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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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.

Mar 29, 2021

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

Mar 15, 2021

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

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

Mar 07, 2021

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

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.

Jan 10, 2021

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