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The Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling

blindforest's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense medium-paced

2.5

this book tried to be a lot of things but didn't quite succeed at doing so. the latter half of the book felt a tad longer than it needed to be; and while the tone shift worked for me, the resolution didn't, so at the end i'm left considerably unsatisfied. a shame since i was greatly anticipating this read, but oh well

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halliebear01's review against another edition

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4.0

This was a fun, creepy, frightening, exhilarating descent into madness. This is a gothic horror romance set in an alternate Great Britain (called "Great Breltain" here) after a war (possibly one of the world wars, although it isn't entirely clear). It has gore, it has magic, it has a haunted house, it has stormy nights. It is perfect for the incoming spooky season.

emshep's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.25


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loreofthebooks's review against another edition

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4.0

I’m always picking up books on a whim. This happened to fall into my arms at Barnes & Noble when I was picking up A Shadow in the Ember. I’d seen the cover on BookPage and I loved it. It looked so cool. I didn’t even read the summary. Sometimes picking up books on a whim works out – and I feel that in this case this was a good whim. The Death of Jane Lawrence was a book that was equally suspenseful and spooky. There were aspects of the book that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy. I can definitely see the influences of Crimson Peak and The Haunting of Hill House in this book.

I feel that Crimson Peak is a good comparison. Spooky things happen, and the atmosphere that is created in the book is so well done. It sent shivers down my spine more than once while I was reading this book. I had to put it down a time or two just to think, because this book was a bit more convoluted than it seemed at first glance. But the way the atmosphere was written was just perfect. It made the book feel a lot more eerie.

The writing in this book was excellent. It wasn’t “pretentious” but it worked for the book. It was a quick and easy read that had me engrossed all the way through. Not only that the pacing worked really well. As you read along and more and more is revealed you’re not sure what to think. This is where the suspense in the book comes in. You’re left hanging because what is the truth?
I loved the aspect of “magic” in this book and how it was incorporated. I felt it was grounded enough that it made sense in the context of the book. And the ending that included the “magic”…well that was unexpected!

Jane and Augustine were interesting characters. And you don’t know who to trust, because both seem to be hiding secrets and both seem to be honest at the same time. This is drawn out throughout the entirety of the book.

I had to go back and reread parts, because there is major foreshadowing throughout the book, and I missed it the first time. Everything is connected, essentially. The ending gets a little confusing and chaotic, but it adds to the story and where the characters are currently in their life.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a “gothic”, spooky and suspenseful read. Perfect for October!

rainbowsandstarlight's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.0

treetree's review against another edition

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4.0

Don’t read gothic horror books or horror in general, but this was super interesting & atmospheric, pretty spooky as well.

marissamally's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

mariannak98's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

ychichi's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

butterfliesonmybookshelf's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0