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In a remote village near the English coast, residents gather in a misty churchyard. More than a decade into the 20th century, superstition still holds sway: It is St. Mark's Eve, the night when the shimmering ghosts of those fated to die in the coming year are said to materialize and amble through the church doors.
Alone in the crowd is Constantia Gifford, the taxidermist's daughter. Twenty-two and unmarried, she lives with her father on the fringes of town, in a decaying mansion cluttered with the remains of his once world-famous museum of taxidermy. No one speaks of why the museum was shuttered or how the Giffords fell so low. Connie herself has no recollection - a childhood accident has erased all memory of her earlier days. Even those who might have answers remain silent. The locals shun Blackthorn House and the strange spinster who practices her father's macabre art.
As the last peal of the midnight bell fades to silence, a woman is found dead - a stranger Connie noticed near the church. In the coming days, snippets of long-lost memories will begin to tease through Connie's mind, offering her glimpses of her vanished years. Who is the victim, and why has her death affected Connie so deeply? Why is she watched by a mysterious figure who has suddenly appeared on the marsh nearby? Is her father trying to protect her with his silence - or someone else? The answers are tied to a dark secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father's workshop - a mystery that draws Connie closer to danger...closer to madness...closer to the startling truth.
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By DobieChuck on 04-03-16
Sins of the past
A beautifully somber story of justice... Imaginatively written and subtly plotted... A nicely layered tragic story w/ engaging characters easily invested... Wide imotional range and an enticing mystery... Narration was excellent in bringing out different characters and their personalities... Worth the credit...
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By Tess Berry on 07-18-16
Would you consider the audio edition of The Taxidermist's Daughter to be better than the print version?
I have not read the print version so I am not able to say.
What did you like best about this story?
The interweavings throughout the book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did cry because of the unfairness of it all. I was shocked as well by the horror on both sides.
Any additional comments?
I truly enjoy all of Kate Mosse's books. I am anxiously awaiting her next story.
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