(KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino


Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review review Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling Ð eBook or Kindle ePUB When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found mysteriously murdered on the outskirts of the village of Blackfield Charlotte Markham the recently hired governess steps in to take over their care During an outing in the forest they find themselves crossing over into The Ending the place for the Things Above Death where Lily Darrow the late mother of th. Here s the thing if this is a Victorian ish inspired alterna reality then this book rocks However if it is meant to be a Victorian historical with supernatural elements la Henry James then this book is kind of a big fail From the start the setting of the story is fuzzy I just assumed it was Victorian from the cover design and the ghostly mystery but there s nothing specific in the text to place it there and so my reading and review might be totally offReminiscent of DuMaurier s Rebecca at the start from the similar sounding first lines to the heroine s dreams of houses burning and the heavy emphasis on the estate of Everton this novel lacks the chilly tension and creepy mystery that makes Rebecca so fun Boccacino seems fairly enad of Charlotte Markham his governess narrator and Mr Darrow master of Everton but Boccacino doesn t offer the reader enough time to grow enad of them as well and so the inappropriate romance feels foisted and oddThe heroine is a widow her employer a widower Both lost their spouses about a year ago or so both attest to the deep and abiding love they have for their deceased spouses and yet Boccacino inserts a romance novel ish frisson of desire At times our sessions together would only end when the sun threatened to appear over the horizon at others they would continue on untilan accidental touch of one hand against the other charged the space between us with something unspoken and unacknowledged p16 For the rest of the novel Charlotte has a breathless eagerness to be cleaved to Mr Darrow with a few weak protestations that she doesn t want to appear to be a seductress Rather than have a Jane Eyre ish desire for the governess and master to end up together I found myself telling a friend that Charlotte s interest in Darrow and her musings on life at Everton reminded me a bit of The Hand that Rocks the Cradle early on in the story she s uick to imagine herself the mistress of the house simply because she cares for the master s children Were Charlotte our anti heroine this build up would be deliciously wrong but it s clear Charlotte is meant to be sympathetic beautiful and good I could harp on my problems with Charlotte but I won t and I did so in my Goodreads status updates so I ll offer a few comments on the rest of the book Boccacino creates a Victoriana playground for his characters to inhabit the village of Blackfield is uaint uirky picturesue and without class strata the dream world of Darkling is a phantasmagoria ish place of evil knickknacks shifting landscapes and tentacled overlords When I could let go of my aggravation at the historically inaccurate behavior of our heroine I really enjoyed the world building and the creepy atmosphere of the story So needless to say I ve got complicated feelings about this book Despite my complaints however I am eagerly anticipating Boccacino s next novel not sure if one is in the works but if there is If his character development matches his world building then we ll be in for a treat

characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino

characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review review Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling Ð eBook or Kindle ePUB Nection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling one whose outcome will determine the fate of not just the Darrows but the world itself Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian Gothic tale about family ties the realm beyond the living and the price you pay to save those you lov. Charlotte Markham the newly hired governess to young James and Paul Darrow finds herself taking on additional responsibilities when Nanny Prum is discovered murdered in the nearby forest The children s mother has recently passed away and their father has little time for themCharlotte now both governess and nanny spends much of her time with the boys As a break in the monotony of their lessons Charlotte has them describe their previous night s dreams in a drawing Paul claims to have visited his mother s new home and draws a map detailing its location in a nearby woods Charlotte takes the children on a walk following the directions on the map and along the way they cross over to The Ending a mystical place in another world where they are greeted by Lily the boys mother looking very much aliveLily has made a sinister bargain with the owner of The House of Darkling where she now resides The boys are not to tell anyone they have seen her it s part of the deal she made and that is all she will say She begs Charlotte to bring the children back for another visit Charlotte suspects that some of the evil that has been plaguing the local town is connected to The Ending but agrees to return anyway for the sake of the children Charlotte soon becomes caught up in her own deadly game with the master of Darkling As she begins to put her plan in place the true horror of Darkling is revealedPart Victorian Gothic and part dark fantasy this is a wonderfully creepy tale told from Charlotte s point of view With beautiful writing and lyrical prose we are introduced to an amazing land populated by a cast of unusual and sometimes ghastly creatures in an alternate world called The Ending a place where time doesn t exist and where no one can dieThe story was richly detailed with well developed characters and just enough world building to set the tone bringing out the macabre aura of The Ending Lily would read bedtime fairy tales to the children from a book called Laura Parker Wolfe s Tales of The Ending creepy stories within the story I loved the atmosphere the author created the descriptions of the alien residents of Darkling noises in the night objects that came to life moving walls that open and close at will strange paintings that become animated and a most unusual libraryInitially the story has a Jane Eyre feel to it but soon becomes magical as we spend time in The Ending with the tale turning darker as it progresses Even though it does have some moments of horror there is enough mystery charm and even weirdness to appeal to a wide range of readers An enjoyable book which I heartily recommend I am looking forward to future work from Michael BoccacinoPosted on my blog

Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review

characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review review Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling Ð eBook or Kindle ePUB E children has been waiting She invites them into the House of Darkling a wondrous place filled with enchantment mystery and strange creatures that appear to be but are not uite humanHowever everything comes with a price and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood she uncovers a con. POSTED ORIGINALLY Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust Charlotte Markham and the House of Darklingby Michael BoccacinoPaperback 320 pagesPublisher William Morrow Paperbacks An Imprint of Harper CollinsOriginal edition July 24 2012File Size 5 KBPrint Length 320 pagesPublisher Harper Paperbacks Original edition July 24 2012Sold by HarperCollins PublishersDisclosure E Galley provided by writer without expectation No remuneration was exchanged and except as noted all opinions herein are my own When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found murdered on the outskirts of Blackfield Charlotte Markham the recently hired governess steps in to take over their care During an outing in the forest they find themselves crossing over into The Ending the place for the Things That Cannot Die where Lily Darrow the late mistress of Everton has been waiting She invites them into the ominous House of Darkling a wondrous dangerous place filled with enchantment mystery and strange creatures that appear to be but are not uite human However everything comes with a price and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood she uncovers a connection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling one whose outcome will determine not just the fate of the Darrows but of the world itself Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian gothic tale about family ties the realm beyond the living and the price you pay to save those you love michaelboccacinocom JANE EYRE meets THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Edward Gorey with a little Tim Burton thrown in for good measure Seriously this story was a surprise from uite early in the book It starts off gloomy and very Gothic with an air of despair as befits a tragic governess There are immediate uestions and dire warnings Of course the Nanny has been murdered and wild animals are suspected because she s been torn apart that would make for a very short book The book is much than a murder mystery I asked Michael about that I think it s much of a dark adult fairytale than anything else There are Gothic trappings certainly but I think there s a fable like uality that runs much deeply and consistently through the narrative I am a massive incredible nerd about all things related to Neil Gaiman Tim Burton and Steven Moffat I think each of them tell very complex adult stories using familiar nostalgic narrative devices and it gives everything they write this sense of timelessness and melancholy which I loveFrom talking with Michael at a BEA event I knew the story would head down a spooky spiderweb laden and dark trail filled with misty bogs and such I was totally unprepared for the unconventional and wholly original mythology lurking on the other side of the mist separating two worlds I asked Michael about the fables that serve as children s bed time stories I asked him if he wrote them and he said he did They re pretty remarkableWhile the world here is not rule driven Michael certainly creates a fantasy unlike anything I have ever read The voice he gives his heroine Charlotte is undeniably female This is a goal rarely met by male authors In fact the only other writer I know who is consistently able to pull it off is Chris BohjalianBecause it was not what I expected I found myself wondering about Charlotte s sanity I think that she would be worried about her sanity as well Perhaps this is a dream Michael says it is a real experience for the characters but that there is plenty of allegoryThere are really three books in Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling one is the everyday life of an upper class British family of the Victorian period The second is the story of another plane of existence filled with myth and mist The Ending The human world and the The Ending are And then there are the fables The story becomes a bit nebulous as the lines between life death and the other side start to shift There are things that go bump in the night and the day as wellHere is a brief excerpt from one of Michael s favorite scenes Charlotte is walking with her young charges as they explore a map they dreamed of Dreams are my favorite things in the world Sometimes they even come true but sometimes we must learn when to wake up Paul ignored me and pointed excitedly at something up ahead There The path ended at a small fallow creek but began again on the other side to disappear around a dark massive cage of roots at the base of an ancient oak tree Whatever lay beyond the magnificent tree was obscured in a thick roiling patch of fog James wrenched himself free from my hand and leapt over the creek bounding into the mist before I was able to stop him James I uickly hoisted my dress up to my waist and jumped over the brook glancing back at Paul to wave him on Together we chased his brother into the mist The air around us grew heavy with a dampness that remained even as the fog subsided and we found ourselves in the middle of a vast orchard While it had been daylight mere moments before the moon now hung low in the sky larger than I had ever seen It was so vast and oppressive I felt that if I were to reach toward the sky I might be able to push the orb back where it belonged high above on the black velvet mantle of the night It s nighttime here Paul was behind me hugging himself against the cool air Perhaps I misjudged the time Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling page 54The characters are somewhat who you would expect them to be if life went on as expected that is But when challenged their true personalities and strengths come out and they re anything but what you would expectI am confident in recommending this story to you I ve really never read anything uite like this dark and uniue tale It s a mystical and mysterious journey through a dream of life that haunts the dead and undying

