[Reading] ➽ The Dark Lantern By Gerri Brightwell – Sigilo.us

[Reading] ➽ The Dark Lantern By Gerri Brightwell – Sigilo.us
  • Paperback
  • 321 pages
  • The Dark Lantern
  • Gerri Brightwell
  • English
  • 08 April 2019

The Dark LanternSet In Nineteenth Century London, This Page Turning Mystery Reveals Devastating Secrets While Shedding Light On The Complex Relationships Between The Genteel Upstairs And The Servants Quarters In A Victorian Home.The Bentley Household Is In Flux The Elderly Matron Is On Her Deathbed, So Her Son, Recently Returned From France, Is Acting As The New Master Of The House He Is Distracted, Busy Developing A Reputation In Anthropometry, The Victorian Science Of Identifying Criminals By Body Measurements Yet Under His Own Roof, No One Is Quite Who They Seem Not The Mysterious Woman Who Claims To Be The Bride Of His Dead Brother, Not The New Maid Just Hired From The Country, Not Den His Own Beautiful But Elusive Wife It Is The Latter Who Seems To Recognise Jane, The New Servant Girl, For The Impostor That She Is However, She Remains Inexplicably Silent, Perhaps Because She Has Her Own Secrets To Protect The Dark Lantern Is A Suspenseful Novel Of Mistaken Identities And Dangerous Deceptions As Well As A Fascinating Portrayal Of Nineteenth Century England.

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10 thoughts on “The Dark Lantern

  1. says:

    This little treat of Victorian Noir follows an orphan who takes a position in London as housemaid in the Bentley home, where the below stairs folk seem to be as treacherous and secretive as those above stairs The mistress of the house is dying and her son and daughter in law have come to visit, but the daughter in law refuses to leave the house because of some unnamed danger lurking in the foggy streets, and the servants are slyly running amok Meanwhile the son is busy dabbling in anthropometry the science of identifying criminals by body measurements , which puts him in contact with all sorts of shady characters, but at least he seems to be a decent enough person I was interested to learn a bit about anthropometry, which at that time rivaled finger printing as the dominant system of identification who ...

  2. says:

    Things I liked about this book 1 Learning about anthropometry as an alternative to fingerprinting in the 18th Century.2 The characters were well drawn enough to hold my attention, though I liked some characters better than others.3 I enjoyed the mystery angle, though not necessarily all of the mystery solutions.Things I disliked about this book 1 Really not interested in the state of various characters bladders throughout the story.2 Could have done without the sex scenes The fact that they were mostly easily skipped over tells me they really weren t essential to the plot.3 There was a disturbing near rape scene near the end of the book, and an overly graphic description of a human corpse.Things I was ambivalent about 1 The present tense narration.2 The leisurely pace of the book.3 One important mystery was left unsolved at the end of the book.Is this a book I would want to read again Sadly, no The negatives for me outweighed the positives by far And the biggest negative of all was a reflection of my own reading taste than it was of the author s talent Plain and simple I like a happy ending with my books While some of the characters achieved that, others did not Regrettably for me, the characters who did have happy endings were the characters I least personally cared about, while those that I had found myself rooting for were the ones...

  3. says:

    This is one of the books where I m in the middle between loving it and hating it I m luke warm, not hot not cold I really liked the characters to a degree Not that they are particularly likeable Mina being a shady bitch who is so paranoid that others are just as shady as she is, and she is not necessarily wrong about that either.Jane being a weepy whipping girl but at the same time has her own agenda Okay after awhile she stopped weeping so much, but it s already been cemented in my head of her crying All The Damn Time At the drop of a hat.And the widow who might not be a widow Sarah is just getting the dirt on everyone Oooh...

  4. says:

    Goodness the deceptions in the Bentley household come thick and fast in this book Each member, family and servant, have their secrets It reminded me a little of Downton Abbey, although it s mostly set in the last decade of the 1800s and has intrigue even than Downton.I have to confess to being fickle enough that I was a bit disappointed when I found that the cover of my book looked like this rather than like this And that it was ...

  5. says:

    A very good intriguing book Loved the Victorian setting of London, I felt like I was there amongst the sights and sounds.

  6. says:

    THE DARK LANTERN Hist Thriller Jane Wilbred England 1893 OkayBrightwell, Gerri 1st bookCrown Publishers, 2008, US Hardcover ISBN 9780307395344First Sentence She sits stiffly on the seat of the cart, her whole self held in against the tumult of the city Jane Wilbred, the daughter of a murderess, was raised in an orphanage and began her life in service to a tyrannical vicar s wife She has altered a reference letter and secured a new post in London to the Bentley family Mrs Bentley lies dying in her room attended for the past 12 years by the very protective Miss Price Her son Robert Bentley is trying to make his mark by advocating anthropometry identifying criminals by recording multiple physical measurements as opposed to dactylography fingerprints His wife, Mina, is a woman with a secret past, desperate to keep it that way.While some might consider this book atmospheric, for me it was plodding It did depict the hard life of those in service below stairs However, other than Robert Bentley, there wasn t a single character about who I really cared I could sympathize with Ja...

  7. says:

    I m nearing the end of this novel, and wishing it would be finished already The coincidence of three women from three walks of life all coming from the same background, all struggling to maintain a facade of respectability seems a bit contrived Sadly, in order to survive an oppressive society with no support for these women, they have to scheme, lie and get up to all sorts of bad stuff Meanwhile, the setting is dingy and dirty too The falling snow turns grey, the ashes from the fire settling on the carpet, the carrying of the chamber pot to the toilet, multiple mentions of charwomen The servants are always cold, so cold they can t sleep The skin on their hands is reddened, calloused and constantly splitting from hard work fingers like carrots attached to small women s hands This book is black and grey and dismal There s no joy or humor in it It s just relentless I ll check back in with once I m done readi...

  8. says:

    The last 50 pages finally got interesting but the blurb for this book definitely oversold the book Set in Victorian England, Dark Lantern tells the story of Jane the housemaid, and the family she works for Everyone has secrets which promise to be interesting and simply aren t Everyone appears to be using someone else for some reason ...

  9. says:

    This story takes place in the late nineteenth century and centers around a young servant girl from the English countryside She has just taken the position of a housemaid in a London household and becomes immersed in a web of secrets,...

  10. says:

    This was a great, pulpy period piece an upstairs downstairs mystery set in a pre war London upper class household Interesting cast of characters, one of whom has a pretty dark secret It s on the heavier side of light reading, if that makes s...

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