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From Daylight To Madness (The Hotel #1)

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The latest book from the critically acclaimed author of Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent; Jennifer Anne Gordon.

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
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Paperback, First, 229 pages
Published August 20th 2020 by Livre Maison
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Mandy Munholland / Mandy’s Book Reviews
This was a beautiful well written unique and dark tale that deals with depression and mental health issues during a time when women weren’t aloud to make choices for themselves and were perceived as not an equal to their spouse . I was immediately captivated from the first page and couldn’t put this story down . The characters are very well developed the plot intense and intriguing overall this is a fantastic story and one that I can’t wait to return back too . Definite must read and definite 5 ...more
Erin Figueiredo
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hauntingly beautiful!

”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
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Crow L.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
It's been a hot minute since I read Thriller books, but this is much more of a horror book and it is eerily intense! 😳

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
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Kera (featherboundbooks)
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Isabelle is a woman who gives birth to a child who only lived for minutes before he succumbed to a silent death. Her husband Henry is an oaf of a man, who went from living with his mother, who did everything for him, to living with a wife who did everything for him, therefore he was ill equipped to deal with a wife who is dealing with the complex emotions of birthing a practically stillborn child. When he has had enough of her antics and her self-medicating, he and his mother send her away to a ...more
Anja Dettmann
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
From Daylight To Madness is the first book I read by Jennifer Gordon and is also different from the books I normaly read.
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
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Ria
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
"We are more tired than we think we are," forget tea thanks, I'll stick with water.

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.
Jessica Smith
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a haunting tale that deals with topics reminiscent of Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” this coupled with Gordon’s mesmerizing words will leave you questioning what was actually happening, what was real. Gordon also left me completely astonished at the amount of depth she was able to instill into each one of her characters in so few pages. From the plot to its characters this book had me completely consumed from the first page to the last. I can not wait for the next installment in this series so ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This is my first and most certainly not my last read by this author. Totally different from what I’ve been reading lately yet still a brilliant read.

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
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Grady
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The strange, mysterious Summer Hotel on Dagger Island

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
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Crystal Bell
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s been way too long since I have read a good horror book and Jennifer Gordon, in the best possible way, sucked me back. Jennifer Gordon's writing is poetic and well written.


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.
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Amanda Anderson (Beauty.and.the.bookies)
So, I don't normally enjoy books that were written in the past like this. If I see a book with a date before the eighties I dont bother. And this being in the 1800s, I was asking myself if I was setting myself up for failure...But this book intrigued me for weeks. I am actually very glad I read this! It wasnt anything like I have ever read before. I was a confused mess (much like Isabelle) most of the time because I didnt know what was real and what was fake. Isabelle's reality was so skewed. An ...more
TINA WILLIAMS
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written haunting tale by Jennifer Gordon. This book delves into depression and mental incapacity. These characters are so well developed they seem realistic. My heart bled for Isabella and they way her husband treated her with such indifference. This story is from a time when women were considered property. Isabella was unable to make choices for herself. This is a well written book and a very enjoyable read.
Samantha Lovelock
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book intrigued me from the first time I read the blurb. Dripping with emotion and darkness like any good gothic horror novel should be, this one somehow went beyond. I could feel Isabelle's melancholy and often felt like I was sipping medicinal tea right along with her. Jennifer Anne Gordon weaves a tale of despair, longing, and encroaching madness that is riveting, and her talent with words is undeniable. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
K-BRC
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story hooked me from page one; I can’t wait for the next book in this series, to return to Dagger Island. I highly recommend this 5⭐️ story.
Roman Sirotin
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very dark, emotional and moving. It makes me happy to know that this is just first of the series and there is more to come! The length of this book is perfect for someone like me who has short attention span and not much time. Yet, so much is packed into it's pages, like a line of a poem that expands in your mind and envelops you for countless days. <3 ...more
Elizabeth James
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you read the amount of books I do in a year, you get a real mixed bag. Some good, some bad - and some indifferent. I’m delighted to say that From Daylight to Madness falls under a category of its own: Absolutely Amazing! Only four books this year have entered that category - including this one!
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
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Michelle  Hogmire
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review originally published here, at Reedsy Discovery: https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/fro...

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
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Beatriz
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Anne Gordon created a thrilling horror book full of mystery, action and romance. I really liked it! You keep connecting with all the characters which is not easy. It is very hard for an author to create empathy between the reader and the characters, but you can expect it in ‘From Daylight To Madness’. Also, have you seen this awesome cover? It is just beautiful.
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
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Birgitte Hastings
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melodramatic Plot:
'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,
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Pam Bettencourt
As I expected this book didn't disappoint. This book had me hooked from the first page. I don't know how Jennifer Gordon comes up with her story lines, but they are amazing. They twist and turn, there is suspence and anticipation and just plain madness. I was never a fan of Gothic Horror until I read Jennifer's first book. Now I am, and I look forward to her next book. I need more of this story. Good job Jennifer 👏 👍 👌
Nony
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From Daylight To Madness by the author Jennifer Anne Gordon is a haunting Gothic Fiction. It is the first book in the Hotel series. The protagonist of the story is Isabella. She gave birth to a son and named him Oscar. Her baby boy cried for three minutes and then went into silence forever.

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
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Patty
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning. I couldn't put this down wondering what was going to happen. I cried, I was angry, I laughed, I held my breath more than a few times in suspense. So many emotions! This book reads as if it was a poem. Love her style of writing. Please don't hesitate to read this delicious novel. The next installment comes out soon and I can not wait! 💙💙
Joan Gable
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry a lot but in a good way....5 stars!
KristenD197
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cant wait for #2!! <3 ...more
New Book Reviewer
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From Daylight To Madness: is the first book in The Hotel series written by Jennifer Anne Gordon and it has a blend of unique, intriguing, horror, emotional, and surprisingly alluring storyline.

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
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litandcoffee
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full of mystery and allure, Gordon’s first in The Hotel series showcases her talent for drawing readers into characters’ internal struggles.

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
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Aaron Lebold
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A poetic wave of emotions that varies from fate to tragedy. The descriptions of scenes and inner dialogue have a unique beauty of their own that makes you feel like you are on the journey with them. While at the hotel, I felt a constant sense of curiosity and distrust towards a lot of the other characters, really set the scene and made the establishment believable. Very well written, can't wait for part two.
Booksiren
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gordon’s masterful first installment in The Hotel series takes readers into the heart of Dagger Island, an almost uninhabitable rocky island off the coast of Maine for a profoundly unsettling adventure.

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
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Lucid Quill
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so many things. Beautiful, heart-wrenching, dark and torrid. It was a major step away from my usual read but I'm so glad I took it. It's a book that makes you feel and envision the world within it. Absolutely magical. A must read for sure!
Jyvur Entropy
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it

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

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Jennifer Anne Gordon is a Gothic horror novelist. Her work includes Beautiful, Frightening and Silent (2020) which won the Kindle Award for Best Horror/Suspense for 2020, and From Daylight to Madness (The Hotel book 1), and When the Sleeping Dead Still Talk (The Hotel book 2).
She had a collection of her mixed media artwork published during spring of 2020, entitled Victoriana: mixed media art of Je
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