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The Evening Spider - A Novel

Emily Arsenault

A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting novel-inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s-by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different centuries. Frances Barnett and Abby Bernacki are two haunted young mothers living in the same house in two different centuries. 1885: Frances Barnett is in the Northampton Lunatic Hospital, telling her story to a visitor. She has come to distrust her own memories, and believes that her pregnancy, birth, and early days of motherhood may have impaired her sanity. During the earliest months of her baby's life, Frances eagerly followed the famous murder trial of Mary Stannard-that captivated New Englanders with its salacious details and expert forensic testimony. Following-and even attending-this trial, Frances found an escape from the monotony of new motherhood. But as her story unfolds, Frances must admit that her obsession with the details of the murder were not entirely innocent. Present day: Abby has been adjusting to motherhood smoothly-until recently, when odd sensations and dreams have begun to unsettle her while home alone with her baby. When she starts to question the house's history, she is given the diary of Frances Barnett, who lived in the house 125 years earlier. Abby finds the diary disturbing, and researches the Barnett family's history. The more Abby learns, the more she wonders about a negative-possibly supernatural-influence in her house. She becomes convinced that when she sleeps, she leaves her daughter vulnerable-and then vows not to sleep until she can determine the cause of her eerie experiences. Frances Barnett might not be the only new mother to lose her mind in this house. And like Frances, Abby discovers that by trying to uncover another's secrets, she risks awakening some of her own.

A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting novel-inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s-by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different centuries. Frances Barnett and Abby Bernacki are two haunted young mothers living in the same house in two different centuries. 1885: Frances Barnett is in the Northampton Lunatic Hospital, telling her story to a visitor. She has come to distrust her own memories, and believes that her pregnancy, birth, and early days of motherhood may have impaired her sanity. During the earliest months of her baby's life, Frances eagerly followed the famous murder trial of Mary Stannard-that captivated New Englanders with its salacious details and expert forensic testimony. Following-and even attending-this trial, Frances found an escape from the monotony of new motherhood. But as her story unfolds, Frances must admit that her obsession with the details of the murder were not entirely innocent. Present day: Abby has been adjusting to motherhood smoothly-until recently, when odd sensations and dreams have begun to unsettle her while home alone with her baby. When she starts to question the house's history, she is given the diary of Frances Barnett, who lived in the house 125 years earlier. Abby finds the diary disturbing, and researches the Barnett family's history. The more Abby learns, the more she wonders about a negative-possibly supernatural-influence in her house. She becomes convinced that when she sleeps, she leaves her daughter vulnerable-and then vows not to sleep until she can determine the cause of her eerie experiences. Frances Barnett might not be the only new mother to lose her mind in this house. And like Frances, Abby discovers that by trying to uncover another's secrets, she risks awakening some of her own.
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A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting novel-inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s-by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different centuries. Frances Barnett and Abby Bernacki are two haunted young mothers living in the same house in two different centuries. 1885: Frances Barnett is in the Northampton Lunatic Hospital, telling her story to a visitor. She has come to distrust her own memories, and believes that her pregnancy, birth, and early days of motherhood may have impaired her sanity. During the earliest months of her baby's life, Frances eagerly followed the famous murder trial of Mary Stannard-that captivated New Englanders with its salacious details and expert forensic testimony. Following-and even attending-this trial, Frances found an escape from the monotony of new motherhood. But as her story unfolds, Frances must admit that her obsession with the details of the murder were not entirely innocent. Present day: Abby has been adjusting to motherhood smoothly-until recently, when odd sensations and dreams have begun to unsettle her while home alone with her baby. When she starts to question the house's history, she is given the diary of Frances Barnett, who lived in the house 125 years earlier. Abby finds the diary disturbing, and researches the Barnett family's history. The more Abby learns, the more she wonders about a negative-possibly supernatural-influence in her house. She becomes convinced that when she sleeps, she leaves her daughter vulnerable-and then vows not to sleep until she can determine the cause of her eerie experiences. Frances Barnett might not be the only new mother to lose her mind in this house. And like Frances, Abby discovers that by trying to uncover another's secrets, she risks awakening some of her own.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bernadette Dunne, Nan McNamara

Length:

10h 21m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

22:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

26:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

20:37


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

28:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:56


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

20:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

18:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

11:26


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:27


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

13:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

28:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

11:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:11


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

16:57


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:31


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

22:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:03


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:44


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:05


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:29