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The Pursuit of William Abbey

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A hauntingly powerful novel about how the choices we make can stay with us forever, by the award-winning author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and 84K.

South Africa in the 1880s. A young and naive English doctor by the name of William Abbey witnesses the lynching of a local boy by the white colonists. As the child dies, his mother curses William.

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Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Orbit
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Sarah-Hope
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
I requested an electronic advance copy of this book from NetGalley because the premise it's built on sounded fascinating, and I was delighted that the publisher approved my request. The premise here is that William Abbey, an Englishman who sees (and doesn't act in response to) a child killed by a white mob in Africa, is cursed by the child's mother. The shadow of her son will follow Abbey for the rest of his life, and any time the shadow catches up, the person Abbey loves most will die. In essen ...more
Mya Alexice
There is the truth we tell ourselves, [...] and then there is the reality of the world as it is, and that is always harder to see.

I enjoyed Claire North's earlier book The Sudden Appearance of Hope , though felt it fall into the same trap as this one for me. Amazing idea, but an execution that just wasn't 5 stars for me. The Pursuit of William Abbey follows a 19th-century British man cursed because he witnessed a lynching of a young Black boy and did nothing to stop it. As the ghost of the
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Sarah
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arcs
Thank you to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with an arc for review. This has in no way influenced my opinion.
The concept of this book is so much more interesting than what is executed on the page. The idea of a character being cursed by a grieving mother, due to his lack of intervention in the torture and murder of her son, leading to him being followed forever by the spirit of the boy is fascinating. Add to that an espionage plot, Abbey can see the truth in others the closer the
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Rachel Stansel
I love Claire North's books. They have unique perspectives with a beautiful style and flow. While I found the themes in book interesting, I just wasn't drawn in by the story. Certain sections were beautiful, and it is worth the read, but if you are a huge fan like me, temper your expectations a bit. You will probably enjoy it more if you do.

Full disclosure: I received a copy of the novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Travis
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent as always. Full review to come.
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Claire North is actually Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated young-adult novel author whose first book, Mirror Dreams, was written when she was just 14 years old. She went on to write seven more successful YA novels.



Claire North is a pseudonym for adult fantasy books written by Catherine Webb, who also writes under the pseudonym Kate Griffin.