  • Paperback
  • 296
  • Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling
  • Michael Boccacino
  • English
  • 06 October 2018
  • 9780062122612

10 thoughts on “(KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino

  1. says: (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino

    free read Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review 35 starsThis book had so much potential If you saw my status updates you'll know how excited I was for it when I

  2. says: free read Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino

    Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino This was a strange one Don't read this book if you Like historical accuracy This book was set in the past no clue when it was supposed to be but everyone talked and acted modern Want to read a gothic There are elements here certainly but I wou

  3. says: Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino free read Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

    free read Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Here's the thing if this is a Victorian ish inspired alterna reality then this book rocks However if it is meant to be a Victorian historical with supernatural elements à la Henry James then this book is kind of a big fail From the start the setting of the story is fuzzy I just assumed it was Victorian from the cover design and the ghostly mystery but there's nothing specific in the text to place it there and so my re

  4. says: (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review

    characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino POSTED ORIGINALLY Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust Charlotte Markham and the House of Darklingby Michael BoccacinoPaperback 320 pagesPublisher William Morrow Paperbacks An Imprint of Harper CollinsOriginal edition July 24 2012File Size 5 KBPrint Length 320 pagesPublisher Harper Paperbacks; Original edition July 24 2012Sold by HarperColl

  5. says: free read Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino

    free read Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review This was one of those oh I wish there were a 45 rating booksWhen I started I thought it would be Rebecca or Jane Eyre esue genteel widowed governess in a remote manor home with a recent widower and his two sons But shortly into it I realized there was a serious dose of Jonathan Strange hereWe open with the murde

  6. says: (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review

    Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino Just look at this cover I love horror stories and I was fascinated by this one I was really enjoying my reading Unfortunately there was a time in this book that I lost myself because so much was going on and so man

  7. says: (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino

    (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino I have never thought about reading a slightly lighter Lovecraftian tale told within the confines of a Victorian

  8. says: characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino

    characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review free read Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling While this book was very beautifully written I lost interest because the purpose was unclear The book was akin

  9. says: (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino free read Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

    (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino Charlotte Markham the newly hired governess to young James and Paul Darrow finds herself taking on additional responsibilities when Nanny Prum is discovered murdered in the nearby forest The children’s mother has recently passed away and their father has little time for themCharlotte now both governess and nanny spends much of her time with the boys As a break in the monotony of their lessons Charlotte has

  10. says: (KINDLE) Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling BY Michael Boccacino characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review

    characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Boccacino Michael Boccacino ✓ 3 review free read Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling Initial reaction Wicked twisted dark and delicious This was a wild rideOverall review I loved this book so much Boccacino is a master of descriptions and I was immediately drawn into the lush dual landscapes of Everton and The Ending One of the things that delighted me about this story is that Boccacino would lull me into a false sense of security by creating a setting that felt vaguely familiar and relatable and then

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *