περνούν…"

Αυτό ειναι το σημείο αναφοράς και η αρχή της ιστορίας.
Μια ιστορία καθηλωτική. Απίστευτα καλογραμμένη και συναρπαστικά αγωνιώδης και μυστηριακή ως το τέλος.

Κι όμως τα στοιχεία εξ αρχής ειναι προφανέστατα. Η συγγραφέας δεν αφήνει κανένα κλειδί για το τέλος. Ξεκλειδώνει σπονδυλωτά και ξεκάθαρα απο νωρίς ολες τις πόρτες των μυστηρίων.

Αυτό ειναι που με γοήτευσε περισσότερο σε τούτο το βιβλίο. Αφού τα έχω κατα
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads, arc
Dear book,
I sorta liked you but didn't. You gave me gardening feels, like I enjoyed but won't do you again in the next five years or so. I don't know I'm a bit conflicted, perhaps I'll write a more coherent review soon, but for now let me give you an
Joanne Harris
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for Kate to write an out-and-out Gothic thriller for years. This is it; dark, clever but also immensely readable, giving the lie to the critics' belief that intelligent fiction can't also be fun. And it's a love letter to the Fens, described here with a sure and delicate touch, in sound, scent and colour...
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spooky and chilling, The Taxidermist's Daughter is a terrific Gothic novel, just right for this Halloween.
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

I really don't like having to give negative reviews. They can be quite fun to write, but that doesn't make up for the time wasted reading a disappointing book, especially if, like me, you have a constantly expanding to-read list of several hundred potentially better others. Unfortunately, The Taxidermist's Daughter turned out to be another addition to 2014's growing batch of much-anticipated, but ultimately mediocre, new novels. (Funnily enough, T
Susan Johnson
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that are just magical and this is one of them. The author has done a magnificent job in creating a gothic novel with a strong sense of place and wonderful story telling. This book is so different from anything else I have read by this author and it is just spell binding.

I was nervous about picking up a book that features taxidermy but it is done in such an interesting way that it posed no problems for me. I never came around to the concept that dead stuffed birds can be a
Book of Secrets
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jackdaws, magpies, crows, and more, I love birds from the Corvidae family, and they were the perfect Gothic inspiration for Kate Mosse's gruesome historical novel, THE TAXIDERMIST'S DAUGHTER. This dark mystery centers around Connie, the daughter of a taxidermist - she, too, is one - and her quest to solve the mystery of a young woman's murder. The story hooked me right away with its Poe-esque atmosphere. Chilling! The mystery itself was puzzling, twisty, and complex. Taxidermy give me the creeps ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Puck by: Amalia Gavea
"Who'll dig his grave? I, said the Owl, with my pick and my shovel, I'll dig his grave.''

It’s the night before St. Mark’s day, 1912: on this dark night the people of Fishbourne come together in the church-yard to watch the souls of the future dead. On this night they will see who will die during this upcoming year. On this night, a young woman is murdered.

Is her death an accidental slip of a knife? Or a dark omen for what’s yet to come, to let the people of the town know that their days are
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vaso by: Georgia
Στον περίβολο της εκκλησίας ειναι όλοι συγκεντρωμένοι για να δουν αν θα επαληθευθεί μια αρχαία δοξασία. Ανάμεσα τους και η Κόνι. Η Κόνι ζει με τον πατέρα της στους βαλτότοπους κι εκείνος της έχει μάθει την τέχνη του ταριχευτή πουλιών, την τέχνη του. Συνειδητά όμως, της έχει αποκρύψει λεπτομέρειες του παρελθόντος της. Η ανακάλυψη μιας νεκρής γυναίκας στους βάλτους, πυροδοτεί μια αλληλουχία εξαφανίσεων/φόνων που συνδέονται με κάποιον τροπο με τον πατέρα της και την ιδιότητα του.
Η ιστορία ειναι καλ
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A gothic tale set in Sussex, England with dark and sinister settings and characters. It is a story of revenge for past wrongs by powerful men. Connie, the main character, had a severe head injury when she was twelve so she does not have many memories of her childhood. Her father is a man who drinks to forget things in his past who was once well known as a stuffer of birds. Connie is the one who does most of the work on running the household and the taxidermy business. As Connie pieces together h ...more
Hasham Rasool
I love this book. Alhamdulillah!

The first page of the book grabs my attention.
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Kate Mosse for many years. Her novel Labyrinth sat unread on my shelf for a long time before I took the plunge and read it. I had avoided that huge tome for so long, it's historical fiction and I really didn't think that it would be my thing. I was completely hooked and everything else was left unattended whilst I feverishly read it. I was equally transfixed by the next two in the series; Sepulchre and Citadel. More recently, I read her collection of short stories; The Mistl ...more
Johnny(My Realm Of Books)
Μία πολύ καλογραμμένη γοτθική ιστορία φόνων! Αυτό το βιβλίο πραγματικά το καταευχαριστήθηκα . Δεν σας κρύβω οτι αρχικά ήμουν έτοιμος να το παρατήσω.Ευτυχώς όμως μετά την παρότρυνση μίας πολλή καλής μου φίλης(Αμαλία για σένα μιλάω!)το συνέχισα! Λάτρεψα το πρωταγωνιστικό δίδυμο (Κόνι-Χάρι) . Το μόνο που μου έλειψε από την πλοκή ήταν ο αιφνιδιασμός των αποκαλύψεων καθώς η συγγραφέας τις είχε ήδη προοικονομήσει! Αυτό βέβαια δεν μου χάλασε την αναγνωστική απόλαυση που μου παρείχε! ...more
Lynne King
Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I was seduced by the blurb and found it very appealing on purchase but upon reading, not for me!

Too many other good books to read!
Amanda (Kindled)
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Kate Mosse did a great job creating a chilling setting in The Taxidermist's Daughter. The nighttime gathering at the graveyard. The numerous hiding places in the marshes. The isolation caused by flooding during heavy rains. These all lent themselves to creating a spooky atmosphere just as well as any violins or string in a Hitchcock thriller.

Mosse was gifted in her ability to paint a picture, especially with the details she used to describe the setting and the birds. I am squeamish when it come
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really nicely paced and very well written gothic thriller from Kate Mosse. I have read the rest of Mosse's work and was suprised to find this book was very different. Both the story and style marks something quite new.
The story , set in Edwardian England,centres around Connie and her gradual remembering of her life before a childhood accident while the past is catching up on quite nastily on most of the other characters around her. Taxidermy plays a big role in the plot without being boring, a
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
This is a carefully and beautifully constructed murder mystery set in 1912 in England.

I immersed myself in the atmosphere and pervading angst created by the landscape, the weather and the characters.

The story is fairly straightforward with a little mystery but the beauty of the book is in the feel of it.

You will need to suspend disbelief a little but it's easy to let that go if you let mood take you.
Infada Spain
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Chrissa Vasileiou
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Η κόρη του ταριχευτή" έχει όλο το 'πακέτο' που καθηλώνει έναν αναγνώστη που ψάχνει το συγκεκριμένο είδος βιβλίου: γοτθική ατμόσφαιρα,άρωμα μιας άλλης εποχής,ατμοσφαιρικό περιβάλλον,κρυμμένα μυστικά και μια δολοφονία σαν κερασάκι στην τούρτα (αν και ο φόνος είναι ο τελευταίος που απασχολεί τους ήρωές μας.)
Αυτό που ΔΕΝ έχει είναι οι ανατροπές και οι εκπλήξεις. Από τα πρώτα κιόλας κεφάλαια είναι ξεκάθαρο το πράγμα. Η συγγραφέας...χαρίζει τα στοιχεία το ένα μετά το άλλο! Είναι πανεύκολο να υποψιασ
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I absolutely adored the Langeudoc trilogy but was bitterly disappointed with The Winter Ghosts so I pre-ordered this with a degree of trepidation hoping that Kate had returned to her brilliant best; I had no need to worry and she has.

The book is, as all her others are, beautifully written and wonderfully descriptive and very atmospheric. It's a brilliant Gothic psychological thriller with Connie, a wonderful and strong character, at the heart of the story. Connie has no memory of events leading
This dark gothic book, by Kate Mosse, is not for everyone especially the squeamish! Kate Mosse is the author of the Languedoc Trilogy which I loved. Her newest book was up to par and I was throughly entertained and even captivated by her storytelling. Set in England in 1912, the story features a strong and bright woman, who must take over her father's failing taxidermist business. If you get the chance, I also suggest reading her 2005 book "Labyrinth," an archaeological mystery novel, set both i ...more
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Στα πλαίσια της δουλειάς μου, πάρα πολλά ξενόγλωσσα κείμενα περνάνε από τα χέρια μου. Άλλα απ' αυτά είναι εξαιρετικά αξιόλογα, άλλα, πάλι, μετά βίας καταφέρνω να τα ολοκληρώσω, θεωρώντας στο τέλος πως σπατάλησα πολύτιμες ώρες από τη ζωή μου. "Η κόρη του ταριχευτή", ένα βιβλίο που με είχε γοητεύει από τον τίτλο του και μόνο, και που ευτυχώς αποδείχτηκε κατά την διάρκεια της ανάγνωσής του πως ανήκει στην πρώτη κατηγορία, κυκλοφόρησε πριν από λίγο καιρό από τις εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο. Η κυκλοφορία αυτή ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ καλογραμμένο βιβλίο με αγωνία και μυστήριο έως το τέλος. Πολύ ωραία ανάπτυξη της ιστορίας.
Tis now, replied the village belle,
St Mark's mysterious eve,
And all that old traditions tell
I tremblingly believe;
How, when the midnight signal tolls,
Along the churchyard green,
A mournful train of sentenced souls
In winding sheets are seen.
The ghosts of all whom death shall doom
Within the coming year,
In pale procession walk the gloom,
And the silence drear.

Haunting, grim and dreary. This book has the atmosphere of a ghost story. In 1912 Fishburn on the soutcoast of England a young woman, Connie Gi
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio book which was narrated by Claire Corbett. It was a very enjoyable story but more than I ever wanted to know about taxidermy! The narration added to the eerie atmosphere of the book but for some reason, I found it didn't hold my attention all that well - probably a reflection of my mood rather the audiobook.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, a dark atmospheric story. I loved it.
I only picked this up for two reasons, both sentimental. Firstly, because Kate Mosse did a fantastic job as an advocate for the wonderful Emily Brontë in the Queens of English Literature Debate and secondly, because I recently found out she is a local author and the story itself is also set locally to me. How could I refuse?!

However, I can only describe this as a specimen of rather drab historical fiction full of Gothic gloom, tied together by a mildly interesting plot. The ambience is stunning
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Blackthorn House was a place you didn't want to visit.

Blackthorn House had the odd Gifford family living there.

Blackthorn House had secrets.

Connie Gifford and her father lived at Blackthorn House and were well known for their taxidermy, but no one ever came around any more for visits or taxidermy.

What had happened to make them outcasts? Was it because of their business? Was it because Connie had had an accident many years ago and sort of became a recluse? Was it because her father was quite odd
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Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), and Citadel (2012), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013). Kate’s new novel, The Taxidermist’s Daughter is out now.
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