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Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
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really liked it
bookshelves: kindle-drc, gothic-tone, psychological-suspense

Socially stunted Francis falls under the spell of Peter and Cara, a glamorous and mysterious couple while inhabiting a decaying English mansion (Google "Grange Hall in Hampshire" to see the inspiration for the estate) during the summer of 1969. Francis and Peter have been hired to investigate and catalog the exterior architecture and interior furnishings for the absentee owner, but after Francis discovers a peep-hole in her bathroom that looks down into the bathroom of Peter and Cara, she becomes intrigued, then obsessed with the couple, who invite Francis into their hedonistic circle.

This was one creepy read with a superb gothic atmosphere and a smidge of supernatural goings-on that you know can’t end well, especially when part of the story is told from the perspective of a dying Francis 30 years later. This is a great pick for fans of Daphne DuMaurier, Sarah Waters, and Shirley Jackson.

Thanks to the publisher for the advance digital reading copy.
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Reading Progress

April 29, 2018 – Shelved
April 29, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
April 29, 2018 – Shelved as: kindle-drc
October 8, 2018 – Started Reading
October 8, 2018 – Shelved as: gothic-tone
October 13, 2018 – Finished Reading
October 16, 2018 – Shelved as: psychological-suspense

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