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Book review: The Death of Jane Lawrence — by Caitlin Starling

(St. Martin’s Press)

Jane Shoringfield is a pragmatic woman with a head for figures; she’s been keeping the accounts for her guardians, the kindly couple who took her in after the death of her parents in the recent war, but it is time for Jane to make her own way. She draws up a list of potential husbands, Dr. Lawrence is at the top of the list, so naturally she proposes a marriage akin to a business arrangement, in which she could keep his books and also be his wife, and all would have been tidy had not fate, and magic, intervened. Fate in the form of an undeniable spark and attraction between Jane and Dr. Lawrence, and magic in the form of a mysterious dark shroud enveloping the manor house of Dr. Lawrence in which Jane has agreed to never spend the night. When a storm ravages the roadway, Jane has no choice but to sleep at Lawrence’s ancestral home and the disturbing nature of the Lindridge Hall is revealed in this gothic near-reality version of Victorian England after World War I, where superstition and ritual have partially replaced religion. This dark, very delightful and creepily thrilling tale is perfect for your All Hallows’ Eve.

— Reviewed by Jenny Lyons. Connect with her on Instagram @jennysbookshop to find more great book reviews and recommendations. Look for these titles and more at your local bookstore.

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