A Dark Dividing

A Dark Dividing Journalist Harry Fizglen is sceptical when his editor asks him to investigate the background of Simone Anderson a new Bloomsbury artist But once he s met the enigmatic Simone Harry is intrigued Just

  • Title: A Dark Dividing
  • Author: Sarah Rayne
  • ISBN: 9780743450904
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • Journalist Harry Fizglen is sceptical when his editor asks him to investigate the background of Simone Anderson, a new Bloomsbury artist But once he s met the enigmatic Simone, Harry is intrigued Just what did happen to Simone s twin sister who disappeared without trace several years before And what is the Anderson sisters connection to another set of twin girls, ViolaJournalist Harry Fizglen is sceptical when his editor asks him to investigate the background of Simone Anderson, a new Bloomsbury artist But once he s met the enigmatic Simone, Harry is intrigued Just what did happen to Simone s twin sister who disappeared without trace several years before And what is the Anderson sisters connection to another set of twin girls, Viola and Sorrel Quinton, born in London on 1st January 1900 All Harry s lines of enquiry seem to lead to the small Shropshire village of Weston Fferna and the imposing ruin of Mortmain House, standing grim and forbidding on the Welsh borders As Harry delves into the violent and terrible history of Mortmain, in an attempt to uncover what happened to Simone and Sonia and, a century before them, to Viola and Sorrel Quinton, he finds himself drawn into a number of interlocking mysteries, each one puzzling and sinister than the last.

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    1. Let's flashback some twenty odd years. Conjoined twins are born. They are a pair of darling baby girls. The doctors say they could easily be separated with little risk to either child. Their mother wants the surgery. But their ambitious father sees political advantage in keeping the girls "as God made them."But what do these girls have to do with a pair of conjoined twins born at the turn of the century? The answer lies in a a creepy old institution called Mortmain House. It was once a workhouse [...]

    2. An interesting novel told from three different viewpoints over three different times. It can be hard to do this kind of story off without confusing the reader, but Rayne pulls it off. Harry is a down-on-his-luck reporter who's been asked to write a story about Simone, a woman who's just opened an art gallery. Simone was born a co-joined twin which included a lot of publicity when her father died mysteriously and other people disappeared. Harry's research turns up a pair of other co-joined twins, [...]

    3. I thought this was going to be darker than it was. Some parts where better than others but it was a good read all together.

    4. I read this book in one sitting. Intricately, deftly plotted, it was IMPOSSIBLE to put down! And such a Gothic, spooky atmosphere, too! Parts of it genuinely gave me the creeps. I just adored it! There were so many layers to the plot and it all just fit together so perfectly! And I loved the novel-within-the-novel, as well as Charlotte's diary. And I liked the twin aspect as well! I am very anxious to read this talented author's other books, but as they are rather emotionally draining, I think I [...]

    5. Sarah Rayne's The Dark Dividing sounded deliciously creepy, and the Bloomsbury setting certainly endeared me to it further before I picked it up. I was very disappointed by the novel; it began in rather a dull manner, and ended the same way. Whilst it did pick up a little in places, and the Victorian story was relatively interesting, I found the storyline predictable. Rayne's writing was too simplistic for my liking, and the use of omniscient narration definitely lets the book down. I ended up s [...]

    6. Some of the scariest writing I've ever read. I'd never heard of Sarah Rayne prior to this, but now I'm going to be looking out for her, and for the press that publishes her in the U.S Felony & Mayhem. No spoilers here, just know that if you can imagine yourself inside a story the way I can, then inhabiting the very dark house that is Mortmain in Wales, where much of the action takes place, will be a scary, or even terrifying, experience. Rayne crafts this story carefully, visually, as though [...]

    7. Conjoined twins, crazed body-snatching lady, a freakshow? I really do love this author! A Dark Dividing is twisted, creepy and there were times I had to put the book down and just vegetate on what I'd just read. So messed up, so my favourite kind of book!

    8. A Dark Dividing is a novel that tells the story of two families, each with a set of twins. Both sets of twins were born conjoined. This is a rare but very sad occurrence. In both instances, the mothers loved their children no matter what the problems the births presented but the fathers of the twins each had a different outlook on the birth of the twins and neither father really loved the children.Harry Fitzgerald is a journalist that is assigned the task of reporting on a new art gallery. Harry [...]

    9. Oh man, this one. Really really creepy book. Perfect for Halloween or any other time of the year. It truly disturbed me in a very good way. Liked it. Or I could just say, another creepy book that shouldn't be missed.

    10. In the early weeks of the 1900’s Charlotte Quinton gave birth to twin girls. Viola and Sorrel were lovely babies but Edward the husband was less than thrilled. The little ones were conjoined you see. To a man’s ego, this was a terrible blow. To a mother there is only love. One hundred years later Melissa and Joe Anderson’s twin girls, Simone and Sonia are born - also conjoined. Once I began this book, I was deeply taken by the stories of these two families.The writing flips from past to pr [...]

    11. I really enjoyed this book a lot. There is definitely a very creepy feel to the link between the characters, especially the two pairs of conjoined twins, born almost a century apart. Also, the gothic old workhouse, Mortmain (meaning dead hands), is by far one of the scariest old haunted places I've come across. The story shifts between the past and the present and there are alot of twists and suprises. A very satisfying read indeed.

