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READ Ð The Woman in the Mirror ´ Rebecca James unveils a chilling modern gothic novel of a family consumed by the shadows and secrets of its past in The Woman in the MirrorFor than two centuries Winterbourne Hall has stood atop a bluff overseeing the English countryside of Cornwall and the sea beyondIn 1947 Londoner Alice Miller accepts a post as govRebecca James unveils a chilling modern gothic novel of a family consumed by the shadows and secrets of its past in The Woman in the MirrorFor than two centuries Winterbourne Hall has stood atop a bluff overseeing the English countryside of Cornwall and the sea beyondIn 1947 Londoner Alice Miller accepts a post as governess at Winterbourne looking after Captain Jonathan de Grey’s twin children Falling under the de Greys’ spell Alice b. The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James is a 2020 Minotaur publication An eerie tribute to supernatural Gothic tales It’s 1947 and Alice Miller has just arrived at Winterbourne Hall to start her new job as governess for Jonathan de Grey’s twins Alice is hoping this position will help her move beyond her haunted past as she works to keep her own secrets buried However Jonathan is not a very warm person at all and the bond she initially forges with the children uickly sours Not only that the house itself appears to have an evil intent its purpose to drive Alice to the brink of insanityFast forward to present day New York where Rachel Wright discovers she has inherited Winterbourne Because she was adopted at birth Rachel feels this may be the perfect opportunity to learn about her heritage Yet upon arrival she finds that Winterbourne’s history is far from romantic and despite her determination to stay and uncover all the long buried secrets of its past the house and its tragic legacy prove to be of a formidable opponent than she bargained forThis book had my name on it Rebecca James did a fantastic job of creating the intense uneasiness of a good spooky Gothic tale of terror without lapsing into ridiculous clichés The book is in some ways an homage to some of the greats replete with the Cornish setting the governess the imposing house and all those dark secrets and of course the reuisite touch of the supernatural While the story is true to the classics the modern day timeline allows James to put her own contemporary stamp on the story The suspense is taut the atmosphere heavy and malevolent seamlessly blending the past with the present This is my kind of Gothic story I loved it I am so happy to see the traditional themes given a seat of honor is this topical tale of Gothic suspense Well done 45 stars

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E is a descendant of the de Greys and heir to Winterbourne Adopted as an infant she never knew her birth parents or her lineage At long last Rachel will find answers to uestions about her identity that have haunted her entire life But what she finds in Cornwall is a devastating tragic legacy that has afflicted generations of de Greys A legacy borne from greed and deceit twisted by madness and suffused with unreuited love and uneuivocal ra. Interesting conclusion Review to follow

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The Woman in the MirrorElieves the family will heal her own past sorrows But then the twins’ adoration becomes deceitful and taunting Their father ever distant turns spiteful and cruel The manor itself seems to lash out Alice finds her surroundings subtly altered her air slightly chilled Something malicious resents her presence something clouding her senses and threatening her very sanityIn present day New York art gallery curator Rachel Wright has learned sh. Intense sinister and mysticalIn this debut novel by James The Woman in the Mirror she transports us to the rugged cliffside of Cornwall England during 1947 as well as present day and into a family manor where powerful emotions swirl tragic memories reside and long buried skeletons and secrets are in abundanceThe prose is ominous and dark The characters are complex lonely and troubled with the setting Winterborne Hall being a character itself with its dereliction and isolation And the plot told from alternating timelines is a gripping suspenseful tale full of familial drama heartache tension obsession death revenge cruelty desperation and violence all interwoven with a sliver of the supernaturalOverall The Woman in the Mirror is a gothic atmospheric eerie tale that captivates from the very first page and ultimately leaves you chilled mystified and entertainedThank you to St Martin’s Press – Minotaur Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review