From Daylight To Madness (The Hotel #1)
On an almost uninhabitable rocky island off the coast of Maine, a Hotel looms over the shore, an ever-present gray lady that stands strong like a guard, keeping watch. For many who come here, this island is a sanctuary and a betrayal.
This is a place where memori ...more
”The world around her began to weep silently, until the violence of the air around her, filled the sky with screaming wails.”
What an absolutely amazing and hauntingly beautiful story. This phenomenal author weaves a tale that is filled with the intense emotions of loss, pain and anguish. Each chapter is written with such poetic words that they bleed into your soul. My heart ached for Isabelle and the horrible tragedy her life has become. Her pain and depression was felt in e ...more
I love how poetic this dark writing style was, its so beautifully written! 👌🏼It gave me cold chills reading this and I couldn't put it down to know how this ends!
How it starts is what got me hooked and it's my first time reading a book that involves death of children...🤫 it starts off really tragic!
The characters were amazing, they each portray a part and story of their own. How ...more
It's poetical, romantic, dark, eerie but beautiful.
This book ... I don't know how to write a proper review.
It's different and it's playing in a century where mental illness is handled as not proper behavior.
What will you do, when you lost your only child too early, hear him crying for a short time and aren't allowed to hold him? When you're treated as the one who is responsib ...more
Jennifer Gordon, this read was nothing less than spine tingling. From start to finish the hair on the back of my neck stood on end. This book may be finished but the chills are far from gone.
I have so many unanswered questions, and I feel we haven't even become to scratch the surface.
I’m finding it really hard to put into words a review to give this book the justice it deserves. I will say this is a really well written haunting story that held my attention all the way through.
My heart broke for Isabella yet we know that what she went through at that time could easily have been true which makes it even sadder.
I’m really lookin ...more
New Hampshire author Jennifer Anne Gordon studied acting at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and has worked as an actress, magician’s assistant, artist (painting and collage, photography, and art model), dancer and writer. Her books to date – BEAUTIFUL FRIGHTENING AND SILENT, VICTORIANA, and her Hotel series, of which FROM DAYLIGHT TO MADNESS is book 1, soon to be followed by book 2 – WHEN THE SLEEPING DEAD STILL TALK. Jennifer’s genre and ...more
From Daylight to Madness is a Victorian Gothic horror story. It’s a dark tale of Isabelle, in the spring of 1873, gave birth to her son, and then after a few minutes of crying, he passes away. Months after, she is drugged and in a world of grief. Her Husband and mother worry about her grief and send her to Summer Hotel. ...more
For those of you who don’t know her, Jennifer Anne Gordon is a Gothic Horror Author. Her first novel, Beautiful, Frightening and Silent not only exceeded my expectations but also was nominated for s ...more
A woman is sent to a scary hotel for a rest cure after losing her child in this historical Gothic romance about oppression, grief, and time.
Halloween might be over, but there are plenty of horror writers making sure that we stay scared all year long, including Jennifer Anne Gordon--author of From Daylight to Madness (The Hotel #1). Gordon's novel is an old-style creepy Gothic romance, set on isolated D ...more
I recommend ‘From Daylight To Madness’ as it is a great victorian horror book and to me these are the most terrifying kind of b ...more
'From Daylight To Madness' is a fascinating story of Isabelle in the Victorian era.
She has gone through horrendous loss of her newborn baby, followed by her husband's indifference to her suffering. During her stay at the remote island, where she is sent for supposed recuperation, we are introduced to many intriguing personas which the author captures with psychoanalytic insight. Isabelle's emotional bond to Francis, the young priest, hints at an awakening of romantic emotions, ...more
Isabella's husband Henry and his mother decided to send Isabella away to an Island for a summer so she can heal. As Isabella reached the Hotel at the Dagger Island, she got to know that she was to be kept the ...more
It's always an enchanting treat to read books written by the author Jennifer Anne Gordon, she is a talented writer and you can see her amazing work by her books. This is the 2nd book I'm reading of her and I'm not only impressed but also dazzled.
The story starts with a heart touching scene, which will ma ...more
The seemingly content life of the lovely Isabelle quickly turns into a hefty weight as she struggles with grief after the unexpected death of her new-born son Oscar. Unable to deal with her persistent restlessness and sorrow, her husband and his mother decides to send her away to a summer hotel situated on Dagger Island, a desolate island off the coast of M ...more
In the late spring of 1873, Isabelle gave birth to her son Oscar, who lived only for a short while. Unable to deal with her grief, Isabelle grows increasingly restless and is sent away to a summer hotel on Dagger Island where she meets the mysterious Francis, a deeply damaged priest. As she scram ...more
This book is a solid four stars. The writing really is beautiful. It truly is "haunting" as everyone says. It's third-person, but this is deep third and it works so well. This is more of a realistic and gritty horror than a supernatural horror. The realism, along with the deep third creates this sense of drowning in the main characters' thoughts.
Isabelle exists in a fugue state of laudanum and grief. She is constantly plagued by the sounds of her dead child crying. It was so easy to lose myself...more
She had a collection of her mixed media artwork published during spring of 2020, entitled Victoriana: mixed media art of Je ...more