The House on Vesper Sands

The House on Vesper Sands

A Novel

Book - 2021
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"London, 1893: high up in a house on a dark, snowy night, a lone seamstress stands by a window. So begins the swirling, serpentine world of Paraic O'Donnell's Victorian-inspired mystery, the story of a city cloaked in shadow, but burning with questions: why does the seamstress jump from the window? Why is a cryptic message stitched into her skin? And how is she connected to a rash of missing girls, all of whom seem to have disappeared under similar circumstances? On the case is Inspector Cutter, a detective as sharp and committed to his work as he is wryly hilarious. Gideon Bliss, a Cambridge dropout in love with one of the missing girls, stumbles into a role as Cutter's sidekick. And clever young journalist Octavia Hillingdon sees the case as a chance to tell a story that matters-despite her employer's preference that she stick to a women's society column. As Inspector Cutter peels back the mystery layer by layer, he leads them all, at last, to the secrets that lie hidden at the house on Vesper Sands"--
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House, ©2021.
ISBN: 9781951142247
Characteristics: 403 pages ;,23 cm.

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826_05
Apr 09, 2021

I was excited for this read, wanted to like/love it. I sadly could not enter the story. I may give it a second try at some point.

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Tinboxbox
Mar 29, 2021

Can't wait for the next book. Clever plotting, interesting characters, diverse settings.

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calm222
Mar 15, 2021

couldn't keep going after the first 100 pages or so. am disappointed.

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maipenrai
Mar 07, 2021

I rather liked the main characters, but the story line had far too much of the occult and spiritualism for me. Disappointed. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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uncommonreader
Mar 07, 2021

A little too gothic, a little too tied into spiritualism for me. Believe this is the first of a series.

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brangwinn
Jan 12, 2021

This isn’t your standard Victorian Gothic novel, part mystery, part fantasy. When a seamstress falls to her death a police investigation is launched and a newspaper woman, a theology student and a determined, brusque police detective are sent into a hunt for men who are turning women into ghosts. As I write this, my description does not sound that appealing, but believe me, once the reader is enmeshed in the story line and the interesting set of characters, it turns into a compelling read. It is tense and well-paced, and the quiet, almost monotone voices the narrator gave to some of the characters fit will.

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njkstl
Jan 10, 2021

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