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The Beloveds

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  387 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
An exploration of domestic derangement, in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier's classic Rebecca, that plumbs the depths of sibling rivalry with wit and menace.

Oh, to be a Beloved: one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure.

Betty Stash is not a Beloved – but her younger
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 17th 2018 by Titan Books (first published April 3rd 2018)
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Holly  B
Let me count the reasons I LOVED this novel…

1. Gothic feel with a mansion that is an integral part of the story.
2. Mounting tension as the pages turn.
3. Creepy narrator who converses with the house.
4. The witty, yet dark and disturbing humor.

Told from the point of view of Elizabeth (Betty) Stash, who is not the golden, favorite child of her mother. The beloved child is her sister, Gloria, who basks in all her goodness. Betty believes that her sister “makes everything sound like a story from Beat
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley is going into my oh my gosh what did I just read pile of books. When finished with this one I felt a bit like I needed to go wash my eyes or perhaps even my brain clean from reading this one and going so far into the mind of such a disturbed character.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Stash is the narrator of The Beloveds and readers will quickly learn that Betty isn’t exactly a likable and cuddly narrator, You see Betty began her jealousy in childhood believing that when her sis
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
4 troubling stars

For many of us, we hold onto something in our lives. It can be a memory, a trinket, a place where our memories and our lives seem to be tied together. It can be a room we once lived in, a forest we once played in, or even a house we lived in. For most of us, this memory holds us for a small bit of time. For Elizabeth this memory consumes her. You see what Elizabeth most holds dear, what she loves the most is her childhood home. It is hers body and soul, she loves it, desires it,
⭐⭐ / 5

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Oof, I do not have many good things to say about The Beloveds so I am sorry in advance. If you are looking to see a good review of this book, you are not going to see it from me. I just want to throw out that I know writing a book is very hard work, and I could never write one myself, so this isn't a reflection on the auth
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
3.75 stars
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.

What the hell did I just read? The main protagonist, Betty, was more than a few letters short of the alphabet and her obsession with her childhood home reminded me of a certain short story with a lady wanting to climb into some wallpaper (see The Yellow Wallpaper). For the life of me I just couldn't put it down, it was that addictive!!

Seriously, I probably would have walked by this book in the bookstore. Ther
Zuky the BookBum
I’m super excited to be on The Beloveds blog tour with Titan Books today, and wow, what a book! I was hesitant going into this one as I’d seen some very mediocre reviews, but I needn’t have worried. This was absolutely enthralling and the perfect for my bookish tastes.

The writing is insanely captivating. We know that Betty is deranged but somehow Lindley has us siding with her? From the very start, I felt contempt towards Gloria and Henry, when really I should have been looking out for them. Wit
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. It did not impact my review or rating.

Spoilers about the book "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier are below.

Look there can only be one "Rebecca". This book is in on way or shape at the level of "Rebecca" on it's best day. The main character is insane. She also does very terrible things and is never caught. The voice of the main character feels older than what the book setting is. At one point I thought the book started in the 1950s or something,
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a little girl who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead;
When she was good, she was very, very good,
And when she was bad she was horrid.

-Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme

It's hard to believe there's a more horrid girl than Elizabeth Stash (a.k.a. Betty). She's paranoid, narcisstic, psychopathic, sociopathic, and oh yes, a murderer.

So what's not to love? Nothing, if you ask her. In her view, she's perfect - and perfectly willing to blame everyone else in the world when things don
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
I received this through NetGalley in exchange for my review. The narrator of this book is dark and twisted. Feeling denied her inheritance of the home she loves, she sets out to recover it. As she falls deeper into alcoholism and psychosis, her thoughts get darker. Good narrative and gothic feel. The end, however, seemed to veer off topic. This section would have been better earlier in the book, as it shows the protagonist’s character.
Liz Barnsley
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A really excellent character voice here, very divisive. A little tiny bit draggy in places but overall an excellent look at extreme sibling rivalry. Full review for the official tour near publication.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-arcs
Rating: 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.

Betty Stash loves nothing and no one more than she loves Pipets, her childhood home. Every inch of House (as she calls it) is precious to her—perhaps a bit too precious, as we learn in the beginning of the book that she has been recently diagnosed as an objectophile. As the oldest daughter, she expected to be the one to inherit Pipets. After the death of her mother, Betty learned Pipits was to be inherited by younger sister Gloria. She is enraged, thinking
I had originally rated this with 4 stars (a 3.5 that I rounded up) but upon letting everything soak in a few days I'm going to leave the rating at 3.5 but round down because overall when I compare this book to others I've given 4 stars recently it just does not equal the quality.

Speaking of comparing this book to others, it finally occurred to me that I was subconsciously comparing this book to Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh which I had read about a month ago. I had some of the same issues with tha
Delightful read. I know that is ironic to say considering you are in the mind of a complete sociopath, but occasionally an author puts you somewhere uncomfortable so skillfully that you want to stay there a while. While this book has been compared to the likes of Daphne Du Mauier (how I loved the book "Rebecca") I am not sure I can draw that exact same conclusion. The setting is modern, the conflict one of sibling rivalry, and the viewpoint completely different. Just know that if that is the rea ...more

2.5/5 stars

The Beloveds is a psychological thriller. I love this genre. But honestly for much of this book I could not figure out what genre I was reading.

