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Spider Light by Sarah Rayne
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Sep 14, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: thriller-suspense, uk, read-2016, lgbtqi, adult
Read 2 times. Last read September 13, 2016.

Say the word "asylum" and I'm instantly intrigued.

This thriller is well-plotted and surprisingly layered, with unsentimental writing that makes you feel for the characters without being overly showy.

Trigger warning: the book is very rape-y, and there are times when I felt a bit uncomfortable about the amount of salacious abuse in the first half. (view spoiler) <--- All that is on top of murder, imprisonment, framing, etc.; it's a lot to take in.

But it's a very well-written book. I've rarely read a thriller that took such care about developing so many storylines and giving each of its (many) characters so much agency, and one that handled multiple POVs and non-linear/shifting time periods so well. I also liked that the tone isn't overly grim! Kept me turning pages like crazy, I'm very excited to read the author's other thrillers. This is sort of like a pulpy, mass market shelf Sarah Waters story.
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Sana This sounds like my type of book. ^.^

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