The Woman in the Mirror: A Novel
For more than two centuries, Winterbourne Hall has stood atop a bluff overseeing the English countryside of Cornwall and the sea beyond.
In 1947, Londoner Alice Miller accepts a post as governess at Winterbourne, looking a ...more
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I've tried for several days to finish the audio version of this book, but I just can't find myself taking to the story. Today was at least the third time I tried to listen to it, but I find myself almost depressed with the thought of listening to it. So, now I'm giving up and I will pick something else to listen to!
From the start the book is incredibly atmospheric, especially when it comes to the eerie descriptions of the house. The air almost crackles with mystery and feels weighed down with all the secrets the house holds. The reader is given the sense that anything can happen at any moment which made me quite jumpy at times. This is definitely a book to read with lots of people about and the ...more
Cornwall. Gothic mansion. Governess. Handsome tormented master. Overly angelic children. All the cliches of Gothic fiction are in abundance in The Woman in the Mirror, and this is no bad thing. The dramatic clifftops, the roaring tides, the crumbling country house all create a world so intense that you're constantly on edge. From Charlotte Bronte to Henry James, Du Maurier to Susan Hill, all the influences are easy to spot, creating a rich tapestry of Gothic hor ...more
Well this has been a truly dark tale of a story which was all consuming and quite creepy/chilling in equal measures. The story of which just draws you in and swallows you whole.
It's a story that has dual timelines of present day 2018 and the past in 1947, set around a gothic mansion called Winterbourne that was built on the 1800 hundreds literally on the wild cliffs edge with roaring sea w ...more
In the present day, gallery owner, Rachel Wright, has always felt rejected by life on ...more
The house in the story seems to have its own personality. It draws characters in before consuming then.
Set in Cornwall, the novel is very reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. I kept being reminded of the line "last night I dreamt of Mandelay." ...more
I really felt for the character of Rachel. She is an orphan who is working at her own art gallery in t ...more
The story ventures into three periods in time beginning with the woman who goes on to influence the paths of quite a few women in Winterbourne, and not in a good way. Her presence is felt in the area and in the house. A nefarious essence lurking in every corner, every swirl of mist and each drop of water in the cold murky sea.
This was truly a gothic novel. The huge overpowering house on the Cornish Bluff "Winterbourne" sits in the shadows keeping its secrets hidden inside.
The story goes from the governess Alice Miller in 1947 to Rachel in present days. Rachel grew up adopted and always wondered about her beginnings and her birth mother.
One day after she has grown and is on her own with her own Art Gallery, a letter comes informing her that she has been left a property called ...more
I found this book to be a mediocre ghost story. I could see far too many ghosts of other author's work - primarily Henry James' "Turn of the Screw" and Susan Hill. There are also echoes through other less well known gho ...more
𝑳𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏! 𝑪𝒂𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒊𝒕?
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳 by Rebecca James is an unnerving gothic tale with an insidious creepy atmosphere that drew me in to the book very quickly.
A dark tale told in several narrative’s, past and present, it centers around the Winterbourne mansion and those that lived there. In 1947, Alice Miller takes a governess position for Captain De Grey, looking after his twins. Winterbourne seems to feed on the grief and loneliness o ...more
The present-day Winterbour ...more
Apart from the prologue all the of the novel takes place in either 1947 or 2018. Both women, whose connection is initially unclear both have had to rebuild their lives after suffering a devastating loss. That is their only similarity though, Rachel is much more independent than Alice and a lot more likeable.
Whilst Alice did suffer from the events that occurre ...more
When Rachel inherits a home in England, she is not sure what to think. She has often wondered about her family, and the elusive house seems to hold more mysteries than answers. As Rachel travels to England to learn more about her family and past, she is swept into the harsh past and the dangers that the house holds, but there seems to be more lurking than just unanswered questions...
What a beautiful story! I sat and read this in one sitt ...more
Present day, Rachel adopted at birth, has no knowledge of her real roots until one day she inherits Winterbourne from Constance De Grey. Rachel is soon mesmerised by the old house and the secrets it keeps.
1947 Alice Miller becomes governess to the De Grey children, soon she falls in love with the house, the childr ...more
A really good gothic novel, I finished this book in a day, giving myself a headache...it was worth it!
Taking place in the present as well as 1947, the main character in the story is a mansion, Winterbourne, built in the 1800's in Cornwall.
The De Grey family seems to be cursed, causing 2 suicides, an the incarceration of a governess in a mental hospital, all the while haunting the people who live in Winterbourne. It also feature ...more
I enjoyed both of the time-frames, 1947 (ish) and 2018, though I identified with Rachel more (however, you know, sans a gallery and very large paycheck) in that she seemed a bit stronger and a little less sycophantic than Alice, but overall they were both interesting characters.
I think a bit more back sto ...more
Winterbourne House, atop the cliffs overlooking the sea in Cornwall, England, is a gothic mansion with a long history. Women living in the house are driven mad by an unseen force that seems to be the house itself lashing out.
Wonderfully atmospheric, James's writing gave me goosebumps on more than one occasion. I felt like I was in Winterbourne Hous ...more
I enjoyed this story of haunting and suspense, feeling captivated by the idea of the past seeping into the present characters' lives. At times however it felt a little complex to read due to the similarity of characters, also the stories seemed to blend into each other and with the switching of time period in each chapter, it felt a little difficult to distinguish between them at times. The image of Winterbourne and the atmosphere was described well and with great vivacity. I ...more
from Past to Present.
For fun I read the
past chapters first,
then the present ones.
It made the book into
two mysteries that still
blended well together.
Will do it again sometime.
Also enjoyed catching the
the nods to other books.
A book club reading this,
could have fun seeing
how many they could find.
3 Entertaining Stars.
Listened with TTS.
Some Mild Foul Language.
The literary influence of some of my favourite gothic novels (The Turn of the Screw, The Woman in Black, Rebecca and Jane Eyre) are transparently obvious in this book. It did feel somewhat derivative but it was a thoroughly enjoyable holiday read that was surprisingly creepy in places. An quick and entertaining read with a good ending.