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Modern Gothic

Emily, Columbine Library

I still remember reading The Thirteenth Tale when it debuted in 2006.  Diane Setterfield’s atmospheric, gothic tale was a page turner, perfect for chilly weather reading, preferably in a cozy spot with something warm to sip on.   I’ve been periodically checking the author’s name on Amazon and in the library’s catalog ever since, hoping to find that she had published another book.  All those years of keeping her name filed in the back of my brain have paid off with the discovery that Diane Setterfield’s second novel, Bellman and Black, is finally out.  This new book promises another ghostly tale as we head into the dark and cold months of the year.

Here are other gothic tales that will keep you satisfied until you have a Diane Setterfield novel in your hands.

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton begins with Edie’s quest to solve the long buried secrets surrounding her mother’s time spent at Milderhurst Castle during the Blitz.  What she finds are the Blythe sisters, the last in the family line living at the estate in Kent, whose numerous tragedies and long dead romances are tangled up with her own mother’s story.

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff tells a modern, gothic story with plenty of family secrets and delicious scandal.   Prepare to be entertained and intrigued when you sit down with this one.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is an atmospheric, suspenseful, and dark tale with memorable characters set on an eery Cornish estate overlooking the sea.  Get lost in the world of Manderley with the new Mrs. de Winter as she deals with the haunted memory of her predecessor, Rebecca.