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The Angel of Highgate

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  27 reviews

It is October 1859, and notorious philanderer Lord Geoffrey Thraxton cares for nothing except his own amusement. After humiliating an odious literary critic and surviving the resulting duel, he boasts of his contempt for mortality, and insults the attending physician. It is a mistake he will come to regret. When Thraxt
Paperback, 375 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Titan Books (first published February 4th 2012)
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Sean Gibson
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Doing two different, and, at times, opposing, things simultaneously is challenging for even the most gifted of, um, thing doers (yes, friends, I’m well known for my eloquence). For example, it’s exceedingly difficult to run while juggling. It’s tough to pee and hang glide at the same time (mostly because, well, not enough hands). And, it’s really hard to defenestrate someone in a windowless room. I mean, really, really hard.

It’s also challenging to write a dark and twisty gothic story that feat
Clockwork Wyrm
I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to Victoriana devotees, who should feel free to take a gamble - this is money well spent. Lord Thraxton is a splendid character to spend time with. He's something of a rogueish gentleman, an intriguing hedonist who manages to move in the highest and lowest circles of society. I was expecting a little of the Flashman about him but he's much less repellant (and comedic) than that.
I agree with many of Megan's positive comments. Not entirely sure about the D
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Entwistle is simply a fabulous writer. He plays with language subtly and intelligently, creates unforgettable and unique characters and suspenseful and moving plots. I couldn't put the book down. I can't recommend his books enough, and intend to read anything this man writes in the future.
Chris Apolant
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ugh. DNF @ 57%. I've had enough.

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My first impression of this book was not, in all honesty, a favorable one. Having read the sample, I decided it might be the sort of reading material in which I would rather not indulge. And yet, it was exceptionally well written, with the promise of, if nothing else, an original, interesting story. Thus, I gave it another chance, and had to admit I may have been wrong for the better part of its first half, as it in fact had some moments that were quite inspire
Dianne Landry
Feb 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This book started off well but went downhill about half way through. Notorious society take, Lord Geoffrey Thraxton hangs out in Highgate Cemetery to write bad poetry. There he sees an apparition dressed all in black that intrigues him. He becomes obsessed with her and one night drags his friend, Algernon, with him to find her. He gets attacked by some gave robbers and she appears to him and he is instantly in love.

Later he finds out she is the daughter of a man who works for Algerno
Megan Chance
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an accomplished Victorian thriller, and Entwistle writes eloquently, with a descriptive, atmospheric style reminiscent of Dickens, one that puts you right in the heart of London in the 19th Century. Dealing with grave-robbers, strange doctors, spirtualists, unsavory characters and all things macabre, the story begins with a bang and never slows. It follows the exploits of the Byronesque main character, Geoffrey Thraxton, a man with seemingly no fear of death because he has nothing to los ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Seregil of Rhiminee
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

As many readers know, Victorian fiction has a long-standing tradition in England and many Victorian novels have been written over the years. Vaughn Entwistle's The Angel of Highgate is a proud and full-blooded member of this literary genre, because it's a highly enjoyable Victorian mystery novel with a supernatural twist. It's something a bit different yet familiar, and it will please readers who enjoy reading mystery stories.

The Angel of Highgate is
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the professional reviews reads 'a magnificently written, provocative novel' and I must say the opening chapter is very provocative! It leaves you in no doubt at all at Lord Geoffrey Thraxton is, if not mad, then very definitely bad and dangerous to know! Money means nothing to him with a sizeable bank balance and estate to call upon and he buys the best hedonistic living he can from drink to pleasures of the flesh, opiates and even dueling. Quite how his best friend, Algy Hyde-Davies, eve ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'd never read Victorian Era fiction before this book. My wife picked it up and loved it. I read it after her. Since reading it, we've also bought Entwistle's other two novels and have loved them. This story is my personal favorite. The author draws you into the dark, foggy, and dangerous streets of old England of the late 1800's. The story was creepy from the very beginning and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I wasn't so sure I liked the morbid subject matter in the beginning, but once I sp ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shades of Conan Doyle, Poe, and Dickens in a rousing, sometimes action-packed romp. Lots of high drama (not necessarily all in a good way, so maybe melodrama), some fantasy, some gruesomeness from some very shady characters, some extremely coincidental name it, its probably here. A quick, smooth read tho and except for some of the action sequences that went on a bit, and which usually lose me anyway, it was worth a read.

Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This is probably enough.
Kristie Kaplan
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was magnificently written and so detailed. The story line is amusing, gruesome and romantic!! I loved it.
Drusilla Stinson
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Once I got past the vulgarities and dark subject matter of this book it was a spirited and interesting read. I'm not a big fan of depravity though, so I doubt I would recommend it.
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Vaughn Entwistle is one of my favourite authors. I stumbled across his first book The Revenant of Thraxton Hall at my local library and once I had read the very first page I was hooked on the book. His second book, The Dead Assassin was equally as gripping and really kicked up a notch in the dark story line, so I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of his third book The Angel of Highgate. This book is a prequel to The Revenant of Thraxton Hall where we get to find out a little bit more about ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
Thank you Titan Books for sending me this in exchange for an honest review

So when I first started reading "The Angel of Highgate" I was instatly taken by it. I can't put my finger on it but I was hooked to this story from chapter one. There was just something special that sucked me into the world of Lord Geoffrey Thraxton. The book is set in 1859 and whilst I was reading I felt like I was transported back in time and was walking side by side with Lord Thraxton. I don't want to spoil
Jamie McMahan
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
I would have given this novel two and a half stars were that option available to me. Since it isn't, after much deliberation, I decided that I would have to round down to two stars rather than up to three. While the novel has components that fans of gothic novels will certainly appreciate, along with a passable plot, the author's writing style isn't terribly polished. His historical references seem sloppily researched, if at all, which makes the places and characters almost seem like caricatures ...more
Es la primera novela que leo con un tema paranormal-Regencia-misterio-gótico y quizá se le podrían añadir más, es difícil de calificar en pocas palabras. He de confesar que, sobre todo al principio, he sentido la tentación de dejarlo. A ratos me ha parecido morbosa, violenta, deprimente... pero no he podido dejar de seguir adelante. ¿Y ahora que la he terminado? No sé realmente qué decir. ¿Me ha gustado? Sí, pero me alegro de haber terminado. ¿Volvería a leer algo semejante o del mismo autor? Nu ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third book from Mr. Entwistle, and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. The author knows how to write about friendship. In his Doyle/Wilde stories, the friendship between the two notables in literature is wonderful and really makes his stories a pleasure to read. In "Angel of Highgate" he writes of a friendship between Thraxton and Algernon that touched my heart. When Algernon inquires of Thraxton "are we still friends?" Thraxton answers: "Forever". Thraxton's love for Aurelia was ...more
Raymond Just
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it
An enjoyable, atmospheric read, but be a bit wary. Although the writing is pretty, and the characters and setting well drawn, the story here is just a tad on the melodramatic side. It works, because it feels organic to the genre. And this would probably not make a bad movie. But when the story leans into the melodrama in dialogue or in plotting, it can get just a bit cloying. Also be warned that the climax isn't quite everything it could be. There's simultaneously a lack of explanation as to how ...more
Debra Borchert
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entwistle's prose is exquisite and poetic. His descriptions of Victorian London absorbed me, and I didn't want to leave. A thriller, a romance, a mystery, and at many times humorous, the story continued to surprise and amaze me. I enjoy reading books that teach me something new and Angel of Highgate delivered many interesting, little-known bits of history and science that the author expertly intertwined in his characters and plot. I cannot wait for more books from this imaginative and skillful a ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this dark, gothically-written book. However, while the story moved along at a steady pace, despite being a little on the clichéd side, I felt some of the characters could have been better served with a little more development. This was especially true in the case of the creepy fetus loving Doctor. I never really understood why he had such hatred for Geoffrey Thraxton. Just because Thraxton had a cavalier attitude toward death didn't really strike me as a good reason to try to de ...more
John Walker
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well done victorian paranormal mystery thriller by Vaughn Entwistle.
Lord Geoffrey Thraxton, wealthy cad has an odd love of death. In fact he longs to be dead as the ultimate love till he meets Aurelia Greenly, protected daughter of Robert, who suffers from an odd milady of the skin. Enter Dr. Garrette who makes Lord Thraxton look like a boy scout and his henchman Mordrcal and his gang of dangerous thugs.
Great stuff with an amazing knowledge of Victorian London makes this one to read.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A mish-mash of Victoriana. A corrupt Lord, fascinated with death due to his unhappy childhood, runs into a girl in black, and some grave robbers in a cemetery. There are seances, a duel, women of the night, evil doctors, and everything else you might find in a Victorian-era novel.

Not bad, but it does tend to drag on a bit at times.
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Enjoyed most of the book, felt the ending was a bit meh
May 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I can't even finish it. I don't like any of the characters and at this point the plot is just annoying.
I have never come across a book that I wanted to stop reading after only a handful of pages. I'm all for dark and Gothic, but this story was starting down a path to gross and disturbing.
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Vaughn Entwistle is a British novelist who lives in the ancient cathedral city of Wells, Somerset.

For most of his life he has rattled about between England and the United States. He lived for over ten years in Seattle where, when not pursuing a day job as a writer/editor, ran a successful gargoyle sculpting business (yes, really!).

When not attempting to write with one cat o