The narrator is Elizabeth (also known as Lizzy and Betty) (1st person POV). The book is set in the UK.

The book is about two sisters: Elizabeth and Gloria. Gloria has always been the "beloved" one. And Elizabeth is cunning and crazy. And she is obsessed with their childhood home.

I usually enjoy books where the main character is obsessive or sta
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Betty adores only one thing in her life: her childhood home, called Pipits, and desires nothing else than to live in it. Alone. So when her mother passes away and wills the home to her younger sister Gloria and her husband, Henry, Betty is beyond angry and ruined. She puts Henry and Gloria in a class called the Beloveds; people she deems loved and admired and lucky in love and everything they do. Betty, of course, is on the outside looking in on these Beloved sort. She vows she will do whatever ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Betty has grown up in the shadow of her little sister Gloria. She decides at an early age that her sister is a "beloved"; one of those lucky people who has everything good come into their lives without effort. Gloria received the most of their mother's love and attention and then when Betty brings home a potential boyfriend named Henry, he falls under the spell of her youngest sister also.
Betty's one comfort is the family home called Pipits, after the birds that lived in the meadows surrounding
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Betty Stash has never much cared for anyone or anything other than her parents house, which she expected to inherit on her mother's death. She appears to have been in a state of quiet jealous rage ever since her beautiful and "beloved" sister was born. Much of the action in this story takes place in Betty's mind for at least the first half of the book, which made it a little slow and draggy in my opinion, until at last Betty seemed to make the switch from petty, whining, narcissist to full on ev ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Gallery Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

This cover instantly drew me in. THE BELOVEDS by Maureen Lindley wasn't what I was expecting it to be and I was very happy that Emily (book.happy) told me that it wasn't a thriller. That's good to know going into this read - its more fiction with a dash of mystery to it.

A Beloved is someone that is lucky enough in life to have nothing go wrong for them. Everything effortlessly is given to them - beauty, happiness, for
Oh I liked this book. It was a little odd and strange. And for once the narrator that seems unreliable was just out there and reliable ha ha. I felt bad for Betty at first but that didn’t last long. She’s a very troubled person to say the least.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
via my blog:
'The loathing I experienced at the sight of her pulsed in that part of me, somewhere middle chest, a dark liverish thing that’s still there after all these years.'

Betty Stash knows she isn’t a beloved, no one is making her world spin with all things lovely and delightful nor breaking their backs to make her happy. She isn’t like her blessed, younger, golden sister Gloria that charms her way into everyone’s bones at first meeting. Nothing is easi
Sarah Bowe
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arcs
The main character talks to the "House" as if it is an actual person. She was certainly deranged. She does a couple of totally deplorable things! It was kind of boring to me.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not even sure where to start with this book. It's very unique and odd, and I ended up really enjoying it. It's about two sisters, and their family home, and the sisters' relationship reminded me a lot of Blair & Serena from Gossip Girl. The main character (Betty) is definitely the Blair, and her sister (Gloria) is the Serena AKA a Beloved.

This story has a lot of gothic elements, and there were some parts that reminded me of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Betty is incredibly attache
Kym Wald
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! This is a gorgeously written gothic style tale set in contemporary times that blew me away with its beauty. The writing was so stunning and lush, which only serves to amplify the stark contrast with the the book’s protagonist who is as dark as they come. A stunning portrait of a descent into madness from the perspective of a woman deep in the throes of turmoil and a pain that threatens to take over her splintering identity, and threatens all those around her with unthinkable violence. The ...more
The Beloveds was a novel I had such high hopes for and, disappointingly, my expectations were never met. As much as I love character explorations, Elizabeth's nasty, whiny attitude completely turned me off from any enjoyment. This is an adult in her 40s who still harbors a grudge against her younger sister for being the favorite when they were children. She thinks nothing of lying, stealing, even murdering in her attempt to get back at Gloria. I wanted so much from this one and I'm left with the ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read told from the dark side. Sarcastic tale of a sister who has always felt scorned and not the golden child, aka a beloved. Of course, things go to the extreme because that makes for a better read, but I thought the ending was weak so I took off a star.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s, adult
The Beloveds has me stumped. I wanted to love it, I should have loved it (female psychopathic narrator? Come on). I loved some parts and really, really didn’t love others. So! I haven’t done a pro/con list in some time, here we go.


The Writing
I have to say I was drawn in by The Beloveds immediately. Sister stories of all kinds intrigue me, (is there a more complex relationship dynamic than that of one between sisters?) and the book opens immediately with Elizabeth confessing that she has hat
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. The Beloveds doesn’t have many characters in it but really there was just one. Elizabeth, sometimes Betty, sometimes Lizzy is the only one who had a voice. And a deeply unpleasant one it was. The first few pages where I had a bit of sympathy for her didn’t last long. I don’t really have much idea whether any of her complaints were justified but I doubt it. She was either resentful to, or jealous of, everybody she had contact with. Gloria, Henry ...more
If you love a twisted, dark protagonist, you will love this book. I was engaged from the beginning, but the ending left me less than satisfied. There was no resolution of tension so unless there is a sequel, I can't rate this any higher.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating character.
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Maureen Lindley was born in Berkshire and grew up in Scotland. She was trained as a psychotherapist and also worked as a photographer, antique dealer and a dress designer before writing her first book, The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel. Maureen lives in the Wye valley on the Welsh borders with her husband.
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