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Ten Great Books to try this Halloween

Ten Great Books to try this Halloween

1.The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Meet a new feminist heroine in Olivia Mead; a suffragist and headstrong woman. Her father invites stage hypnotist Henri Reverie to hypnotise her into the docile, obedient daughter he wants, but there is a catch. Henri gives Olivia a gift: the ability to see people’s true natures in visions of darkness or goodness. Using archive photographs and art of the period, 1900 Oregon is brought to life in this unsettling book. Publisher: Amulet Books ISBN: 9781419712166

2. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Coralie Sardie’s gift is also a curse; she has webbed fingers and toes. Her father is the sinister owner of the eponymous museum and he exhibits her as a mermaid. Every day she puts on her tail and climbs into her tank ready for the visitors. One day, she swims up the Hudson and gets lost. She meets Eddie Cohen, a Jewish photographer living alone in the woods. They have an instant connection, but Eddie did find a body in the woods and Coralie has to ask how far her father would go to secure a successful new exhibit to save the museum? In a dazzling world of the immigrants, bootleggers and the freakish exhibits of Coney Island follow the story of star-crossed lovers and a missing girl that unites them. Publisher Scribner ISBN:1451693567

3. The Quick by Lauren Owen

The secrets in this book lie at the door of the Aegolius Club whose members are ambitious and from England’s aristocratic families. When her brother James disappears in London, Charlotte Norbury is quick to act. In a secretive and sinister city she finds a secret world of ‘The Quick’ – the living who dwell alongside the Undead. With incredible characters from the Imp Woman, to a rope walker turned vampire killer and a sad little urchin who thinks she might be ‘one of the Undid’. Full of mystery and magic this is vampire fiction for adults. Publisher Random House ISBN:0812993276

4. Affinity by Sarah Waters

A modern classic. Affinity is a psychological and mysterious tale of Margaret Prior who visits Millbrank Prison as a way of recovering from a suicide attempt. She intends to focus on helping the inmates but becomes mesmerised by Selina Dawes. Selina is a medium who was imprisoned after a séance went badly wrong, ending in a death and deeply disturbed young woman. Selina’s world of unruly ghosts and spirits fascinates Margaret so much she is willing to risk everything to free Selina. Waters takes us into a sinister and dark world of the Victorian fascination with the occult. Is Selina’s gift genuine or are there darker more earthly forces at work? Publisher Virago ISBN:1573228737

5. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

The sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children this has all the same Peculiars, plus a few new ones. Using weirdly atmospheric vintage photographs this novel picks up in 1940 and the Peculiars and Jacob have a quest in London. They have to find the lost Miss Peregrine. This novel harbours strange creatures, time loops, and a menagerie of peculiar animals, romance all within a captivating magical world. Publisher Quirk Books ISBN: 1594746125

6. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

A young bride arrives in Amsterdam in 1686 to marry wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Nella finds Amsterdam both wealthy and constricted by an oppressive religion. When Johannes buys her the unique wedding gift of a cabinet house - an exact replica of their home, things become mysterious. She hires a miniaturist to make some furniture but she also starts to receive unusual non-commissioned items including miniature replicas of the house’s occupants that seem to foretell future events. Nella becomes obsessed with finding out the truth of who the miniaturist is, but also the truth behind all the secrets of her new home. This book is both unusual and surprising. Publisher Picador ISBN: 1447250923

7.The Visitors

Reviewed in Silent Voices this month, The Visitors is the story of Adeliza Golding who is born on her father’s hop farm in Kent during the Victorian era. Adeliza is deafblind and her only real communication seems to be with the ghosts she senses and hears in her mind. When she regains some sight with an eye operation and learns to sign with her teacher Lottie the meaning of these ghosts becomes clearer. When she travels to South Africa in the Boer War, Adeliza finally understands how to work with her visitors. Can her communication with spirits save the man she loves from a wrongful murder charge? Publisher Hodder and Stoughton ISBN:1444765205

8.The Goddess and the Thief by Essie Fox

This novel moves from India to England as Alice is uprooted from the place of her birth to the care of her Aunt Mercy who has an interest in the occult and fakes being a medium. Aunt Mercy is asked, by the mysterious Mr Tilsbury, to hold a séance for Queen Victoria who wishes to talk to her beloved Albert. Yet the real plan is to steal the beautiful but cursed Koh-i-Noor diamond. The Queen hopes the diamond will lure her husband’s spirit back, but others have more sinister motives and will the diamond bring blessings or a curse? Publisher Orion ISBN: 1409146197

9.The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

This book is a supernatural adventure that starts when A. and his companion Niamh inherit Axton House. Their distant relative, the previous owner, committed suicide by throwing himself off a balcony, as did his father before him. There are several mysteries: where did the butler disappear too, what lurks in the maze and the basement vault, and most importantly what of the rumours of a strange gathering that occurs in the house at the winter solstice? Publisher Doubleday ISBN:0385538154

10. The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse

A brand new book by this established author the book follows Constantia Gifford who lives in a ruined house that was also her father’s museum of taxidermy. In the churchyard it is the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year may appear and the villagers congregate. Constantia struggles to discover who is responsible, but the villagers are suspicious of any resident of the museum. Is Connie who she seems or are other forces at work and what secrets lie within the bell jars of the museum? Publisher Orion ISBN:1409153754

All these books are available in either Kindle on Amazon, Paperback or Hardback editions from all book retailers. These books also form part of The Lotus Flower Book Club’s Purple Lotus Subscription.

© Hayley Baxter 2014Hayley has worked in mental health for 15 years starting as a Community Support Worker. Since then she has trained as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist specialising in illness and disability. Her own MS diagnosis in 1995 led to work at Lincoln MS Therapy Centre. Hayley has a life- long love of books and a first class degree in English Literature. She launched Lotus Flower Book Club this summer – a literary gift subscription business, which also offers counselling and a writing therapy program. www.lotusflowerbookclub.co.uk

Hayley Baxter 03 Oct 2014 0 comments

Hayley Baxter

Hayley Baxter

Hayley has worked in mental health for 15 years starting as a Community Support Worker. Since then she has trained as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist specialising in illness and disability. Her own MS diagnosis in 1995 led to work at Lincoln MS Therapy Centre. Hayley has a life- long love of books and a first class degree in English Literature. She launched Lotus Flower Book Club this summer – a literary gift subscription business, which also offers counselling and a writing therapy program.

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