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The Taxidermist's Daughter - A Novel

Kate Mosse

A chilling and spooky Gothic historical thriller reminiscent of Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw, dripping with the dark twists and eerie surprises that are the hallmarks of Edgar Allan Poe, from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Citadel. In a remote village near the English coast, residents gather in a misty churchyard. More than a decade into the twentieth century, superstition still holds sway: It is St. Mark’s Eve, the night when the shimmering ghosts of those fated to die in the coming year are said to materialize and amble through the church doors. Alone in the crowd is Constantia Gifford, the taxidermist’s daughter. Twenty-two and unmarried, she lives with her father on the fringes of town, in a decaying mansion cluttered with the remains of his once world-famous museum of taxidermy. No one speaks of why the museum was shuttered or how the Giffords fell so low. Connie herself has no recollection—a childhood accident has erased all memory of her earlier days. Even those who might have answers remain silent. The locals shun Blackthorn House, and the strange spinster who practices her father’s macabre art. As the last peal of the midnight bell fades to silence, a woman is found dead—a stranger Connie noticed near the church. In the coming days, snippets of long lost memories will begin to tease through Connie’s mind, offering her glimpses of her vanished years. Who is the victim, and why has her death affected Connie so deeply? Why is she watched by a mysterious figure who has suddenly appeared on the marsh nearby? Is her father trying to protect her with his silence—or someone else? The answers are tied to a dark secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop—a mystery that draws Connie closer to danger . . . closer to madness . . . closer to the startling truth.

A chilling and spooky Gothic historical thriller reminiscent of Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw, dripping with the dark twists and eerie surprises that are the hallmarks of Edgar Allan Poe, from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Citadel. In a remote village near the English coast, residents gather in a misty churchyard. More than a decade into the twentieth century, superstition still holds sway: It is St. Mark’s Eve, the night when the shimmering ghosts of those fated to die in the coming year are said to materialize and amble through the church doors. Alone in the crowd is Constantia Gifford, the taxidermist’s daughter. Twenty-two and unmarried, she lives with her father on the fringes of town, in a decaying mansion cluttered with the remains of his once world-famous museum of taxidermy. No one speaks of why the museum was shuttered or how the Giffords fell so low. Connie herself has no recollection—a childhood accident has erased all memory of her earlier days. Even those who might have answers remain silent. The locals shun Blackthorn House, and the strange spinster who practices her father’s macabre art. As the last peal of the midnight bell fades to silence, a woman is found dead—a stranger Connie noticed near the church. In the coming days, snippets of long lost memories will begin to tease through Connie’s mind, offering her glimpses of her vanished years. Who is the victim, and why has her death affected Connie so deeply? Why is she watched by a mysterious figure who has suddenly appeared on the marsh nearby? Is her father trying to protect her with his silence—or someone else? The answers are tied to a dark secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop—a mystery that draws Connie closer to danger . . . closer to madness . . . closer to the startling truth.
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A chilling and spooky Gothic historical thriller reminiscent of Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw, dripping with the dark twists and eerie surprises that are the hallmarks of Edgar Allan Poe, from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Citadel. In a remote village near the English coast, residents gather in a misty churchyard. More than a decade into the twentieth century, superstition still holds sway: It is St. Mark’s Eve, the night when the shimmering ghosts of those fated to die in the coming year are said to materialize and amble through the church doors. Alone in the crowd is Constantia Gifford, the taxidermist’s daughter. Twenty-two and unmarried, she lives with her father on the fringes of town, in a decaying mansion cluttered with the remains of his once world-famous museum of taxidermy. No one speaks of why the museum was shuttered or how the Giffords fell so low. Connie herself has no recollection—a childhood accident has erased all memory of her earlier days. Even those who might have answers remain silent. The locals shun Blackthorn House, and the strange spinster who practices her father’s macabre art. As the last peal of the midnight bell fades to silence, a woman is found dead—a stranger Connie noticed near the church. In the coming days, snippets of long lost memories will begin to tease through Connie’s mind, offering her glimpses of her vanished years. Who is the victim, and why has her death affected Connie so deeply? Why is she watched by a mysterious figure who has suddenly appeared on the marsh nearby? Is her father trying to protect her with his silence—or someone else? The answers are tied to a dark secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop—a mystery that draws Connie closer to danger . . . closer to madness . . . closer to the startling truth.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michelle Ford

Length:

10h 21m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

20:37


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

11:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

11:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

14:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

11:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

14:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

18:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

23:34


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

13:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:35