    12. A fabulous, engrossing read. I take my hat off to the author on the ease with which she intertwines 4 different time frames/stories and manages not to confuse the reader in the process! Looking forward to reading more by this author.

    13. Journalist Harry Fitzglen has been assigned a story that is, on the surface, a review of a new art gallery. However, his real purpose is to find out more about the featured photographer artist, Simone Anderson. When Simone was born as one half of a conjoined twin, there was a lot of media fuss stirred up on account of the twins’ politician father. But as Harry’s editor notes, the story gets a bit murky from there – a few too many people dead or disappeared.A series of diary entries by a wo [...]

    14. This was a great, pretty quick, exciting book. The story does goes back and forth between several related stories and several time periods. Some reviews that I read stated that this was confusing, but I didn't have any trouble keeping the timeframes separate. Harry is a journalist in a job he hates, for a paper he does not respect. He is assigned to cover an art gallery opening - something he cannot believe he must do (but, due to an unfortunate divorce, money is actually an important requiremen [...]

    15. I had never heard of this book, just came across it here on GR looking for something a little creepy and scary for October, that wasn't horror. Well what a great find! This was perfect and actually did scare me a few times. Horrible and sinister things happening in dreary and dangerous places in turn of the century wales as well as modern day Londonwith conjoined twins!!! What's not to love? I really became involved with the characters from both the the past and present day stories. Usually when [...]

    16. I don't tend to read mysteries as a genre. If there's a mystery in a novel, then there is and I enjoy it, but aside from Doyle, that list is probably rather small. Oddly, though, the mysteries I do end up picking up are decidedly British. I've no idea why that is, but it's not particularly surprising to me as well. Anyhow, on to the novel.I enjoyed A Dark Dividing. It certainly hooked me and I wanted to know what came next. The who-done-it, I suppose. It was the turn of the century parts that I [...]

    17. I enjoyed this book. Sarah Rayne has taken a bit of a throw-in-the-kitchen-sink approach to writing a gothic novel — she's got a haunted house, an insane nun, a ghost, a reporter, a lot of sex, a late Victorian feminist and her Dickensian author lover, child prostitution, creepy nursery rhymes and probably some things I'm forgetting. Yes, this is the sort of book where people get thrown down wells. With all that going on, it's almost surprising that it all fits together so well. Rayne is a ver [...]

    18. I have enjoyed books by Sarah Rayne in the past but was very disappointed by this one.It could have been a great story but there was just too much going on and not enough ghosts. It was like she wanted to combine 4 stories into one and it wasn't done very well.There were diary extracts from a character in the past which were written in the way a diary might have been but it just came across as bad English and grammar and didn't work.I tried to finish it but it was just so tediously boring I coul [...]

    19. I took me some time to get into this book and for some reason I had to get used to the Sarah Rayne's writing style. Some parts just weren't written that well in my opinion. Fortunately, the book became more and more interesting, although one character, Roz, struck me as rather ridiculous and unconvicing. All in all I think it's a fairly interesting story with some surprising twists, although not as sinister and dark as I hoped it would be.

    20. I just happened on this book in the library and am so glad I did! It's a mystery about two sets of Siamese twins born eighty years apart. Central to the story is an old abandoned poorfarm in rural England. The book is not exactly a ghost story but does have a little bit of a paranormal element. I like how the author so cleverly ties the fates of both sets of twins together. I plan to read more books by this author.

    21. Sarah Rayne is one of the most unique mystery writers in today's book market. She writes novels that have a sub-plot from another generation that she skillfully weaves into the present day plot. I would recommend her books to anyone looking to read an intelligent mystery, finally written by skillful author finally making her way to the U.S.

    22. This was my first Sarah Rayne novel but it will not be the last. The stories of two sets of conjoined twins, spanning nearly a century, was skillfully woven into the present complete with psychotic baby snatchers and Dickensian workhouses, ghosts and murderous children. Serious Gothic goodness indeed.

    23. A really fun and spooky winter-time read. The non-linear plot tends to send you back and forth down winding paths as if in a dream. The plot is complicated but expertly intertwined, mimicking the surreal predicament of several of the main characters. Recommended! Thanks to Betty for recommending it to me.

    24. 200 pages in and having trouble putting it down. Really good read, creepy, lots of twists and turns, and great characters. There are several stories and time frames entwined here and Rayne ties them all together neatly. Definitely recommended.

    25. This was a really good book that wove a story that was quite complicated, but intriguing. Two sets of conjoined twins were cleverly joined (pun) and the story's end was very satisfying. A really good read!

    26. This was a really good book with lots of plot twists. The only thing was that there were lots of perspectives, too many. I can count 5 off the top of my head. Sometimes it got confusing and I felt as if I had missed something. But overall, great creepy book that kept me hooked!

    27. Reread this after Chord of Evil and it’s just as chilling as I remembered it! If I remember correctly, this was the first Sarah Rayne book that I read.A Dark Dividing is a dual narrative with a dual narrative nestled within. The present day follows journalist Harry as he investigates an up and coming artist named Simone Anderson, with flashbacks to Simone's childhood The narrative in the past consists diary excerpts from Charlotte, who’s pregnant with twins. The present day narrative is slig [...]

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